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Monday, July 02, 2012

THT: Jaffe: 10 things I didn’t know before SABR 42

It’s time for Chris Jaffe’s SABR 42 recap. Drink up, fellas!

8. The cell phone revolution

...Maybe the most interesting cell phone moment came before I arrived, though. During the very first presentation on Thursday, a speaker had to suffer through a cell phone debacle as several people in the audience had their phones go off. They weren’t on vibrate, either, but ringing. One guy’s phone went off —loudly—three times during the talk.

Another actually took the call. One of the members of the Baseball Think Factory crowd, Mike McCullough, was so surprised and disappointed by the cell phone-a-thon, that he jokingly asked the people if he was sitting next to if he should play his phone’s sound for an incoming call. He meant it as a joke, but managed to activate it anyhow, sending out the blaring horn sound of a hockey goal that he uses on his phone. Oops.

The speaker, to his credit, plowed through and didn’t let it affect him. Anthony Giacalone told the people he was sitting by that if this happened in his presentation, please punch the phone person. It didn’t happen, though. After that, SABR room monitors announced prior to all speakers that the audience should make sure their phones are turned off.

...As usual, SABR’s annual convention was an enjoyable time. Next year it’ll be in Philadelphia, and the year after that it’ll be in Houston. So if you’re interested, you can start making plans to attend.

Repoz Posted: July 02, 2012 at 05:54 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4171455)
Awesome.
The same year I began attending SABR conventions, so did THT Founding Father Aaron Gleeman. Though his weights have had their ups and down over the years, he’s always been a big guy. This bottomed out in early March of last year, when, at 28, he weighed 355 pounds.

He started a diet and exercise regimen, quitting crap food, counting his calories, and working out virtually everyday. As he’s noted on his own blog, the results have been a huge success.

Gleeman, who stands slightly over six feet, checked into SABR weighing about 166 pounds. That’s impressive.

The amount of weight he’s lost is enough for a person. In fact, if you took the weight he lost and created a new person out of it the same height as Gleeman, that person would be borderline overweight by BMI.

So yeah, Gleeman looks a lot better. He says he feels much better and has a lot more energy. And he is eating—it’s not like he’s starving himself. He’s just been really consistent in doing all the right things for months on end. It’s gone from being a diet to just how he eats. He notes that in the future he’ll have to shift more toward building up muscle instead of sweating off calories when he works out, but for now he’s a helluva success story. Kudos to him for pulling it off.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4171463)
So Gleeman is in the best shape of his life?
   3. DL from MN Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4171465)
Best shape of his life?

Dammit, just beat.
   4. Bruce Markusen Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4171468)
He lost about 190 pounds in a little over a year. That is amazing!
   5. DL from MN Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4171469)
There were some nice bars and restaurants, most notably a rooftop bar with lawn bowling.


Brit's Pub. Great spot.
   6. DL from MN Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4171471)
if a prospect has 35 innings pitched in 35 appearances, the manager and pitching coach will both find themselves in hot water


Thanks for that insight. The Twins like to make their reliever prospects start for a few years in order to help them develop as pitchers. It's really hard to develop as a minor league reliever getting 40 innings a year.
   7. Guapo Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4171474)
I enjoyed the whole Gleeman story until I got to the part where he weighs less than me (I've been trying to get from 175 to 170 for about 2 months)
   8. Sean Forman Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4171505)
Brits was very fun. We were there from 7pm to closing Sat. night.

Aaron needs to fill out a bit if he is ever going to hit for power.
   9. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: July 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4171536)
I thought the presentations this year were the best in awhile. It may have just been a function of better choices on my part but I enjoyed all but one and that was a function of some annoying sound problems which meant the speaker had to speak without the microphone while the sound of feedback filled the room.

The official scorers panel was a lot of fun and Terry Ryan could not have been more entertaining. He was endearingly gruff.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4171538)
Gleeman's weight loss story is pretty amazing, and must have been a lot more difficult than he's giving himself credit for. I can't even imagine living on 1,250 calories a day, even with a much less active lifestyle, and I weigh less than half of what Gleeman did when he started his diet.
   11. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: July 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM (#4171636)
One thing I left out of the Brit's Pub place. We got there around seven and found two empty tables that we could pull together for us. We felt so happy to have two full empty tables out in the sun like that. Me? My eyes are sensitive to bright light, so I made sure the sun was to my back.

Turns out, the sun was a little too bright for everyone. It began when Joe Dimino began holding the menu up just to block the sun's rays. The other guys sitting that direction - Anthony Giacalone, AJM, Will Young - razzed him a bit for it. Then they started mocking/imitating him by doing it, too.

Then they realized - hey, it's suddenly like 10 degrees warmer when we do it. And that damn sun is in our faces all the time. Suddenly, they weren't mocking Joe by holding up the menus to their faces - it had become a requirement.

Oh, so that's why those tables out in the sun were all unoccupied.

Fortunately, fate intervened. The guys facing the sun looked around for a place in the shade, and while there wasn't any at that moment - five mintues later a British guy got up with his crowd and we took his spot. And there was much rejoicing. Will Young was still screwed - he was on the edge of the sun & shade line, but he said don't worry - in 10 minutes he'd be all in shade. And so he was.

Hmmm - -that's a good story. I really should've put it in.

(If anyone cares, the eight guys there were AJM, Giacalone, Dimino, Will Young, Gleeman, Sean Forman, deJesus freak, Steve Treder & myself. Later that night Mike Webber showed up, and later still Kyle the Whiffle Ball Fanatic, and Jack Moore).
   12. Davo Dozier Posted: July 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM (#4171678)
Damn...I guess I picked the wrong night to go out!
   13. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4171712)
Wow, Gleeman is kind of cute.
   14. AJMcCringleberry Posted: July 02, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4171714)
Heck, during a lull in the Twins-Royals game this year, Mets fan Anthony Milazzo took out his cell phone to start watching his Mets play their game.

Unfortunately the signal in the stadium sucked so the game kept freezing on me and I gave up after a few minutes. Next time I have to bring my earbuds so I can at least listen to the radio broadcast.

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