Nationals Catcher Jose Lobaton Used PlayStation to Learn About Stephen Strasburg

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton waits for a pitch during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Sometimes video games can actually be useful in real life.

Catcher Jose Lobaton spent the past few seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, but an offseason trade sent him to the Washington Nationals. Now he has to get used to catching a new pitching staff.

Nationals fans shouldn't be too worried, however. Lobaton was prepared for his first bullpen session with ace Stephen Strasburg, all thanks to PlayStation.

The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore has the details of Lobaton's experience of learning about the right-hander:

I knew him from PlayStation. He was with Tampa. I traded for him.

PlayStation, it’s a real game. You can see everything.

I haven’t seen a guy a like him. I can say Pricey, because he throws a lot of strikes.

One thing I know about him, he’s got a good fastball. And then he threw that changeup yesterday. I asked Sandy [Leon]. He said, ‘That’s the best pitch that he’s got.’ I was like: ‘Wow! That fastball and that changeup? And then the curveball?’

PlayStation games have gotten pretty realistic. Maybe playing as Strasburg a lot will actually come in handy and quickly establish great chemistry between the two.