Category Archives: Videos

’84 Tigers Toss Out First Pitch

Well, it’s the last post of 2014.

Here are Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Dave Bergman tossing out the first pitch before a Detroit Tigers game this past June 30th.

Hope everybody has a fantastic holiday season.  I’ll be back here in just a couple weeks as I start a very special countdown heading towards the 1984 replay.

And don’t forget – today is exactly 100 days until the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet on a Sunday night to kick off the 2015 MLB season.

Normally I look at that Sunday night game as sacrilege.  The first game of the year should always be during the day on the first Monday in April.  But coming from a Cubs family, I’m going to make an exception this year.



MLB Tonight: 1984 Detroit Tigers

Well this here is pretty awesome.

On May 20th of this year, the crew over at MLB Tonight did an 8 minute reflection on the magical season that was put in by the 1984 Detroit Tigers.

Seriously, I’ve tabled this ’84 replay for a few weeks now as I rolled out some “winter sports”, including an 8-team NHL tournament, 8-team NFL mini-season, and a 6-team NBA tournament.

But every time I come across a video like this, it gets me jonesin’ to dive back into the thing.

And that’s coming soon, I promise.

Sorry for the late post today.  I have about 100 items that are already “post-dated” to auto-publish on certain dates across the next two years, but there are a few here that aren’t set up that way and I need to actually come in here to manually type them in.

I’m really looking forward to what followers are going to see during 2015.

Here’s hoping for a great year.

Here’s the video:

Ernie Harwell on the call

We’ve been without “Ernie” Harwell for four years now.  He passed away at 92 in the spring of 2010.

I didn’t follow the Detroit Tigers growing up, but I was a big enough baseball fan to know that Harwell was as huge there as Harry Caray was in Chicago.

It’s a magical thing, what a good sportscaster can bring to a broadcast.

Here he is with the final call of the 1984 World Series, as Larry Herndon races towards the foul line to make the catch.

1984 Fall Classic

Here’s an 88-second recap of the 1984 World Series between the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers.

88 seconds isn’t much shorter than the actual World Series took to play out.

1984 World Series: Game 5

Measurable snow fell here in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, November 13th.

So it seems like the timing to detour my 1984 MLB project in favor of an NHL tournament wasn’t so out of line.

I had a big discussion / argument / study of some ratings on Strat’s hockey cards, because I thoroughly enjoy deconstructing how game companies put their cards together.

I have a really long treatise that I will post on another blog, but for now I’ll just let you know that in the best-of-7 opening series, it’s currently Vancouver 2-0 over Chicago, Anaheim 2-0 over Detroit, Toronto 1-0 over Boston, and NY Rangers 1-0 over Montreal.

But you’re here for baseball, not hockey, right?

For your enjoyment today, I offer the 5th and final game of the 1984 World Series.

Personally I’m hoping for a closer Series in my replay…

Almost done posting videos from the 1984 season as we head towards the final month of 2014.

Stay warm, everybody.

World Series: Game 1

I’ve gone ahead and started up my 8-team tournament with teams from the 2010-11 NHL season.  Should provide a link to that soon, but I will point out that I had a good long discussion about this on the Strat Fan Forums.

This is all best pushed off to another gaming-related blog I host, so I won’t pepper you with too much info.  In short, the hockey game is my 2nd favorite Strat product, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t several changes that I think need to be made to the game engine.

I still plan on this ’84 MLB project being the focus, but with baseball season having just ended, I wouldn’t mind dabbling a little on the side with the NHL thing.

In another gaming news, the fabulous Jeff Polman (Google him) tends to run a 16-team tournament every fall using teams from the past season and looks for folks to be in charge of a team – setting rotations, bullpen assignments, lineups, etc.

Last year I got in and ran the Washington Nationals and won the whole thing, earning myself a $25 gift certificate to Strat-o-Matic.  Woot!

This year I’m back to defend my title, taking over the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Games kick off next weekend and I still need to put my roster directions together for Jeff.  It’s part of my “to do” list this weekend.

This week’s video shows how the final play of Game 1 of the 1984 World Series played out.

Highlights include Vin Scully on the call and one mustachioed ballplayer flipping a ball to another.

Another NLCS Highlight

Happy Halloween, everybody.

At this point I have one Strat project queued up for each of the four sports, but I’ve really only been rolling games for this one here – 1984 MLB.

For one, I’ve really committed to watching every game of the World Series. I’m not really ready to let go of the 2014 season and there is a long and cold winter ahead of us, so I wanted to savor every last pitch of the year.

Secondly, I haven’t yet laid down any of the “pre-production” for my other projects.

I had gotten started rolling up games for the 2004 NFL season and then got sidetracked by how long it takes to get games done.  I play with modified elementary rules and it takes me a good 2 hours to roll a game.  It’s a little too long for me, so I’ve been working on a web app that allows me to mimic rolling the game, albeit in less than an hour.

Is it taking a while to code?  Hell yes.  But good progress is being made and I hope I can start using it within the next month or two here.

My hockey project is an 8-team playoff, all rounds best of 7, using teams from the 2010-11 season: Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, NY Rangers, Toronto and Vancouver.

And, lastly, a 6-team, single-elimination tournament using 6 teams from the 2008-09 NBA season: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, LA Lakers, Miami and Orlando.

Kind of excited about each of them and hopefully will start making a dent in each alongside this here MLB project.

This week, another flashback to game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, while always an amazing hitter, Tony Gwynn also used to be fleet of foot.

Here he is, crushing the Chicago Cubs’ hopes and dreams in game 5 of the 1984 NLCS.