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White Sox star Tim Anderson on the cover of the "RBI Baseball 21" video game

White Sox star Tim Anderson on the cover of the “RBI Baseball 21” video game

Tim Anderson is one of the changing faces of baseball sports.

Do you need proof? Check out the cover of the latest version of the “RBI Baseball” video game.

Anderson is on it.

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The White Sox shortstop was announced Thursday as a cover athlete for the game, bringing more exposure to one of the brightest young stars on the South Side.

“Like many kids, I grew up in video games,” Anderson said in an announcement. “When I couldn’t go out and play the ball, or in bad weather, it was time to have fun with my friends and daydreaming, and it was always cool to see who was on the cover every year — They were the ones I wanted.

“So now it’s really part of my dream to decorate the cover of RBI 21 and I hope the kids see my picture on the cover and they understand that they can do this too. They need to believe in themselves, pursue their dreams, and work on them. “

Anderson has not only turned the game around in the last few years, but also won the batting title in 2019 and the Silver Slugger Award in 2020, as well as becoming one of the new style baseball torch careers. And it enhances my personal spotlight. It emphasizes fun and individuality rather than the outdated “unwritten rules”.

The bat flip after a home run with Kansas City Royals in 2019 won a retaliatory bean from pitcher Brad Keller, but more importantly, amplified the conversation about where the game is heading. Did. In the wake of the incident, Anderson called baseball “boring” and vowed to work to change baseball. He told Sports Illustrated that he was trying to emulate Jackie Robinson breaking the “fun barrier” of baseball, and when he was hit by a similar attack last season, San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. Rushed to the defense of.

The White Sox has been pushing star shortstops for a long time, using his phrase “change the game” as last year’s official slogan.

Baseball is also leaning on now. One of the biggest advocates of new-style games, with Anderson on the cover of video games, as he highlighted the personality of a new generation of players in a great “play with kids” advertising campaign a few seasons ago. Is being advertised.

Now, which button do you press to do a bat flip?

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