Ever wonder how the MLB The Show series nails all those in-game animations? It’s because the team in San Diego brings in actual players who show them how it’s done.
This week, Minnesota Twins catcher and AL MVP Joe Mauer was in the motion capture studio to, um, run around in spandex with a glove and bat. The results will be apparent when the game hits early next month.
In the meantime, Mauer took time to chat with us about his incredible 2009 season, what it’s like to show up on the cover of a game, and how some Major Leaguers use games (like The Show) to scout out opponents in advance. Oh, and working with our (M)VP, Kevin Butler.
For what it’s worth, Mauer was a really cool, chill guy; maybe not what you’d expect out of an elite athlete. Best of luck to him this season.