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BBTF ANNUAL CENTRAL PARK SOFTBALL GAME 2018

Date: August 11
Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Field: Great Lawn, Field 7
Post-game meetup: Mad River Grille, 1442 3rd Ave (near E 82nd St)

EDIT: The above info is up to date as of post #241 (early Friday afternoon, August 10). If plans change, post it in the comments in this thread.

Last year’s thread. Much fun was had.

villageidiom Posted: March 01, 2018 at 03:49 PM | 348 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. McCoy Posted: June 16, 2018 at 06:58 AM (#5693275)
Flip
   102. villageidiom Posted: June 18, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5694248)
YES (20):

Blastin
catomi01
catomi02
catomi03
Chicago Joe
Edmundo
Greg K
Howie Menckel
Hysterical & Useless
JE
Karl From NY
Lassus
McCoy
Met Fan Charlie
Never Give An Inge
Ray
reech
snapper
thetailor
villageidiom

MAYBE (1):

BDC (ruled out a couple of dates that we didn't book, didn't comment on the August date)
   103. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 18, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5694263)
I saw Obo posted in another thread a while ago, I meant to pop in and ask him if he was coming this year, but missed the chance (I think the thread was a couple days old by the time I got to it). He's incredibly sneaky, shows up wearing a Gilligan hat, everybody chuckles, then he hits a double every at bat.
   104. thetailor (Brian) Posted: June 19, 2018 at 11:25 PM (#5695831)
Hi guys! Just wanted to check in and say I'm excited to play. As it is summer, things keep cropping up, but I am hoping that this remains clear and we get to play. I'm also nursing a little back issue (Who isn't?) but I should be good.
   105. Howie Menckel Posted: June 20, 2018 at 12:48 AM (#5695876)
thetailor is a couple of decades short of many of the participants, so his plea for sympathy from a sore back is - DENIED!
;)

this Tin Man looking forward to it
   106. Swoboda is freedom Posted: June 20, 2018 at 09:24 AM (#5695938)
Sorry guys, can't make it this year. I have to drive up to Maine to pick up my daughter from camp.
   107. Stormy JE Posted: June 20, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5696021)
Hey, fellas:

We are...

CONFIRMED.

Details:

Saturday, 11 August
10am - 2pm
Great Lawn, Field No. 7 (Neither my first or second field choice but whaddaya gonna do? There's a shitload of demand for that day.)

You lousy degenerates owe me food and drink.

Now...

WHO'S CONFIRMED AGAIN???

EDIT: Hey, Swoboda, you suck.
   108. Lassus Posted: June 20, 2018 at 11:38 AM (#5696079)
I have to drive up to Maine to pick up my daughter from camp.

Really? Plenty of wood and roadkill up there. She'd be fine for the weekend.
   109. Lassus Posted: June 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM (#5696084)
I am most likely confirmed, but need to shore up details.
   110. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 20, 2018 at 11:42 AM (#5696087)
WHO'S CONFIRMED AGAIN???

My vacation ends August 2nd, so I should be there.
   111. Stormy JE Posted: June 20, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5696111)
Really? Plenty of wood and roadkill up there. She'd be fine for the weekend.
Yeah, what a snowflake. And two years ago, Ray didn't even have the cojones to ask his sister to postpone her wedding by a measly seven days. SEVEN DAYS.
   112. villageidiom Posted: June 20, 2018 at 02:00 PM (#5696267)
Thanks for your persistence on the booking, JE. I've updated the thread header. As we decide on pre-game or post-game, I can update further.

If you're in #102 above as a YES and you're not a yes, (a) you suck, and (b) let us know so we can update your status.

If you're not in #102 above as a YES, (a) you suck, and (b) make your status yes and let us know.

If you're in #102 as a YES and that's correct, (a) you have great character, and when it comes to softball the odds are (b) you suck.
   113. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 20, 2018 at 02:46 PM (#5696325)
Lassus, is the staff photographer going to bring a camera this year? Phone pictures are great and all, but it just looks so much more official when the photog is using an actual camera.
   114. Lassus Posted: June 20, 2018 at 02:53 PM (#5696332)
Hopefully. Decision still in committee.
   115. Karl from NY Posted: June 20, 2018 at 03:33 PM (#5696379)
Confirming my yes for the game, though I have something else immediately after so no post-game activities. I have an actual camera too, not particularly fancy but it took our group shot last year. As for (b), I'm confidently reporting I'm in the best shape of my career.
   116. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 20, 2018 at 04:20 PM (#5696434)
Howie, from the OTP thread:

a Sam Adams specialty ale.


On me pal, after the game.

   117. Chicago Joe Posted: June 20, 2018 at 08:21 PM (#5696581)
God, I hope we can do better than Sam (Adams).

Great job getting this confirmed, JE.
   118. Ray (CTL) Posted: June 21, 2018 at 12:37 AM (#5696757)
Confirmed I'm in.
   119. Greg K Posted: June 21, 2018 at 07:38 AM (#5696786)
I'm confirmed in conviction. But I've been too lazy to book anything yet.
   120. Lassus Posted: June 21, 2018 at 08:21 AM (#5696795)
Tips for newcomers time!

Bring friends. No, not to prove you have them, but because they will generally always be needed.
   121. Stormy JE Posted: June 21, 2018 at 11:03 AM (#5696890)
Also, someone please bring extra workout gear so that Lassus needn't lumber around the bases in his coin-filled cargo shorts.
   122. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 21, 2018 at 03:38 PM (#5697137)
put me down as a maybe. Will have to see how I feel about getting up at 7am or so.
   123. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 21, 2018 at 04:53 PM (#5697227)
I'm still in. Thanks for organizing, Jason.
   124. Ray (CTL) Posted: June 21, 2018 at 06:27 PM (#5697293)
Those cargo shorts... Those CARGO shorts... The wind resistance alone takes 20% off of his top running speed.
   125. McCoy Posted: June 21, 2018 at 07:50 PM (#5697333)
As of right now I'll be there.
   126. Swoboda is freedom Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5697756)

EDIT: Hey, Swoboda, you suck.


Well that is a little harsh ;(

Sorry, I will miss it and I am sure Jason will still provide the offense as well as the field.
   127. catomi01 Posted: June 22, 2018 at 05:24 PM (#5698152)
So far me and the same two catomiXX's from last year are in. One or two others may join as well.
   128. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 24, 2018 at 12:40 PM (#5698683)
Confirmed yesterday that the 1st Useless grandchild will be born sometime from July 10 - 17. We will be down in Maryland to help out, likely for a week or so after the Event, so I WILL be back for the (obviously MORE IMPORTANT) event on August 11th.

Sorry to disappoint you all!
   129. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 24, 2018 at 02:59 PM (#5698735)
Too late to edit 128, but my wife disputes my analysis of when the birth will be; she says July 10 is the latest, based on what daughter-in-law said to her. I was going off my understanding of what our son said. So, might be anytime between now and the 17th. As we just got back from a visit there this morning, we're both hoping for later rather than sooner. Need a break from traveling.

   130. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: June 27, 2018 at 10:57 AM (#5700503)
Confoim...
   131. catomi01 Posted: June 27, 2018 at 12:41 PM (#5700692)
So far me and the same two catomiXX's from last year are in. One or two others may join as well.


Add another to this.
   132. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 27, 2018 at 12:53 PM (#5700704)
Add another to this.

At this rate, it's going to be catomiXX vs. :-)
   133. villageidiom Posted: June 27, 2018 at 02:52 PM (#5700876)
YES (20):

Blastin
catomi01
catomi02
catomi03
Chicago Joe
Edmundo
Greg K
Howie Menckel
Hysterical & Useless
JE
Karl From NY
Lassus
McCoy
Met Fan Charlie
Never Give An Inge
Ray
reech
snapper
thetailor
villageidiom

MAYBE (5):

BDC (ruled out a couple of dates that we didn't book, didn't comment on the August date)
catomi04
catomi05
catomi06
Anthony Kennedy of BBTF
   134. catomi01 Posted: June 27, 2018 at 05:11 PM (#5701040)
At this rate, it's going to be catomiXX vs. :-)


I think it was the same trend this time last year, then they started dropping out...I'm 99.9999 % on the two who came last year...then 75 % on one, and about 30-50 % on another after that.
   135. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 27, 2018 at 09:14 PM (#5701175)
So, here's the update you've all been waiting for re: the coming Useless grandchild!

Absent any further complications, plan is to begin inducing labor the evening of July 10th, with birth possible on the 11th...or 12th...or 13th...apparently, the hormones required to stimulate the dilation of the cervix (which is kinda crucial if you're trying to squeeze the little person out) can take up to 3 days to act. We're all obviously hoping that they use the fast-acting variety and get it over as quickly as possible.

Yeah, I know this is all TMI, but this is what's going on in my life right now. Why should I be the only one here to suffer?
   136. Howie Menckel Posted: June 27, 2018 at 10:48 PM (#5701239)
the more catomis there are, the more likely I get to DH - which, for anyone who has played in one of these games, is acknowledged as a blessing to all

I can still smack the apple, but fielding..... not so much

plus I get to tell some stories during the game to two audiences instead of one

#winwin
   137. villageidiom Posted: June 28, 2018 at 09:29 AM (#5701340)
Yeah, I know this is all TMI, but this is what's going on in my life right now. Why should I be the only one here to suffer?
I trust that on the day of the event you will live up to your handle. EDIT: "the event" being the grandfathering, and not the softball game. At softball I don't expect you to be hysterical.
   138. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 28, 2018 at 09:36 AM (#5701350)
At softball I don't expect you to be hysterical.


Yeah, just useless, right? That I can live up to!

As far as I can tell, my only "role" in all this will be to help with shopping & cleaning up, and to be an appreciative audience for whatever complaints, anecdotes, videos etc the kids want to share. So I can probably handle the job.

   139. Greg K Posted: July 02, 2018 at 08:13 AM (#5703597)
Booked!

My "yes" is now a full-throated "yes" rather than a I-may-still-back-out-at-the-last-minute "yes".
   140. Lassus Posted: July 02, 2018 at 09:10 AM (#5703610)
Exciting!

Do you do a lot of book shopping while in NYC?



Yeah, I know this is all TMI, but this is what's going on in my life right now

We're sure the labor will be taxing on you, poor thing. Have you considered Advil?
   141. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 02, 2018 at 09:14 AM (#5703613)

My "yes" is now a full-throated "yes" rather than a I-may-still-back-out-at-the-last-minute "yes".


Soft cleats only! We don't want you spiking somebody at 2B :-)
   142. villageidiom Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:49 AM (#5705868)
Five weeks away, folks.

We've got a field for four hours, in August heat. We could definitely use more players. We could probably use another whole team worth of players, if not two. If you're lurking, thinking it would be fun to play (you're right) but we have enough players already (you're wrong), step up.
   143. Stormy JE Posted: July 06, 2018 at 01:18 PM (#5706030)
FYI, fellas: The permit has been paid so the field is officially ours.

Now we get to spend the better part of five weeks debating whether to eat and drink afterward on Third Avenue or Columbus. :)
   144. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5706033)
We've got a field for four hours, in August heat. We could definitely use more players. We could probably use another whole team worth of players, if not two. If you're lurking, thinking it would be fun to play (you're right) but we have enough players already (you're wrong), step up.

Well, the first hour is usually warm up/waiting for critical mass. And, there's no reason we have to use the full 4 hours.

After 2 7 inning games, people are usually more than ready to hit the bar.
   145. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 01:28 PM (#5706036)

Now we get to spend the better part of five weeks debating whether to eat and drink afterward on Third Avenue or Columbus. :)


I would say 3rd. There are virtually no parking lots in the West 86th area near the park, while there are a bunch of options in the $20-30 range on East 86/87th.
   146. villageidiom Posted: July 06, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5706141)
Well, the first hour is usually warm up/waiting for critical mass. And, there's no reason we have to use the full 4 hours.

After 2 7 inning games, people are usually more than ready to hit the bar.


If we get enough people for 3 teams, we have enough time that each team can get in 2 games and also rest/spectate/heckle for 1 game. Or alternatively, if we get enough people for 3 teams, then when a bunch of people back out at the last minute because of weak excuses like "I'm stuck at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport" we'll still have enough for 2 teams.

(FWIW, that was my weak excuse 2 years ago.)
   147. villageidiom Posted: July 06, 2018 at 03:15 PM (#5706156)
I would say 3rd. There are virtually no parking lots in the West 86th area near the park, while there are a bunch of options in the $20-30 range on East 86/87th.


I'll second this, while walking back the "virtually no". Virtually no = some. I don't need some options, I need one. I can find under $20 on either side of the park, and I've yet to have an issue with any lot filling up the morning of Primer Softball. The ones on the east side are indeed more plentiful, and marginally closer to the field, so my preference is 3rd. But it ain't a strong preference.

I mean, really, wherever y'all pick for postgame, I'll park near there and figure out how to get to the field.
   148. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 03:40 PM (#5706187)
I'll second this, while walking back the "virtually no". Virtually no = some. I don't need some options, I need one.

True, but the close ones on the West side are like $60. On the East side there are $30 options right on 85th and 5th/Mad by the tranverse, and $20 options a couple of blocks over.
   149. Chicago Joe Posted: July 06, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5706254)
The first rule of postgame is do not drive after postgame.

Google review of Central Park: “The place holds good with the hype.”

Whew. Was a little worried there.
   150. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5706260)

I'm fine with going east for drinks afterwards. It's been a while since I went out on the UES but Dylan Murphy's and Mad River I believe are a couple of cromulent pubs around 82nd and 3rd.
   151. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 04:27 PM (#5706272)
The first rule of postgame is do not drive after postgame.

I'm not planning on getting drunk at 2:30 in the afternoon :-)

If it's a typical August day in NY, I'll be drinking more water at the bar than beer.
   152. Stormy JE Posted: July 06, 2018 at 08:10 PM (#5706373)
If it's a typical August day in NY, I'll be drinking more water at the bar than beer.
I had a friend who, while a college freshman, ran out of beer so he and his hallmates continued playing quarters with tap water.

Let's just say the results weren't pretty.
   153. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 09, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5707180)
I'm not planning on getting drunk at 2:30 in the afternoon :-)


Heresy!

What are ya, some kinda Commie, or somethin'?
   154. McCoy Posted: July 09, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5707234)
I've found my glove and my BTF softball shirt so I'm good to go. Might go looking for a hot softball or two.
   155. Greg K Posted: July 09, 2018 at 02:40 PM (#5707245)
Exciting!

Do you do a lot of book shopping while in NYC?

I bought a sandwich at a deli last time, if that counts.

I think I'm in town for just over 24 hours. But perhaps this time I wont drink for several hours immediately following the game, which would give me time to do things. I remember a few years ago Shooty and his wife were kind of enough to show me around the city (and put me up on their couch).
   156. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 09, 2018 at 08:18 PM (#5707376)
This afternoon at ~3, the first Useless grandchild was hauled, kicking and screaming, into the light of day. Parents have not yet settled on a name for the poor guy, having rejected all 3 of my suggestions (Twinkletoes, Hiram, and I've Forgotten [the Third]). Feel free to place bets on the eventual choice among yourselves.

Virtual cigars to all when I see you on the 11th.
   157. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 12, 2018 at 11:19 AM (#5709032)
Congrats, H&U. I think George Herman or Barry Lamar might be good names. Denton True, maybe. Or if they want to get zany, High Pockets or Death to Flying Things.
   158. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 12, 2018 at 12:16 PM (#5709052)

Yes, congrats!
   159. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 12, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5709055)
Congratulations!

I'm partial to George Thomas, myself.
   160. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:38 PM (#5709914)
Thanks for the suggestions guys, and for the congratulations.

Been off-line for a few days, as we had to do massive furniture moving (which included dismantling the wifi set-up) in order to get rugs cleaned while parents and newborn were in hospital. And the system was too complicated for me to put back together, had to wait for the father to come home and take a break from fussing with his kid. Oh for the days when a new father's only duty was to stick out his chest and say "Dat's my boy!"
   161. Blastin Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:51 PM (#5710266)
Congrats!

BTW, may be slightly late for the game itself, but will indeed be there.
   162. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 15, 2018 at 03:46 PM (#5710302)
I'm not planning on getting drunk at 2:30 in the afternoon :-)

Relatedly, for those hesitant to drink before noon, spreadable whisky has arrived!
   163. catomi01 Posted: July 20, 2018 at 09:58 AM (#5713025)
You can move catomi04 from Maybe to Yes.
   164. Jose Canusee Posted: July 20, 2018 at 09:58 PM (#5713376)
I don't think a mother has to be a baseball fan to accept Big Hurt as a baby name.
   165. villageidiom Posted: July 23, 2018 at 10:26 AM (#5714019)
We appear to have made it finally to the online reservation list. "Saturday AM/PM Softball" is the event name. Nobody has the field booked before us or (immediately) after. If anyone wants to show up early to warm up* it looks like they can.

* Warming up generally means talking, standing around, laughing, occasionally tossing a ball around, and apologizing for bad throws/catches. Batting practice usually ensues once we have enough people and a bat.
   166. catomi01 Posted: July 23, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5714039)
Batting practice usually ensues once we have enough people and a bat.


Equipment check?

I have balls, will bring a few bats, and a couple extra gloves (if I have room). I can bring bases as well, but that was bit of a pain last year, so if anyone else wants to volunteer for that, please feel free.
   167. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: July 25, 2018 at 12:35 AM (#5715439)
Hello long lost friends,

I am interested in joining your baseball squadron on August 11.

Yours truly,
Jeff
   168. Howie Menckel Posted: July 25, 2018 at 12:41 AM (#5715440)
our thorough background check has ruled you..... WELCOME!

not only do I prefer to DH - but so do my potential fielding teammates. (but I can still rake!)

so bring a glove (actually, if you are right-handed, you can share one). and if you can throw from CF to 2B on a fly, you might be the subject of a bidding war.
   169. Chicago Joe Posted: July 25, 2018 at 12:53 AM (#5715441)
Awesome! Where are the Rickeys of yesteryear, though?
   170. Chicago Joe Posted: July 30, 2018 at 12:55 AM (#5717830)
And Andy would make an ideal umpire.
   171. villageidiom Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:09 AM (#5717873)
And Andy would make an ideal umpire.


Andy: FOUL BALL!

JE: WHAT?? That was fair!

Andy: Oh, yeah? Prove it was fair.

JE: Prove it? It landed to the right of the line, by like 3 feet.

Andy: It's just like you to be biased way to the right.

JE: Is that a political shot? It's just like you to try to inject politics into everything. You can't call a friggin' game without trying to make it political. That's pathetic.

Andy: I see you're trying to change the subject instead of showing me proof. Concession accepted.

JE: I haven't conceded anything. And look, you want proof? Let's ask everyone else.

Everyone else: It was fair.

Andy: That doesn't prove anything. You remind me of this one guy who came into my bookshop back in dickety-five looking for a rare edition of Salinger's Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and insisted that I had it. Clearly I didn't, as we all know it was never released as a standalone novella. But he insisted I had a copy. So I challenged him to search the store. Go ahead, look around, prove that I have it. And he refused. Well, why should I assume he knows my own shop better than me? But no, he didn't want to prove it. Instead he chose to stand around arguing about what the Coolidge administration was doing...

(two hours later)

...which was like that time I sneaked into the bleachers at Yankee Stadium and paid a nickel for 3 hot dogs and a quarter for a Yoo-hoo, which cost extra because it was still 3 years away from being invented.

JE: Aww, man!

Andy: So you accept my decision?

JE: What? Uh, no, we all got sick of waiting for you to finish your story, so we just started playing again. We finished that game and we're now almost done with another.
   172. Howie Menckel Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:22 AM (#5717879)
10-day forecast has high of 85 on this day with "isolated thunderstorms." 30 pct chance of precipitation.

that's basically the forecast for the entire week, so we will not immolate in the sun - but we might get wet.

we also might mercifully have to end early or have a delay, as when the local sentries kicked us off the field a few years ago.
   173. McCoy Posted: July 30, 2018 at 09:55 AM (#5717895)
I bought some high COR balls for us to use during the game. I'll bring those but didn't pick up a bat.
   174. villageidiom Posted: July 30, 2018 at 02:23 PM (#5718033)
YES (21):

Blastin
catomi01
catomi02
catomi03
catomi04
Chicago Joe
Edmundo
Greg K
Howie Menckel
Hysterical & Useless
JE
Karl From NY
Lassus
McCoy
Met Fan Charlie
Never Give An Inge
Ray
reech
snapper
thetailor
villageidiom

MAYBE (4):

BDC (ruled out a couple of dates that we didn't book, didn't comment on the August date)
catomi05
catomi06
Anthony Kennedy of BBTF

I've posted another front page thread as a reminder, since this thread fell off the front page and my faux-editor mojo isn't good enough to get it back there. That thread redirects here. Hopefully we can get a few more to join.
   175. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: July 30, 2018 at 02:42 PM (#5718041)
It landed to the right of the line, by like 3 feet.


Three feet either way is not "right on the line." This is in fact some #### Jason would say.
   176. villageidiom Posted: July 30, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5718046)
Three feet either way is not "right on the line." This is in fact some #### Jason would say.
Misquoting fake Jason, too, now?

EDIT: And more importantly, SHOW UP FOR PRIMER SOFTBALL!
   177. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 30, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5718083)
RE:171

Gold, Jerry! Comedy gold!
   178. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 31, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5718435)
Early indications point to my bride-to-be joining us on the 11th. I think she feels the need to witness in person the high comedy that is sure to be my at-bats. To say nothing of my fielding.
   179. catomi01 Posted: July 31, 2018 at 12:06 PM (#5718465)
catomi02 is unfortunately out.
   180. villageidiom Posted: July 31, 2018 at 01:57 PM (#5718552)
YES (20):

Blastin
catomi01
catomi03
catomi04
Chicago Joe
Edmundo
Greg K
Howie Menckel
Hysterical & Useless
JE
Karl From NY
Lassus
McCoy
Met Fan Charlie
Never Give An Inge
Ray
reech
snapper
thetailor
villageidiom

MAYBE (4):

BDC (ruled out a couple of dates that we didn't book, didn't comment on the August date)
catomi05
catomi06
Anthony Kennedy of BBTF

NO (∞):
catomi02
   181. villageidiom Posted: July 31, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5718558)
I've gotten word of a commitment at my church that I'd agreed to months ago, and they finally settled on a date: August 11. The good news is it's at 5:30 PM, and it should not take more than 3 hours to get back from the game, shower, and get to my church in time. The bad news is it takes me out of the postgame plans.
   182. Lassus Posted: July 31, 2018 at 03:56 PM (#5718630)
I need to be downgraded to "maybe" as of an hour ago - dogsitter issues - working to resolve, but just FYI.
   183. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 02, 2018 at 04:11 PM (#5719843)
181. villageidiom Posted: July 31, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5718558)
I've gotten word of a commitment at my church that I'd agreed to months ago, and they finally settled on a date: August 11. The good news is it's at 5:30 PM, and it should not take more than 3 hours to get back from the game, shower, and get to my church in time. The bad news is it takes me out of the postgame plans.
182. Lassus Posted: July 31, 2018 at 03:56 PM (#5718630)
I need to be downgraded to "maybe" as of an hour ago - dogsitter issues - working to resolve, but just FYI.


July 31, a day that will live in infamy.
   184. villageidiom Posted: August 03, 2018 at 07:12 PM (#5720602)
Even worse... My son's Eagle Scout project has been rescheduled to August 11. I'm now a no for the game.
   185. Howie Menckel Posted: August 03, 2018 at 11:26 PM (#5720806)
guys, you do NOT want me playing the field. just sayin'
   186. villageidiom Posted: August 06, 2018 at 10:30 AM (#5721646)
YES (18):

Blastin
catomi01
catomi03
catomi04
Chicago Joe
Edmundo
Greg K
Howie Menckel
Hysterical & Useless
JE
Karl From NY
Lassus
McCoy
Met Fan Charlie
Never Give An Inge
Ray
reech
snapper
thetailor
villageidiom

MAYBE (5):

BDC (ruled out a couple of dates that we didn't book, didn't comment on the August date)
catomi05
catomi06
Anthony Kennedy of BBTF
Lassus

NO (∞):

villageidiom

I know it's pretty rich coming from me, but... We could use more players.
   187. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 06, 2018 at 10:51 AM (#5721662)
And Andy would make an ideal umpire.

Just use a RoboUmp. You wouldn't like my personalized strike zone.
   188. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 06, 2018 at 10:53 AM (#5721664)
#184, can’t your son get Eagle Scout credit for helping a bunch of old people hobble around a softball field?
   189. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:00 AM (#5722275)
Do we have a decision on whether we're going East or West post-game?
   190. Lassus Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5722284)
And.... I'm out. Expenses catching up with me, started off by my dog-sitter bailing. Sorry, that's two years in a row I've missed. Boooooooo.
   191. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:36 AM (#5722315)
But Jules can still come, right Lassus?

I vote we start the postgame at noon. My legs don't like playing the field for more than 2 hours. And since we're going to the theatre Saturday night, I gotta be back up in Westchester by 5:30 or so at the latest.
   192. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 07, 2018 at 12:00 PM (#5722342)
I vote we start the postgame at noon. My legs don't like playing the field for more than 2 hours.

Based on past history, we won't get a quorum until 10:30 or a bit later. So, games probably run until 12:30-1, and then drinks.
   193. villageidiom Posted: August 07, 2018 at 12:04 PM (#5722347)
#184, can’t your son get Eagle Scout credit for helping a bunch of old people hobble around a softball field?
He has to get prior approval for his project, and I suspect the powers-that-be will reject it on the basis that y'all are beyond help.
   194. Lassus Posted: August 07, 2018 at 12:19 PM (#5722357)
But Jules can still come, right Lassus?

I'll tell her where everyone's true disappointment at my absence lies.
   195. Blastin Posted: August 08, 2018 at 08:06 AM (#5722928)
Re: quorum, I will be there by 11. Have about 15 miles (an 'easy' week amongst a period where every second week is 20+; I specifically planned a shorter week to line up with this game though!) in the morning and unless you want me there looking and smelling like that, best I go home and shower first. I guess I could get up at 5 but that's my weekday wake up time and I don't wanna. :)
   196. McCoy Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:26 AM (#5722967)
I'm flying in the day before and staying in the Murray Hill area. Going to Keen's later that night on Saturday. Should be at the park by 10am with a few balls and a glove. Did we figure out who is bringing the bats?
   197. villageidiom Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:37 AM (#5722976)
Blastin, you've been to this event before. Half the attendees smell like they've run 15 miles, but they got that way just from walking to the field.
   198. villageidiom Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:38 AM (#5722979)
Did we figure out who is bringing the bats?
catomi01.

Still need bases.

EDIT: And a postgame destination.
   199. Howie Menckel Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:41 AM (#5722982)
Half the attendees smell like they've run 15 miles, but they got that way just from walking to the field.

hey, I resemble that remark!
   200. McCoy Posted: August 08, 2018 at 10:11 AM (#5723009)
My post game libations may be a bit limited. I'll be bringing the newly minted Mrs McCoy to the game and we'll be going to a steakhouse later that day. She doesn't really drink and I doubt she'll want to hang out with a bunch of heart attack victims.
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