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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 29, 2011 at 05:05 PM (#3865411)
I will be arriving Tuesday afternoon around 1:30 PM, driving down to San Diego for the day. I'll probably drive out to one of the Cal League ballparks Wednesday night for a minor league game (not sure which one yet). Paula is coming in Thursday night.

-- MWE
   2. fra paolo Posted: June 29, 2011 at 05:42 PM (#3865446)
The whole fra paolo family is arriving late Sunday night but we will spend the next couple of days being entertained by mrs fra paolo's brother and his family. I'll be at the hotel from Wednesday, while mrs fra paolo and the fra paolettas remain with the brother.
   3. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: June 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM (#3865671)
I may go next year. This year is out of the question, though.
   4. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: June 29, 2011 at 10:31 PM (#3865675)
I'd go but wife and I are going to be traveling to Ashland, OR that weekend.
   5. Bruce Markusen Posted: June 29, 2011 at 10:41 PM (#3865680)
It looks like a very good lineup, but it's just too far away for me to make it. When will SABR be coming back to the East Coast? It doesn't have to be in Cooperstown, but I would take Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or even Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Now that SABR is based out of Arizona, I hope that the Eastern part of the states does not get forgotten.
   6. Steve Treder Posted: June 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM (#3865687)
When will SABR be coming back to the East Coast? ... Now that SABR is based out of Arizona, I hope that the Eastern part of the states does not get forgotten.

Well, heck, Bruce, the last three years it's been in Atlanta, Washington DC, and Cleveland. How many years in a row does it need to be in the Eastern time zone?!? :-)

I understand it's going to be in Minneapolis next year. Has the 2013 location been decided?
   7. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 29, 2011 at 10:57 PM (#3865690)
Has the 2013 location been decided?


Should be decided at the Wednesday Board meeting - that's normally how it's done. Haven't heard much of anything about the candidate sites.

-- MWE
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 29, 2011 at 10:58 PM (#3865692)
FYI, we want to get as much of a turnout of BBTF members at the ABM on Thursday as we can since we have a chance to elect one of our own to the Board.

-- MWE
   9. Steve Treder Posted: June 29, 2011 at 11:11 PM (#3865697)
Haven't heard much of anything about the candidate sites.

Pittsburgh would be fun. That's a drop-dead gorgeous ballpark.
   10. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 30, 2011 at 12:09 AM (#3865759)
Pittsburgh would be fun. That's a drop-dead gorgeous ballpark.


Well, since that's my hometown it wouldn't be terribly exciting for me :)

I think if the convention goes back east in 2013 it'll be NYC or Philly.

-- MWE
   11. Steve Treder Posted: June 30, 2011 at 12:15 AM (#3865769)
I think if the convention goes back east in 2013 it'll be NYC or Philly.

Well, I haven't been to any of those new ballparks yet, so that would be cool too.
   12. JH (in DC) Posted: June 30, 2011 at 03:23 AM (#3865995)
Not going to make it out this year, but have fun everybody. Some of the presentations look really interesting.
   13. OCF Posted: June 30, 2011 at 03:31 AM (#3865997)
I'm not going to the convention, and am working on most of those days, but is there some practical way to meet up with some of you for a little while? I do live in Long Beach.
   14. fra paolo Posted: June 30, 2011 at 04:09 AM (#3866009)
OCF, there's usually off-site drinking or eating somewhere, usually on more than one day. Venues are decided at short notice, however. What you need is one of us with a cellphone, which rules me out.
   15. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: June 30, 2011 at 04:17 AM (#3866013)
OCF,

Set out a rat trap, but booze where the cheese normally go . .. . and say hi to Dial.
   16. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: June 30, 2011 at 04:22 AM (#3866016)
Not going.
   17. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 30, 2011 at 05:16 AM (#3866034)
I'm with OCF. Last minute family visits have killed my plans to attend the convention, but I still have at least a few evenings to meet up with people coming in.
   18. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM (#3866073)
OCF:

E-mail me through the site and I'll give you my cellphone number.

-- MWE
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM (#3866085)
I'm arriving late Wednesday night. I'll try and drag my butt out of bed for 8:30 Thursday but that is awfully early.

Not too many places left on the East Coast to hit. When was the last time Texas got one, seems like Texas/Houston or maybe Phoenix might be a good spot though I think Phoenix had one shortly before I joined in '01.
   20. Bob T Posted: June 30, 2011 at 06:18 PM (#3866375)
I'm one of the tour guides for the old ballparks tour. You haven't seen Southern California until you've been to Vernon.
   21. Steve Treder Posted: June 30, 2011 at 06:21 PM (#3866380)
I'm not going to the convention, and am working on most of those days, but is there some practical way to meet up with some of you for a little while? I do live in Long Beach.

Yeah, call Emeigh. Or just show up at the convention hotel bar. At any time. Day or night.
   22. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: June 30, 2011 at 06:41 PM (#3866421)
I want to attend the GM session on Saturday at 3 pm. Is there a way to get a ticket for this single session?
   23. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: June 30, 2011 at 08:55 PM (#3866576)
I may go next year. This year is out of the question, though.

That's what you said last year.
   24. Nineto Lezcano needs to get his shit together (CW) Posted: June 30, 2011 at 09:15 PM (#3866592)
FYI, we want to get as much of a turnout of BBTF members at the ABM on Thursday as we can since we have a chance to elect one of our own to the Board.


...right, but one of them is Dial.
   25. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: July 01, 2011 at 12:42 AM (#3866748)
That's what you said last year.


True, but my attendance rate has been better than TPTB here like Szym.
   26. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 01, 2011 at 12:56 AM (#3866753)
I'm probably going to Lake Elsinore on Wednesday night; that looks like the easiest drive and the game starts at 6 instead of 7. The other games in the area (Lancaster and High Desert) are much longer roads to haul.

Inland Empire has an 11 AM home game Wednesday morning - I might consider that one as well.

-- MWE
   27. phredbird Posted: July 01, 2011 at 01:25 AM (#3866763)
i will try to show up at the bar on fri. pm, or sat. will try to make the panel on sat. afternoon. i can walk around shouting 'its a trap!' or something ...
   28. Mark Armour Posted: July 01, 2011 at 05:27 AM (#3866879)
The schedule seems more packed than usual, in a Big Event way. I kind of like having lots of time with nothing to do, but this year with the Fangraphs event and two games, all three of the main evenings are taken. Put another way, the evenings at the bar will start later than usual.

I have a presentation on Thursday, and (ahem) I am "presenting" the Bob Davids Award at the banquet. I hope some of you slackers will start attending the banquet--yes, its expensive and the food is mediocre, but its a formal and traditional way to honor the group. Plus, you won't want to miss the big award this year.
   29. bads85 Posted: July 01, 2011 at 06:15 AM (#3866887)
I'm probably going to Lake Elsinore on Wednesday night; that looks like the easiest drive and the game starts at 6 instead of 7. The other games in the area (Lancaster and High Desert) are much longer roads to haul.

Inland Empire has an 11 AM home game Wednesday morning - I might consider that one as well.


If you go to Elsinore on Wednesday, you are going to be fighting rush hour, so leave early. The High Desert is not worth going to -- the park is a pit, and the heat will be brutal. Lancaster is way too far to drive. Elsinore and the IE both have nice parks -- you should check out both. I could meet you guys at either.
   30. AJMcCringleberry Posted: July 01, 2011 at 11:42 AM (#3866913)
I'll be there. Flight gets in at 9:30 AM on Wednesday.
   31. Lassus Posted: July 01, 2011 at 11:57 AM (#3866915)
I always get Lake Elsinore confused with Lake Hemet, which is in a much better location.

I miss SoCal, and this would be super-fun to go to if I had any money at all. Sad face.
   32. TRBMB Posted: July 01, 2011 at 02:59 PM (#3867006)
In Atlanta I believe I heard it was between Philadelphia or Houston for 2013.
   33. dmunk Posted: July 01, 2011 at 03:33 PM (#3867023)
I'm driving down from the Bay Area on Wednesday with my lady, hoping to get in mid-afternoon.
   34. McCoy Posted: July 01, 2011 at 05:31 PM (#3867127)
From what I have read it looks like Houston has all but locked it up.
   35. Steve Treder Posted: July 01, 2011 at 05:57 PM (#3867154)
I'm driving down from the Bay Area on Wednesday with my lady, hoping to get in mid-afternoon.

I'll race you down I-5.
   36. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: July 01, 2011 at 06:33 PM (#3867192)
not coming, enjoy the moment
   37. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 01, 2011 at 07:19 PM (#3867255)
I could meet you guys at either.


Normally it's not *guys*, just me (Rauseo went with me once).

I'm going to both games, just bought tickets today. Can't pass up the chance to visit minor league ball parks. Section 201 at IE, section 109 at LE.

From what I have read it looks like Houston has all but locked it up.


Lisa, here we come!!! :)

I've been hearing Houston for about six months, also, but I don't really have any inside info.

As of today there were 414 registered attendees.

-- MWE
   38. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 01, 2011 at 07:27 PM (#3867269)
The last (and only previous) time the convention was held in Texas was 1994, when it was held in Arlington. The convention has also been held only once in Philly (1974) and once in NYC (1991), although it's also been held in Cooperstown and Albany.

-- MWE
   39. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 02, 2011 at 02:33 AM (#3867616)
OK, all you guys:

Anyone who wants to know what's happening with the BBTF guys in Long Beach should E-mail me through the site with contact info.

-- MWE
   40. bads85 Posted: July 02, 2011 at 06:05 AM (#3867708)
Normally it's not *guys*, just me (Rauseo went with me once).


Do Primates realize that most Cal League parks have a promotion called "Beer Batter of the Game"? A player on the opposing team is chosen before the game, and if he strikes out, beers are a dollar for fifteen minutes following the strike out. I'm not sure if Elsinore still does it, but IE does.
   41. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 02, 2011 at 07:03 PM (#3867895)
I'm not sure if Elsinore still does it, but IE does.


Will they do it at an 11 AM game? :)

I'll be doing live tweets from both ballgames on Wednesday and from the convention Thursday and Friday - @MWEinNC.

-- MWE
   42. bads85 Posted: July 02, 2011 at 07:25 PM (#3867908)
Will they do it at an 11 AM game? :)


Yes, they do. Cocktail hour comes early out here. I'll definitely meet you for the IE game.
   43. McCoy Posted: July 02, 2011 at 07:36 PM (#3867911)
If only 414 people show up that will be the lowest attendance since 1999 in Arizona. The northeast and major midwest metro areas seem to be the best draws.
   44. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 02, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3867931)
If only 414 people show up that will be the lowest attendance since 1999 in Arizona.


There will likely be more; there are always those who just show up. Getting to 500 would be a good show.

SABR's membership is skewed toward the Northeast, so it's not surprising that conventions there draw well.

I'll definitely meet you for the IE game.


Looking forward to it!

-- MWE
   45. bads85 Posted: July 02, 2011 at 08:53 PM (#3867961)
Mike,

Time permitting, you might be interested in checking out Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino -- the Pirates used to do Spring Training there and was in the movie Stealing Home (Mark Harmon owned the team at the time). It was built in 1934 and was a Cal League park from 1987 until the new park was built in 1996 (it was a brief stop for Griffey Jr.). It is still used for college games, and is about 15 minutes from the new park. I can show you the place while filling you in on some local history if you like.
   46. Mister High Standards Posted: July 02, 2011 at 08:59 PM (#3867969)
I'm going to miss you guys. Have a great trip and a great time!
   47. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: July 02, 2011 at 11:46 PM (#3868108)
As near as I can tell, the following people are going (casting a very wide net here, so it's not just people that post on primer, though that's the heart of this list):

1. Mike Emeigh
2. Harold
3. AJM
4. Steve Treder
5. Ned Garvin male prostitute
6. Anthony GIacalone
7. JOe Dimino
8. me
9. Sean Forman
10. Dial
11. dmunk
12. fra paolo
13. Larry Granillo
14. Mike Webber
15. Phil Birnbaum
16. Bob Timmerman
17. Aaron Gleeman
18. David Cameron
19. Christina Kahrl
20. Mark Armour
21. Ben Jacobs
22. Rob Neyer
23. Neal Traven
24. F. X. Flinn
25. Jose is Special Seabiscuit
26. Colin Wyers, I think.

Plus, some said they won't officially attend but will try to meet up with some:
27. OCF
28. LA Bieber of Anaheim
29. birdlives
30. phredbird.
31. bads85

Not going, as far as I can tell:
32. HCO said he was going, but I think he had to back out.
33. Jon Daly
34. Matt Rauseo
35. studes
36. JH in DC
37. Mahnken
38. Szym

And a whole buncha others, but the above have either been to multiples, or recent ones, or said they were going to go.

That's what I know about, plus whatever errors I made in the process.
   48. Scott Fischthal Posted: July 03, 2011 at 12:03 AM (#3868117)
I'll be there. Coming into LAX on Wednesday around noon. I'll be glad to have a break -- I worked nearly 200 hours of overtime in June.
   49. bads85 Posted: July 03, 2011 at 12:05 AM (#3868120)
Plus, some said they won't officially attend but will try to meet up with some:


I'm attending -- just not sure on all the days yet.
   50. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 03, 2011 at 02:38 AM (#3868212)
Time permitting, you might be interested in checking out Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino


Time will definitely permit. The Bucs were in San Bernardino until 1942, don't remember exactly what their first year there was but WWII travel restrictions prevented them from going back.

-- MWE
   51. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 03, 2011 at 06:23 AM (#3868254)
Wow, right down the 405. Unlike last year when we didn't have a real summer, it should be a great week here for everyone flying in. Our governor just signed a budget that relies on $4 billion in additional tax revenue unexpectedly dropping out of the sky to close so please do your part.

I won't attend but it looks like a fun lineup. That bus trip to the Coliseum should allow you to see some of the more - um - colorful portions of our fair city.

And thank your lucky starts you didn't try to do this the following week when we are having the Armageddon-ish 405 closure which they have spent the last two months warning us about in hopes that we won't spend the two days so frustrated that rioting and looting breaks out.
   52. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: July 06, 2011 at 06:37 AM (#3869803)
I'm setting up a Beluga group ("pod" in their vernacular) for those of us attending/in town to coordinate meeting plans and stuff this weekend. It's basically a way for us to reply-all to text messsages. It'll send a text to everyone, and when any of us reply, the replies will go to everyone. (You can also install the iPhone/Android app to get other features, but that's just gravy). I've used this a couple times recently for group trips like this, and it's been a godsend.

So, if you're attending or just planning to meet up with us, and want to join the group, please let me know and send me your cell # (via Primer mail, Facebook, regular e-mail, whatever). I'm pretty sure that nobody else will see your cell #, and you can always opt-out from Beluga via text.
   53. Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: July 06, 2011 at 07:01 AM (#3869809)
I am here at the hotel, got in around 9 local time . . . looking forward to see many of you again this week.
   54. Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: July 06, 2011 at 07:16 AM (#3869813)
Hotel bar was not cheap. I had one beer (it's going to be a long week, taking it easy tonight) a draught Blue Moon and it was $7.50. Ouch.
   55. Don Malcolm Posted: July 06, 2011 at 08:17 AM (#3869827)
Joe...Trappistes Rochefort 10 or just don't bother.

Have fun, boys (and girls). I'm remaining in Santa Barbara WPP but y'all can check out my essay on (what else?) the Baseball Reliquary in the National Pastime.
   56. Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: July 06, 2011 at 06:27 PM (#3870250)
I would definitely try that if it turns up!

It's funny, the bartender was a nice enough kid, but I asked him for something local and he said not really, maybe Sam Adams or Blue Moon. We informed him that nothing from this country could be less local than Sam Adams and he laughed, I assume it was a brain cramp. But the moral of the story is that the hotel is a nice hotel, but it's just like any other . . . it doesn't feel "LA" or anything.
   57. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: July 06, 2011 at 09:51 PM (#3870424)
BWV suggested the Yardhouse for tomorrow night. Much better selection than the hotel bar, and apparently better prices too.
   58. KJOK Posted: July 08, 2011 at 06:45 AM (#3871705)
Sorry I'm not there, but I seem to be on an every-other-year convention schedule, and am planning to be in Minneapolis.

SABR's membership is skewed toward the Northeast, so it's not surprising that conventions there draw well.

It's the old catch-22 - hard to grow membership in other parts of the country if all the conventions are in the Northeast, but having them out of the Northeast means many existing members cannot easily attend, resulting in lower attendance.
   59. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 12, 2011 at 12:23 PM (#3875175)
Philadelphia in 2013. Board supported Houston for 2014.

-- MWE

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