When you push the buttons correctly -- and it takes a while to figure this out -- the action on the field is remarkably close to the real thing, or at least the television replay. Derek Jeter does his catch and spin, Chuck Knoblauch occasionally fires the ball into outer space, and David Wells looks like a slob.
The only problem is that in this game Wells is still a Jay, and Buck Martinez still does colour commentary. At least they got the A-Rod trade in.
The screw-ups are compensated for by cool little tweaks to the game that reveal themselves over time. Sign up for a full season and you can guide your star players to the all-star game.
Crush your opponents by a handful of runs and rewards appear, like freak players with giant heads, which are useless, and secret codes to help you beat Pedro Martinez's inside fastball, which are rather handy.
Triple Play is no substitute for going out and running around in the fresh air, but it does allow you to get an early preview of the horrific carnage that is sure to be the pitcherless Jays' 2001 season.
Save yourself the pain of going to the Dome and lose 90 games in the comfort of your own living room.
TRIPLE PLAY BASEBALL for Sony PlayStation, $70. Rating: NNNN
GRAPHICS: Sharp, right down to the ugly shade of the Skydome's cement walls.
PROXIMITY TO THE REAL THING: Apart from the fact that David Wells wears a Jays uniform, very close.
ADDICTIVENESS: It will take you a month to figure out how to field a ball.
ANTI-SOCIAL FACTOR: Beating up on your friends, rather than the machine, is much more interactive.