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Friday, May 02, 2014

BBTF 2014 Softball Game

Time again for Softball!

Just quickly because I’m traveling now, but here are the details:

June 21st at Central Park in New York, specifically Field #11 in the North Meadow. Game time is 1 pm to 4 pm. I think the Orioles are in town that weekend to face the Yankees. I’ll be gone for another week but someone else can start herding cats ASAP as there’s not a lot of lead time for this game, unfortunately.

Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: May 02, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 550 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   501. McCoy Posted: June 25, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4735630)
Flip
   502. Howie Menckel Posted: June 25, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4735760)

since many of you avoid the political thread, any thoughts on whether we should invite this guy next year, based on the photos? and can you believe he fell down? hahaha

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gov-chris-christie-plays-celebrity-softball-match-yankee-stadium-article-1.1840820

   503. CrosbyBird Posted: June 26, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4735938)
I love the idea of there being someone fatter than me on the field.
   504. gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4736191)
I got two sisters.


You're old-school Mormon?
   505. Howie Menckel Posted: June 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4736204)

checked with sisters, they were very offended - at the idea of going to Atlanta in the summer. I didn't even get to the worst parts.

   506. Jose Canusee Posted: June 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4737921)
Atlanta is about a 4 hr drive for me, DC would be all day. Remember Bryce Harper playing softball at the DC Mall?
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7878414/washington-nationals-bryce-harper-takes-swings-slow-pitch-softball-game-mall
Must be possible to play there.

I was surprised the scores were so low, must have been some decent gloves out there.
   507. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4737987)
I was surprised the scores were so low, must have been some decent gloves out there.

The softball was also sub-optimal. Closer to a clincher than a regular ball.
   508. Howie Menckel Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4738051)

yes, I am going with the good-glove, dead ball angle as well.
:)

actually, the part about the ball is probably true, not that I have anything to compare it with since Bill Clinton took office...

   509. McCoy Posted: June 28, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4738058)
It wasn't anything like a clincher. The ball was a slow pitch softball. It is possible that last year we were using a fast pitch softball. The ball despite all the throwing around and whacking has kept its shape whereas the two practice balls we had warped almost as soon as we started using them and clincher type balls are much more mushy than the ball we used.
   510. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 28, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4738072)
not that I have anything to compare it with since Bill Clinton took office...

So wait, did Clinton have regular balls or a clinchers?
   511. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4738167)
It wasn't anything like a clincher. The ball was a slow pitch softball. It is possible that last year we were using a fast pitch softball. The ball despite all the throwing around and whacking has kept its shape whereas the two practice balls we had warped almost as soon as we started using them and clincher type balls are much more mushy than the ball we used.

The yellow balls Bob Tufts brought last year were definitely livelier.
   512. catomi01 Posted: June 28, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4738171)
The yellow balls Bob Tufts brought last year were definitely livelier.


We used a couple of mine last year as well that we use for my league - and as a pitcher who's given up a lot of homeruns, yes, they are very lively.
   513. villageidiom Posted: June 28, 2014 at 02:52 PM (#4738333)
The teams would've hit better if I'd pitched more. I had a tendency to give up hard-hit balls on those few occasions I subbed for snapper.

Hey, where are the pictures?
   514. Lassus Posted: June 28, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4738417)
I dunno, did you take any?

So far there are about 80 in the folder that's being gone through as I type this, so we'll get them posted as soon as we can. There may be near to 200.
   515. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 28, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4738476)
I can hardly wait to see GoodFace's picture. From everything I've learned from his comments on BTF, I'll bet he's one studly dude. (smile)
   516. McCoy Posted: June 28, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4738483)
I don't believe GoodFace was there.
   517. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 05:47 PM (#4738506)
I don't believe GoodFace was there.

He was not. Post 488 has the rosters.
   518. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 28, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4738523)
I don't believe GoodFace was there.

I knew that.
   519. Lassus Posted: June 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4738609)
I have sent the pictures to Sam, who will post them to his blog from 1998. We may need to do some conferencing on who is in what picture.
   520. thetailor (Brian) Posted: June 29, 2014 at 03:05 AM (#4738673)
Thanks Lassus!! So cool of you and the lady to put in all that extra effort, above and beyond!
   521. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: June 29, 2014 at 07:08 PM (#4739295)
I have sent the pictures to Sam, who will post them to his blog from 1998. We may need to do some conferencing on who is in what picture.

I half-suspect that the delay involves Sam desperately attempting to photoshop himself into the group pic.
   522. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 29, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4739306)
I half-suspect that the delay involves Sam desperately attempting to photoshop himself into the group pic.

Sam's the third from the right in this pre-game candid shot. A few of the names have been changed to protect those players who've only been provisionally certified.
   523. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4739656)
I have managed to upload the pics, sans commentary (or blog) to Drive. You can view them at your pleasure here.
   524. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4739676)
Picture 253 is the best of the lot.
   525. Lassus Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4739680)
Yeah, if someone wants to put them in a blog or place with commenting options, that would probably be entertaining.
   526. Howie Menckel Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4739681)

wow, a surprising amount of shots where we look athletic, almost!
thanks for those to all who helped, especially the photog

good choice on 5th row, far right of my knee. that gives the rough idea, yet is before the blood thickened and congealed (25th photo, or 0062). we have the lunchtime crowd to think of.

   527. gef the talking mongoose Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4739686)
Picture 253 is the best of the lot.


How long did the soccer game last?
   528. Lassus Posted: June 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4739708)
Thanks, Sam, for uploading them at least to GoogleDrive.

BTW, there are probably more I can go thru as well this week if I have time, those are selected and edited/zoomed.
   529. Lassus Posted: June 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4739742)
Group shot:

top row, all together:

Son of Hysterical & Useless, CrosbyBird, Obo, Howie Menckel, McCoy, thetailor, 'zop, snapper, Epstein, Jemile Weeks, Greg K, djordan, Karl from NY

front row: (Never give an) Inge, villageidiom, Lassus, Shooty, Hysterical & Useless

EDIT: Thanks, Howie.
   530. Howie Menckel Posted: June 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM (#4739749)
I think by (only knows real name) you mean thetailor

and CrosbyBird for MENTAL BLOCK?
   531. thetailor (Brian) Posted: June 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4739790)
Oh yeah, that's me! And Brian is also fine.

What happened in 253? I'm sorry my reaction is so over the top, hahaha.

#158 is where I threw to first instead of taking the force out because... reasons.

#86 is my best attempt to distract Lassus
   532. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: June 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM (#4739795)
I will heretofore think of H&U and his son as Godzilla and Son of Godzilla.
   533. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: June 30, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4739957)
Yikes! Most of those "action" photos got me thinking of Herbert Morrison's legendary Hindenburg quote.
   534. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: June 30, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4739984)
Yikes! Most of those "action" photos got me thinking of Herbert Morrison's legendary Hindenburg quote.

Says the guy who played for 10 minutes...
   535. McCoy Posted: June 30, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4740045)
In the first photo we have Greg grabbing his crotch. Nice.
   536. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: June 30, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4740057)
In the first photo we have Greg grabbing his crotch. Nice.

Meh. Better doing it on the field than on Shooty's sofa.
   537. Greg K Posted: June 30, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4740354)
In the first photo we have Greg grabbing his crotch. Nice.

Is it really playing baseball if you're not grabbing your crotch?

Other notes include...a good shot of me destroying my shoes when I rounded third base too quickly and forgot I wasn't wearing spikes.

And a great shot of me attempting to tag Epstein at third base, while the ball is rolling out of play behind me.
   538. Howie Menckel Posted: June 30, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4740357)
Pretty sure every player has at least one shot where they look pretty darn good out there!

and has anyone ever seen villageidiom and Washington Post columnist Mike Wise in the same room?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/06/dc_sports_media_approval_ratin_7.html

   539. Obo Posted: June 30, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4740372)
Ugh. #222 is me at bat and nicely illustrates why I could barely hit the ball out of the infield. Terrible form. Stop lunging! Be like the studly GregK of #239.

Thanks to Rickey! for posting the pictures, Lassus for organizing them as well as providing the photographer, and, most of all, to the the photographer herself, who actually agreed to show up and immortalize the proceedings for the second year in a row, and who as a result must be on the fast track to some kind of sainthood.
   540. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 30, 2014 at 09:00 PM (#4740384)

Yes, thank you to the photographer! Especially for getting two shots of me hitting the ball in the air, considering I only remember doing that once (I'm pretty sure #56 went foul, but it's a great shot).

Thankfully, my hamstring pull was not fatal, and I was able to go running and play soccer this past weekend, although only at about 90% and I was very sore after the latter.
   541. villageidiom Posted: June 30, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4740414)
and has anyone ever seen villageidiom and Washington Post columnist Mike Wise in the same room?
He has never been in my kitchen. And I still have all my hair.
   542. Howie Menckel Posted: June 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4740426)

true, it's all face similarities - not hair!
used to work with Mike many years ago (when he had a little hair). same friendly face, and he's on TV a lot even without hair, so hardly an insult.
:)

   543. Lassus Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM (#4740450)
BTW, I wore one of the nerdiest of nerd shirts I have ever owned. Didn't any of you nerds recognize it?
   544. Lassus Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM (#4740477)
"Boy, looking at these pictures, it really makes it seem like a fast-paced, exciting game. Special effects are amazing." - Saint Photographer
   545. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 01, 2014 at 12:04 AM (#4740482)
Yeah, kudos to the photographer, these are really good at providing the images of a competently played softball game by people who don't necessarily fit the part of Ray DeMarini. Sounds like it was a good time, with minimal blood loss.
   546. thetailor (Brian) Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4740614)
Also, I'd just like to give some props to Shooty who attempted to tag up on a "sac fly" to the shortstop in the first inning of the first game... that took big ones. There are photos which capture the catch and throw home.
   547. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4740624)
Also, I'd just like to give some props to Shooty who attempted to tag up on a "sac fly" to the shortstop in the first inning of the first game... that took big ones. There are photos which capture the catch and throw home.

Having sized you chumps up, I was pretty sure I'd make it!
   548. Lassus Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4740636)
Having sized you chumps up, I was pretty sure I'd make it!

It isn't like you got caught at 1st on a grounder to center field or anything.
   549. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: July 01, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4740638)
It isn't like you got caught at 1st on a grounder to center field or anything.

Wasn't me, yo.
   550. Lassus Posted: July 01, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4740652)
Wasn't me, yo.

Oh, I know who it was. I was seeing if I could get him to magically show up.
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