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If you are around my age, chances are you grew up playing baseball video games like “RBI Baseball,” “Baseball Simulator 1.000” or maybe just plain old “MLB” for Nintendo. Video games have come a very long way since then and the producers of “MLB 13: The Show” for Sony Playstation 3 and PS Vista are asking you to get involved with the creation of the latest edition of the game by helping chose the cover. Our own Ryan Braun is one of seven finalists for the cover.
For the first time, fans are invited to take part in a vote that begins today at MLB.com/covervote. Votes for Braun will also be counted on Twitter when the hashtag #MLB13Braun is tweeted or retweeted.
I spoke with Braun this morning and he is pretty excited about the possibility of seeing the Brewers uniform on the cover of the most popular baseball video game on the market.
“It’s an honor to be among the finalists to be on the cover of a video game and it would be exciting to have a Brewer on the cover of this game,” Braun said. “Our fan base has always been extremely supportive and they have shown tremendous enthusiasm in voting for the entire team in All-Star balloting each year. I’ve always been appreciative of that, so let’s do our thing Brewers fans and get a Brewer on the cover of this game!”
Braun followed up his MVP campaign of 2011 with 41 home runs, 112 RBI and 30 stolen bases while hitting .319 last season. He is no stranger to success in fan votes as Braun has been voted in to four MLB All-Star Games by the fans. Brewers fans also know how to get the vote out as well. Remember the ESPN.com Battle of the Ballparks last summer!? Brewers fans definitely showed their hometown pride there as Miller Park came out on top.
Voting begins today and will end on Friday at 7 p.m. CST. Produced by Sony and is exclusively available on Sony Playstation 3 and PS Vista, “MLB 13: The Show” is expected to be released on March 5, 2013, The game captures every detail and mechanic of baseball and is the number-one selling and rated Major League Baseball video game franchise.