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Monday, March 09, 2020

8th? BBTF Central Park Softball Game: July 25

Let’s start planning for this year’s game. First questions:

1. Who is submitting the permit request? (Answer: Hysterical & Useless)

2. What dates should we aim for? (Answer: July 25)

3. Where is the post-game destination?

I’ll try to keep the header up to date as actions are taken and decisions are made.

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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 09, 2020 at 02:57 PM (#5929039)
can't believe Covid-19 wasn't one of the beats
   2. villageidiom Posted: March 09, 2020 at 03:00 PM (#5929040)
That's all the other threads, jmac.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: March 09, 2020 at 03:49 PM (#5929063)
Handwashing stations at every base.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 09, 2020 at 03:58 PM (#5929068)
I’ll try to keep the header up to date as actions are taken and decisions are made.
Or, for our Canadian and British friends, decisions are also taken.
   5. catomi01 Posted: March 10, 2020 at 10:31 AM (#5929183)
2. What dates should we aim for?


Not August 1-2 is my only input there.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 10, 2020 at 11:26 AM (#5929208)
I can't do August 15, 16 or 23. Generally around for the other weekend dates at this point.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 10, 2020 at 07:09 PM (#5929333)
I'm also out for the August 15-16 weekend. Everything else looks OK at the moment.
   8. Chicago Joe Posted: March 11, 2020 at 12:49 PM (#5929493)
August and June look impossible, but July is clear for me.
   9. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 11, 2020 at 12:55 PM (#5929496)
I haven't been around much lately, but I can do the permit once we have a date. My only no-go dates at this moment are July 11 and August 15.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 11, 2020 at 12:59 PM (#5929498)
Last couple of weeks in July look like the early leaders.
   11. Karl from NY Posted: March 11, 2020 at 02:52 PM (#5929563)
I'm out July 18-19, likely also August 8-9, and unsure about any others at the moment.
   12. villageidiom Posted: March 11, 2020 at 04:03 PM (#5929598)
Let's lock in July 25 as the date, then. I'll update the header before anyone says that date is bad for them.
   13. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 12, 2020 at 04:16 PM (#5930085)
Oh good, now I have a great birthday gift for Useless Son #2: a free trip to Central Park for softball with the gang. Although since he's done it before he might not think that's such a cool gift. Kids nowadays.
   14. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 12, 2020 at 04:40 PM (#5930098)
Permit request has been submitted. Hoping to get a field in the North Meadow (convenient to the rec center which has PUBLIC RESTROOMS!!). I've asked for 3 hours, 11 - 2, which is usually enough for us to get in 2 games and still get to the bar before we're all totally incapacitated. Incapacity should come after the game, amirite?

Chicago Joe, since flying may become problematical, you should probably start walking soon.
   15. AndrewJ Posted: March 14, 2020 at 09:52 AM (#5930545)
I loved last year's softball game, but I'll have to take a rain check this time -- that's Hall of Fame induction weekend, and I'll be there with my parents.
   16. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 15, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5930666)
Did anybody else realize that July 25 was HoF weekend? Would hate to lose any more potential participants due to the conflict.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 15, 2020 at 11:15 AM (#5930673)
Could we switch to August 1?
   18. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 15, 2020 at 12:08 PM (#5930680)
August 1 means losing catomiO1 and the 10 or 12 players he drags along with him. Might be tough to field 2 teams without them.

Though that would mean starting the post-game sooner, which many might count as a win.
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 15, 2020 at 05:21 PM (#5930758)
July 12?
   20. catomi01 Posted: March 15, 2020 at 10:33 PM (#5930797)
August 1 means losing catomiO1 and the 10 or 12 players he drags along with him. Might be tough to field 2 teams without them.

Though that would mean starting the post-game sooner, which many might count as a win.


As of now, one of the people I've brought the last few years is planning an annual slip and slide party (and inviting most of our softball world)...so the 25th might cause the loss of at least a few of them anyway.

The rest are caught up in virus panic mode right now waiting to see if our spring season gets cancelled and not willing to commit to anything...so in general the farther away the date, the better.

August 1, I'm going to be down in Nashville, so definitely out that weekend. July 12 would work for me though.
   21. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 16, 2020 at 08:56 AM (#5930860)
Well, our permit request can still be edited if we want to change the date. But no date is going to be perfect.
   22. catomi01 Posted: March 16, 2020 at 10:19 AM (#5930885)
Well, our permit request can still be edited if we want to change the date. But no date is going to be perfect.


Of course - just wanted to point out that the catomi-contribution might be lower this year on either of those dates.
   23. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 20, 2020 at 02:54 PM (#5932292)
I haven't finalized our permit yet because:

1) so few people have said "okay" to the date; and
2) the permit status remains at "submitted" on the permit site. Has to move to "in process" for me to complete it.

My guess is that July park permits are not a real high priority right now.
   24. Stormy JE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 11:17 PM (#5933269)
I'll probably be around regardless of the date selected but, at this rate, the game may have to be played via Zoom.

By the way, thanks for everyone's warm wishes regarding my dad. It got relayed to me during Shiva and was very much appreciated.
   25. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 27, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5934188)
Jason, so sorry, hadn't heard. Sincere best wishes to you and your family.

Just checked the Parks permit website; they are "not accepting, or reviewing, event applications for use of field and courts at this time. Fields and courts are currently closed to group play." With a further advisory to check back periodically for updates.

Maybe we could schedule a skating party for January or something.

   26. catomi01 Posted: March 27, 2020 at 05:21 PM (#5934233)
Maybe we could schedule a skating party for January or something.

Softball on Ice.
   27. Howie Menckel Posted: March 27, 2020 at 05:29 PM (#5934236)
funny, I'm realizing that with no real catcher, no holding on runners, no steal attempts, and no plays at the plate - BBTF softball has been practicing 6-foot social distancing on the field for YEARS!

hell, we don't even have first- or third-base coaches to pat runners on the ass.

and we even play with fewer than 10 fans gathered.
   28. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 28, 2020 at 08:01 PM (#5934601)
Jason, condolences on your father.

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