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What if Eduardo Nunez was the greatest player alive?: Part one

What if we could create the perfect baseball player? And what if that player was this guy?

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“To knowledge,” Scarlett Johansson’s character Lucy from the 2014 movie “Lucy” says as she toasts to herself. In the film, she accidentally ingests a drug which greatly increases her physical and mental abilities. Presumably, everything turns out totally fine after that, I haven’t seen the movie other than the “to knowledge” scene.

Anyway, the point of that is wondering what would happen if a baseball player could greatly increase their physical and mental abilities. What if we could create a perfect baseball player? Mike Trout is about as close as we’ll ever get to finding out, but what if we can top even him? And, what if that perfect baseball player was Eduardo Nunez? Using the game Out of the Park Baseball 21, we’re about to find out.

I have taken the reigns of the Yankees’ general manager role with the sole purpose of acquiring and turning Nunez into the best player in baseball. Brian Cashman has gladly stepped into an assistant role, while I have been given a lifetime contact (aka I used the settings of the game to make myself unfireable and and also able to edit any player.)

The first thing we have to tick off is acquiring Nunez, who in real life and in the game is currently a member of the Mets. My initial trade offer of Luis Cessa is met with some skepticism from Mets’ GM Brodie Van Wagenen, despite Cashman’s opinion.

After discussion, I agree to throw in second base prospect Angel Rojas, and the deal is completed. I quickly add Nunez to the 40-man roster and promote him and send down Tyler Wade.

Step two is to lock down Nunez long term, we don’t want his minor league contract to expire at season’s end and for someone else to land our soon to be secret weapon. He only asks for a two-year deal, but I give him $10 million for 10 years. The rest of the league will surely be laughing at this novice GM giving nine figures to a guy who was on a minor league deal the day before, but little do they know the powers I wield.

He does not get back to me about the contract offer before Opening Day, where the Yankees weirdly lost 13-3 to the Orioles, likely confused about the Nunez acquisition. Aaron Boone does use the newest Yankee off the bench in the first game of the season. Nunez goes 1-for-1, singling after pinch hitting in the ninth. As for the contract, he finally agrees on March 28th, allowing us to exact our plan before game two. It’s time to jack up all of his ratings to the maximum.

We’ll keep this part secret until it’s needed, but his pitching ratings (in addition to fielding) have also all been moved to the maximum possible. Nunez, for his part, is just happy to be back, unaware of what he is about to do.

I have demanded that Boone put him in the starting lineup and bat him third. This might seem to him like an overstep, but the Yankees’ manager is also unaware of what he is about to possess.

In part two, Eduardo Nunez’s transformation into the greatest player in baseball history will begin, starting with a game against the Orioles.