My secret was that I was on the cover of #mlb2k13 !! I'm pretty excited about it...can't wait for LA— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) January 9, 2013
Price was pleased to speak about the honor. He told Operation Sports: "It's a dream come true to appear on the cover of MLB 2K13."
The young left-hander certainly earned the honor of appearing on the cover with the season he enjoyed in 2012.
He won the AL Cy Young Award after enjoying the best season of his still promising career. Price was 20-5 with a sparkling ERA of 2.56. He also pitched 200-plus innings for the third straight season.
The MLB 2K series has been good to the Rays. Price is the second Rays star to grace the cover since the series stopped using Derek Jeter exclusively in 2007.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria appeared on the cover of MLB 2K10.
Prior to Tampa Bay's ace revealing his secret, word spread that 2K Sports would indeed be releasing another installment of the franchise, per Kotaku.com.
The MLB 2K series seemed to be in grave danger of being canceled, as 2K Sports' exclusive third-party agreement expired at the end of 2012. Widespread speculation circulated that the franchise could be done (Game Informer).
Continuing the franchise under its previous agreement with Major League Baseball had been called a "losing proposition" by Strauss Zelnick, the chief executive of 2K Sports' parent company, Take-Two Interactive, per Reuters.com.
Apparently, things and terms have changed, and Xbox 360 gamers will be allowed to play virtual ball again this year. MLB2K13 will also be available for PS3 gamers, but the news is especially sweet for gamers who only own an Xbox 360.
PS3 gamers have the MLB The Show series as an alternative, but without the MLB 2K series, Xbox gamers would be devoid of any MLB simulation, and that is a tough pill to swallow.
Thankfully, now they won't have to.
The Million-Dollar Challenge will also return to the franchise this year. For those that are unaware, this is the contest that challenges gamers to become the first to pitch a perfect game.
The player that records the first recorded gem wins $1 million. The contest has run in conjunction with the release of MLB 2K games since 2010.
No details on gaming features have been released yet, but with the game scheduled for release on March 5, they should be pouring in soon.
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