Babe Ruth was the greatest player of all time. He dominated baseball from 1914 to 1935, most notably for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Remarkably, this is his first ever appearance in MLB The Show 18, where he stars in Diamond Dynasty's new Immortals Program.
One of the cooler features in MLB The Show is that you can access its roster of legends from Diamond Dynasty and move them as you please to various MLB rosters. You can even start up a franchise mode with them if you want. Last year I got tired of the very bad Twins roster and imported Jack Morris, Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, and Harmon Killebrew. It's this sort of fantasy element that make sports games fun.
So what was the first thing I did when I got my hands on MLB The Show 18? I took Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, the Great Bambino... and put him on the Minnesota Twins.
To put into context how ridiculous this is, Babe Ruth died in 1948—about 13 years before the Minnesota Twins even came into existence. Before that they were the Washington Senators, a club that Ruth and his Yankees habitually tormented. Indeed, it was a Senators fan who made his deal with the devil in the classic musical comedy Damn Yankees. The Yankees haunt the Twins even now, having beaten them in their last five playoff meetings.
So it was with a giddy thrill that I saw the utterly ridiculous sight of Babe Ruth in a Minnesota Twins uniform. It was easy, too. All I had to do was go to Roster Control, pick a left fielder I wanted to get rid of, and replace him with Ruth. Then I started a new franchise with the "Use Current Rosters" option and I was off.
One of the nice things about MLB The Show's roster control is how seamless it all is. As soon as I put Ruth on the Twins roster, he was automatically shifted over to the number three spot in the lineup, where he naturally belonged. At 99 overall, Ruth is basically a god, so he was able to get an immediate two out single to get on base.
What followed was one of the more surreal moments I've seen in a baseball game. Miguel Sano strode up and imediately crushed a two-run homer. As he circled the bases, there was Babe Ruth waiting for a high-five.
You can do this with literally any team in MLB The Show. Want to drop him on a rando team like the San Diego Padres? You can do that. Want to change history by putting him on the Boston Red Sox? You can do that too. It's a desperate shame that legends are locked behind Ultimate Team in FIFA and Madden, because these kinds of dumb "what-if?" scenarios are why I like sports games in the first place. It's made that much more essential by the fact that you can't simply import existing uniforms in Diamond Dynasty.
In any case, if you're playing MLB The Show 18, I'm curious to know if you've put Ruth on your favorite team. In the meantime, you can check out my current MLB The Show review, as well as our guides to the best prospects in MLB The Show 18.