Sammy Sosa's Playhouse

  Catch Ball at Four: Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball


Written by Detroit Beisbol Cat Stevens - March 31, 2020

I'd been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is. Why must we go on hating? Out on the edge of darkness, there rode a peace train. I got off the train, thinking I'd come home. I had, in fact, left my universe and entered yours. Looks like the darkness lives here too, but it's even worse than my home.

First, I was sad that the train didn't take me home, but I know God sent me here to save people. In my home, I make music and my lyrics touch people's souls. Whenever I sing here, though, people get scared. I don't think people hear my words, so this ain't the way I'm gonna make it, but I'm gonna find some way how because I've got to show the world all the love. Our universes appear very different, but we share baseball. If I know one thing, it's baseball will bring us together. Baseball lives in all of us, in every secret corner of our eyes. It can uncover the beauty in all things.

I can't play baseball. Back home we let the humans play baseball while us cats played music. The cats here don't play music, but we still can't play baseball. We used to get in on the fun with video games, so that will be my gift to you in the name of peace and love. I will play your baseball video games and chronicle my travels on Sammy Sosa's Playhouse.

I've learned baseball is different here, but it's close enough. For example, the Sammy Sosa I know first played for the Phillies in the 80s, was traded to my hometown Detroit Tigers in the middle of '89, then signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in '94 and chased the home run record with them, but he ended up playing for the Orioles in the end, which brings us together.

The first game I'm going to play for you is Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for the Super Nintendo. We had the same game back home. Why wouldn't we? Ken Griffey Jr. was everywhere in the 90s, man, and the lifelong Seattle Mariner backed up the hype by breaking the career Home Run Record and becoming the undisputed greatest of all time...

Oh, that didn't happen for you over here? Oh, that's too shocking to see. No wonder this place is so shattered and torn. Well, I don't want no fights, so I'll just tell you how this train is going to roll.

I'll play a season of a given baseball video game and I'll share with you the results of every game in the season until I win the World Series. If I lose along the away, I have to play another season in the same game. I'll share box scores and anything else the game offers to show results.

Again, we're starting with Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. It's true classic we can all rally behind. We'll be playing as the Mariners because it's the canon way to play. Now get your bags together and bring your good friends too. Come onto The Playhouse's peace train. Catch Ball at Four will soon be with you.