Paul Ulane

One-on-One with a Millionaire

I can think of some pretty ridiculous ways to win a million dollars: a cheeseburger eating contest, bubble gum blowing contest, Justin Bieber look-a-like contest. But while those all seem pretty wild, none of them seem as strange as paying someone a million dollars to play a video game.

Yet that’s exactly what the folks over at 2K Sports did last week when they awarded 24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Alabama a million cool ones for being the first person to pitch a certified perfect game in MLB 2K10.

“I never thought I'd actually win a million dollars playing a video game,” McGilberry said. “It's all still sinking in for me.”

It may be hard to grasp for McGilberry because he accomplished the tough feat almost immediately. Wade threw a verified perfect game on the first day of the competition, in only his seventh attempt.

Now if you’re sitting back at home thinking, “Man, I could take this guy on. He’s probably no better than me.” Think again. McGilberry can pitch. Trust me, I know from experience. You see the other day, I got a chance to meet McGilberry in person and take him on for an inning of MLB 2K10. We went head-to-head at Citi Field before a Mets-Giants game.

Here’s a quick recap of how things went:

Strikeout. Strikeout. Strikeout.

12 pitches. One foul tip. Yeah, it was ugly. I even had the heart of the Mets’ order up in my half of the inning. So trust me, McGilberry earned his million bucks.

If you want to see how it all went down, check out the video of me flailing and failing against the newly crowned millionaire at the top of this post.

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I lost a perfect game in the ninth with 2 outs when Yovani Gallardo got careless with a fastball and hit David Freese. Luckily I still threw a no-no.

i havent won a game on the easiest level in MVP BASEBALL 2005, do you smell that, i think its me and the Professer

Had three no-nos when the dude threw the perfecto. Alex Rios error with Jake peavy, Hit batsman for Yovani Gallardo, and 2 walks for Jaime Moyer. Tough break for me.

Ive only thrown one perfect game and I got the second out with a bang. My favorite team being the dodgers, i played against the marlins in game five of the regular season. chad billingsly was my starter. first 3 innings were striking out the side, 4-6 was two k's per inning, a ground out and 2 pop ups. 7-8 all grounders. the ninth was scary. i got one out by another strikeout. dan uggla was up and crushed the ball.i was so mad but what happened can't be put in a script. matt kemp, ran back,back,back, and robbed the homerun. i nearly started crying. finally, to end the perfect day, i struck out the last batter and for the first time ever, i threw a perfect game. anyone else ever have a close call and still end up throwing the rare masterpiece? or perhaps actually, lost it? please tell me. (By the way, i've thrown three 1 hitters and two nono's)

My friend did it, but it wasn't online.

You looked ugly swinging. I even do better on the PC playing MVP baseball 2004 on MVP.

And I didn't get a cent for it! :)

I threw a perfect game last Saturday using Carlos Zambrano (8 1/3 innings, 16 K's) and Sean Marshall (2/3 innings, 1K) against the Oakland A's at the Coluseum on MLB Power Pros '08. Not an easy thing to do.

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