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Friday, April 01, 2016

2016 New York City Softball Game

Looks like it will be August 20th this year.

EDIT by villageidiom:
Per post 116 the game will be 11 am to 2 pm in North Meadow Field #4.

The field is just barely on the west half of the meadow, with home plate sitting down the LF line of field 3.  If you come out the north side of the rec center it’s the field straight ahead of you. We were on field 11 two years ago, if that helps to narrow it down. Last year we were 17 blocks south of here, so don’t even bother using that as a landmark. Here’s a map of the north meadow ballfields.

Subway: A, B, or C to 96 St. Walk up to 97th and enter the park. Proceed east and figure it out from there, who am I, your Ma?

Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 450 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 01, 2016 at 03:19 PM (#5186289)
It occurs to me I shouldn't have submitted this on April 1st. For the record: Not a prank!
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 01, 2016 at 03:26 PM (#5186297)
I will take this into account when making vacation plans. Usually my wife need to be back for school by then, so I should make it.
   3. Greg K Posted: April 01, 2016 at 04:49 PM (#5186337)
August is the one month this summer that is an absolutely empty slate for me, so count me as an optimistic "maybe" pending further information.
   4. McCoy Posted: April 01, 2016 at 05:06 PM (#5186348)
I'll be there if I can.
   5. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 01, 2016 at 05:51 PM (#5186383)
Shooty, you've been stealthily at work behind our backs! I talked to Jason yesterday, he didn't know if anything was started yet. I was going to post a "Let's get something organized!" thread last night but went home and drank beer instead. Lucky thing I guess.

Thanks for getting this all set. Hope we can get a good crowd this year, not all the stiffs we're usually stuck with.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: April 01, 2016 at 07:00 PM (#5186411)

Hey, I resembled that remark! (in 2014)
   7. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: April 01, 2016 at 10:23 PM (#5186465)
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   8. Lassus Posted: April 01, 2016 at 10:30 PM (#5186468)
We've marked it off on our calendar and are already looking for hotels!

   9. villageidiom Posted: April 01, 2016 at 10:46 PM (#5186473)
Unless that's the move-in weekend for my daughter's college, I should be there.

And yes, thanks, Shooty, for getting this organized. What field do we have this year?
   10. Chicago Joe Posted: April 02, 2016 at 03:32 AM (#5186519)
Is that date locked in? May be a hair too late in the summer for a trip.
   11. billyshears Posted: April 02, 2016 at 10:15 AM (#5186566)
I will do my best to arrange my child custody schedule to make it.
   12. Blastin Posted: April 02, 2016 at 10:31 AM (#5186570)
I should be able to go this year, depending on the time.
   13. McCoy Posted: April 02, 2016 at 11:39 AM (#5186596)
How about the NYC softball game happen in DC?
   14. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 02, 2016 at 11:48 AM (#5186598)
You're welcome, Howie! :-)

August looks like a busy month for me this year. If all goes as planned, I'll be celebrating:

1) 1st day of retirement
2) 38th wedding anniversary
3) --th birthday
4) BTF softball

List is in order of occurrence, not (necessarily) importance.
   15. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 02, 2016 at 11:54 AM (#5186601)
I intend to be there this year. I'll be driving up from eastern PA (Amish Paradise) and just making it a day trip, so if anyone roundabout Philly wants/needs a ride let me know.
   16. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: April 02, 2016 at 03:21 PM (#5186700)
<cracks knuckles>

Aight. Bring it.
   17. McCoy Posted: April 02, 2016 at 05:41 PM (#5186760)
I no longer work for a hotel company that has decent room rates in NYC.
   18. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:26 AM (#5187612)
Just to clarify--the request has been submitted for August 20th but there's no confirmation yet. I've always received my first choice of dates in the past so I'm very confident Aug 20th will be the day. Looks like the field will be in the North Meadow this year.
   19. Stormy JE Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:38 AM (#5187627)
Shooty, you've been stealthily at work behind our backs! I talked to Jason yesterday, he didn't know if anything was started yet. I was going to post a "Let's get something organized!" thread last night but went home and drank beer instead. Lucky thing I guess.

Thanks for getting this all set. Hope we can get a good crowd this year, not all the stiffs we're usually stuck with.

Thanks again for calling and reminding me, H&U. Actually, I e-mailed Shooty later that day, thinking that you would drink beer instead of reaching out. :)

Anyway, count me in for the 20th.
   20. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:50 AM (#5187638)
Is anyone planning on fighting anyone at this?
   21. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:52 AM (#5187641)
I'm always planning on fighting at these things.
   22. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:52 AM (#5187642)
Is anyone planning on fighting anyone at this?

I will gladly punch you if you show up.
   23. Lassus Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:53 AM (#5187646)
I'm always planning on fighting at these things.

With some dude cutting in front of you at the sausage cart doesn't count.
   24. BDC Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:55 AM (#5187649)
Are the Yankees and Mets really both on the road that weekend, or am I reading the schedules very badly? :)

It appears that the Yankees and Mets have three August weekends where they're aligned rather than opposite: two at home, one on the road. I guess keeping them strictly opposite, anymore, is futile with how complex the schedule has become.
   25. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 04, 2016 at 12:18 PM (#5187758)
Are the Yankees and Mets really both on the road that weekend, or am I reading the schedules very badly? :)


Ah, they know better than to try to compete with us! The NYC market ain't that big!
   26. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 04, 2016 at 12:19 PM (#5187761)
Actually, I e-mailed Shooty later that day, thinking that you would drink beer instead of reaching out. :)


Talking with you will do that to a guy


:-)
   27. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 04, 2016 at 12:33 PM (#5187775)
Is anyone planning on fighting anyone at this?


Are you gonna be the BTF Don King?

Literary/historical anecdote (which I've heard with a couple of different writers cited as the instigator, so, probably apocryphal):

Writer, a non-pugilistic type, goes into a bar, sizes up the patrons, decides on a likely specimen (physically imposing, somewhat inebriated, not terribly bright) and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself, goading the poor sap into challenging him to take it outside. So out the door they go, where they meet Writer's friend, E Hemingway, who proceeds to mop the floor with the sucker.

I think the 1st time I heard this the Writer was Thomas Woolf, the 2nd it was James Joyce. I think it would be better if Writer was Gertrude Stein. Even better if Writer's friend was Gertrude Stein.
   28. Karl from NY Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:08 PM (#5188335)
I'm listed as probable for the game. Never know what'll come up over four months, but that weekend is currently clear for me.
   29. villageidiom Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:41 AM (#5188620)
I intend to be there this year. I'll be driving up from eastern PA (Amish Paradise) and just making it a day trip, so if anyone roundabout Philly wants/needs a ride let me know.
I think AndrewJ made the trip up from Philly last year. I mean, I know he was there, but I think he came in from Philly.
   30. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 11:09 AM (#5188701)
Are you gonna be the BTF Don King?


Hardly, I've never kicked a man to death.

Writer, a non-pugilistic type, goes into a bar, sizes up the patrons, decides on a likely specimen (physically imposing, somewhat inebriated, not terribly bright) and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself, goading the poor sap into challenging him to take it outside. So out the door they go, where they meet Writer's friend, E Hemingway, who proceeds to mop the floor with the sucker.


Never heard that before.

However, the great Jack Dempsey had this to say about Ernest Hemmingway:

There were a lot of Americans in Paris and I sparred with a couple, just to be obliging…. But there was one fellow I wouldn’t mix it with. That was Ernest Hemingway. He was about twenty-five or so and in good shape, and I was getting so I could read people, or anyway men, pretty well. I had this sense that Hemingway, who really thought he could box, would come out of the corner like a madman. To stop him, I would have to hurt him badly, I didn’t want to do that to Hemingway. That’s why I never sparred with him.


But let me share another story about a writer who met a fighter.
   31. Ray (CTL) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 11:14 AM (#5188704)
In.
   32. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: April 05, 2016 at 11:16 AM (#5188707)
I'll bring my Harry Potter books Ray.
   33. Ray (CTL) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 11:19 AM (#5188709)
Please do. Not e-books, either. I want you to lug them from Hotlanta.
   34. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: April 05, 2016 at 11:29 AM (#5188723)
I've memorized them. I'll recite them for you.
   35. Ron J2 Posted: April 05, 2016 at 12:31 PM (#5188785)
#24 So you're suggesting that Shooty should try to book one of parks?
   36. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 05, 2016 at 12:41 PM (#5188795)
I'll be driving up from eastern PA (Amish Paradise) and just making it a day trip, so if anyone roundabout Philly wants/needs a ride let me know.

PASTE/Zeth, I'll be living in King of Prussia then, I just don't know if work will allow me. That's our monthly deployment weekend and I won't know for a couple of months whether I'll need to "participate" in any deployment.

I'll be moving to Lititz come fall sometime, whereabouts in Amish land do you live?
   37. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 12:44 PM (#5188798)
Can't you just use your Amish GPS?
   38. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 05, 2016 at 01:12 PM (#5188823)
Thanks for the link YR. Interesting piece. Nice that Gallico gave a thumbs up to Plimpton's Paper Lion. But man, the nutsy things people will do when they're young and ignorant!
   39. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 05, 2016 at 01:26 PM (#5188837)
I've always wanted to attend one of these, and this might be the year I can actually make it.
   40. Swoboda is freedom Posted: April 05, 2016 at 07:34 PM (#5189184)
I've memorized them. I'll recite them for you.

So you are the Fahrenheit 451 guy for harry potter? I think ray is down for quincy magnum Hawaii 5-0 and frazier.
   41. BDC Posted: April 06, 2016 at 09:22 AM (#5189497)
I'm in, booked my trip and everything. Worst case, the game will move and I'll get a weekend in NYC :)

It occurs to me in horror that I haven't played softball in 35 years. I hope I'm not actually expected to play softball at a softball game. I would be happy to write a game story. Better still, a cultural-studies analysis of gender representations, tropes of violence, and the agency of the material nonhuman.
   42. Stormy JE Posted: April 06, 2016 at 09:28 AM (#5189502)
It occurs to me in horror that I haven't played softball in 35 years. I hope I'm not actually expected to play softball at a softball game. I would be happy to write a game story. Better still, a cultural-studies analysis of gender representations, tropes of violence, and the agency of the material nonhuman.

Best of all, you can buy the first round. (And the second.)
   43. Greg K Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:10 AM (#5189529)

Best of all, you can buy the first round. (And the second.)

In my experience easier said than done. Last year it proved impossible to buy anyone a beer!
   44. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:27 AM (#5189553)
I don't think anything recognizable as softball has ever been played at one of these.
   45. Howie Menckel Posted: April 06, 2016 at 11:10 AM (#5189638)

"It occurs to me in horror that I haven't played softball in 35 years. I hope I'm not actually expected to play softball at a softball game."

I took 20 years off before playing in the 2014 contest. can offer pro tips on what NOT to do after that first swing of the game.

:)
   46. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 06, 2016 at 01:36 PM (#5189847)
Last year it proved impossible to buy anyone a beer!


You gotta step up your game there, Greg. I'll let you practice your technique on me.

Actually, last year Reech bought me a beer. And I bought him one. So it works out like we'd each just bought our own but sounds friendlier.

BDC, three or four years ago was my first BBTF softball outing, which was the 1st time I'd played since 1980. Not quite 35 years in between, so you win that contest, but I am still able to walk, so there's hope for you.
   47. reech Posted: April 07, 2016 at 12:04 PM (#5190758)
in !
   48. reech Posted: April 07, 2016 at 05:14 PM (#5191114)
Also, I'd liketo add that there is usually a concert at Summerstage in Central Park--- last year it was Afrika Bambaata - it was a gas... especially after the 2 softball games and the apres' softball beer drinking!
   49. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:07 PM (#5191204)
PASTE/Zeth, I'll be living in King of Prussia then, I just don't know if work will allow me. That's our monthly deployment weekend and I won't know for a couple of months whether I'll need to "participate" in any deployment.

I'll be moving to Lititz come fall sometime, whereabouts in Amish land do you live?


About 20 minutes from Lititz.
   50. zenbitz Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:15 PM (#5191206)
I will see what I can do.
   51. McCoy Posted: April 07, 2016 at 08:43 PM (#5191218)
About three years ago I brought a bunch of alcohol to the game but nobody nobody partook so I stopped doing that. Most of you guys are pretty lightweight when it comes to drinking.
   52. Howie Menckel Posted: April 07, 2016 at 09:13 PM (#5191230)
I would say that performance diminishing substances would be a.... ah, you're right. how much worse can we get, and we wouldn't even notice anyway!
   53. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:08 PM (#5191255)
About three years ago I brought a bunch of alcohol to the game but nobody nobody partook so I stopped doing that. Most of you guys are pretty lightweight when it comes to drinking.


If I come, I'll drink. Based upon experience I have my own softball version of a Ballmer Peak.
   54. catomi01 Posted: April 07, 2016 at 11:26 PM (#5191351)
I am in
   55. Ray (CTL) Posted: April 08, 2016 at 12:05 AM (#5191371)
.
   56. dirk Posted: April 08, 2016 at 12:42 AM (#5191397)
primates are welcome to crash at my place in ct on off the metro north line if that helps.
   57. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 12, 2016 at 09:38 AM (#5194411)

I'm still living in London these days, so assume I'm out unless you hear otherwise.
   58. Accent Shallow opens his curtains at 7 AM Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:12 AM (#5194431)
Literary/historical anecdote (which I've heard with a couple of different writers cited as the instigator, so, probably apocryphal):

Writer, a non-pugilistic type, goes into a bar, sizes up the patrons, decides on a likely specimen (physically imposing, somewhat inebriated, not terribly bright) and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself, goading the poor sap into challenging him to take it outside. So out the door they go, where they meet Writer's friend, E Hemingway, who proceeds to mop the floor with the sucker.

I think the 1st time I heard this the Writer was Thomas Woolf, the 2nd it was James Joyce. I think it would be better if Writer was Gertrude Stein. Even better if Writer's friend was Gertrude Stein.


Thomas Wolfe was a large man -- I believe 6'6"? And he doesn't seem to be a beanpole from the photographs I saw, so I assume that was not him in the anecdote.
   59. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 12, 2016 at 12:52 PM (#5194687)
Thanks Accent, didn't know that about Wolfe. Joyce was pretty much blind as a bat by the twenties, but was a 6 footer himself. As I said, probably a bit of apocrypha to burnish the Hemingway Legend.
   60. Greg K Posted: April 13, 2016 at 11:33 AM (#5195421)
Not strictly relevant, but my friend told me a literary anecdote the other day. During World War Two Evelyn Waugh, Fitzroy MacLean and Randolph Churchill (Winston's son) spent part of the war bunked together in some remote cabin in Yugoslavia while they attempted to co-ordinate with Tito and his resistance. Apparently things got a bit cramped, and Randolph was a bit of a blow-hard drunkard, so Waugh and MacLean had to figure out a way to shut him up lest one of them murder him one night. They found out Randolph had never read the Bible, so they tasked him with reading it cover to cover in hopes of excluding him from any conversation while he was doing so. It worked for a day or two, but not long.

The experience in Yugoslavia (partly Churchill's support of Tito's fighters, and perhaps partly dealing with his ####### son), apparently soured any admiration Waugh had for Churchill.

   61. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 13, 2016 at 01:20 PM (#5195572)
Relevance is highly overrated; literary/historical anecdotes are always welcome Greg.
   62. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 15, 2016 at 02:07 PM (#5197602)
Okay, who've we got so far?

YES:
Shooty
H&U
Lassus +1 (team photog!)
vi
Zeth
Rickey!
Jason
Karl from NY (because I'm too lazy to create a separate listing for "probable")
Ray
BDC
reech
catomi01

MAYBE:
Snapper
Greg K
McCoy
billyshears
blastin
Edmundo
zenbitz
Scott

Whoever I missed, please reiterate your intentions and we'll add you to the list. And let's move those "maybes" up to the YES list.
   63. McCoy Posted: April 15, 2016 at 03:42 PM (#5197698)
If I come I'll be bringing a +1 myself.
   64. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 04:14 PM (#5197745)
Okay, who've we got so far?

If it's the 20th, you can put me as a yes.

If we need bodies, I can try to round up a person or two in the last week.
   65. Greg K Posted: April 15, 2016 at 04:29 PM (#5197756)
I'm 90%, will probably confirm by May.

An extra body is a possibility (I had a friend interested last year, but he couldn't make it...haven't talked to him about it yet this year, but it's a possibility)
   66. Swoboda is freedom Posted: April 15, 2016 at 04:43 PM (#5197765)
Put me down for maybe. I am very likely. We haven't planned our summer vacation yet, and barring a late business trip.
   67. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 15, 2016 at 05:57 PM (#5197812)
Updating the list from #62:

Okay, who've we got so far?

YES:
Shooty
H&U
Lassus +1 (team photog!)
vi
Zeth
Rickey!
Jason
Karl from NY (because I'm too lazy to create a separate listing for "probable")
Ray
BDC
reech
catomi01
Snapper (if it's the 20th! (hope Shooty hears something definite soon!)

MAYBE:
Greg K possible +1, (if they're still on speaking terms)
McCoy and a +1
billyshears
blastin
Edmundo
zenbitz
Scott
Swoboda a "very likely" maybe

Whoever I missed, please reiterate your intentions and we'll add you to the list. And let's move those "maybes" up to the YES list.

Thanks guys!
   68. Ray (CTL) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 07:25 PM (#5197842)
Yeah, put me as a +2.
   69. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 15, 2016 at 08:16 PM (#5197856)
Update #2:

Okay, who've we got so far?

YES:
Shooty
H&U
Lassus +1 (team photog!)
vi
Zeth
Rickey!
Jason
Karl from NY (because I'm too lazy to create a separate listing for "probable")
Ray +2!
BDC
reech
catomi01
Snapper (if it's the 20th!) (hope Shooty hears something definite soon!)

MAYBE:
Greg K possible +1, (if they're still on speaking terms)
McCoy and a +1
billyshears
blastin
Edmundo
zenbitz
Scott
Swoboda a "very likely" maybe

Whoever I missed, please reiterate your intentions and we'll add you to the list. And let's move those "maybes" up to the YES list.

Looking good, let's keep it up.
   70. Howie Menckel Posted: April 15, 2016 at 08:19 PM (#5197857)

I can only rate a MAYBE this far out
   71. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 15, 2016 at 09:28 PM (#5197898)
If you don't mind including someone who posted on BTF once or maybe twice ten years ago and hasn't been back since but is a verified Good Dude, I can bring another body.
   72. villageidiom Posted: April 15, 2016 at 11:22 PM (#5197964)
Can't be worse than the people we're familiar with...
   73. Lassus Posted: April 15, 2016 at 11:27 PM (#5197967)
If you don't mind including someone who posted on BTF once or maybe twice ten years ago and hasn't been back since but is a verified Good Dude, I can bring another body.

The most important thing is to bring friends, whether they've ever even used the internet or not. I have a history of bringing classical singers, one who tried to get in a fight with some Puerto Rican kids a couple years ago. So, avoiding troublemakers like St, Thomas singers, yes, bring people.
   74. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 16, 2016 at 10:22 AM (#5198032)
Update #3:

YES:
Shooty
H&U
Lassus +1 (team photog!)
vi
Zeth +1 (as long as he's not a choral singer!)
Rickey!
Jason
Karl from NY (because I'm too lazy to create a separate listing for "probable")
Ray +2!
BDC
reech
catomi01
Snapper (if it's the 20th!) (hope Shooty hears something definite soon!)

MAYBE:
Greg K possible +1, (if they're still on speaking terms)
McCoy and a +1
billyshears
blastin
Edmundo
zenbitz
Scott
Swoboda a "very likely" maybe
Howie (try not to schedule any surgeries right before the date this year, okay mate?)
   75. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 23, 2016 at 12:48 PM (#5203395)
However, the great Jack Dempsey had this to say about Ernest Hemmingway:

There were a lot of Americans in Paris and I sparred with a couple, just to be obliging…. But there was one fellow I wouldn’t mix it with. That was Ernest Hemingway. He was about twenty-five or so and in good shape, and I was getting so I could read people, or anyway men, pretty well. I had this sense that Hemingway, who really thought he could box, would come out of the corner like a madman. To stop him, I would have to hurt him badly, I didn’t want to do that to Hemingway. That’s why I never sparred with him.


But let me share another story about a writer who met a fighter.

Great minds must think alike, because after reading that quote about Dempsey and Hemingway I was going to suggest Gallico's Farewell to Sport myself. He's got a whole chapter on when he stepped into the ring against Dempsey, and it's a terrific book from start to finish.
   76. BDC Posted: April 23, 2016 at 01:01 PM (#5203401)
I read a story somewhere about Ezra Pound, who fancied himself a Renaissance man. Pound, who had been reading a book about swordfighting, paid a call on William Carlos Williams. He picked up an umbrella and started poking it at Williams, urging him to defend himself. Williams, who had actually been on the fencing team at Penn, said later "If I had wanted to, I could have taken away Pound's umbrella and stuck it so far up his ####### that it would have come out his mouth, but I just sort of knocked him aside and he didn't get hurt." Ah, literary machismo :)
   77. Stormy JE Posted: April 23, 2016 at 01:36 PM (#5203428)
So H&U, have we convinced you to pick up a pair of cleats and eschew the jeans?
   78. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 23, 2016 at 02:57 PM (#5203486)
So H&U, have we convinced you to pick up a pair of cleats and eschew the jeans?

No effing cleats. We don't need anyone getting spiked. You can't slide anyway; the bases are loose.

Shorts and sneaker are the appropriate attire.
   79. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 23, 2016 at 05:30 PM (#5203576)
Sorry, doesn't make a whole lot of sense to buy another pair of shoes to be worn once a year (and for not too many more years, most likely). As for the shorts, well, I'll think about it.
   80. Stormy JE Posted: April 23, 2016 at 05:47 PM (#5203585)
No effing cleats. We don't need anyone getting spiked. You can't slide anyway; the bases are loose.

Cleats have plastic bottoms, snapper. You're thinking of spikes.

And sliding isn't the issue. Rounding the bases in old tennis shoes at full throttle can be a risky proposition.
   81. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: April 23, 2016 at 08:14 PM (#5203693)
Literary/historical anecdote (which I've heard with a couple of different writers cited as the instigator, so, probably apocryphal):

Writer, a non-pugilistic type, goes into a bar, sizes up the patrons, decides on a likely specimen (physically imposing, somewhat inebriated, not terribly bright) and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself, goading the poor sap into challenging him to take it outside. So out the door they go, where they meet Writer's friend, E Hemingway, who proceeds to mop the floor with the sucker.

I think the 1st time I heard this the Writer was Thomas Woolf, the 2nd it was James Joyce. I think it would be better if Writer was Gertrude Stein. Even better if Writer's friend was Gertrude Stein.


Thomas Wolfe was over six and half feet tall, so probably not him. Virginia, maybe?
   82. Howie Menckel Posted: April 23, 2016 at 09:15 PM (#5203732)

"Rounding the bases in old tennis shoes at full throttle can be a risky proposition."

or even sprinting out of the batter's box, as that clown from the 2014 game demonstrated for us with a bloody-knee-inducing wipeout en route to first after his first swing of the game.
   83. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 23, 2016 at 09:50 PM (#5203752)
Yeah, you guys do whatever you want but I will definitely be wearing cleats.
   84. Stormy JE Posted: April 23, 2016 at 10:19 PM (#5203768)
To be fair, the Central Park game isn't just the only time of the year when snapper plays softball, it's also his only exercise. :)
   85. Howie Menckel Posted: April 23, 2016 at 11:56 PM (#5203815)

now I am forced to clarify, in case there is any confusion, that the clown in post 82 stands before you and confesses

:(
   86. Ray (CTL) Posted: April 24, 2016 at 03:26 PM (#5204011)
No effing cleats. We don't need anyone getting spiked. You can't slide anyway; the bases are loose.


We mean rubber cleats. They're harmless and make a huge difference, particularly running the bases and in the OF.
   87. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 24, 2016 at 04:26 PM (#5204041)
We mean rubber cleats. They're harmless and make a huge difference, particularly running the bases and in the OF.

You mean like turf shoes, with the little rubbery nubs? Ok, but you're still taking this way too seriously :-)

Because plastic inch and half cleats can still still rip your leg open.
   88. BDC Posted: April 24, 2016 at 06:50 PM (#5204167)
The chances of me getting on base are less than zero and if a ball is hit to me in the OF my route will not exactly be describable as a "run." I'm'a go with this old pair of sneakers I just found in the back of the closet, thank you :-D
   89. Ray (CTL) Posted: April 24, 2016 at 07:07 PM (#5204182)
Snapper, you can actually get injured more easily running the bases or playing the OF in sneakers.
   90. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 24, 2016 at 07:30 PM (#5204198)
Snapper, you can actually get injured more easily running the bases or playing the OF in sneakers.

I must have played 100 softball games in sneakers and never come close to hurting myself.

It's softball; no need for sprinting ;-)
   91. Stormy JE Posted: April 24, 2016 at 07:31 PM (#5204199)
The chances of me getting on base are less than zero and if a ball is hit to me in the OF my route will not exactly be describable as a "run." I'm'a go with this old pair of sneakers I just found in the back of the closet, thank you :-D

Memo to captains: Pick BDC *after* Ralphie from The Simpsons.
Snapper, you can actually get injured more easily running the bases or playing the OF in sneakers.

In fairness, Snapper won't play the outfield. He'll be anchored at first base. If he does break a leg, chances are it will be while attempting to leave the batter's box.
   92. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 24, 2016 at 09:11 PM (#5204280)
You guys should be aware that if I'm picked anywhere but dead last you've made a mistake.
   93. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 25, 2016 at 12:57 PM (#5204696)
We don't usually pick teams, do we? Seems to me we divide up by alphabet or by who happens to be standing out in the field at the time we decide to start the game.

Howie, I for one remembered your blood-soaked performance from 2 years ago. Besides, you're a gentleman; I knew you wouldn't be coming here to call somebody else a clown.

Jason, my "full throttle" is not going to put me in danger of skidding out. Alas. And, while I always put the ball in play, those routine 6-3 grounders don't produce many opportunities for "rounding the bases."
   94. dr. scott Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:15 PM (#5204759)
For the SF pickup softball games teams are picked by throwing everyone's glove into a pile, and then one person randomly separating them into two piles. Very quick and efficient way to pick teams.
   95. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:56 PM (#5204792)
For the SF pickup softball games teams are picked by throwing everyone's glove into a pile, and then one person randomly separating them into two piles. Very quick and efficient way to pick teams.

We might want to give some thought to splitting the teams more evenly, so that both side have someone that can credibly play SS, CF, etc.

I can hit OK, but you really don't want me playing anywhere besides 1B or C.
   96. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: April 25, 2016 at 03:16 PM (#5204806)
I'm young enough that I can credibly play a corner. Not fast enough to play CF anymore though. I can't hit a lick, but there's that.
   97. Stormy JE Posted: April 25, 2016 at 03:31 PM (#5204826)
I'm young enough that I can credibly play a corner. Not fast enough to play CF anymore though. I can't hit a lick, but there's that.

Never mind all that, are you physically able to pick up a check? :)
   98. Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 26, 2016 at 04:42 PM (#5205785)
Shooty
H&U
Lassus +1 (team photog!)
vi
Zeth +1 (as long as he's not a choral singer!)
Rickey!
Jason
Karl from NY (because I'm too lazy to create a separate listing for "probable")
Ray +2!
BDC
reech
catomi01
Snapper (if it's the 20th!) (hope Shooty hears something definite soon!)

MAYBE:
Greg K possible +1, (if they're still on speaking terms)
McCoy and a +1
billyshears
blastin
Edmundo
zenbitz
Scott
Swoboda a "very likely" maybe
Howie (try not to schedule any surgeries right before the date this year, okay mate?)


Any updates, additions, errors, or omissions?

Note that if you're already on the list you don't get to drop out.
   99. reech Posted: April 29, 2016 at 10:53 PM (#5208784)
Last year I played ss. We won both games. Aside from my prowess on the field and at bat, I bring intangibles. Just call me Sgt. Intangibles ( I never wanted to be an Officer) .
   100. Stormy JE Posted: April 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM (#5208892)
Flip.
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