Pitchers and catchers won't report to spring training for another month, but Sony's release of its MLB 12: The Show cover art, featuring Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez, has us more pumped than we've been in months for the return of baseball. Appropriately enough, developers used an image of the four-time All-Star connecting with a ball in the middle of his perfect swing.
Sony announced that Adrian Gonzalez would grace their cover back in November. Recently, we sat down with the three-time Gold Glove winner, who reiterated his love for the video game, calling the chance to be on the cover "a dream come true."
Gonzalez isn't just playing the game; he's hands-on with the development team, wearing a motion-capture suit while getting in a few swings. He said, "The experience with the motion-capturing outfit was really a unique, one-of-a kind experience. It's something that you can't duplicate, you can't replicate anywhere, and it's something that I'll always remember."
"The Show has been and continues to be the market leading and most realistic baseball title of this console generation and the number-one rated sports video game over the past four years, so we're psyched to have one the best all-around players in baseball representing MLB 12," said Sony in their announcement.
Of course their cover athlete is a huge fan of the game as well. "The game's amazing," Gonzalez said. "You can't replicate the simulation the way that they do. It's the best way to play the game of baseball without being a Major Leaguer. Everything is as close to game action as possible."
MLB 12: The Show will hit stores on March 6, 2012. Stay tuned for our full review in coming weeks. Meantime, pre-order your copy and celebrate the return of spring training by checking out our preview of Adrian Gonzalez's workout and exclusive interview series.
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