Erik Kuselias of the Erik Kuselias Show on NBC Sports Radio interviewed Jason Giambi partner with EON Sports VR‘s new Project OPS.
“If both your parents work, and it’s snowing outside and you can’t make it to the cages that day, you just snap it in and take your reps. There’s nothing better in the world than taking those reps of that baseball coming at you,” said Jason Giambi.
Erik Kuselias: So you’re working with Project OPS, developed by EON Sports VR. It’s the world’s first Virtual Reality “hitting thing”. Tell us more about that.
Jason Giambi: It’s unbelievable. It’s really the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen. Like I said earlier, I didn’t grow up in the whole “techie” revolution. So, when they approached me to come and be a part of this, you know, because I have 20 years experience in the big league, I had a really good eye, knew how to take at bats. So they [EON Sports VR] approached me, they asked, ‘Hey, what fathers, or sons, daughters, want to become better baseball players, what’s the first thing you tell them?’ I said, ‘hey, listen if you want to be a better hitter, no doubt, right here right know, know the strike zone. All those lessons will finally pay off, all those hitting times in the batting cages, at the tee, will pay off if you swing at strikes…
JG …So, what we did was we put together a Virtual Reality — cause this is the new thing coming and it’s unbelievable — you actually put your smartphone in these goggles, you look out there, and you download the software, and there’s a real pitcher throwing you fast balls, curve balls, and sliders. You go through it and you learn ball, strike, because anything to be better at, it’s all repetition. The best way to get that is to use this. You can’t have some kid anymore, on the mount, throwing you fast balls and curve balls as hard as he can. There’s too many injuries. We put this together to make it the most realistic that you could possibly have.
EK: You’re known as a smart guy, and you’ve always been talked about as a future manager. Do you feel like you could step in right away? Or is managing the type of thing where you have to start in the minors or start as a bench coach and get yourself ready?
JG: I’ve learned the game, I’ve seen every situation, I’ve been in every situation, wins and losses. So yeah, am I prepared? I mean obviously like you said, there are a lot of guys going in with not a lot of experience. But I also that there’s this new generation of players as well. It’s not the same as it used to be. I span basically three generations of top players, and it’s definitely a different kind of player. Now, everybody is social media, iPad, iPod, stuff where back when I started playing, there wasn’t that around. These kids have changed, and you have to change with the times as well.