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Free MLB The Show 21 Thank You Bundle Available Now

As the team continues to work on the server stability and performance issues for MLB The Show 21, San Diego Studios has offered up a free Thank You bundle as a small gesture of appreciation to the community.

The Thank You bundle includes the following:

  • 42 Series Legend Choice Pack (unsellable)
  • Diamond Ballplayer Choice Pack (equipment + 2 perks, unsellable)
  • 10 Team Affinity Vouchers
  • 5 The Show Packs
  • 10,000 Stubs

In order to get the bundle, you will need to go to Diamond Dynasty mode. Once there, go to the Shop, then to Packs, Buy Packs. From there you should see the free bundle. You have until May 17 to redeem the bundle.

The patch released earlier this week included a server side update and the team has seen improvement and stability since it was deployed. They will continue monitoring the situation.

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  1. Sorry that we continue to shortcut aspects of the game, and can’t get things to work. (And, please don’t mention the prospect ages on the rosters.)
    As a thank you, please redeem these items for DD, and we hope you’ll eventually spend more $$ in this mode.
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    IUThor40
    Sorry that we continue to shortcut aspects of the game, and can’t get things to work. (And, please don’t mention the prospect ages on the rosters.)
    As a thank you, please redeem these items for DD, and we hope you’ll eventually spend more $$ in this mode.
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    The “thank you” is a generic goodwill gesture for their server issues. Makes sense that the freebies would be aimed at the mode most effected by those issues.
    I wish you luck with this new “snarky forum guy” character you’re apparently trying out, but when you use it, it should at least make sense.
    IUThor40
    Sorry that we continue to shortcut aspects of the game, and can’t get things to work. (And, please don’t mention the prospect ages on the rosters.)
    As a thank you, please redeem these items for DD, and we hope you’ll eventually spend more $$ in this mode.
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    I'm thinking of a batter walk-up or pitcher entrance for DD/RTTS & all that comes to mind is Pearl Jam's Not For You
    I appreciate the gesture. Smart by them. Now if I can get my JR edition entitlements that I put in a ticket for with no reply 2 weeks ago that would be great :)
    IUThor40
    Sorry that we continue to shortcut aspects of the game, and can’t get things to work. (And, please don’t mention the prospect ages on the rosters.)
    As a thank you, please redeem these items for DD, and we hope you’ll eventually spend more $$ in this mode.
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    They don’t have to give anything.
    Is it really that hard to be appreciative of the gesture?
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    countryboy
    They don’t have to give anything.
    Is it really that hard to be appreciative of the gesture?
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    For some people, yes............yes it is lol
    jada855
    I don't play diamond dynasty but play offline franchise. Is there anything I can use these for?
    Thanks!

    stubs can be used for budget & sponsorship
    jada855
    I don't play diamond dynasty but play offline franchise. Is there anything I can use these for?
    Thanks!

    Also for various home run calls for Matt V to call, batter flips and home run celebrations animations , and stadium sounds
    In past years, I would have been grateful for a freebie. No, it’s not something they have to do.
    But I’m admittedly extremely unhappy, and very negative, about the direction SDS has taken the game.
    I’m so sick of franchise receiving the shaft. I’m sick of outdated or completely inaccurate rosters. I’m tired of legacy bugs that always affect franchise more than anything. I’m sick of realizing more and more every year that franchise isn’t coming back.
    So, yes, I fully deserve the “mocking” for negativity. I’m not shying from it. In light of all of my frustration about the laziness of many aspects of this game, I’m very cynical that this freebie was really in good faith - seems much more like a ploy to get some serotonin out there for DD, get people more immersed in that mode, and reap the extra money they’ll get on the backend for that generosity.
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    countryboy
    They don’t have to give anything.
    Is it really that hard to be appreciative of the gesture?
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    Fair view of my comments. I won’t deny my negative perspective on it. That’s fair. I’m just extremely cynical this is a goodwill offering. I think it’s bait and hook move.
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    IUThor40
    So, yes, I fully deserve the “mocking” for negativity. I’m not shying from it. In light of all of my frustration about the laziness of many aspects of this game, I’m very cynical that this freebie was really in good faith - seems much more like a ploy to get some serotonin out there for DD, get people more immersed in that mode, and reap the extra money they’ll get on the backend for that generosity.

    Your skepticism might be more understandable if Diamond Dynasty wasn’t the most player-friendly of all these ultimate team modes. They give out high-level cards like nothing, and even the highest can be acquired just by playing the game. And not in a “need to grind for six months to actually encourage you to spend money” way that other games do.
    If someone wants to spend extra on DD, would they take the money? Sure, of course. But this gesture isn’t moving that needle for anyone, not when you can already get better cards than whatever’s in the standard packs they just gave out.
    This is just the same thing they do every year because the servers are always terrible at launch.
    Seems like all year they've been very keen to "thank us" for our "patience and support" rather than apologise for their mistakes and problems. Maybe it's a corporate liability thing and they're told not to apologise, but it rubs me the wrong way.
    SmashMan
    Your skepticism might be more understandable if Diamond Dynasty wasn’t the most player-friendly of all these ultimate team modes. They give out high-level cards like nothing, and even the highest can be acquired just by playing the game. And not in a “need to grind for six months to actually encourage you to spend money” way that other games do.
    If someone wants to spend extra on DD, would they take the money? Sure, of course. But this gesture isn’t moving that needle for anyone, not when you can already get better cards than whatever’s in the standard packs they just gave out.
    This is just the same thing they do every year because the servers are always terrible at launch.

    I guess I just think there’s a slice of the DD crowd that will pay for the instant gratification of getting a certain player, and so will spend money. And if a free bundle causes 25 new players, for instance, and 1 pays into DD, money made. Bump that up on a larger scale, and it gets people in. It’s the same principle that DFS sites do with beginner or free entry contests. Their goal is to get you hooked, and reap the rewards down the road.
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    countryboy
    They don’t have to give anything.
    Is it really that hard to be appreciative of the gesture?
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    Eh, the game has been out for nearly a month and has had server issues daily, has had popular features(rosters and vaults) not work properly for over half that time, has had RTTS be bugged and progression not work inside of the mode, has had the XP bugged and some people received zero XP for over a week, and that's not all that's gone wrong for the game.
    The consumer shouldn't be shamed because they are disappointed a product wasn't working as intended for such a long period of time, and still isn't working 100% properly still.
    It's neat they finally communicated with the consumers a month after release, but they don't deserve any pat on the back because of this attempt to save some face.
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    Funkycorm
    Did they add the ability back in to buy budget with stubs???

    yeah, I phrased that wrong: you use stubs for to purchase sponsorships, which in turn give you the ability to increase your budget. apologies for the confusion
    canes21
    Eh, the game has been out for nearly a month and has had server issues daily, has had popular features(rosters and vaults) not work properly for over half that time, has had RTTS be bugged and progression not work inside of the mode, has had the XP bugged and some people received zero XP for over a week, and that's not all that's gone wrong for the game.
    The consumer shouldn't be shamed because they are disappointed a product wasn't working as intended for such a long period of time, and still isn't working 100% properly still.
    It's neat they finally communicated with the consumers a month after release, but they don't deserve any pat on the back because of this attempt to save some face.
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    Where did I say people shouldn't be disappointed? Where did I pat the devs on the back for offering this?
    All I said was they don't have to give anything and people should appreciate the fact that they care at least enough about their consumer to offer some type of "compensation" for their consumer having to endure what has been a very rough start.
    But some I guess feel so entitled or lack any sort of compassion to at least appreciate the gesture.
    Caulfield
    yeah, I phrased that wrong: you use stubs for to purchase sponsorships, which in turn give you the ability to increase your budget. apologies for the confusion

    Hopes... deleted... lol
    Where did I say people shouldn't be disappointed? Where did I pat the devs on the back for offering this?
    All I said was they don't have to give anything and people should appreciate the fact that they care at least enough about their consumer to offer some type of "compensation" for their consumer having to endure what has been a very rough start.
    But some I guess feel so entitled or lack any sort of compassion to at least appreciate the gesture./quote]
    We can agree to disagree. I don't think anyone should have to feel appreciative because SDS botched this launch massively and then failed to communicate anything for a month and now is trying to get whatever PR points they can get. This has zero to do with entitlement. They launched a broken product and handled it poorly and now are trying to buy back some goodwill because they realized they messed up.
    If I bought a TV from Samsung and it didn't work right, constantly changed channels, shut itself off, etc. and then Samsung never returned my emails or calls, then randomly emailed me a month later saying here is a free $100 coupon towards your next TV as a way for us to show you we feel for you and are sorry, should I feel appreciative there? Hopefully your answer is no. We owe SDS absolutely nothing. We paid for a product a month ago and it didn't work as advertised. That's basically all there is to it.
    canes21

    We can agree to disagree. I don't think anyone should have to feel appreciative because SDS botched this launch massively and then failed to communicate anything for a month and now is trying to get whatever PR points they can get. This has zero to do with entitlement. They launched a broken product and handled it poorly and now are trying to buy back some goodwill because they realized they messed up.
    If I bought a TV from Samsung and it didn't work right, constantly changed channels, shut itself off, etc. and then Samsung never returned my emails or calls, then randomly emailed me a month later saying here is a free $100 coupon towards your next TV as a way for us to show you we feel for you and are sorry, should I feel appreciative there? Hopefully your answer is no. We owe SDS absolutely nothing. We paid for a product a month ago and it didn't work as advertised. That's basically all there is to it.

    If you bought a TV that did that, I would hope you're a wise enough consumer to return the thing to the place you bought it instead of waiting for Samsung to offer some type of compensation, fix.
    They communicated through social media (Facebook). They were constantly doing server maintenance and thanking the community for their patience while they worked through the server issues.
    Just because you can appreciate the fact that the company cares enough to offer something doesn't equal giving them a pass for the mess.
    They didn't have to do anything. They could've just said, "we have your money, deal with it." Now that's poor business practice and likely to lose customers for the future, but they could've done that. Or they could've tried fixing the issue without offering any type of "compensation" to their customer base.
    But I guess I'm cut from a different cloth than some. I can both recognize that a company messed up, and that they are at least trying to compensate for their mistake by offering something to me as a thank you for continuing to be a customer despite the poor service received.
    But we'll agree to disagree because some only care about what's wrong and are quick with the snarky comments to buy the praise of like minded individuals on an internet message board.
    IUThor40
    Fair view of my comments. I won’t deny my negative perspective on it. That’s fair. I’m just extremely cynical this is a goodwill offering. I think it’s bait and hook move.
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    How is this bait and hook?
    The consumer is not being asked for monetary exchange for the products they are giving away. Its free. All you have to do is download/redeem them.
    And before the answer is they are hoping you spend more money in DD, the likelihood that this thank you bundle is going to convince an individual who wasn't already going to spend real money within the mode, to spend real money within the mode, is slim and none, and saying slim is being generous.
    lieutenantlogan
    Now every DD squad in regular season will definitely look the same. Thanks SDS

    I opened all of the packs, got 2 diamond players (Chris sale & Pedro Martinez) and 1 gold player (Nelson Cruz)
    It’s not like these packs are loaded with great players.
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    countryboy
    How is this bait and hook?
    The consumer is not being asked for monetary exchange for the products they are giving away. Its free. All you have to do is download/redeem them.
    And before the answer is they are hoping you spend more money in DD, the likelihood that this thank you bundle is going to convince an individual who wasn't already going to spend real money within the mode, to spend real money within the mode, is slim and none, and saying slim is being generous.

    It’s the same psychological concept behind free samples from online businesses, free samples in a grocery store, free entry contests on DFS sites, and anything else where a small item is offered for free. Whether you want to discuss the serotonin effects associated with this, the likelihood that people who know about something free will try it vs. those that avoided it before (semblance of risk aversion), or a reciprocity-type effect, this can draw in more consumers to DD.
    And to drive this point home, one of my coworkers, who has never had The Show before, saw this free bundle and started to play it. No idea if he’ll buy something, but they drew him in.
    Also, don’t underestimate the effect that allowing some to improve their team slightly, might in result in them looking to other means of getting even farther down the road. Instant gratification vs. grinding can cause many to buy the easy improvements vs. spend the time to improve manually.
    It’s something that doesn’t hurt SDS at all, it avoids them having to face additional backlash from a less than stellar product with several broken aspects, and has the possibility of getting them more money.
    If this was a great game with very few issues, and they hit a snag, and have a free bundle for that reason, I could see your point of entitlement or gratitude.
    But with the game’s issues just a continuation of previous installments, with no real tangible improvements, and other aspects that simply result from the laziness (roster prospect ages for one), I don’t view skepticism of a free bundle as an entitlement or gratitude issue. I’m very negative with The Show right now - mainly because I’d like something I spent $70 on to function as marketed/as it is supposed to. My complaint isn’t a lack of superfluous features that are just things “I want”, it’s a lack of things they marketed or touted that aren’t working properly. There’s a major difference there.
    An example: I play DFS. If I entered a contest, and they messed up somehow on the contest, or it didn’t function correctly, I would expect my entry fee back or a free entry for a equivalent contest. And this happens. It’s happened multiple times. But if they said, “We are going to keep that entry fee. You will not be refunded even though it’s our issue. We will, however, give you a free entry to freeroll contest with a much larger field, and a much smaller payout structure, as a thank you for understanding.” People would be upset about that, and they should be. It’s not entitlement or ingratitude, it’s a recognition that you didn’t get what you paid for, and a meager stab at replacing that value is inadequate.
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    Believe it or not, I’m not an irrational person. My responses right now may very well be irrational, however. I understand the other viewpoint. Generally, I’d be on that side too.
    I’ve just reached my breaking point with this game, and this dev team. We all want this game to be awesome. We all, maybe I’m off here, feel a loyalty to SDS/The Show. It’s been the only baseball game out there for so long, and we have a very real attachment to it. It’s a connection to our past, to our game, and to the real players - however foolish or childish that may seem. I get all of that. I’m just tired of the band-aids and the attempts to cover up a fading product.
    I appreciate this community. I respect so many of you - and countryboy, you’re up there. I’ll exit stage right on this thread out of respect for those of you who are sick of it. But I don’t think my opinion of the situation at this point is invalid either. Let’s hope for better iterations in the future.
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    Think they might have given out their apology bundle a bit early, considering they just took the servers down without any warning for "routine maintenance" at peak time on a Saturday.
    BigOscar
    Think they might have given out their apology bundle a bit early, considering they just took the servers down without any warning for "routine maintenance" at peak time on a Saturday.

    Lol....I'm like WTF are they thinking???
    zello144
    I read the title wrong and thought this was a free copy of MLB the show :lol:

    I guess that's better than interpretation like Free Hat.
    ''Show 21 arrested, wrongly accused of high crimes & misdemeanors''
    Free Show 21!!!
    countryboy
    Where did I say people shouldn't be disappointed? Where did I pat the devs on the back for offering this?
    All I said was they don't have to give anything and people should appreciate the fact that they care at least enough about their consumer to offer some type of "compensation" for their consumer having to endure what has been a very rough start.
    But some I guess feel so entitled or lack any sort of compassion to at least appreciate the gesture.

    I'll go out on an embarrassed limb here in saying for the first time ever, I dropped $100 on pre-ordering the game b/c I discovered a new-found appreciation for all of the single-player modes in '20 that DD had to offer and felt SDS built enough goodwill over the years for me to feel comfortable enough doing so.
    In return, I was "entitled" to server issues that left DD unplayable over 75% of the time, not just through early access, but 3 weeks past.
    I was "entitled" to numerous failed moments and/or showdown challenges that didn't count -- much like many other players experienced -- b/c of non-stop server issues that 10,000 free stubs and a few packs of cards can't make up for.
    I was also "entitled" to a gutted and broken RTTS that I spent years playing b/c they wanted to half-haphazardly integrate the mode w/ DD and a Franchise mode that was once again neglected so they could continue to focus solely on their cash-cow modes.
    I did NOT spend $100 for 2 free diamond cards and bonus stubs to start out. I paid $100 dollars for a SERVICE that was advertised and promised in which I didn't receive.
    There's a big difference.
    bigd51
    I paid $100 dollars for a SERVICE that was advertised and promised in which I didn't receive.
    There's a big difference.

    No, you paid $100 for the game and you received it. The reasons why you did are ultimately irrelevant.
    If their server issues most impacted the modes you wanted to play, you would have been right to and should have tried to get a refund for the game you bought.
    SmashMan
    No, you paid $100 for the game and you received it. The reasons why you did are ultimately irrelevant.
    If their server issues most impacted the modes you wanted to play, you would have been right to and should have tried to get a refund for the game you bought.

    Who said I didn't and wasn't ultimately pushed towards asking Playstation Network for a refund like many other users, but didn't receive?
    You can argue semantics about the different pay-scales of the game all you want. In the end, I paid $100 for early access to a large % of a game that was unplayable 75% of the time for 3 weeks on the basis of goodwill I felt they deserved from ME and me alone over the years. That's on me and I take full responsibility for it.
    But I'm not going to kiss their *** for some "thank you" package that doesn't come close to making up for the extra money I spent and I sure as hell ain't going to ever recommend paying full price for -- or more -- ever again.
    Who said anything about kissing ***?
    I swear people need a refresher on reading comprehension and understanding the words/context written, instead of putting their own spin on it so that they can use it as a catalyst to continue to promote their opinion/agenda.
    Damn...
    countryboy
    Who said anything about kissing ***?
    I swear people need a refresher on reading comprehension and understanding the words/context written, instead of putting their own spin on it so that they can use it as a catalyst to continue to promote their opinion/agenda.
    Damn...
    I think you just need to accept that not everybody is going to view this in the same light as you. It is all fine and dandy if you want to appreciate the gesture. It's also all fine and dandy if people want to be of the opinion this isn't anything more than a desperate plea from SDS to try and take some heat off their backs.
    This release has been botched massively. If people are upset and don't feel like appreciating some lame duck free bundle because it doesn't excuse the mess in their eyes they should be free to do so without a mob of people attacking them because they see this situation through a different lense.
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    canes21
    I think you just need to accept that not everybody is going to view this in the same light as you. It is all fine and dandy if you want to appreciate the gesture. It's also all fine and dandy if people want to be of the opinion this isn't anything more than a desperate plea from SDS to try and take some heat off their backs.
    This release has been botched massively. If people are upset and don't feel like appreciating some lame duck free bundle because it doesn't excuse the mess in their eyes they should be free to do so without a mob of people attacking them because they see this situation through a different lense.
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    mob of people attacking? WTF?!!
    My initial response was to a guy who was making snarky comments and saying it was a bait and hook/switch thing. I just said they don't have to do anything and asked him specifically if it was too much to at least appreciate the gesture.
    Then you felt the need to try to put me in my place by saying that people should be allowed to be upset when I never said anything to the contrary.
    So there was no mob of people attacking anyone and honestly if you don't try to put words in my mouth, this discussion would've been over a long time ago.
    So I'll accept that.
    countryboy
    mob of people attacking? WTF?!!
    My initial response was to a guy who was making snarky comments and saying it was a bait and hook/switch thing. I just said they don't have to do anything and asked him specifically if it was too much to at least appreciate the gesture.
    Then you felt the need to try to put me in my place by saying that people should be allowed to be upset when I never said anything to the contrary.
    So there was no mob of people attacking anyone and honestly if you don't try to put words in my mouth, this discussion would've been over a long time ago.
    So I'll accept that.
    Lol, I'm not trying to "put you in your place" or put words in anyone's mouth. I'm just saying people are going to feel differently than you and the others that are appreciative of this gesture. Plenty of people won't find this gesture more than an attempt to save face and that should be acceptable because this launch has been atrocious.
    You're the one that continues to try and throw insults at the end of each post saying you're cut from a different cloth or you're just special and can be disappointed and appreciative at the same, or that people are here being snarky for useless likes or to push an agenda.
    That's just lame to resort to that stuff at the end of a post. Just accept that people view this situation in a different light and if they don't want to appreciate this move that should be fine and completely understandable.
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    canes21
    Lol, I'm not trying to "put you in your place" or put words in anyone's mouth. I'm just saying people are going to feel differently than you and the others that are appreciative of this gesture. Plenty of people won't find this gesture more than an attempt to save face and that should be acceptable because this launch has been atrocious.
    You're the one that continues to try and throw insults at the end of each post saying you're cut from a different cloth or you're just special and can be disappointed and appreciative at the same, or that people are here being snarky for useless likes or to push an agenda.
    That's just lame to resort to that stuff at the end of a post. Just accept that people view this situation in a different light and if they don't want to appreciate this move that should be fine and completely understandable.
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    My initial post in this thread quoted a particular poster and addressed him personally. You felt the need to put your unneeded .02 into that conversation.
    I'll leave it at that.
    Carry on
    countryboy
    My initial post in this thread quoted a particular poster and addressed him personally. You felt the need to put your unneeded .02 into that conversation.
    I'll leave it at that.
    Carry on

    So now I messed up by replying to a post on an open message board? Got it. Boy this took some weird turn.
    canes21
    So now I messed up by replying to a post on an open message board? Got it. Boy this took some weird turn.

    EDIT:
    Nevermind, not going to continue to provide a platform for the cause.
    I do appreciate the gesture, but I'm also happy to see some like Mills calling them out on Twitter and holding them to a higher standard. I think that's something we need if we want to see real progress.

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