We’ve decided to wrap up our sim of the 2014 NLCS in one shot. While real life has the Giants up, three games to one, heading into Game 5, we had the series tied after four. Here’s how the final three games played out in Out of the Park Baseball 15:
While the real world Royals take a 3-0 series lead into today’s Game 4 against the Orioles, the virtual version found themselves down, two games to one, against the Orioles in our simulation. Like they did all year in real life, though, the Royals found ways to scratch out runs and used their bullpen to seal a 3-2 victory that tied this virtual ALCS at two games apiece.
“I was, quite honestly, born into the game,” says Curt Schilling, who pitched for the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox during a 20-year career. “I was told my dad had a ball and glove in my crib when I came home from the hospital. I’ve lived and breathed it since I can remember. I grew up in Arizona so I could be on the field 365 days a year.”
He continues: “When I wasn’t on the field, I was doing something associated with the game. I first found APBA football but baseball came soon after. I loved being able to ‘run’ a team and a league. I had notebooks with reams of stats; I kept everything by hand.”
Schilling remained an avid gamer throughout his playing days, which ended on March 23, 2009 after accumulating 3,116 strikeouts with a 216-146 record and a 3.46 ERA. He’s not sure when or how he became an OOTPer, but he says he’s “always been a HUGE sim fan, and played about everything there’s ever been a game for in football and baseball. I played all the Front Page Sports stuff and just loved the ability to ‘GM’ a franchise.”