In all the talk of graphical downgrades no one seems much preoccupied with 'why?'. Why build something and then proceed to tear it down, piece by piece, in the hope that ever more diminished expectations about the final product won't be severe enough to...
Try to aster the short hop by stabbing the jump button. It'll come in handy as the game progresses.
Don't slow down. Use baseballs to smash through walls and windows.
Also lob baseballs at your rival when they're immediately in front of you.