I've played OOTP enough to love it, and eventually come to critique aspects of it that are too easy to exploit. One can put the setting to higher difficulty, of course, but that seems to make it unrealistic in a different extreme. Still, as an inveterate tinkerer, I found the game very very addictive for days at a time.
I've played Strat-O-Matic only as the dice-game version, starting way back in the 70's or so, and again when my sons were old enough to enjoy it. (Never got my daughter into it - or my wife for that matter - go figure.)
Before we discovered SOM, by brother and I devised our own randomized game based on our baseball cards' stats. Much cruder than the commercial products that we didn't know about yet, but for kids around 10 or 12 years old it wasn't bad.
All this is basically to say: welcome to the crowd.
You have the right attitude for a road trip through the midwest. Enjoy all the off-the-beaten-path sights to see. I have a long and not very interesting story to tell regarding an ice storm and a cafe in LaSalle.
I would also include a knife, I don't go anywhere without a knife.
Thanks for the great post! Strangely, this is the stuff that interests me the most.
As fans, we all see the on-the-field stuff, but most of us have no idea of what day-to-day life is like, especially for you guys living with host families.
Good luck on the road trip!
Interesting post. I always enjoy reading about the daily experiences of a minor league player. You guys definitely aren't catered to like the guys in the show are. Good luck with the rest of the season.