I just wanted to take a moment and mention that long time friend of the blog, 22Gigantes.com has gone dark.
The internets lost a good one.
May you rest in peace good buddy.
Buster Posey came out with a video game.
Being a lover of both baseball and video games I decided to give it a try.
The game overall is pretty fun, you start off as a young Buster in Leesburg, Georgia hitting homers over the barn in the backyard. As you collect sunflower seeds (the games currency) you level up your Buster and take on the different levels. Next it is the Toyota “Oh my God there is a truck on the upper deck” Youth Championship, then you progress to the High School Under Armour All-America Baseball level, then to “College” and then the Big Leagues.
The game play is simple enough, you drag your finger across the screen and make contact with the ball that is thrown by the pitchers.
There is a bit of a learning curve on how to best make solid contact but before too long you are peppering balls all over the backyard and on your way to collecting seeds to level up to get to the big leagues.
After a few weeks with the game I have become pretty proficient with the game. I haven’t quite cracked the big leagues but that is just because the game really doesn’t trust rookies, once I have a few more gray hairs I am sure I will get my call up.
Also when you hook the game up to your Game Genie you can unlock “Brett Pill” mode. “Brett Pill” mode changes the game’s physics so it is like you are playing baseball on the moon. The dingerz that you can you hit like this are pretty impressive. Turning on “Brandon Belt” mode you swing and miss at just about everything. Your only hope of scoring points is that if a ball bounces off your slumpy shoulders, this mode is only recommended for advanced users.
If you are short on seeds don’t splurge on one of the many options available in the game, although I can’t blame you if you use this as your opportunity to sign up for Gay.com I can’t really blame you. The 974 seeds would be well worth it. The best way to get to the majors as we learned in the late 90′s and early 00′s is hard work and spinach, so just do that.
You have a struggling member of your team, let’s call him Brendan.
Brendan is a talented employee but at he is young and is still learning. He makes some mistakes at times but not really anymore than other new employees, he has areas that still need improvement but there are other spots where he really excels. You take a look at his performance review from last year and see that using your companies measurements he was probably better than 50 to 60 percent of all your other employees.
This year he has had the same growing pains and you think that he might be getting down on himself, doubting his abilities. So what do you do as a manager of this employee Brendan?
I know let’s send a mass email talking about how Brendan is messed up in the head and that he needs to just stop being a Nancy Boy and man up. While you are composing your email you accidentally send it to not just the entire company but the entire metropolitan area (this stuff happens all the time, just ask Aaron Sorkin). Whoops, it doesn’t matter because the more people you tell that you think that he is a loser without confidence the more that the employee will want to prove you wrong.
Nothing could possibly go wrong with this scenario, they should really just teach this in Business School.