In­ter­view - Brett Lawrie

TekSavvy Insider - - Contents - BY JOHN GUR­LEY

We catch up with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie to dis­cuss his in­clu­sion on the cover of PlayS­ta­tion exclusive base baller, MLB14: The Show.

To cel­e­brate the launch of the awe­some MLB 14: The Show on PlayS­ta­tion 4 re­cently, we were in­vited along to check out the game and chat with Toronto Blue Jay Brett Lawrie. Not want­ing to miss out on the chance to grill the sec­ond/third base­man on his gam­ing habits of and those of his fel­low Blue Jays, we jumped right into it…

TSI: Are you a big gamer?

BL: Here and there... I’m not your aver­age gamer, I guess you could say. I’ll play a lit­tle when­ever I have spare time, noth­ing crazy though!

TSI: What was it like be­ing ap­proached to be on the front cover of the Cana­dian edi­tion of MLB 14: The Show?

BL: It was def­i­nitely a very cool op­por­tu­nity – I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive of it and it’s awe­some to be a part of it. I re­mem­ber grow­ing up play­ing Ken Grif­fey Jr. (Pre­sents Ma­jor League Base­ball) and (Ken Grif­fey Jr.’s) Slugfest and all those clas­sic games, so hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to see where video games have come from then to now and see­ing my­self on the front cover is ob­vi­ously very cool. The stuff they do in games now is un­be­liev­able. You al­most think you’re watch­ing a real game!

TSI: What’s it like see­ing yourself in a video game and hav­ing a bunch of people play­ing as you?

BL: It’s def­i­nitely a weird feel­ing, you know, es­pe­cially when you’re play­ing the game as yourself. You’re play­ing the game in real life and then you turn on your PS4 and then you see yourself as a char­ac­ter; it’s a real change of pace, but it’s one of those where you don’t want to stop play­ing. It’s re­ally cool and be­ing on the cover is ob­vi­ously a bonus. It’s a lot of fun to rep­re­sent my­self, the Blue Jays, Ma­jor League Base­ball and PlayS­ta­tion.

TSI: Are any of your Blue Jays team­mates big gamers?

BL: There’s a bunch of guys who are re­ally into gam­ing. Dioner Navarro plays a lot of FIFA; he’s a big time FIFA player who loves play­ing on­line. A lot of guys here play a lot of Call of Duty too. I’m not very good with that stuff, though, and I have a hard time sit­ting there for hours just play­ing against guys who kill me ev­ery two sec­onds [laughs]. When they’re play­ing I usu­ally find some­thing else to do. I love play­ing base­ball on the PS4 though when I get the chance.

MLB14: The Show is out now only on Sony PlayS­ta­tion 4, Sony Play Sta­tion 3 and Sony PlayS­ta­tion Vita.

Get your snow as a dig­i­tal down­load from the PlayS­ta­tion Store, or visit your lo­cal game re­tailer to pick up a phys­i­cal copy.

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