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Can Marlins get SpongeBob out? Video game mixes major-leaguers with cartoon favorites


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This is the most enticing publicity tease to come along in quite a while:

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to watch Ricky Nolasco pitch against SpongeBob SquarePants?

Maybe I was hallucinating, but I thought I witnessed that on a rainy night at Sun Life Stadium last weekend.

The prospect promises to be more entertaining in the new Nicktoons MLB video game to be released Sept. 13 by 2K Play. At least for the young gaming set.

The game provides an opportunity to mix players on the Marlins and the other 29 major league teams with characters from fav toon shows such as SpongeBob and Ren & Stimpy. It is designed for Xbox 360 with support for Kinect, Wii and Nintendo DS.

Games can be set in any of several iconic ballparks, including Fenway, or various familiar Nicktoon locations. It is a good opportunity for major league baseball to foster a connection with an upcoming generation. And to answer the question, Can Nolasco get SpongeBob out?

Perhaps the Marlins should consider signing some of these “name’ players as they get ready to open a new ballpark. They won’t come cheap, though.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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