Several former major league players, including Curt Schilling, are avowed Out of the Park Baseball fans, but you probably wouldn’t expect a current player to be into the game. After all, that’s like a carpenter returning from work and anxiously getting started on home improvement projects.
However, current Oakland A’s relief pitcher Pat Neshek isn’t like many players. His delivery style is an unorthodox sidearm one that he developed after being hit in the arm by a ball in high school. He runs a personal web site where he talks about his card and autograph collections, offering to trade items, even his game-used gear, for memorabilia he wants. And he’s willing to give baseball sims a try.
“I discovered OOTP just this past year,” Neshek says. “I was bored with Rise of Nations and wanted a baseball sim, so I looked around and found that OOTP had a ton of good reviews. I read the Deadspin article touting it, and Curt Schilling had some quotes, so I thought I’d give it a try.”
He continues: “I wanted something that had real players and a real minor league system. I also wanted things such as the 40-man roster, the draft, salary arbitration and in-depth contracts. This game has it all.”