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Friday, July 08, 2011

July 16, 2011 Primate Softball Extravaganza, Chicago Edition

BTF Softball in Chicago
When: 1-5 p.m, Saturday July 16
Where: Independence Park
Who: All are welcome.  BTF regulars and lurkers and their friends and families.
Cost: The cost to reserve the field was $50, so bring some cash to reimburse Kiko.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 08, 2011 at 06:27 PM | 96 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Shredder Posted: July 08, 2011 at 06:50 PM (#3872102)
Destroyer doesn't start at the Pitchfork Festival until 5:15, and the rest of the Saturday lineup sucks, so I'll probably be there for some of this.
   2. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:01 PM (#3872113)
Fpllowing Shredder's lead above, this seems a good place for Chicago primates to let us know their plans, just to get an idea of how many are planning to play.

I'm in. And if any Indiana primates want to carpool up to the game, let me know.
   3. Hack Wilson Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:02 PM (#3872116)
Independence Park is in my old neighberhood. When they put up a building on the empty lot (which were called prairies in Chicago at the time) where we played ball, we had to go to Indie to try and play ball. Unfortunately hardball was not allowed, so we got chased away sometimes.
   4. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:14 PM (#3872130)
As mentioned in the forum thread im in, taking vacation from work that week, iv got a left handed glove and will try to find some bats as well
   5. Busted Flush Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:23 PM (#3872140)
I'll be there with my brother. WE'll bring a glove or two in case we play 12 inch.
   6. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:30 PM (#3872146)
Mentioned this elsewhere, but I'm like a 10-minute walk from Independence Park, so I'm in. I guess the next step is deciding whether we're playing 16" or 12". My vote is for 16".
   7. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:31 PM (#3872147)
Sweet! I wanna try to make it out to this. I've got Pitchfork tickets for Saturday but wouldn't be heartbroken about missing any of the bands in that timeframe.

Are we playing 12 or 16 inch? I glanced at the other thread but didn't see if a decision was reached. I vote for 12.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:44 PM (#3872156)
Heck, I'll be 80% of the way there from Philly, but it would be bad form to miss the family reunion in Batesville, IN and then Freudenfest at night in Oldenburg.
   9. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 08, 2011 at 07:52 PM (#3872163)
Its always good form to skip batesville. I think 16 was the decision because of the field can only play 12 if we have the field behind us or its empty
   10. McCoy Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:12 PM (#3872179)
I'll be in NYC that day.
   11. Charles S. will not yield to this monkey court Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:26 PM (#3872193)
I'll be there along with at least one softball-playing teen. We've got 4 hours. We could play some 16" and some 12". How will we divide up the teams? City vs. Burbs? Over 35 vs. under? Cubs fans vs. Sox fans?
   12. Shredder Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#3872200)
As mentioned in the forum thread im in, taking vacation from work that week, iv got a left handed glove and will try to find some bats as well
If we play 16", and you bring a glove, we're all going to laugh at you.
   13. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:31 PM (#3872202)
I'm planning on it, but the wife is 8+ months pregnant, so I may or may not actually show up and/or stay the whole time.

Like others have said, I believe we previously settled on 16in to start, with the possibility of 12in.
   14. Starlin of the Slipstream (TRHN) Posted: July 08, 2011 at 09:21 PM (#3872221)
Yup. I'm in.
   15. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 08, 2011 at 09:39 PM (#3872229)
I'm in. I'll grab a ball from my Sunday league and will have at least 1 bat.
   16. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 08, 2011 at 09:47 PM (#3872238)
I believe we previously settled on 16in to start, with the possibility of 12in.


Dan, thanks for putting this up!

The field is designed for 16", or so the lady said to me when I reserved it. As we discussed briefly in the original forum thread, there are back-to-back fields who more or less share an outfield. If nobody's on the far field, we could probably get away with playing 12". I never did get a chance to go over and reserve the other field (and I'm out of town right now until Monday), but my experience (I live 2 blocks from here, so I go over here fairly often) is that we're probably not going to have people playing on the other field (maybe 2 or 3 kids playing catch or something like that).

I'd vote 16" softball, but, as I said, we could probably get away with some 12". I'll bring a ball, bat, and maybe some gloves (only for 12"). The park is providing the bases.
   17. scotto Posted: July 09, 2011 at 07:37 AM (#3872594)
I'd never turn up the chance to look foolish, so I'll be there.
   18. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: July 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM (#3874047)
Alas, my family is in town this week and I won't be able to make it.
   19. Lassus Posted: July 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM (#3874055)
Pictures of this game better now go up here before pictures of our game.

Szymborski, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
   20. Spahn Insane Posted: July 11, 2011 at 03:37 PM (#3874206)
I'll be there, and a buddy of mine who has a BBTF account but seldom if ever posts will probably join me. Probably bike over right around 1. I'll have a glove and ball, but will probably leave my thoroughly unspectacular bat at home.

And congrats on the impending fatherhood, Moses.
   21. Spahn Insane Posted: July 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM (#3874208)
So Shredder, you're not a huge DJ Shadow fan?
   22. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 11, 2011 at 03:51 PM (#3874221)
I'm planning on it, but the wife is 8+ months pregnant, so I may or may not actually show up and/or stay the whole time


basically the same reason I will not make it up.
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: July 11, 2011 at 04:08 PM (#3874233)
mrams, I'm sure Mrs. Moses appreciates the moral support, but why skip the softball festivities on her account?

EDIT: And yes, lest the tongue-in-cheekness not show through in the original, congrats to you as well.
   24. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: July 11, 2011 at 04:13 PM (#3874241)
If I show up, I hope to bring another previous lurker with me.

I've also told VG about it, sounds like he'll stop by but I'm not sure if he'll be playing or not.
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: July 12, 2011 at 06:32 PM (#3875582)
Bump.
   26. Cabbage Posted: July 12, 2011 at 07:33 PM (#3875669)
12"? What is this, the Lady Primates HS Girl's Softball Intramural Club?
   27. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 13, 2011 at 08:56 PM (#3876927)
so how many people are def in? i think DTM will also be at the game that day
   28. scotto Posted: July 13, 2011 at 09:15 PM (#3876941)
As it turns out I will not make the game. Have fun everyone, and hit into a soft gb/4-3 for me.
   29. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 13, 2011 at 09:20 PM (#3876945)
so how many people are def in?


I count 13-19 based just on this thread. I'm pretty sure there were more folks who expressed interest in it earlier (>20, I think, although not everybody could make it this weekend, I'm sure). If I had to guess right now, maybe 15-20? I would think we could play something pretty close to legit softball with as few as 7 per side (no catcher, have the hitting team provide the pitcher), so I'm sure we'll be fine.

EDIT: Okay, I now count 12-18 based on scotto's #28. Regardless, I'm sure we'll have enough to play something as closely resembling softball as our skills will allow.
   30. Shredder Posted: July 13, 2011 at 09:25 PM (#3876952)
So Shredder, you're not a huge DJ Shadow fan?
Not particularly.

I may be a little late. I have a tee-time in Warrenville at 8:00, and with the rest of the day's festivities ahead, I'm probably going to try and stop home before heading to the park.
   31. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 13, 2011 at 09:33 PM (#3876956)
Szymborski, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

Bugger, I completely forgot!

Still have the photos and will get them up.

I always have a terrible time throwing a softball as I have disproportionately small hands.
   32. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM (#3877886)
I am officially in. If I'm late, we'll just blame meat.
   33. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM (#3877895)
I'm in for sure, and I might bring a lurker with me. I might have to take off before 5, though.
   34. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: July 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM (#3877907)
I always have a terrible time throwing a softball as I have disproportionately small hands.


I'll pass on the r-rated comment and just ask if you're better than John Wall.
   35. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 15, 2011 at 05:57 PM (#3878447)
Okay, I've paid for the field and have the receipt that may be needed to shoo others away (although, honestly, if it's just a couple of people playing on the field when I get there, I'll probably invite them to play with us). As I think I said, the park is providing bases (they're waiting in the field house for me to pick up tomorrow).

I'll probably try to get there around 12:45 or so. I think I'll be wearing a Valparaiso University baseball cap.

I'm looking forward to it!! See y'all tomorrow!
   36. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 15, 2011 at 06:05 PM (#3878459)
Have fun at the game, guys. I obviously can't make it, so I'm wondering how you all are going to buy me a beer. Hmmm....
   37. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 15, 2011 at 08:37 PM (#3878593)
I'll be there around 12:45 as well. I'll have a bat and spikes like a d-bag.
   38. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 15, 2011 at 09:08 PM (#3878637)
I'll be there around 12:45 as well. I'll have a bat and spikes like a d-bag.

Are you bringing the eyeblack, or should I?
   39. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 15, 2011 at 09:52 PM (#3878661)
I'll be there. I'm bringing my buddy; my brother might come as well.
   40. Spahn Insane Posted: July 15, 2011 at 09:54 PM (#3878662)
What's d-bag about a bat and spikes? Running on infield dirt without spikes is an injury waiting to happen, as I found out the hard way.

I will also have spikes, and blue baseball socks. A model of fashion, I shan't be.
   41. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 15, 2011 at 11:07 PM (#3878688)
Looks like I'm going to have to bail at about 4:00, unfortunately. Grrr.
   42. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: July 16, 2011 at 01:13 PM (#3878886)
I'm aiming for as close to 1 as traffic allows. Stupid Cubs game. My lurker friend can't make it, so it's just me.
   43. Busted Flush Posted: July 16, 2011 at 01:52 PM (#3878902)
My brother and I will be there, with spikes, by 1 as well.
   44. Starlin of the Slipstream (TRHN) Posted: July 16, 2011 at 02:33 PM (#3878921)
I should get there at 1 PM. Maybe a bit before as I'll be taking a bus to a train.

With Converse. I'll be the d-bag writhing in pain clutching my knee / ankle between first and second after my first AB... or at least I would be if I could hit.
   45. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 16, 2011 at 10:34 PM (#3879186)
Well, I'm back at home icing the back of my right knee and right hand. But other than that, I'd say it was a great success! Thanks to everybody who came out. Sorry we didn't keep as detailed a score as the New York contingent. We played five innings of 12" (absolutely nobody else was at the park but us - for a relatively nice Chicago summer day, I don't know how we managed that), a few innings of 16" (5-7? feel free to correct me). And ended up playing 4-on-4 where a ball that hit the outfield grass in the air was an out.

I think there were 18 people at max, but I could be forgetting somebody. I believe that a great time was had by all!
   46. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 17, 2011 at 12:52 AM (#3879257)
It was a success id say, thanks to all who came out!
   47. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 17, 2011 at 12:58 AM (#3879260)
I think we made it to 17 with 2 visitors ( vince and chicago joe) we had myself, dan the medicore(sp), retro, kiko, charles and his daughter, moses, sosh, thomas hamilton richard nugent, shredder, dayn, mark edwards, retro also had a friend as did mark, as well as a semi new primate busted play? I think the handle is who also brought a friend and last but not least southside ryan. I hope we can do this again next year but with better defense!

Yeah i made 5 errors in center in one inning
   48. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 17, 2011 at 01:06 AM (#3879264)
Yeah i made 5 errors in center in one inning


I think a generous scorer might have let you and I off with maybe 1 error apiece. Our UZR's on the other hand were probably a combined -100 or so for that inning.
   49. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 17, 2011 at 01:32 AM (#3879274)
busted play


Busted Flush.

It was indeed a good afternoon on the diamond. I'd love to do it again next year. Thanks to Kiko for getting the field and for all who showed up.
   50. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 17, 2011 at 01:38 AM (#3879276)
Ah ok i couldnt quit remember, also i hit a home run my first at bat while smoking a cigerette. And moses can hit a hell of a lot farther then i expected
   51. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 17, 2011 at 01:43 AM (#3879278)
I had a great time. The play was about at the level you'd expect from BBTFers, as comical as that was.
   52. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 17, 2011 at 02:52 AM (#3879308)
Cubs fans vs. Sox fans


I'm glad we didn't divide teams this way. Us (White) Sox fans would've been severely outnumbered.

Nice meeting ya'll. I had fun.
   53. Busted Flush Posted: July 17, 2011 at 04:12 AM (#3879333)
Great time out there. I'm in for any future games.

And my brother is still complaining about his quad!
   54. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 17, 2011 at 04:33 AM (#3879337)
Yeah i made 5 errors in center in one inning
Until you get thrown out 8-3, I still have the worst play in Primer Softball history. Now we have to find the point equidistant between Chicago and NYC so we can play a game betwixt the cities.
   55. Shredder Posted: July 17, 2011 at 04:43 AM (#3879341)
It was a lot of fun. Sorry I got there late. For the record, my day consisted of:

1) 18 holes of golf dragging my own bag at Cantigny;
2) an unidentified number of innings of 16 inch softball, which I'd never played before;
3) Destroyer, Twin Shadow, parts of the Radio Department, DJ Shadow, and Fleet Foxes at the Pitchfork Festival.

Pretty full day. Great seeing everyone again and meeting new people. And I always appreciate an opportunity to make fun of Dayn.
   56. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: July 17, 2011 at 05:48 AM (#3879349)
How was Destroyer mate?
   57. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 17, 2011 at 06:37 AM (#3879352)
OK, time to throw this out: who's down for a San Francisco game?
   58. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 17, 2011 at 02:24 PM (#3879398)
Ah ok i couldnt quit remember, also i hit a home run my first at bat while smoking a cigerette.

I christen this the "ciga-bomb," and it was wonderful.

Awesome time. Must do it again. We should look into getting a 16" team together.
   59. Spahn Insane Posted: July 17, 2011 at 03:20 PM (#3879422)
Good time was had by all, I reckon. I'm now nicely sunburned.

From my vantage point, the highlight had to be one-upping Dayn's mutton chops, without even realizing it ahead of time.
   60. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 17, 2011 at 04:39 PM (#3879455)
Until you get thrown out 8-3, I still have the worst play in Primer Softball history.


I tried to duplicate this one, but Tom was too quick. On the plus side, I haven't had a nemesis in years, so I've got that covered now.

I was pretty impressed at the play from those who'd never seen a 16 inch before, and best I could tell no jammed fingers.
   61. Starlin of the Slipstream (TRHN) Posted: July 17, 2011 at 05:55 PM (#3879471)
Unfortunately, I have the ignominy of grounding into s 6-4-3 dp... Still better than an 8-3, or god forbid a 7-3 putout. Despite a skinned knee, a sore back, heatstroke and, alas, a jammed middle finger, I had fun. It was nice meeting you all.

And having a nemesis lets you know your alive. My life is complete now that I have a 16 inch Holmes to my Moriarty.
   62. Lassus Posted: July 17, 2011 at 07:35 PM (#3879515)
Everyone please send Szym an email asking him to post the NYC pictures. Please, everyone. I'm begging you. I have no idea what's going on.
   63. McCoy Posted: July 17, 2011 at 08:23 PM (#3879539)
I had the misfortune of getting my geography mixed up and went to Brooklyn over the weekend instead of Chicago. Didn't find the softball game so I just drank a bottle of Far Niente instead.
   64. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 17, 2011 at 09:24 PM (#3879597)
Everyone please send Szym an email asking him to post the NYC pictures. Please, everyone. I'm begging you. I have no idea what's going on.
Did you see his #31? It will happen, just might be on Primer-Time at this point.
   65. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 17, 2011 at 11:08 PM (#3879646)
And having a nemesis lets you know your alive. My life is complete now that I have a 16 inch Holmes to my Moriarty.


I guess I need a nemesis now. Any volunteers?
   66. Shredder Posted: July 18, 2011 at 03:49 AM (#3879851)
Phil, Destroyer was really good, but we were far away and that album isn't a great festival album. Superchunk and Deerhunter were great, though. Tune-yards was, as expected, off the charts. Guided By Voices and Animal Collective were also great.
   67. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 18, 2011 at 04:04 AM (#3879895)
From my vantage point, the highlight had to be one-upping Dayn's mutton chops, without even realizing it ahead of time.

This threw me off immediately, hence my initial struggles at the plate. Unless it's a rockabilly gathering, I expect to have the best chops in the house.
   68. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 18, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#3879901)
Sounds like you guys had fun. Excellent.
   69. Spahn Insane Posted: July 18, 2011 at 04:22 AM (#3879922)
This threw me off immediately, hence my initial struggles at the plate. Unless it's a rockabilly gathering, I expect to have the best chops in the house.

Ah, yes--in fact, I was out-chopped at a rockabilly gig last winter, which probably inspired me to grow them out full-bore.
   70. shattnering his Dominicano G Strings on that Mound Posted: July 18, 2011 at 06:17 AM (#3880027)
####, didn't see this until just now. If there is another game this summer, I'd very much like to play.
   71. SoSH U at work Posted: July 18, 2011 at 02:21 PM (#3880106)
####, didn't see this until just now. If there is another game this summer, I'd very much like to play.


I doubt we'll play another time this summer, but I suspect we'll play again next year. Sorry you missed it.
   72. Charles S. will not yield to this monkey court Posted: July 18, 2011 at 02:49 PM (#3880133)
I echo the sentiments of everyone else. What a fun time. There isn't a muscle on me that wasn't sore on Saturday night, but it was great to meet so many Chicago primates and reconnect with the ones I'd already met. I am embarassed that I didn't recognize Gern behind those monstrous mutton chops. Kudos to Kiko for reserving the field.
Quick awards summary:
Best hustle: Meatwad made the rest of us look like old men with his speed and energy on a very hot afternoon.
Best 16-inch player: SouthSideRyan fielded confidently without a glove and showed off the crow-hop approach at the plate which I've heard of but never seen in practice.
Best trash talker: Thomas Richard Hamiilton Nugent, his budding rivalry with SSR was fun to watch
Best 12-inch hitters: Busted flush and/or his brother. I'm not really sure who it was. Moses also had some pretty good pokes.
Most consistent fielder: While the rest of us were misjudging fly balls all afternoon, SoSH U was unflappable mostly in left field.

As I mentioned on Saturday, let's do this again next year. 364 days should be just about enough time to recover.
   73. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 18, 2011 at 03:26 PM (#3880162)
Phil, Destroyer was really good, but we were far away and that album isn't a great festival album. Superchunk and Deerhunter were great, though. Tune-yards was, as expected, off the charts. Guided By Voices and Animal Collective were also great.


You didn't catch the Odd Future set? :)

My favorites of the weekend were Cut Copy, Superchunk, & the Dismemberment Plan.
   74. Spahn Insane Posted: July 18, 2011 at 05:04 PM (#3880267)
You didn't catch the Odd Future set? :)

I did, from a distance (I refrained from joining the angry, pasty 17 year old suburbanites in the pit). The girl and I were, like, "eh, what's the big deal." Maybe it's because I don't listen to hiphop, but it didn't really impress us either favorably or unfavorably. It didn't strike us as any more offensive than some other artists, and certainly wasn't more entertaining.

EDIT: Faves were Superchunk, Kylesa and Cut Copy. (Much though I enjoyed 'em, I left Superchunk early to catch Kylesa. Then again, I'm kind of an odd duck.)

EDIT 2: I was only there Sunday. Hey--how'd this turn into a Pitchfork thread? Damn you to hell, Shredder.
   75. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 18, 2011 at 05:26 PM (#3880285)

I did, from a distance (I refrained from joining the angry, pasty 17 year old suburbanites in the pit). The girl and I were, like, "eh, what's the big deal." Maybe it's because I don't listen to hiphop, but it didn't really impress us either favorably or unfavorably. It didn't strike us as any more offensive than some other artists, and certainly wasn't more entertaining.


I was up sort of close, though far enough away from the pre-teen mosh pit (honestly, some of those kids looked like grade schoolers). Yeah, the performance wasn't so great; I was impressed with OFWGKTA's ability to rile the kids up on such a hot day.

I really liked the red stage's lineup yesterday. There was a mass exodus of kids after Odd Future left the stage, which got us up close for Superchunk & Cut Copy.
   76. Busted Flush Posted: July 18, 2011 at 06:05 PM (#3880333)
Best 12-inch hitters: Busted flush and/or his brother

Oh, that'd be my brother. He's the one in the family who can actually play baseball well. Of course he thinks A.J. Pierogi is the best catcher in White Sox history, so...

For the record, my day consisted of: 1) 18 holes of golf dragging my own bag at Cantigny

I trust you left yourself ample time to climb on the tanks after golfing?
   77. SoSH U at work Posted: July 18, 2011 at 06:14 PM (#3880340)
Oh, that'd be my brother. He's the one in the family who can actually play baseball well. Of course he thinks A.J. Pierogi is the best catcher in White Sox history, so...


Don't sell yourself short. While no brother Flush, you were in the upper tier with Moses, Meatwad and a few others. Whereas I proved that my inability to hit a softball with any authority is a defect covering multiple-sized softballs.
   78. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 18, 2011 at 06:23 PM (#3880345)
Don't sell yourself short. While no brother Flush, you were in the upper tier with Moses, Meatwad and a few others. Whereas I proved that my inability to hit a softball with any authority is a defect covering multiple-sized softballs.


I don't have the same ability to hit the ball as meatwad (I haven't tried to hit a real baseball or softball in about a decade) but I did have the speed to get on base after pounding it to short.
   79. Spahn Insane Posted: July 18, 2011 at 06:44 PM (#3880363)
I really liked the red stage's lineup yesterday. There was a mass exodus of kids after Odd Future left the stage, which got us up close for Superchunk & Cut Copy.

Cut Copy is far from what I think of as my kind of music, but I thought their set was really good. And they got all the young womenfolk up and dancing, which was fun to watch.
   80. Shredder Posted: July 18, 2011 at 08:23 PM (#3880483)
You didn't catch the Odd Future set? :)
I think I got there right as they started, but I met up with a friend, and she and her friends had a blanket set up in the shade, so we just chatted and didn't pay much attention. They had some friends with a setup between the sound booths (draw a line between them, and back up about 30 feet from the center of that line), and we were able to catch the last four sets from that same spot. A little further than I wanted to be for Superchunk and Deerhunter, but with their time slots, it would have been impossible to be close for both.

I don't really listen to Cut Copy, but it's great festival music. Deerhunter was terrific again.

And anyone who missed Tune-Yards but wants to check her out, she'll be at Lincoln Hall for two shows on 11/9 and 11/10. Tickets on sale Friday. Incredible live act. I think I'm going to get tickets for both shows.

As for the softball, 16" was a lot of fun for my first time. It's actually a fair amount easier to field than I expected, and while I didn't jam any fingers, I could definitely feel some soreness in my fingers while playing. And I think batting lefty was a definite advantage on infield grounders. Those extra couple steps mean a lot.
   81. Spahn Insane Posted: July 18, 2011 at 08:30 PM (#3880493)
And I think batting lefty was a definite advantage on infield grounders. Those extra couple steps mean a lot.

As I discovered in the late-afternoon "infield-only" game, in which I batted lefty exclusively. I swinging-bunted my way into several hits.
   82. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 18, 2011 at 08:38 PM (#3880499)
And I think batting lefty was a definite advantage on infield grounders. Those extra couple steps mean a lot.

As I discovered in the late-afternoon "infield-only" game, in which I batted lefty exclusively. I swinging-bunted my way into several hits.


I felt Ty Cobbing it was the way to go. You can aim it somewhat and hit it downwards so it bounces a lot, which meant errors give how well we played defense.
   83. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 18, 2011 at 08:41 PM (#3880501)
Credit to Charles for coming up with the infield-only idea, and for not yelling at me for hitting his daughter after he assured her it wouldn't hurt to get hit.
   84. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 18, 2011 at 08:43 PM (#3880506)

Credit to Charles for coming up with the infield-only idea, and for not yelling at me for hitting his daughter after he assured her it wouldn't hurt to get hit.


He probably felt hitting his daughter was better than hitting on his daughter.
   85. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: July 18, 2011 at 09:19 PM (#3880536)
I swinging-bunted my way into several hits.


This accurately describes my entire little league career.
   86. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 19, 2011 at 06:21 AM (#3881090)
Well the prostitute walking around assured us his daughter was safe from me, i have pictures from the game all on facebook, 2 of the 3 have his daughter pitching drop me an email if you want them
   87. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 19, 2011 at 02:17 PM (#3881203)
Hahaha, I was wondering if anybody else noticed her walking around the park for a solid hour.
   88. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 19, 2011 at 02:28 PM (#3881218)
She could have picked a worse customer base than nerds playing softball.
   89. Charles S. will not yield to this monkey court Posted: July 19, 2011 at 02:46 PM (#3881236)
He probably felt hitting his daughter was better than hitting on his daughter.
Ding, ding, ding. Good answer. She's a tough kid. The heat was far more of an issue than any bruises.
   90. Spahn Insane Posted: July 19, 2011 at 03:29 PM (#3881298)
Hahaha, I was wondering if anybody else noticed her walking around the park for a solid hour.

The heat must've made me more dense than usual; it wasn't until meat commented on her late in the day that it occurred to me why she was so dressed up for a Saturday stroll in the park.

Though in fairness to me, the hookers who stroll my part of the neighborhood (all of two miles from where we were playing) tend to dress down.
   91. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 19, 2011 at 04:17 PM (#3881349)
The heat must've made me more dense than usual; it wasn't until meat commented on her late in the day that it occurred to me why she was so dressed up for a Saturday stroll in the park.

Though in fairness to me, the hookers who stroll my part of the neighborhood (all of two miles from where we were playing) tend to dress down.


The park IS my neighborhood and I'd never noticed hookers strolling the park before. Then again, I'm usually at the park with my sons who are (thankfully) still at ages where they're much more interested in watching for ice cream men.
   92. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 19, 2011 at 04:33 PM (#3881358)
The park IS my neighborhood and I'd never noticed hookers strolling the park before. Then again, I'm usually at the park with my sons who are (thankfully) still at ages where they're much more interested in watching for ice cream men.

Make you know who's who before you respond to the "Get your tootsie-frootsie here" call, or you'll have lots of 'splainin' to do.
   93. Spahn Insane Posted: July 19, 2011 at 05:05 PM (#3881388)
The park IS my neighborhood and I'd never noticed hookers strolling the park before.

Perhaps your neighborhood had never seen such a concentration of eligible maleness as the BBTF softball gang before this. Or, what Dan said in 88.
   94. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 19, 2011 at 05:13 PM (#3881396)
Perhaps your neighborhood had never seen such a concentration of eligible maleness as the BBTF softball gang before this. Or, what Dan said in 88.

Okay, fine. I left early because the desire to avail myself of her services was too much to overcome. Turns out she has a heart of gold, and we're in love.
   95. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 19, 2011 at 05:18 PM (#3881399)
Okay, fine. I left early because the desire to avail myself of her services was too much to overcome. Turns out she has a heart of gold, and we're in love.


Did you find out it was gold as you cut it out of her corpse for the ceremony?
   96. Shredder Posted: July 19, 2011 at 08:15 PM (#3881540)
Then again, I'm usually at the park with my sons who are (thankfully) still at ages where they're much more interested in watching for ice cream men.
That's what they want you to think.
Okay, fine. I left early because the desire to avail myself of her services was too much to overcome. Turns out she has a heart of gold, and we're in love.
This sounds like a potential employment opportunity.

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