Fathers and sons. Baseball has a way of tying one generation to the next, creating traditions that are passed on while new ones develop along the way. In the case of pro wrestler Steve Corino, baseball has helped strengthen his relationship with his father two ways: through their passion for the real world sport and by sharing stories about playing Out of the Park Baseball.
“When I was seven years old, my father, Big Frank, taught me the old APBA card game,” Corino says of his childhood in Philadelphia. “Now this was 1980, when the Phillies were making that run to the World Series. He was a milkman and worked the overnight shift, so I would keep score of the Phillies games for him. The funny part is that we didn’t get cable until the fall of 1981, so I would listen to the radio and keep score for him like I was the official scorekeeper. Back then, the newspapers only carried the basic box score, so I would make stats for him. Then he showed me the APBA game and I was off!”
As an adult, Corino moved on to digital baseball sims, primarily MLB The Show. “I would buy that game every year on the PS2,” he says. “Traveling with pro wrestling, I would spend half the year in Japan and half at home, so I would have plenty of time.”
However, the GM aspect of baseball videogames was what he really enjoyed, so when a fan told him about OOTP on Twitter during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, “it all changed,” he remembers. (We encourage you to follow him at @KingCorino.) “I downloaded OOTP and haven’t stopped playing!” he says. “Not only do you control your team on the field, but you are responsible off the field too: budgets, stats, trades, ’emails’ from other GMs and players, and so forth. OOTP is the best game for the obsessed fan.”