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Friday, April 01, 2016

2016 New York City Softball Game

Looks like it will be August 20th this year.

EDIT by villageidiom:
Per post 116 the game will be 11 am to 2 pm in North Meadow Field #4.

The field is just barely on the west half of the meadow, with home plate sitting down the LF line of field 3.  If you come out the north side of the rec center it’s the field straight ahead of you. We were on field 11 two years ago, if that helps to narrow it down. Last year we were 17 blocks south of here, so don’t even bother using that as a landmark. Here’s a map of the north meadow ballfields.

Subway: A, B, or C to 96 St. Walk up to 97th and enter the park. Proceed east and figure it out from there, who am I, your Ma?

There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 450 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   301. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 17, 2016 at 01:28 PM (#5285909)
Flop
   302. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:06 PM (#5285959)
Sorry to miss it, had a good time last year.

Have fun, everybody!

   303. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:10 PM (#5285962)
Wrong thread.
   304. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:25 PM (#5285974)
Yeah. So about that...
   305. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM (#5285984)
What are the post softball plans? I will probably drive down, so want to know to park on the West Side or the East Side.
   306. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:40 PM (#5285987)
Looking forward to it! Gonna be kinda weird to be able to put faces to the names, though.
   307. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:48 PM (#5285995)
What are the post softball plans? I will probably drive down, so want to know to park on the West Side or the East Side.

Same question. Where is the post-game?
   308. Lassus Posted: August 17, 2016 at 02:55 PM (#5285998)
Rickey be George Clooneying this one, I think.
   309. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2016 at 05:35 PM (#5286132)
I will probably drive down, so want to know to park on the West Side or the East Side.

Parking in Manhattan?! HAH! HA HAH!! HAHH HAHAHAHAHH!!
   310. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:29 PM (#5286150)

Last year the post-game was on the West Side, around 80th or 81st and Amsterdam. I'm not sure if I can make it this year, so I'm not pushing for any particular location, but I thought that worked out pretty well as there are a number of decent bars right around there.
   311. thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 17, 2016 at 08:36 PM (#5286205)
I'm still in! Sorry to be quiet on the thread the last couple weeks, been crazy over here.

Are we using only softball bats or are we lenient on that? Because I have bats. I'll also be breaking in a new glove! Fun.
   312. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 17, 2016 at 11:38 PM (#5286251)
On a Saturday in mid-to-late August, finding a parking space on the UWS isn't necessarily a mug's game. Still, it's probably better for those coming from the northern suburbs to park near an A-train stop in Inwood or Washington Heights. Coming from Central or South Jersey, I'd suggest looking for a spot in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens and then hopping on board a Manhattan-bound F train.
   313. Bote Man Posted: August 18, 2016 at 01:09 AM (#5286267)
Brooklyn didn't give Jack Walsh a problem finding a parking space, so you're right.

But seriously folks, I've had good success coming up from D.C. by parking at that ridiculous Frank Lautenberg station off Exit 15X of the Turnpike and taking the train into Penn Station. You can catch the 1/9 or whatever subway runs north from there and you're in business without hassling with the tolls to get through the tunnels and bridges in town.
   314. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 18, 2016 at 08:19 AM (#5286288)
Coming from Central or South Jersey, I'd suggest looking for a spot in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens and then hopping on board a Manhattan-bound F train.
And then switching at Jay Street-Metrotech for the C local, which rumbles up Central Park West.
   315. Lassus Posted: August 18, 2016 at 08:39 AM (#5286289)
What IS the adjacent city street for that field, latitude-wise?
   316. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:01 AM (#5286296)
What IS the adjacent city street for that field, latitude-wise?
96th. So if taking the subway to the game the C is your best bet.
   317. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:01 AM (#5286297)
What IS the adjacent city street for that field, latitude-wise?

About 99th Street, but you enter on 97th.

On a Saturday in mid-to-late August, finding a parking space on the UWS isn't necessarily a mug's game. Still, it's probably better for those coming from the northern suburbs to park near an A-train stop in Inwood or Washington Heights. Coming from Central or South Jersey, I'd suggest looking for a spot in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens and then hopping on board a Manhattan-bound F train.

Rather than all this nonsense, just put your car in a lot. If you look online before you go, you can find a number of places in that neighborhood for ~$20.
   318. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:10 AM (#5286299)
Rather than all this nonsense, just put your car in a lot. If you look online before you go, you can find a number of places in that neighborhood for ~$20.
And be sure to tell the parking lot attendant to put it on the Sanpper account.
   319. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:17 AM (#5286303)
And be sure to tell the parking lot attendant to put it on the Sanpper account.

You're going to spend $5 on the subway anyway. $15 to save 40 minutes of your time, and ensure your car is in one piece when you return is a small price to pay.
   320. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:31 AM (#5286397)
I was going to drive to Trenton or Hamilton, NJ from KOP, Pa., and take the treat that is NJT to NYC and then the C to 96th. All those details I'll need to confirm and schedule-check.

I'm not fond of driving in NYC.
   321. Lassus Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:36 AM (#5286400)
I'm not fond of driving in NYC.

I've always found driving in the city itself to be pretty simple. It's the bridges, access highways, and suburbs that are death.
   322. catomi01 Posted: August 18, 2016 at 12:36 PM (#5286433)
I've always found driving in the city itself to be pretty simple. It's the bridges, access highways, and suburbs that are death.


LI is easy once you get past queens....LIE goes from Manhattan to Riverhead - then there's basically 2 roads on each fork if you want to go further east. For everything else, memorize the exit on the expressway, drive north or south, and before too long you'll either get to where you want to be or hit water.
   323. Bote Man Posted: August 18, 2016 at 12:37 PM (#5286434)
One late Summer morning I drove a lady friend to Manhattan (somewhere in the upper 20s or 30s) in my beat up, rusty Pinto station wagon. We flew in there in record time because other drivers were too scared to get close to me, afraid their cars would catch something. She delivered the paperwork before the deadline and thought I was a driving god. It aint so hard. Now, getting back over to Jersey...
   324. thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 01:38 PM (#5286480)
Anyone going to help me keep score of the game??!?
   325. Greg K Posted: August 18, 2016 at 02:33 PM (#5286519)

Anyone going to help me keep score of the game??!?

If you guys want to live-stream it I can keep score from Saskatchewan. I'm stingy on awarding hits though...
   326. Karl from NY Posted: August 18, 2016 at 03:12 PM (#5286543)
Yeah, if you're going to park in Manhattan, just use a garage. They exist for a reason. It's worth the $20 for the peace of mind and convenience over taking trains. Driving in Manhattan isn't all that scary.

If you're coming from NJ, yes, take a train, the Hudson River crossings are nightmares of both delays and cost. But if you're coming from points north or east that aren't near a subway, driving is perfectly reasonable.
   327. BDC Posted: August 18, 2016 at 03:13 PM (#5286545)
LI is easy once you get past queens....LIE goes from Manhattan to Riverhead - then there's basically 2 roads on each fork if you want to go further east. For everything else, memorize the exit on the expressway, drive north or south, and before too long you'll either get to where you want to be or hit water

This is like saying Hell is easy once you get past the guy with the rowboat.
   328. billyshears Posted: August 18, 2016 at 03:17 PM (#5286551)
I find the key to driving in NYC is to be relatively unconcerned with what's going on behind you or to the side of you. Focus on where you want to go and go there. Also, ignore pedestrians. They'll get out of the way most of the time.
   329. Bote Man Posted: August 18, 2016 at 03:25 PM (#5286559)
Also, ignore pedestrians. They'll get out of the way most of the time.

Not in Chicago. I was not prepared for the fact that they blindly step into the path of oncoming traffic expecting it to stop.
   330. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:25 PM (#5286747)
Pedestrians are the worst; they should be done away with. And drivers, my god they're awful. Sink 'em all in the ocean. That would truly make America great again.
   331. BDC Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:28 PM (#5286749)
I am reckoning from the tenor of this thread that a last-minute +1 is welcome so I will bring BDC Jr. See y'all on Saturday!
   332. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 18, 2016 at 07:00 PM (#5286761)
Super BDC, looking forward to seeing the 2 of you.
   333. reech Posted: August 18, 2016 at 08:30 PM (#5286799)
hey - is anyone driving in from long island?
   334. catomi01 Posted: August 18, 2016 at 08:34 PM (#5286804)
small chance I might...very strongly (99% sure) leaning toward the train though.
   335. Howie Menckel Posted: August 18, 2016 at 10:16 PM (#5286854)
BBTF 2014

come for Howie's disfigured knee in shot 25, stay for the last, group photo
   336. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM (#5286990)
Thanks for the memories Howie. I think. Haven't I spent the last 2 years trying to forget?

But now I can make sure to wear a different shirt.
   337. Lassus Posted: August 19, 2016 at 11:23 AM (#5287000)
We're all very sorry that last year's photographs are still stuck in my GF's phone. SOMEDAY!
   338. Chicago Joe Posted: August 19, 2016 at 02:10 PM (#5287126)
Soooooo, where's the pregame?
   339. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 19, 2016 at 03:02 PM (#5287159)
Not in Bushwick.
   340. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 19, 2016 at 03:07 PM (#5287163)
I'm happy to consider an 11.30am brunch at Manhattan Diner on Broadway and W 94th.
   341. djordan Posted: August 19, 2016 at 03:22 PM (#5287178)
Guys, I'm sorry - I fell behind on a few things at home, won't be able to make it out tomorrow. Hope to see everyone next year.
   342. Chicago Joe Posted: August 19, 2016 at 03:30 PM (#5287180)
Was thinking of opening ceremonies this evening.
   343. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 03:30 PM (#5287182)
I'm happy to consider an 11.30am brunch at Manhattan Diner on Broadway and W 94th.

Ummmm, aren't we starting at 11?

don't be 2 hrs late again Jason.
   344. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 19, 2016 at 03:35 PM (#5287185)
Ummmm, aren't we starting at 11?

don't be 2 hrs late again Jason.
Hey, I've seen you guys in action. Most will need a refreshment break within 20 minutes of lacing up. :)

Anyway, I'm still up for meeting at the diner -- at 9.30, I suppose.
   345. villageidiom Posted: August 19, 2016 at 04:08 PM (#5287204)
I am in Dallas right now. My flight in was delayed and I missed my connection. I might not be back tonight, which pushes my game status to WTF.
   346. Chicago Joe Posted: August 19, 2016 at 05:23 PM (#5287243)
Not in Bushwick.


You're missing the Happyfun Hideaway.
   347. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: August 19, 2016 at 05:51 PM (#5287250)
Joe, if you want to meet me on the UES tonight, let me know.
   348. Chicago Joe Posted: August 19, 2016 at 07:07 PM (#5287275)
Shooty, sounds good. place/time?
   349. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: August 19, 2016 at 07:24 PM (#5287283)
Why don't we meet at Pony Bar on 75th street and first avenue. Just post in this thread when you get there and I'll meet you there. I'm close by.
   350. Chicago Joe Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:06 PM (#5287328)
I'm here.
   351. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:09 PM (#5287330)
On my way
   352. thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:11 PM (#5287332)
Excited for tomorrow everyone! I just printed some scorecards that I will hopefully remember.

Was there an official postgame bar decision?
   353. Howie Menckel Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:46 PM (#5287345)
what time is batting practice?

I'm not even bringing a glove - DH or bust, depending on how my hands and swings are. Shooty gave me some helpful tips last time that, I convince myself, means he could see the actual softball player from 20+ years ago buried deep in the concrete...
   354. Howie Menckel Posted: August 19, 2016 at 10:19 PM (#5287363)
dark gray PUMA hat for Howie with white lettering and navy blue Sea Ray t-shirt. shorts TBD

"I'm still up for meeting at the diner -- at 9.30, I suppose."

NJ Transit will determine if I can make that happen......
   355. Hot Wheeling American in his sleazy salon Posted: August 19, 2016 at 10:40 PM (#5287374)
uhhh, forgot about this, but can still make it. should probably put away the rosé.
   356. Howie Menckel Posted: August 19, 2016 at 11:09 PM (#5287388)
"the game will be 11 am to 2 pm in North Meadow Field #4.

The field is just barely on the west half of the meadow, with home plate sitting down the LF line of field 3. If you come out the north side of the rec center it’s the field straight ahead of you. We were on field 11 two years ago, if that helps to narrow it down. Last year we were 17 blocks south of here, so don’t even bother using that as a landmark.

Subway: A, B, or C to 96 St. Walk up to 97th and enter the park. Proceed east and figure it out from there,.."
   357. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 19, 2016 at 11:43 PM (#5287403)
Subway: A, B, or C to 96 St. Walk up to 97th and enter the park. Proceed east and figure it out from there,.."
Only the C stops at W 96th and CPW, Howie. The A bypasses the stop and the B doesn't run on weekends.
   358. Howie Menckel Posted: August 20, 2016 at 12:32 AM (#5287418)
I was quoting from the top, hence the quotes. I am a suburbanite by lifestyle....
   359. villageidiom Posted: August 20, 2016 at 08:36 AM (#5287474)
Still in Dallas. Sigh. Have fun today.
   360. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 20, 2016 at 08:51 AM (#5287475)
I'm sitting in the Hamilton train station. With luck I should be there a little after 11.
   361. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 20, 2016 at 09:38 AM (#5287481)
People from southern Connecticut and New York do not know how to ####### drive. #### all you ######## sitting in the left lane and refusing to go an inch higher than 70.

And #### you lady at the Stamford metro north station who took ####### forever to walk down the stairs and made me miss the 9:32.

I'm guessing I'll be there by 11:15. I hate Connecticut with every fibre of my being. It should be partitioned between the real states, like New York and Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
   362. Howie Menckel Posted: August 20, 2016 at 09:46 AM (#5287483)
Here at diner that is closer to 95th
   363. Lassus Posted: August 20, 2016 at 09:58 AM (#5287486)
May be a TAD late. Bloomingdale's doesn't open until 10.
   364. catomi01 Posted: August 20, 2016 at 10:03 AM (#5287487)
Got here quicker than expected...at the field which is wide open if anyone else is in the area...I'm the pale white guy hiding from the sun in the one speck of shade near the field
   365. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM (#5287488)
Here at diner that is closer to 95th
Oy, sorry. When no one responded last night, I bagged the idea. En route!
   366. billyshears Posted: August 20, 2016 at 10:44 AM (#5287493)
Unfortunately won't be able to make it - had a ton of work come in last night, so will be spending most of my weekend at the office.
   367. Chicago Joe Posted: August 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM (#5287494)
That sancocho and pernil I had late last night might not have been the best choice.
   368. thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 20, 2016 at 10:53 AM (#5287496)
I got pretty banged up last night but im en route now!
   369. McCoy Posted: August 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM (#5287499)
I'm running about a year late.
   370. thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM (#5287570)
We won by run differential!
   371. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2016 at 06:09 PM (#5287574)
No casualty list yet?
   372. BDC Posted: August 20, 2016 at 09:32 PM (#5287626)
I am the latest to fall flat on my face out of the batter's box but came away no worse for wear :)
   373. Howie Menckel Posted: August 20, 2016 at 09:45 PM (#5287628)
to be fair, BDC made it most of the way and face-planted only upon realizing that if he could find a higher gear he could beat out the hit. my similar play 2 years ago was an "ABORT! ABORT! ABORT!" as soon as I started my second, intending-to-be-fleet step out of the box!

special thanks to those who traveled from afar; us "locals" want you to get your money's worth and we hope you did.

I got a few hits, scored a run, and knocked in Jason "Jim Bottomley" E in the midst of his Game 1 rampage on the record books. best hit was one I knocked against the shift (granted it's easier to go opp field when the pitch is not 100 mph but about 12).

downside was not having done any running in the weeks ahead. I walked 35 blocks toward the field today, and ran some laps of the bases pre-game. but by the time the game started, I was in full "Tin Man" mode when I really don't have to be.

as I told my fellow combatants today, my movie-review blurb is:

"Compelling mix of equal parts competence and comedy"

somehow we always have just enough - but not too many - good players and good plays, leavened with hilarious hitting and fielding gaffes. both squads were very streaky in the field; good plays begat more good plays, but stumbles led to more stumbles.

Snapper rallied late to grab the Purple Heart from BDC with some slipups at first base (which also included one where he completed a DP with a throw from the unplanned seated position). there was also an OF dive and a couple of slides (wtf?).

post-game of course was stellar, at The Dive Bar - which didn't look much like one until we marched in both sweaty and rained upon (it raine half the day and shortened Game 2).
   374. Greg K Posted: August 20, 2016 at 10:07 PM (#5287643)
to be fair, BDC made it most of the way and face-planted only upon realizing that if he could find a higher gear he could beat out the hit.

That's bad news...I've blown out my hamstring twice doing that. Run hard all the way!...or, what I find to be the funner option, dog it all the way!
   375. Karl from NY Posted: August 21, 2016 at 03:47 AM (#5287683)
No casualty list yet?

I got one. The grounder that I airmailed over first base failing to retire Jason actually whacked me badly in the thumb of my non-glove hand. That's really why I missed the throw. It's currently swollen to about 1.5x normal size and I can't bend it past like 45°. I could try for a picture if I could work a camera without an opposable thumb...
   376. BDC Posted: August 21, 2016 at 07:26 AM (#5287688)
It was great fun, and we want to thank Shooty, catomi01, H&U, and all other NY locals who helped make it happen. Hope to see you all next year!
   377. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:45 AM (#5287690)
Thanks again for grabbing the field, Shooty. It was wonderful playing with you degenerates at North Meadow and look forward to taking part in next year's bloodbath.

Now what to do with this cold I seem to have picked up overnight? :(
   378. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2016 at 11:12 AM (#5287699)
Now what to do with this cold I seem to have picked up overnight? :(

Oh. I guess I shouldof told you what that lovely waitress did to your breakfast. j/k, get well soon!

J.E. is the clear MVP, not only for his direct contributions to the trouncing we gave The Bad Guys, but for revealing the One True Strategy: put the ball in play and run like h3ll until they figure out how to control the ball well enough to put you out. That explains my approach at the plate; I figured if I somehow managed to make contact I had at least a 50% chance of making it aboard safely. I probably shouldn't have been swinging at pitches 3 feet outside, but you live and you learn.

Many, many thanks to Shooty and whoever else was involved in making this fun event happen, and to all the others who took the time to participate. I looked at this bunch and never figured yous guys could play, but boy was I wrong!

I also fell victim to one of the classic blunders: the most famous is "never get involved in a land war in Asia". But only slightly less well known is this: never go in against Shooty and Chicago Joe when alcohol is on the table.

Now I must grab some I.V. solutions out of the refrigerator to soothe my aching legs.
   379. McCoy Posted: August 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM (#5287701)
put the ball in play and run like h3ll until they figure out how to control the ball well enough to put you out

I'm pretty sure I introduced that into the game way back when. Of course I did it against a real MLB pitcher so it failed pretty quickly that day.
   380. reech Posted: August 21, 2016 at 03:05 PM (#5287746)
Good seeing/playing with you guys again. The rain probably saved us- otherwise it mighta been too hot. And I didn't see many folks fighting "the man" when they shut game 2 down.

That dude with the headband was a wrecking machine.

ps- Next year, can we play with a harder ball? Those balls we used put the "soft" in "softball".
   381. catomi01 Posted: August 21, 2016 at 05:52 PM (#5287802)
ps- Next year, can we play with a harder ball? Those balls we used put the "soft" in "softball".


I think the casualty report would have been a lot longer if we had...we should have remembered to keep the extras out of the rain though - those things are sponges. Great seeing everyone - thanks to shooty and everyone who helped organize, and thanks to everyone who came. Looking forward to next year.
   382. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2016 at 06:05 PM (#5287806)
That dude with the headband was a wrecking machine.

The kids call him The Renegade.
   383. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 21, 2016 at 06:40 PM (#5287816)
Great time. I'm glad the rain happened, because by the time we were exiting the park, the sun came out and it was hot again.

Thanks to Shooty and everyone who brought bases and bats and balls. And thanks Karl for lending me your glove. I hope your thumb has receded to non-Three Stooges size.
   384. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 21, 2016 at 06:46 PM (#5287818)
The kids call him The Renegade.

Well, the alt-Right kids do.
   385. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2016 at 06:59 PM (#5287823)
The headband had me leaning towards Sheena Easton.
   386. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:20 PM (#5287852)
The headband had me leaning towards Sheena Easton.


that adds up - he sent me a note earlier saying he would be "abroad" in September. you could have worse role models for fashion.
   387. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:45 PM (#5287870)
The headband had me leaning towards Sheena Easton.
Hey, fellas, here's the video from last year that I referenced at the bar.
   388. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 21, 2016 at 09:38 PM (#5287897)
Well, I'm 24 hours late, but only because I didn't have a computer available (stayed in Brooklyn overnight because we were going to the theatre today, and I didn't want to make my wife carry my laptop to the apartment yesterday morning).

[While on the subject of theatre, if you haven't seen Bedlam Theatre's production of Sense and Sensibility, I can't recommend it highly enough. Stunning, stunning work, fast-paced, delightfully comic, highly moving. It's performed in a really small space, but if you go, get seats in the front row. This lovely actress may sit in your lap and use you as her scene partner!]

During the game, I was lamenting the no-shows who necessitated my playing the whole (almost) two games--both hips were screaming at me after the first twenty minutes--but by the end I was glad I'd stuck it out. Actually hit the ball hard a couple of times, including a clean base hit. Seriously, nobody misplayed it at all! Unfortunately, my fielding is completely for ####. Not only did I have my Curt Flood/game 7/1968 moment early in game one, I found that I am physically unable to bend over to field a ground ball while running. Serves me right for being polite and allowing reech's friend Aaron to take over 1st base. I'm calling dibs on 1st for next year, so from now on you can call me Who.

This has been a memorable month. I've celebrated my 38th wedding anniversary, lamented my 64th birthday, and survived another edition of The Primate Softball Experience. Thanks to Shooty for taking the 5 minutes to book the field (his words, not mine!) and to all who showed up. It was great to see the old faces and fabulous to meet some new ones. But y'all better start getting in shape for next year's go-round. I might even take a few practice swings before then.

   389. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2016 at 11:16 PM (#5287933)
for those who haven't been, H & U is one of the underrated highlights. he fits into the median of the softball quality while quietly wondering why he can't bend so well at the young age of 64 (same as double-header pitching Old Hoss Radbourn-style SP Edmundo).

:)

He even briefly tried to pitch me the idea of retiring from these antics, but serendipity had him a buck or two short of his perceived tip in the post-game - so now I have him committed to a repeat performance in 2017, heh.
   390. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 22, 2016 at 08:56 AM (#5287988)
While my brain thinks I'm Bobby Shantz scampering around the mound, I have a feeling that I have no more range than Old Hoss. The current Old Hoss that is.
   391. Lassus Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:28 AM (#5288040)
Group pic posted to Jason's Facebook page, asked him to distribute because he doesn't have a real job.
   392. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:34 AM (#5288043)
Ha! Those who are on the site are welcome to friend one/both of us so that we may tag you.
   393. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM (#5288051)
When Jason is your star player, you may be aging out of the games...
   394. Lassus Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:52 AM (#5288062)
The official scoring on Jason's line is not yet available. I suspect Hillary.
   395. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:53 AM (#5288065)
The official scoring on Jason's line is not yet available. I suspect Hillary.


So, the Russians already know it?
   396. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:58 AM (#5288075)
When Jason is your star player, you may be aging out of the games...

Jason was Joe Hardy good. Two grand slams, a three-run HR, a triple and a bunch of other hits.
   397. Lassus Posted: August 22, 2016 at 10:59 AM (#5288076)
Jason played excellently, and was MVP by a mile. Some of his hits may have been similar to the scoring of Santana's no-hitter.

I couldn't throw for shit, not my best game. Jason himself missed 1B a couple times after he took over SS, but he made a great turn-around throw from 2B prior to that. Again, he was the no-doubt MVP, but some of his hits may have been... helped.
   398. Karl from NY Posted: August 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM (#5288107)
Here's the pictures I took

Not a lot, both because we kept changing sides so quickly in the second game, and because we got rained out soon after I started.
   399. BDC Posted: August 22, 2016 at 11:25 AM (#5288116)
Jason also had a five-base and a six-base hit, he just kept rounding 'em.
   400. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 22, 2016 at 11:44 AM (#5288137)
Karl, thanks for the pictures. Nice action shot of BDC's left-handed swing, among others. In #5, who are the two guys dancing together under a pop-up? Since I'm not in right field, that must be the Bad Guys on defense, and they all look alike to me.
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