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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.
   29. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 17, 2020 at 04:40 PM (#5951492)
Since Howie mentioned BBTF softball in the covid-19 thread today, I guess I'm not the only one who's been pondering if this is still a possibility this year.

As it happens, I had checked the Central Park website yesterday. Ballfields are still off-limits, no permits being processed at this time. My wife mentioned a couple of days ago that NYC restrictions *could* begin being loosened mid-June (if all continues to go well, presumably), though I don't know if such loosening would include rowdy gatherings such as our own. Can't imagine any of our usual suspects will be traveling from foreign parts (eg Utica, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Llandudno, Intercourse...).

Should we shoot for an October Surprise? Or just go ahead with a post-(no)game meetup at a BBTF approved watering hole? We could do a sim game, no equipment needed, no injuries, much less sweat. Might not scare away all the ladies!
   30. Ron J Posted: May 17, 2020 at 06:02 PM (#5951498)
29 I've played football in the snow. It was a blast but I was a tad younger. Baseball in any kind of real cold feels like a bad idea.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 17, 2020 at 07:30 PM (#5951513)
You guys may want to consider alternative locations. I’m told Iceland is nice.
   32. Howie Menckel Posted: May 17, 2020 at 07:41 PM (#5951516)
at this point in my aging life, I'm all about the post-game anyway.
   33. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 18, 2020 at 08:52 AM (#5951575)

Does Zoom softball work?
   34. catomi01 Posted: May 18, 2020 at 09:42 AM (#5951589)
Our start date for our leagues here on LI gets getting pushed back, usually 1 day later than the latest expiration date for the SIP orders...this most recent time it was moved back to June 21...which seems at least possible....we've been thinking internally sometime in July (especially considering a very un-verified rumor that softball is being classified as a "contact sport").

If the game is a week or so after the lockdown is lifted, I doubt most of the people I brought last year would want to come in for the game....so I would suggest we postpone the game til the fall, and see if we can't get some other event scheduled between now an then not involving the park or "contact" softball.
   35. Rally Posted: May 18, 2020 at 11:23 AM (#5951639)
I have strong doubts that a game will happen, but am trying to keep my arm in shape. I threw a bullpen session in my back yard yesterday, have a big net set up to collect the baseballs. I throw right handed, and my right arm feels fine today. But my left arm is sore, and I have no idea why. Aging is weird.
   36. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2020 at 11:43 AM (#5951650)
I throw right handed, and my right arm feels fine today. But my left arm is sore, and I have no idea why. Aging is weird.
It sure is. My left arm is sore, too, and all I did was read your post.
   37. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 18, 2020 at 12:29 PM (#5951678)
We could wait until winter and play snowftball, except that snow is not a given for winter in NYC anymore.

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