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Thursday, April 25, 2019

You Are Cordially Invited to SOFTBALL IN THE CITY

Permit application process has been started, with any luck we’ll be frolicking in the North Meadow of Central Park some sunny Saturday in July or August.* Attendance will be taken! Those not in attendance will be talked smack of!

Further details will be posted as they become available, or as I remember them. If you’re in contact with primates (or other beings) who don’t regularly visit the site, make sure to let ‘em know! They don’t need to be good, there are already enough of you who make me look bad.

RSVP before game time, whenever that turns out to be. Or just show up.


*Okay, I requested 11 - 2 on July 20, we’ll see what happens
**Per post #130 below, it’s Saturday, August 10, 11 - 2 on North Meadow field #4. I’ll try to keep the info up here up to date with the latest status. -vi

Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM | 316 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 05, 2019 at 10:11 AM (#5838515)
And then we FLIP!!!
   102. Karl from NY Posted: May 06, 2019 at 02:15 PM (#5838828)
Doesn't everybody bookmark these? Priceless comedy once we have links to the action shots.

Well, last year was rained out, so the only action shots would be downing beers.
   103. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 10, 2019 at 07:13 PM (#5840859)
the only action shots would be downing beers.

The young guys gotta learn technique somewhere.
   104. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 15, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5842485)
I'm planning to check with Central Park soon (tomorrow or Friday maybe?) to see if we've gotten our field assignment. As this may involve a telephone call I need to nerve myself up for it.

Thoughts and prayers, people.
   105. reech Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5842734)
Hey folks- long time- long story-long recovery - i hope to be at the game to kick arse.
   106. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2019 at 12:11 PM (#5842796)
I'm planning to check with Central Park soon (tomorrow or Friday maybe?) to see if we've gotten our field assignment. As this may involve a telephone call I need to nerve myself up for it.

Thoughts and prayers, people.


Just make sure you give yourself a solid block of time to wait on hold.
   107. villageidiom Posted: May 16, 2019 at 05:34 PM (#5842899)
reech! Yes, be there!

Oh Lord yeah, what Shooty said.
   108. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 17, 2019 at 11:02 AM (#5843062)
Just make sure you give yourself a solid block of time to wait on hold.


Waiting on hold is the part of phone calls I do best.

Yay reech! Be there indeed.
   109. catomi01 Posted: May 17, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5843138)
I'm planning to check with Central Park soon (tomorrow or Friday maybe?) to see if we've gotten our field assignment. As this may involve a telephone call I need to nerve myself up for it.

Thoughts and prayers, people.


My phone at work stopped working week ago...as I am the one who would fix it, I've decided its going to take at least another week to fix. The only downside is that this has now provided people with an excuse to come into my office.
   110. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 17, 2019 at 04:17 PM (#5843200)
My phone at work stopped working week ago


I can neither receive calls nor retrieve messages on my work phone. I was assigned a number, but facilities never set it up. I'm only part-time and I use my boss's office; she works remotely, so has to have calls forwarded from her desk phone to her mobile. I guess they can't set the phone to have two separate numbers?

This would be less of a problem if the signature line on my emails (which I am unable to edit; company policy) didn't include the assigned phone number at which I cannot be reached.

But then, I hate using the telephone so that's really more of a plus.
   111. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 03:37 PM (#5843882)
but we need more data on who goes upright-to-prone fastest on the way out of the batter's box.


No, you don't actually...

Hint: it's me.
   112. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 22, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5844644)
No, you don't actually...

Hint: it's me.


I dunno, Charlie, we've got pictures of Howie and BDC doing nosedives. Nothing in the archives for you.

Just sayin'.
   113. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 22, 2019 at 01:07 PM (#5844647)
Oh, BTW, re: following up on the permit request:

Central Park doesn't make it easy to contact them, but once I found a number that was an actual phone (rather than a fax) I got to a for real person quite quickly last Friday. Cancelled the July 20 request, was told I'd get an email update this week regarding August 10.

Yesterday, I got a phone message* from the lovely Melissa** at the Park office, with info regarding field availability for July 20. Uh-huh. So I called back this morning***, got the July 20th request cancelled and was told I'd be able to pay for the August 10 permit by end of bidness today! [It shows as "under review" on the website, but it hadn't gone past "Submitted" in the month since I requested it, so...Progress!]

Didn't get to talk to TL Melissa, though. :-(

*I was sitting in the voir dire room for jury duty so had my phone turned off.
**Any woman who calls me is lovely until proven otherwise.
***Didn't get picked (or even questioned!) for the jury.
   114. Howie Menckel Posted: May 22, 2019 at 02:47 PM (#5844687)
can confirm a Charlie faceplant. huge bonus points for producing it just moments after I told him my cautionary tale!
   115. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 03:05 PM (#5844696)
Damn shoelaces...
   116. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 03:20 PM (#5844702)
I dunno, Charlie, we've got pictures of Howie and BDC doing nosedives. Nothing in the archives for you.


I fell on my ass, but I made the catch.
   117. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 22, 2019 at 03:54 PM (#5844714)
Howie, falling off a barstool doesn't count. In-game action only!
   118. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 04:00 PM (#5844719)
I dunno, Charlie, we've got pictures of Howie and BDC doing nosedives. Nothing in the archives for you.


Howie, falling off a barstool doesn't count. In-game action only!


Are you kiddin'? I still have gravel coming out when I blow my nose...and my face-plant was two years ago!
   119. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 22, 2019 at 04:12 PM (#5844726)
my face-plant was two years ago!


Ah, the team photog didn't make that game, so those results are all unofficial.

Lassus, is she coming this year? [And if she is, is she bringing you?]
   120. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 22, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5844751)
Well, no further update re: our field permit. Still "Under Review." If no change tomorrow morning I'll call again.

Calling from work is so much easier than calling from home. Close the door, put the phone on speaker, do my job (a bit). So much less time-wasting.
   121. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 22, 2019 at 06:34 PM (#5844760)
Well, no further update re: our field permit. Still "Under Review." If no change tomorrow morning I'll call again.


Thanks, H&U. Thank goodness baseball replays are a bit faster.
   122. villageidiom Posted: June 04, 2019 at 06:27 PM (#5848444)
The online list of permits still doesn't look like it has one for us. Fields are available, so don't panic yet.
   123. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 05, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5848645)
No, no panic, sorry I haven't been able to give an update...been too busy at work the last 2 weeks to call and get them to move my application from "Under Review" to "Approved -- now pay up!" But it's on my TO DO list!
   124. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 06, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5848997)
Ladies & Gentlemen, boys & girls!

And yes, youse guys too!

Our permit should be approved within 1 - 3 business days, unless somebody hacks my checking account and takes out all the money before Central Park gets theirs. Those traveling from distant lands (eg Westchester, the Guyland, Joisey, or other parts) should book their travel and accommodations with all deliberate speed. Or accidental speed, as the whim takes them.

Apparently, this could've been settled a couple of weeks ago. To the people in the Parks Department, "Under Review" as the status of a permit request actually means "Pay the damn fee and we'll send you the permit." Please make note of this for future reference!
   125. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: June 06, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5849076)
WAHOO!
   126. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 07, 2019 at 12:20 AM (#5849294)
Pretty psyched for this. After two decades of cultivating mass, I assume I'll be wildly ripped with a month or so of strength training before the game.
   127. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 07, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5849357)
I assume I'll be wildly ripped with a month or so of strength training before the game.


Totally! Hope you've started, because our permit has been APPROVED!! I feel so...loved.

Now I'm on my way to the gym. Gotta get my own fitness program in gear.
   128. villageidiom Posted: June 13, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5851348)
Ok, yeah, we're approved, yada yada, is the date and time confirmed (8/10 11 to 2)? What field? The permit site has a booking for North Meadow field 4 for that time. Is that what we got?
   129. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 14, 2019 at 11:47 AM (#5851941)
Yes, date and time are confirmed. We're in the North Meadow, but I can't say which field with 100% positivosity at this exact minute because there's something hinky going on with the Park website. Keeps accusing me of using "Invalid Credentials" when I try to log in. Since I'm on my personal laptop, and have my super-secret username & password file open, I am confident in denying their accusation. Which accusation goes not just to the matter of the password, but the user id itself, for lo, when I click the "Forgot Password" link (I feel unclean, saying I've forgotten my password when I know full well I'm not the forgetter in this situation!) and enter my username, I get the same "Invalid Credentials" accusation.
   130. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 14, 2019 at 08:44 PM (#5852164)
Okay, I can now confirm that North Meadow field #4 from 11-2 on August 10 is indeed us! So now you know WHERE to go as well as WHEN to go there.

At least, since that's the field I requested, and the permit has been Approved, that's where I'm going to go.
   131. Howie Menckel Posted: June 15, 2019 at 01:14 AM (#5852209)
still on the IL with tendinitis in my left wrist - my main one, not that I can throw with it, anyway - but on the mend.

utopia would be a better wrist and enough catomis - and there seems to be a large supply of these BBTF supporting characters and all-around enjoyable teammates - to make me a DH.

#oldachesandpains
   132. villageidiom Posted: June 16, 2019 at 12:47 AM (#5852444)
Okay, I can now confirm that North Meadow field #4 from 11-2 on August 10 is indeed us! So now you know WHERE to go as well as WHEN to go there.
I've updated the header.
   133. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5852732)
This is an off the wall request but is anyone going to the game a cricket player? If so, do you want to show up a little early and give an impromptu lesson about the game?
   134. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: June 24, 2019 at 03:29 PM (#5855433)
133

This is an off the wall request but is anyone going to the game a cricket player? If so, do you want to show up a little early and give an impromptu lesson about the game?


We'd need a return appearance by those British (or were they Australian?) guys who just randomly showed up 2 years ago.
   135. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 24, 2019 at 03:51 PM (#5855443)
This is an off the wall request but is anyone going to the game a cricket player? If so, do you want to show up a little early and give an impromptu lesson about the game?

I can tell you the basics. Never played though.
   136. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 24, 2019 at 04:30 PM (#5855461)
OMG, cricket! Long long ago, my wife and I were strolling at the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, and a cricket match was in progress. The ball came off the pitch, over a fence, near to us. The players would've had a very long way to go in order to find an exit and come around to fetch the ball, so I, being an obliging sort, heeded their pleas and picked up the ball and tossed it back to them. Good show, what?

Not according to the batting team. The ball was in play, and it was just tough luck for the defenders that it would've taken them 5 minutes to retrieve it. I cost the batsman an astronomical number of runs, and was less than fully welcome at Brooklyn's Caribbean Day festivities for many years afterward.

So, all I know about cricket is that if you're not in the game, you don't touch the ball. Ever.
   137. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 24, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5855466)
OMG, cricket! Long long ago, my wife and I were strolling at the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, and a cricket match was in progress. The ball came off the pitch, over a fence, near to us. The players would've had a very long way to go in order to find an exit and come around to fetch the ball, so I, being an obliging sort, heeded their pleas and picked up the ball and tossed it back to them. Good show, what?

Not according to the batting team. The ball was in play, and it was just tough luck for the defenders that it would've taken them 5 minutes to retrieve it. I cost the batsman an astronomical number of runs, and was less than fully welcome at Brooklyn's Caribbean Day festivities for many years afterward.

So, all I know about cricket is that if you're not in the game, you don't touch the ball. Ever.


I think a ball hit out of the pitch is 6 runs, no matter what.
   138. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: June 24, 2019 at 04:53 PM (#5855471)
I think a ball hit out of the pitch is 6 runs, no matter what.


6 on the fly, 4 on a bounce
   139. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 24, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5855475)
I think a ball hit out of the pitch is 6 runs, no matter what.

6 on the fly, 4 on a bounce


Huh. Guess they didn't know the rules either!

   140. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 24, 2019 at 05:12 PM (#5855477)
Huh. Guess they didn't know the rules either!

You should go back and heckle them!
   141. catomi01 Posted: June 24, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5855500)
In college, our band director was Australian and spend one lunch during rehearsals explaining Cricket in great detail to our drumline....that was a long time ago, so I don't remember much other than it involves a ball, a bat, and a wicket. I believe I had a turkey and cheese sandwich though.
   142. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 27, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5856326)
Yesterday, I had my 2nd retirement party and am once again among the gainfully unemployed. Was taken out for a nice (and leisurely) lunch, had fancy desserts back at work, got a nice card and a bottle of Jameson, kept open the possibility of coming back for short gigs in the future. But for now, I'm going to concentrate on getting ready for SOFTBALL!
   143. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:04 PM (#5856537)
UPDATING OUR ROSTER FOR AUGUST 10:

Scott
Snapper (if his SO permits)
Catomi01 +up to 4
Howie DH
Shooty
Blastin
Charley, le fanatique des Mets
Dave
VI might?
Edmundo (if he survives Freudenfest)
Karl
Jason
Ray
Brian
reech
Lassus? did he confirm yet?

Who else? Other than me, I mean. I know I'm gonna be there, I didn't have to hunt through the thread to see if I'd confirmed.
   144. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 28, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5856662)
My wife permits. I'll be there barring unforeseen events.
   145. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 30, 2019 at 05:27 PM (#5857345)
My wife permits.


Splendide!
More please. We need enough bodies so that I don't have to play both games. Need to conserve my strength for the post game workout.
   146. catomi01 Posted: July 08, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5859851)
143 - Pencil in me plus 5. 3 are 100%, 2 are 85 % likely to attend, 1 is 50 % attend.
   147. Lassus Posted: July 09, 2019 at 02:23 PM (#5860349)
Booking hotel today...
   148. Lassus Posted: July 09, 2019 at 02:53 PM (#5860363)
And, done. Barring madness or warfare, I'm a go. I'm staying in a totally inconvenient area in a hotel I've always wanted to stay in, in the part of town I would live when I win the Powerball.

I mean, you could guess if you cared, but it's in the northern West Village.
   149. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 10, 2019 at 01:10 PM (#5860745)
northern West Village.


Is that what they're calling Trump Tower today?
   150. Lassus Posted: July 10, 2019 at 04:18 PM (#5860812)
No and no. I love the (farther) West Village (the hotel is really almost at 14th St and the High Line, hence my 'northern' designation), and would totally have a Pied-à-terre there if I win the Powerball.
   151. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 04:24 PM (#5860814)
Are you staying at the Jane Hotel? I wouldn't have figured you for a Gansevoort or Standard Hotel guy.
   152. Lassus Posted: July 10, 2019 at 05:28 PM (#5860818)
Exactly wrong! You creepy psychopaths can try and find me in one of the two latter hotels.
   153. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:35 PM (#5860832)

Awesome. I assume you're hosting the post-game drinks at the Boom Boom Room :)
   154. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM (#5860996)
Dealing with Central Park on this whole permit thing has increased my already enormous respect for Shooty, who is obviously a man of greater patience and sterner moral fiber than I could ever hope to embody. Getting a permit would actually be pretty simple if they ever told you the actual steps, which are:
1) Apply for the permit
2) Pay for the permit
3) Print the permit

Trouble is, on the website, after you apply, the request shows as "In Process," which to an orderly sort of person such as myself, indicates that somebody or some system is checking to make sure that there are no potential conflicts with other requests and that the applicant isn't on any terrorist or scofflaw watch lists, and said applicant will be informed of the next steps in due course.

But no, nothing happens until you call them (and believe me, just finding a phone number where you can actually reach somebody who has anything to do with permits is an adventure in itself) and they tell you, "yeah, just log in and pay the fee." So you do, which moves it to "Approved" status. Great, now you see that it's approved, so they'll be sending it to you in due course, right?

Wrong. They haven't told you that once you've paid you just print the thing out. But after all, why should they tell you, there's a print button right there on the page!

Yeah...but the button has been there all along, before you'd paid, before you'd logged in, before you'd even opened an account. WTF would you assume that you just print the thing out? Aren't Important Government Documents supposed to have seals and ribbons and fancy borders? And be presented on the steps of City Hall by a Deputy Mayor at least?

I dunno, no respect for tradition.
   155. Karl from NY Posted: July 11, 2019 at 04:08 PM (#5861077)
Question: does NY city or state residency matter at all for the permitting process?
   156. Lassus Posted: July 12, 2019 at 08:58 AM (#5861239)
Cross-posted:

Hey NYC elitists, I was thinking of trying to catch Coriolanus at Shakespeare in the Park the weekend of the softball game. I have never been - is the process of acquiring tickets as batshit and difficult as it appears?
   157. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 09:01 AM (#5861242)
Hey NYC elitists, I was thinking of trying to catch Coriolanus at Shakespeare in the Park the weekend of the softball game. I have never been - is the process of acquiring tickets as batshit and difficult as it appears?

I've never been, because whenever I've checked the process did seem batshit insane. IIRC, you have to go stand in line in the middle of the day in question to get the tickets in person.
   158. Lassus Posted: July 12, 2019 at 09:14 AM (#5861249)
Yeah, that's what I've gathered.
   159. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 09:38 AM (#5861261)
Yeah, that's what I've gathered.

It's like they don't want anyone with a day job attending. But, if you have a night job, you wouldn't be able to go to the show anyway. So, I guess no one with a full-time job need apply, unless you have a personal assistant.
   160. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 12, 2019 at 09:54 AM (#5861270)
The NYC permit process is a wonder, for sure.

As for Shakespeare in the Park...Good luck! Your only hope is the secondary market (and I'm not sure there is one) or to have an in with the corporate sponsor. Mostly from what I can tell having walked by the line for tickets through the years is the tickets mostly go 20-somethings with a lot of time on their hands.
   161. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 12:24 PM (#5861385)
Yeah, you basically have to wait in line all morning. They give out the tickets at 12 pm. If you don't mind hanging out in the park starting early in the morning it's probably not terrible. There's also a standby line that you can wait in later in the day.

There are some other ways to get tickets (via lottery, etc.) so you might as well try those if you don't want to wait in line.

I will say that I've been to SitP three times (my wife and I are members of the Public Theater so can get tickets once per year without waiting in line) and all the shows we've seen have been great -- one was a pretty conventional interpretation of Othello, while the other two were more modern interpretations of other plays. I wouldn't say it's worth paying for a membership just for the SitP tix, but it's a good cause and we go to a few other shows per year at the actual Public Theater, where you get discounts as well.
   162. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 12, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5861410)
I have never been - is the process of acquiring tickets as batshit and difficult as it appears?


The only time we've ever been, one of the teachers my wife was supervising that summer (she was director of one of the day camps run by the 92nd St Y) was a volunteer usher and got us tickets. 12th Night, with Michelle Pfeiffer (Olivia), Jeff Goldblum (Malvolio), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Viola), and Fisher Stevens (Sir Andrew). As I recall, both Pfeiffer and Goldblum had never done a stage show before. We were right on an aisle and so Michelle Pfeiffer passed by not more than 3 feet away from me. I've never seen anyone so visibly nervous making an entrance.
   163. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 12, 2019 at 04:00 PM (#5861463)

We saw Much Ado About Nothing this year. It featured Danielle Brooks from "Orange is the New Black" as Beatrice, and she was great.
   164. Howie Menckel Posted: July 12, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5861507)
Much Ado About Nothing

that segues us nicely back to the softball game!
   165. Lassus Posted: July 12, 2019 at 09:30 PM (#5861553)
I gave up on Coriolanus. The Joyce on Friday, Mostly Mozart on Saturday.
   166. reech Posted: July 16, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5862210)
sorry fellas, i'm out of town on that Saturday.
Bummed.
   167. catomi01 Posted: July 16, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5862283)
Can we subsidize our post-game activities with advertising patches on our jerseys?
   168. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 16, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5862328)
Can we subsidize our post-game activities with advertising patches on our jerseys?

I'll buy you a beer if you have "Chico's Bail Bonds" on the back of your shirt.
   169. PreservedFish Posted: July 16, 2019 at 03:20 PM (#5862332)
It's like they don't want anyone with a day job attending. But, if you have a night job, you wouldn't be able to go to the show anyway. So, I guess no one with a full-time job need apply, unless you have a personal assistant.

Perhaps they prefer to cater to the wealthy idle youth. That is a demographic with an outsized effect on trends and such.
   170. Lassus Posted: July 17, 2019 at 08:17 AM (#5862482)
We could use a meat specialist at 3B. Come on, PF, Maine's a hop, skip, and a jump. You could practically walk.
   171. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 08:52 AM (#5862487)
Perhaps they prefer to cater to the wealthy idle youth. That is a demographic with an outsized effect on trends and such.

Do those people really get out of bed before noon, to go stand in a line in the hot sun?
   172. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5862523)
Do those people really get out of bed before noon, to go stand in a line in the hot sun?

Sure, why not? These aren't just layabouts, being hip is a fulltime job.
   173. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5862524)
We could use a meat specialist at 3B. Come on, PF, Maine's a hop, skip, and a jump. You could practically walk.


Sorry Lassus, I'm clear outta the country that weekend.
   174. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 01:16 PM (#5862569)
Perhaps they prefer to cater to the wealthy idle youth. That is a demographic with an outsized effect on trends and such.

I assume they want people who can afford it to pay for a Public Theater membership in order to get tickets, which subsidizes the people who have the time to wait in line but not the money.

This makes it difficult for people who work but for whom the price of a membership is not affordable ($300 level gets you 1 free ticket, $500 level gets you 2). But there are performances on the weekends if you can't wait in line during the week due to work.
   175. GregD Posted: July 17, 2019 at 02:28 PM (#5862598)
Key on SitP is weekdays before the nyt reviews. At least until 2016, when we moved, you could get those by showing up at nine and bring a chair and a cup of coffee and a book. Totally pleasant if you have work flexibility. They tell you quickly if you’re too far back to get tickets. We lived on uws so I didn’t mind walking past to check the line.

Shows are generally amazing quality, sometimes offbeat staging. Great actors. Lovely summer nights. Totally worth it
   176. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 02:53 PM (#5862615)
Lovely summer nights.

Not this weekend :-)
   177. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 17, 2019 at 04:01 PM (#5862647)
Leg one of my Fruedenfest trip is starts tonight. I figure I have three weeks to recuperate for the game assuming that I survive an onslaught of thousands of too nice midwesterners in a four block area. Temps will be in the mid to upper 90s which is pretty rough for this boy.
   178. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 17, 2019 at 04:12 PM (#5862652)
I'd like to note we dodged a bullet on the date. The original July 20 suggestion is this Saturday, and they're projecting a high of 99.
   179. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 18, 2019 at 03:38 PM (#5862974)
We certainly can... can-can.

(ie. It's a hot one!)
   180. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 18, 2019 at 05:56 PM (#5863052)
Big news from Freudenfest: the dachshund race has been cancelled for Saturday due to the heat (and humidity)
   181. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 23, 2019 at 08:26 AM (#5864096)
This weekend was indeed difficult. We actually had to use our AC (just a window unit in our bedroom). My wife may have used it once or twice before, but as far as I recall this is the 1st time it's been in use while I've been here since we put it in 3 years ago. I've always thought of it as being like carrying an umbrella: it's just there to make sure you don't have to use it.
   182. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 23, 2019 at 08:30 AM (#5864097)
155. Karl from NY Posted: July 11, 2019 at 04:08 PM (#5861077)
Question: does NY city or state residency matter at all for the permitting process?

Not so far as I'm aware. But then, that seems like just the sort of information that they wouldn't let you know beforehand, so it's entirely possible that if an out-of-stater applied they would not only not get a permit, they'd be reported to ICE and deported.
   183. catomi01 Posted: July 23, 2019 at 11:33 AM (#5864157)
NYC Residency doesn't matter - I was able to book a field a few years ago (residency in Suffolk)...not sure about out-of-state, but I don't remember that being a question, or anything that would have flagged. I think the only question related to where you live was probably tied to payment in the billing address.
   184. catomi01 Posted: July 23, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5864158)
This weekend was indeed difficult. We actually had to use our AC (just a window unit in our bedroom). My wife may have used it once or twice before, but as far as I recall this is the 1st time it's been in use while I've been here since we put it in 3 years ago. I've always thought of it as being like carrying an umbrella: it's just there to make sure you don't have to use it.


Town cancelled all our games Sunday, and the LI Ducks shortened the Sunday game to 7 innings. Left my car parked in the sun on Saturday morning, and when I got into it around 2 PM, the built in thermometer (which is always hotter in direct sunlight) said 108...cooled down to about 101 by the time I got to the pizza place.
   185. Howie Menckel Posted: July 29, 2019 at 12:53 AM (#5865894)
I didn't find this right away, so...

Howie update: tendinitis in left wrist for this southpaw was subsided, so my vaunted style of mediocre left-handed hitting is a possibility.

severe osteoarthritis has played havoc with the "training," though. double dose of water-on-the-knee of late after getting beat up by a personal trainer has me leery. already missed the 2015 game (but not the post-game) with a hernia, and want to at least DH a bit in this one.

fielding/throwing is OUT. running will be a bit labored, but I'll persevere.

#oldachesandpains
   186. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 29, 2019 at 09:40 AM (#5865908)
Howie is the champion at lowering expectations. Somebody should tell him, NONE of us expect to do more than survive until the post-game.

Except maybe Jason, who's just an animal.
   187. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 30, 2019 at 08:02 AM (#5866230)
Hey Howie, how are you getting to the game? I was probably going to take the bus from Ringwood but it occurs to me we could travel together if you're interested.

Speaking of lowering expectations, I'm not sure I'll be able to throw. I did something to my arm a few weeks back and it's still not right. I guess I'll see how it goes during warm ups.
   188. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 31, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5866819)
We're a week & 1/2 out.

Just sayin'...
   189. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2019 at 04:42 PM (#5867128)
Shooty, I usually drive to Secaucus Junction and then take a 10-minute train ride to midtown.
   190. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2019 at 04:50 PM (#5867137)
We're a week & 1/2 out.

Just sayin'...


And my weird foot pain (tendonitis?, I don't know, Dr. doesn't know) is getting better.

I'm playing regardless.
   191. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 31, 2019 at 04:50 PM (#5867138)
Speaking of lowering expectations, I'm not sure I'll be able to throw.

So long as you can bend your elbow you'll be fine.
Personally, I expect to be doing pretty much all my throws underhand; saving what's left of my shoulder for tennis.

188. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: July 31, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5866819)
We're a week & 1/2 out.

Just sayin'..

That you'll be in the best shape of your life?
   192. Lassus Posted: August 01, 2019 at 08:59 AM (#5867246)
Weather.com showing a high of 83 for Saturday the 10th, which sounds slightly too good to be true.
   193. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: August 01, 2019 at 09:04 AM (#5867247)
Shooty, I usually drive to Secaucus Junction and then take a 10-minute train ride to midtown.

I normally would drive to Newark and park at my office but I'm assuming I'm going to drink too much to drive back...
   194. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 01, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5867253)
Do we have the post-game venue selected?
   195. Howie Menckel Posted: August 01, 2019 at 09:48 AM (#5867270)
I normally would drive to Newark and park at my office but I'm assuming I'm going to drink too much to drive back...

I have to admire a man with goals.
I can drive you back, if we are going to leave Manhattan while the sun is still up.
   196. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: August 01, 2019 at 11:27 AM (#5867315)
I have to admire a man with goals.
I can drive you back, if we are going to leave Manhattan while the sun is still up.


Appreciate the offer. Let's play it by ear as I don't know how much trouble I plan on getting into yet.
   197. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 01, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5867340)
Shooty, I usually drive to Secaucus Junction and then take a 10-minute train ride to midtown.

I normally would drive to Newark and park at my office but I'm assuming I'm going to drink too much to drive back...


Planning on Ubering down and taking the NY Waterway Ferry from Weehawken to 40th St., then cabbing it uptown to the Park.
   198. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 01, 2019 at 12:17 PM (#5867348)
I'm thinking that I'll take Amtrak from Lancaster, PA to Penn Station, then subway to the park. I remember it being a bit of a walk to the field, but that can serve as my pregame warmup.
Lancaster has a parking shortage but I think Saturday morning should be fine. If there is no parking, then I can drive to Hamilton and take NJT instead.
   199. Howie Menckel Posted: August 04, 2019 at 09:01 PM (#5868249)
long-range Manhattan forecast for Saturday: high of 80 degrees with 0 pct chance of rain.
   200. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 05, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5868361)
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