Reportedly, every team in Major League Baseball this year will have fake crowd noise during games which will come from the MLB The Show video game.
Without having seen it used in-game yet, I'm not particularly thrilled with this, but it is what is. We can all see that there is nobody in the stands, so pumping in crowd noise just seems odd to me, but whatever. Maybe it will make things seem a bit more normal.
Some teams have already been testing crowd noise in their intra-squad scrimmages.
It's unfortunate that every team in MLB will be doing this, because my good friend and colleague Jared Carrabis aka "The Rocket" came up with a brilliant idea that the bottom half of the league should have to play in silence.
I'd probably trim that down to the bottom 20 percent, but it's a great idea. There's going to be more noise in Marlins Park and the O.Co Coliseum — or whatever the hell that terrible stadium in Oakland is called now — than there ever has been before and it's going to be from a video game.
But while we're adding sounds from The Show into actual MLB gameplay, I think we should subject those who have not had the pleasure — or maybe misfortune, depending on where you stand — of listening to Matt Vasgersian's home run calls to that experience, as well. Let every player pick one from the game and play that as he's rounding the bases.
Hell, if we're pumping in crowd noise, just let every player make a playlist of walk-up songs but have them play for the entirety of their at-bats. Just play music the whole game.
Let's get crazy with it.