After several seasons of flagging ticket sales, the Major League Baseball owners knew they needed something to reignite the fires of fans' interest in America's pastime. Working in secret with foreign scientists, a super-strength formula was developed and secretly disseminated among the players. Masked as team-mandated flu vaccinations, the players did not know what was being injected into their bodies. The formula worked quickly and worked well. The drugs made players bigger, faster, stronger!
Long standing records were shattered, and stadium attendance soared! The owners were to busy counting their money to notice anything was wrong. But something was wrong - very wrong...
Rumors of strange side effects began to surface. Beginning on the west coast, ball players with the Oakland Athletics started showing strange symptoms: increased aggression, cranial growth, an inability to feel pain, shrunken testicles, trouble speaking, back acne, cognitive declines, and weird cravings for very raw meat. The team was winning games at a record clip.
Soon enough, players from around the league began to show similar symptoms. Before anyone discovered the owners' evil plans, it was already too late. The game was the same, but the players had changed...
“Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Baseball — for the zombies have come out.”