12/06/2007 6:24 PM ET
2K goes with Jose
Mets superstar to be official spokeman of video game
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Major League Baseball 2K8 will be available for Xbox, PlayStation and all popular video game systems. (courtesy 2K Sports)
Jose Reyes has been considered one of the most dynamic, exciting players in Major League Baseball for the last few years. Now the New York Mets shortstop, leadoff man and fan favorite is inching just a little further into the pop-culture mainstream.
2K Sports announced Wednesday that Reyes is the cover athlete and official spokesman for Major League Baseball 2K8, the popular video game that will be available next spring for the Xbox 360 system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION3 and PlayStation2 computer entertainment systems, the PSP system, and the Wii home video game system.
"This is the first time I have ever been on the cover of a video game, and it is very exciting to be a part of the best video game out there," Reyes said in a 2K Sports statement.
Reyes hit .280 last year with 119 runs scored, 78 stolen bases, 36 doubles, 191 hits, 12 home runs and 57 RBIs, showing off his versatility, speed, power and defensive ability.
"Jose is a young, exciting player who is on the cusp of super-stardom," said 2K sports marketing director Chris Snyder. "He excels in every facet of his game, making him a truly complete player. We feel the same way about Major League Baseball 2K8 -- it will be the complete baseball game this spring. Plus, I don't think I have ever seen Jose without a smile on his face. He always has fun out there, and it's really refreshing to see that."
Snyder said fans of the game can expect a substantially better product.
"From fielding and pitching to hitting and baserunning, you will see a vast improvement not only in graphics but in game play," Snyder said. "We are also bringing back the elements of the game that fans loved like Signature Style and Inside Edge."
And Snyder also offered a bit of inside information on who the best Major League gamers happen to be.
"We had a (video) home run contest in a Best Buy in Minneapolis last year with our arcade baseball title 'The Bigs,' and (Twins first baseman) Justin Morneau was the guest of honor," Snyder said.
"Turns out in the championship round he went up against a fan wearing a Chicago White Sox jersey. Needless to say, Justin took it to him and claimed he was motivated by the White Sox jersey.
"With that said, I would have to say Justin Morneau is one of the better gamers out there, but Jose is not far behind -- he barely lost to Justin in our celebrity home run contest at last year's all-star game in San Francisco. We didn't hold it against Jose. We still put him on the cover anyway."
Doug Miller is Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.