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