I’m a die-hard Yankee fan, yeah -- but first and foremost, I’m a baseball fan, so I have no problem admitting that Dustin Pedroia is highly deserving of the cover of Sony’s MLB 09 The Show. The Red Sox second baseman has already racked up numerous honors and awards in his short two-year career. For example, he’s one of only three players in baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in consecutive seasons (the others are Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard, last year’s cover athlete).
You can peruse the press release after the jump if you’re interested in a laundry list of Pedroia’s exploits. As for the covers themselves, they’re in the gallery below. All three of the covers (PS3, PS2, and PSP) have the new “Only On PlayStation” branding that Sony exclusives now carry. This is the second year in a row of this particular style -- cover athlete in front of a black-and-white shot of his home stadium -- and I really like it (I think it’s classy, especially in the case of the storied Fenway Park).
As for the game itself, all kinds of details can be found in the announcement post from December, and if you’re anticipating this game as much as I am, they’ll make you drool, too. MLB 09 The Show will slide into stores on March 3rd, less than two months from today, for the PS3, PS2, and PSP -- and according to a comment from a Sony PR man on the PlayStation.Blog, we can expect to see a PlayStation Network demo sometime in February.
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