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May 6, 2010 10:00 AM

Perfect Gamer Wins $1 Million

Million dollar video game man.jpgThe odds of pitching a perfect game in the majors is 16,000 to 1. The odds of pitching a perfect game in MLB 2K10 are probably a lot easier. In January, 2K Sports offered $1 million to the first person to pitch a perfect game in MLB 2K10. The contest ran from its release date on March 2 through May 1. Wade McGilberry pitched a perfect game on the very first day.

The oddest thing might just be who he had pitch the perfect game. You would think he'd choose C.C. Sabathia, or Tim Lincecum, or Mark Buehrle who has actually accomplished the rare feat. Instead, he went with Kenshin Kawakami of the Atlanta Braves. Kawakami is in his second year and is currently 0-4 with a 5.48 ERA. Clearly the Atlanta pitching staff hasn't been able to unearth his god-given talents.

Below is a video from The Early Show in which McGilberry talks about his video game experience and what he'll do with the money. It's pretty dry but my favorite part is when he's asked who's idea it was, he says, "I came up with the idea but I had to get my wife's permission first." You came up with the idea? Did you pitch it to 2K Sports? All you did was play a video game. That's not an idea, that's a waste of time. Perhaps I'm being too harsh because I'm jealous. $1 million for playing a video game? That's one lucky guy. But you know what makes me feel better? It's thinking about the thousands of other people who kept playing for two months trying for that perfect game, not knowing that this guy had won it on the very first day. 

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