OK so 1st off let me give a Hat tip to MMO’s Hojo’s MoJo who if it wasn’t for his post of this video yesterday I would of never been aware it existed.
As soon as you see “The Ball Unleashed” you know this is from the same people that brought you “Heads Up Display” the now recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy group known as Digital Domain Media Group. The Writer, Director and Visual Effects Supervisor for these Mets shorts was Marc D. Rienzo whose resume of films he has worked on tells you how talented he is and thanks to his Vimeo page I was able to share the videos for you to see. (Note: for you Firefox users if you have an adblock on or for you more advanced users have the “plugin-container” disabled you may not be able to play the video.)
So now that you have already seen “The Ball Unleashed” video I wanted to look deeper at the video similar to what I did in a post for the “Heads Up Display” video. Remember that you can click on the images to see them at their full resolution.
1st off unlike in Heads Up Display which occurred during a night game in The Ball Unleashed since it’s during a day game we can see in the future that real estate space is at a premium as the parking around Citi Field is replaced by tall buildings.
It seems there is a statue erected near the Right Field entrance to the park. It is hard to determine if it indeed is a player since the statue is not in a baseball pose or holding a bat or glove so could this be rather a statue of say current Mets owner Fred Wilpon?
Two observations here are that it seems Adidas is the sneaker of choice in the future and even though a team logo can not be seen in the video the opponent seems to be the Phillies once again based on what appears to be the same uniform type & color from the “Heads Up Display” video.
In this video you can see what appears to be in red the word warning but as to what it remains to be seen.
It remains to be seen that is until it is inverted horizontally and blown up 200%. Now one can see the warning is for the hitters statistics. You can make out that the 1st 3 categories are SLG Percentage, Strength and Batting Average. I guess in the future On Base Percentage is nothing worth being warned about.
If there was any doubt as to who was catching this shot puts any doubt to rest as you can clearly see that #31 the futuristic Mike Piazza is behind the plate.
In this shot you can see that for all the advances in technology an old school tarp is still the preferred method of choice when it comes to covering the field during a rain delay.
It’s good to see that like Pepsi Cola, Budweiser is a proud sponsor of Mets baseball.
Finally the end result of the ball being unleashed is a clear strike demonstrated by the large Red K is the heads up display but what is more interesting is the rest of the details surrounding it.
Having inverted the image horizontally the information on the display is easier to read. You can tell it was a 3-2 count based on the “B-3″ displayed and that it appears it was a swinging strike three since the K is not reversed. You can see it was his 135th pitch. The best thing though is the MPH the strikes were. Strike 1 was 87mph, strike 2 was 103mph and strike 3 was 323mph. Talk about dialing it up a notch! The future Seaver gives new meaning to Blast Off.
I am including the other 2 Mets videos for you to see since the “Heads Up Display” video is no longer public on Youtube. I also wanted to share a picture of the Futuristic Mike Piazza action figure that looks just so cool and a must have for any Mets fan if you can get your hands on one.