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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.

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   301. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 12, 2018 at 01:35 AM (#5725295)
The real question is wither Greg k?

More than 36 hours since his now ominous last communication:
239. Greg K Posted: August 10, 2018 at 01:21 PM (#5724725)
Eep. I might be incommunicado after about 6pm tonight. Is there a short-list of possible bars you guys would be at tomorrow morning? I wouldn't mind visiting 8 or 10 bars before noon, but I draw the line at scouring every single one in Manhattan.

That's a long time to be adrift in a foreign land, barely knowing the language. Probably time for a postgame search party. Maybe check the bars - he might still be looking for you guys, drink by drink.
   302. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 12, 2018 at 05:58 AM (#5725297)
Good morning all!

Did anybody show up after I left? You know, once it was safe.
   303. Stormy JE Posted: August 12, 2018 at 03:15 PM (#5725399)
Did anybody show up after I left? You know, once it was safe.
Nope. Eventually, we walked across the street to Dylan Murphy's and hung out for a while longer.

Hmmm, still no word from Greg K?
   304. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 12, 2018 at 05:29 PM (#5725436)
Hmmm, still no word from Greg K?


Turned back at the border? Being held incommunicado in an ICE detention facility? Waylaid by two street gangs to settle an argument about the Long Parliament?

Hope he didn't spend the night on the Great Lawn.
   305. Greg K Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:24 AM (#5725586)
Hey!

I did make it...saw the field was somewhat unplayable, and checked into the hotel. At which point I found the bed just too comfortable. I intended to go looking for you guys. But it turns out my hotel was on the other side of the park, and New York has plenty of distractions for tourists...who knew?

Glad to see some concerned citizens out there!
   306. Stormy JE Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:39 AM (#5725591)
Glad to see some concerned citizens out there!
No kidding. There are even Mounties out looking for you.
   307. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5725596)
Too bad nobody had your phone number Greg (or you didn't have anybody's). We missed you.

So what all did you find to do that was an acceptable substitute for hanging out with a bunch of pasty-faced basement dwellers (and Blastin)?
   308. Howie Menckel Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5725598)
..... and that's how Greg K wound up in a photo in the New York Post's Page Six gossip section today canoodling with Beyonce
   309. Greg K Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:53 AM (#5725605)
I actually do have a cell phone now!

But unfortunately it does not seem to work in your exotic country.

I saw a show on Broadway (well, a movie...but the theatre was on Broadway!). I also bought a book, so I guess I did do some shopping after all!

Mostly I wandered around the park and most of everything east of it. I went past Trump Tower...I thought about going in, but figured they employ men to keep people like me from going inside, so I just looked at it. Went to a bunch of delis. Judging by the stuff plastered outside it, I'm assuming Zabar's is a well known establishment. The staff were certainly frantic and surly, which is usually a sign of a quality eatery. Though I'm still not sure if they gave me a Ruben or a Cuban sandwich.

I went to another one on Broadway, which was also full of frantic, surly employees (even at 7am on a Sunday!). New York seems to have many good delis. But the girl at the checkout was really nice to me. She must have been new.
   310. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:55 AM (#5725608)
I saw a show on Broadway (well, a movie...but the theatre was on Broadway!).

- golf clap -
   311. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5725609)
Actually, that really doesn't do credit to the rest of #309, which is pitch-perfect in basically every way.
   312. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: August 13, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5725610)
a Ruben or a Cuban sandwich.


Was sauerkraut involved?

(Firehouse Subs, which I must say makes a darned good veggie sub, uses coleslaw on its version of the reuben. *sigh*)
   313. Greg K Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:08 AM (#5725615)
I'm pretty sure that it was, in fact, a Cuban. No kraut. The meat seemed to be corned beef rather than pig though. But I've seen Seinfeld, I know not to ask any questions about what you're served.
   314. McCoy Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:20 AM (#5725617)
Should be pretty easy to tell the difference.

We didn't do a whole lot. Stayed in the Murray Hill area. When we got in we went to the upper west side and had dinner at Land Thai. Decent enough neighborhood restaurant. Walked for a bit and had mister softee for dessert. Called it a night afterwards. When we woke up we had planned to go to Sarge's for breakfast but ended up going to Bloom's instead by mistake because of the rain. I laughed when are bill came. 35 dollars before tip for French toast and pancakes. Though it did come in like 45 seconds. Afterwards we went directly to to the battery Park area and the 9/11 memorial. Had lunch at some River side bistro that I could tell from a distance was going to be expensive and thoroughly mediocre. It was. Had a few slices at priviti pizza as a snack and then went to keen's chophouse for dinner. Sat upstairs where the AC doesn't work great and got incredibly slow service. Went with the grass fed strip and carrots and creamed spinach. Steak was cooked perfectly but wasn't seasoned which I hear is a thing here. Carrots were way overcooked and doll and the creamed spinach was rather dry and overly seasoned with nutmeg. As for the steak I don't know if because it was the special they didn't dry age it or what but it lacked a lot of flavor and for whatever reason they trimmed all the fat off of it. Had the chocolate sundae for dessert. Bill came to $250 before tip. Wouldn't do it again at that price.

Next morning we had breakfast at Bedford+Co which is the restaurant that is part of our hotel. Had a pretty good croissant breakfast sandwich but the service was slow again. Then went to the airport where it turns out Jay Glazerwas on my flight. First time at LaGuardia and ooph. All the stories are true about just how bad it is.
   315. Stormy JE Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5725625)
We didn't do a whole lot.
You were prepared to drag your companion to a softball field first thing in the morning on a hot and humid day but, when the game got called, wouldn't stop by a perfectly cromulent bar later around midday?

Yeah, not weird at all.
   316. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM (#5725629)
Next morning we had breakfast at Bedford+Co which is the restaurant that is part of our hotel.

1. Cookshop on 10th ave and 20th street or GTFO. (yeah, I know you weren't there, but it would be worth the cab fare.)

2. OMG, google maps lists it as "farm-to-hipster american dining", which is perfect. I mean, it is GOOOOD food, but it can be that and still have a dead-on snark definition. Well-done, whoever did that.
   317. McCoy Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:42 AM (#5725632)
She's not a drinker.
   318. McCoy Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:44 AM (#5725635)
Re 316. When I was in the place i was laughing because the place pretty much checks off all the boxes of a hipster restaurant meme i saw last year. One of those you know you're in a hipster place when it has XYZ. Things like the name has a + in it. There is lots of reclaimed wood and metal. Your host wears a fedora. There are Edison bulbs everywhere so on and so on.
   319. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:46 AM (#5725638)
I don't remember the fedoras, but yes, it is hilarious in that way and deserves the mockery, no argument. However, it was easy to forgive, because the meals I've had there are very good. Good service, too.
   320. McCoy Posted: August 13, 2018 at 10:47 AM (#5725639)
Meant Bedford + Co
   321. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5725660)
ohhhh I see. Even so, it works for Cookshop as well.
   322. Howie Menckel Posted: August 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5725667)
unofficial scorecard for BBTF softball - no pub crawl (consisting of only 2 pubs)

order of appearance:
Hysterical & Useless
Blastin
Howie Menckel
JE
Chicago Joe
Shooty
Never Give an Inge

order of disappearance:
Hysterical & Useless
Blastin
Never Give an Inge
Shooty
Howie/JE/Chicago Joe with the Mary Tyler Moore Show finale exit
   323. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 13, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5725683)
Well, apparently none of you are man enough to then go drinking at Keens.


Been there, done that. I highly recommend the libation on the menu called "Cold Medicine..."
   324. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 13, 2018 at 12:44 PM (#5725760)
1. Cookshop on 10th ave and 20th street or GTFO. (yeah, I know you weren't there, but it would be worth the cab fare.)

Cookshop is great (I live a few blocks away), but it never struck me as particularly hipster. Maybe my hipster-dar is just off from living in the neighborhood for too long.
   325. Lassus Posted: August 13, 2018 at 12:48 PM (#5725761)
Cookshop is great (I live a few blocks away), but it never struck me as particularly hipster. Maybe my hipster-dar is just off from living in the neighborhood for too long.

I miss living in Chelsea. I was on 24th between 9th and 10th for a time.
   326. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 13, 2018 at 12:50 PM (#5725763)

Also it was great to see everyone on Saturday, at least those of you who didn't bail. For the folks based in NY, let's do it again sometime (ideally before next summer).
   327. villageidiom Posted: August 13, 2018 at 02:50 PM (#5725858)
Is there a rain-check date?
No. I suppose there's nothing stopping you from setting one up.
   328. McCoy Posted: August 13, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5725860)
Is there a rain-check date?

Yes, Sept 2nd in Marietta, GA. See you all then!
   329. Jose Canusee Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:20 PM (#5726935)
Pirates vs. Braves at 5:05 that day. If Mays could play stickball on game days we should be able to get Albies and Acuna to join in, they are young enough. Find a spot.
   330. thetailor (Brian) Posted: August 14, 2018 at 11:38 PM (#5726963)
Hey guys! Sorry I ended up not being able to make it this year. It looks like it was rained out?

I would love to play on an alternate date if one gets set up, or even just go for drinks again.
   331. Howie Menckel Posted: August 15, 2018 at 12:25 AM (#5726975)
thetailor lives!
:)

yes, we settled for "Rainout Theater" on Saturday.

but you need to be on the list for any "Makeup Rainout Theater" activity - love your enthusiasm about MLB.
   332. Chicago Joe Posted: August 15, 2018 at 01:59 AM (#5727000)
You know, I would show for a makeup rainout drinkathon in October. Maybe Ray would too!
   333. McCoy Posted: August 15, 2018 at 07:22 AM (#5727012)
Wiffle ball at Henry park in Marietta. 11am September 2nd
   334. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 15, 2018 at 03:34 PM (#5727359)
You know, I would show for a makeup rainout drinkathon in October. Maybe Ray would too!


I'd be in. Just not October 6: I'm getting married that day.
   335. Howie Menckel Posted: August 15, 2018 at 04:59 PM (#5727446)
Just not October 6: I'm getting married that day.

I'm not following
:)
   336. Stormy JE Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:26 PM (#5729010)
I'd be in. Just not October 6: I'm getting married that day.
Yeah, I'm with Howie. Be a patriot and push the ceremony back one week.
   337. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:37 PM (#5729018)
no need to change the date - we'll ask for a field time at least a half-hour past your ceremony. the wedding party can be "honorary Catomis" for the game
   338. catomi01 Posted: August 20, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5730177)
no need to change the date - we'll ask for a field time at least a half-hour past your ceremony. the wedding party can be "honorary Catomis" for the game


The Catomi's and I had a long frustrating day of softball yesterday. Won a 5-4 game in the morning, then lost game 2 on a walk off homerun (with me serving up the honors) to fall to 3rd place on the season...then split our modified games in the afternoon, but lost game 2 down a run with a running getting thrown out at 3B.
   339. Stormy JE Posted: August 20, 2018 at 05:14 PM (#5730397)
Why not postpone drinks until close to Thanksgiving weekend?
   340. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5730404)
You should take the show on the road, A Washington, DC game might attract a larger, somewhat different crowd, perhaps even myself, and the South Lawn of the White House is usually free. I hear Howie has connections, so it should be be easy to set up. Only a few Primates would be barred by the Secret Service, so no real problem, eh?
   341. Chicago Joe Posted: August 20, 2018 at 10:27 PM (#5730518)
November might be preferably after thanksgiving for me (so really December)
   342. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 23, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5732212)
but lost game 2 down a run with a running getting thrown out at 3B.


Crap, this is right up there with Ruth getting caught stealing to end the World Series. I mean, it's absolutely basic baseball knowledge: you NEVER make the 3rd out at 3B. Hope the miscreant was heavily fined.
   343. McCoy Posted: August 23, 2018 at 11:03 AM (#5732230)
Really depends on the level of skill for all involved in the softball game.
   344. catomi01 Posted: August 23, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5732307)
Crap, this is right up there with Ruth getting caught stealing to end the World Series. I mean, it's absolutely basic baseball knowledge: you NEVER make the 3rd out at 3B. Hope the miscreant was heavily fined.


The sad part of it is, we played most of the game (like we do most games) with no 3rd base coach...going into the inning I knew it might come down to having intelligence on the bases, so I send out one of our smarter/better guys to coach...and the runner pushed to third because of him...we do a strikeout jersey on most teams, but I am considering adding a baserunning blunder jersey for next year.
   345. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 27, 2018 at 03:15 PM (#5734304)
337

no need to change the date - we'll ask for a field time at least a half-hour past your ceremony. the wedding party can be "honorary Catomis" for the game


I appreciate the offer, but the wedding is in Pittsburgh...
   346. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 27, 2018 at 03:29 PM (#5734313)
I appreciate the offer, but the wedding is in Pittsburgh...

You might want to limit further details, unless you want folks showing up in t-shirts & cargo shorts for the post-game party reception.
   347. Stormy JE Posted: August 27, 2018 at 03:32 PM (#5734317)
I appreciate the offer, but the wedding is in Pittsburgh...
Well, we're not moving the game to Pittsburgh.
   348. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 28, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5734985)
Well, we're not moving the game to Pittsburgh.


For which, I am eternally grateful.
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