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Monday, March 09, 2020

8th? BBTF Central Park Softball Game: SEPT 18, 2021

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 October 3 Saturday, September 18, 2021)

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.

villageidiom Posted: March 09, 2020 at 01:22 PM | 236 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Howie Menckel Posted: September 30, 2020 at 10:42 AM (#5979743)
bump - not with a bang, but a whimper
   102. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 11:08 AM (#5979746)
Hey guys, I'm going be out. I have to go upstate to help someone teach a class. Sorry.
   103. Karl from NY Posted: October 01, 2020 at 03:15 PM (#5980266)
So is anyone still up for this, or is the idea completely dead?
   104. catomi01 Posted: October 01, 2020 at 03:33 PM (#5980274)
I'm out for this year.
   105. Howie Menckel Posted: October 01, 2020 at 03:51 PM (#5980285)
it's over - it's always been over
   106. villageidiom Posted: October 01, 2020 at 07:41 PM (#5980365)
Oh, look who knows so much! It's only mostly dead.

Feel free to use this thread to make arrangements to meet up, maybe toss a ball around.
   107. AndrewJ Posted: October 03, 2020 at 07:03 PM (#5980928)
I was also busy today, as it turned out.

Maybe we can do something in NYC over the winter -- anyone up for a book swap?
   108. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 04, 2020 at 12:25 AM (#5980961)
what about some strato matic tournament? or meet to watch a playoff game(s)? I usually pass through the area every other week and would be down for this.
   109. Howie Menckel Posted: March 22, 2021 at 10:08 PM (#6009659)
it happens every spring - or summer.

except in 2020.

on the one hand, I have a 1-dose vaccine appointment on Thursday!

on the other hand, I blew out the same knee both in December and February - twice, in the latter case.

on the third(?) hand, in the past 3 weeks I have gone from dodging a bullet so "only" sprained ligaments and a walker, to a four-pronged cane, to a one-pronged cane, to not only just bringing the cane out as a prop but to leaving physical therapy today and forgetting to take the cane with me - and not even bothering to come back to retrieve it.

so DH duty with a "runner" might be my speed (so to speak), at this stage.

PLAY BALL!

and I have a few post-game stories left in my quiver, I promise. have tried to hone my style with a closing "homily" on a weekly work-related podcast for the past two years, and the reviews have been kind.
:)
   110. sunday silence (again) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 02:29 PM (#6009718)
make sure your pronouns are in agreement.
   111. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 03:55 PM (#6009742)
I’m recovering from a shoulder injury (cycling accident) so probably out of commission until at least the summer. We’ll see at that point. Maybe I can be Howie’s designated runner :)
   112. villageidiom Posted: March 23, 2021 at 04:56 PM (#6009750)
Had my first Pfizering yesterday, and looking forward to softball if NYC will let us play.
   113. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 23, 2021 at 07:23 PM (#6009777)
I blew out the same knee both in December and February - twice, in the latter case.
I heard Ty Cobb would also complain about his various ailments before Old-Timers games to induce his opponents to take it easy on him.
   114. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 09:28 PM (#6009789)
and looking forward to softball if NYC will let us play.

If we go late Summer like usual, they should. If not, we can find a suburb that will. Everything has been open in my area since June/July, incl indoor dining.
   115. villageidiom Posted: March 23, 2021 at 09:37 PM (#6009793)
I heard Ty Cobb would also complain about his various ailments before Old-Timers games to induce his opponents to take it easy on him.
I think Howie is actually raising expectations with his complaints. We're talking about someone who IIRC has played the outfield wearing a fielder's glove on his throwing hand. Simply being infirm might be an upgrade.
   116. Lassus Posted: March 24, 2021 at 08:48 AM (#6009815)
suburb

#### no. I'm not traveling to the city to end up in the suburbs.
   117. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 09:08 AM (#6009819)

#### no. I'm not traveling to the city to end up in the suburbs.


You may not have heard, NYC is just one big, over-crowded, unpleasant suburb these days.
   118. Lassus Posted: March 24, 2021 at 10:26 AM (#6009832)
That what people in the suburbs have been telling themselves for 50 years.
   119. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 10:49 AM (#6009837)
That what people in the suburbs have been telling themselves for 50 years.

NYC without nightlife and live entertainment is kind of pointless.

If they will chase us off the softball field, and won't let us gather in a bar for a drink after, how would we not be better off meeting in a suburb that will let us play and drink?
   120. Howie Menckel Posted: March 24, 2021 at 10:57 AM (#6009839)
We're talking about someone who IIRC has played the outfield wearing a fielder's glove on his throwing hand.

can confirm

got one fielding chance in warmups. ball popped out of my glove, but I then caught it in midair with my bare hand. for all the infirmities, the cat-like reflexes remain unscathed.

only Shooty took notice - and spent the game fruitlessly trying to hit an opposite-field liner toward me.
   121. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: March 24, 2021 at 11:46 AM (#6009852)
#### no. I'm not traveling to the city to end up in the suburbs.
Or you could just hop off the Thruway/Saw Mill a few exits early.
   122. Lassus Posted: March 24, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6009899)
No.
   123. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 24, 2021 at 03:00 PM (#6009902)
So, you'd rather not play, and not drink in NYC, than play and drink in a burb? That's some next level NYC snobbery (said by someone's whose family has lived in NYC and environs for 120 years).
   124. Lassus Posted: March 25, 2021 at 07:59 AM (#6009959)
Which is why you think so; not sure how you don't get that.

I mean, yes. I'm not driving four hours to hang out in the ####### suburbs. Also, I don't drink.

Sure there are logistical ways to handle it. Leave at 6, get to Scarsdale at 10, play, head into the city afterwards. But y'all aren't playing on Friday, and I'm not wasting a day of my weekend driving or public transporting my ass out the suburbs and back on Saturday when I could be doing things in the city.

I don't think the plans should be altered for my own bitchy preferences, but it's just not worth it when I live in shit nowhere for me to end up in White Plains and in my car and on the train for such a significant portion of a short weekend.
   125. villageidiom Posted: May 12, 2021 at 01:30 PM (#6018562)
If I am reading the site correctly, NYC is issuing permits again for softball field use. LET'S GO!
   126. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 12, 2021 at 03:40 PM (#6018596)
Does this mean I've been re-elected as permit procurer? Or do I need to submit a resume, showing all the successful procurements I've executed (NOT procurers I've executed, no, I leave that duty to snapper), with testimonials from all the satisfied customers (if any), in order to claim that coveted post?

Or are we just going to wing it and assume that we'll be able to claim a field and hold it against the onslaughts of whatever ravening hordes are rampaging through the Park on whichever glorious summer day we happen to choose?
   127. villageidiom Posted: May 12, 2021 at 09:11 PM (#6018642)
Yes, no, and no, in that order.
   128. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 13, 2021 at 01:59 PM (#6018711)
Any preferred dates from the usual suspects? Or dates to be avoided?

   129. villageidiom Posted: May 13, 2021 at 09:06 PM (#6018779)
For me, if we're looking at a Saturday, then 7/17, 8/21, and 9/25 are to be avoided.
   130. catomi01 Posted: May 15, 2021 at 01:04 PM (#6018936)
Any preferred dates from the usual suspects? Or dates to be avoided?


I'm tentatively doing tournaments 7/3, 8/21, and 9/11....and basically every Sunday.
   131. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 17, 2021 at 02:56 PM (#6019197)
So 7/3, 7/17, 8/21, 9/11, and 9/25 are OUT!!!

Is there a consensus that a date later in the year (ie, September or even October) would be better in terms of travel and post-game logistics? [easier to book, fewer restrictions, less chance of contagion, etc)
   132. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 17, 2021 at 03:12 PM (#6019217)
Is there a consensus that a date later in the year (ie, September or even October) would be better in terms of travel and post-game logistics? [easier to book, fewer restrictions, less chance of contagion, etc)

Sept certainly has better weather here.
   133. catomi01 Posted: May 17, 2021 at 06:22 PM (#6019264)
Yes...but also through in Labor Day weekend as a no for me in that range...I assume we wouldn't do it then anyway, but i've got an out of state wedding that day.
   134. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 17, 2021 at 07:20 PM (#6019270)
Yes...but also through in Labor Day weekend as a no for me in that range...I assume we wouldn't do it then anyway, but i've got an out of state wedding that day.

After Labor Day, definitely.
   135. villageidiom Posted: May 17, 2021 at 09:13 PM (#6019293)
I'm fine with September, other than the dates listed. I don't know my October conflicts yet but I'm generally good with October, too.
   136. zenbitz Posted: May 19, 2021 at 03:45 PM (#6019705)
Labor day no good. After not great, kid in school.
   137. Lassus Posted: May 19, 2021 at 04:05 PM (#6019711)
I like September. Cooler.
   138. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 19, 2021 at 05:10 PM (#6019733)
September is theoretically better than the summer. Labor Day weekend probably not, though.
   139. djordan Posted: May 19, 2021 at 05:15 PM (#6019735)
If I am around for the final date chosen, I'd love to come play.
   140. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 29, 2021 at 01:24 PM (#6021481)
So, Labor Day weekend is out, also the 11th and 25th. To that leaves us with the 18th or 32nd of September. Let's vote!
   141. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 02, 2021 at 03:20 PM (#6022129)
I've submitted a permit request for Saturday, Sept 18th from 11 to 2. Requested fields are in the North Meadow. I'll let you all know how things progress.
   142. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 09, 2021 at 07:35 PM (#6023477)
I was going to post that I had no updates re: the permit, then decided I should check the thread from 2 years ago, as I recall the whole process was rather convoluted and non-intuitive. Was able not only to find the thread but also my brilliant exposition of the meandering journey from considering thinking about possibly applying for a permit all the way to the final receipt of same. Eureka!

My application this year still sits as "submitted," has not yet moved to "in process," which is, I am reliably informed (by that unimpeachable source, me) when you can pay for the permit. Once payment is made, the status goes to "approved."

So we're still on step 1. As soon as we reach step 2, I'll be sure to kick it along to step 3. And will let everybody know the news.
   143. Howie Menckel Posted: June 09, 2021 at 09:12 PM (#6023493)
and think someone claimed you were "Useless" !
   144. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 09, 2021 at 09:24 PM (#6023495)
Am I the only one who wonders what the difference is between ‘uselessly hysterical’ & ‘hysterically useless’?
   145. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2021 at 01:08 AM (#6023522)
having met H & U several times, I can attest that he might be the least 'hysterical' person on this board.

admittedly, in the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

:)
   146. Hysterical & Useless Posted: June 11, 2021 at 11:55 AM (#6023772)
Thank you, Howie, for that endorsement. My wife, children, and co-workers over the years might not agree, but what do they know?

Oh, right, they know me. Drat them and their inside information!
   147. villageidiom Posted: June 11, 2021 at 03:43 PM (#6023809)
I've submitted a permit request for Saturday, Sept 18th from 11 to 2.
Updated the header. LET'S GO!
   148. reech Posted: June 17, 2021 at 10:59 AM (#6024729)
Yeah- I wanna play!!!!!
If my body holds out for another 3 months- I am in!!!!!!!!!
   149. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 25, 2021 at 02:51 PM (#6030326)
Well, I can see I'm not the only one who hasn't been here lately! But I'll post an update anyway:

Earlier this summer, the Parks Dept was requiring the completion of a rather lengthy (6 or 7 page?) Safety Plan affirmation, under which I (as the Permit Holder) would be liable for rather extreme punishments (revocation of my permit!) if anyone at our event violated the safety guidelines. Since this form had to be printed, various boxes checked and signatures affixed, then scanned and submitted with the permit request, and I did not have access to a printer or scanner, I didn't complete the form (chorus of boos and hisses).

Well, today I'm finally back in Brooklyn, within range of our printer & scanner, all ready to print out, sign, and scan the form, but I find that my procrastination has paid off! The required Safety Plan affirmation has disappeared! I will no longer be subjected to public shaming should any Event Participants misbehave and violate the terms of the Safety Plan (as doubtless they will).

Unfortunately, the permit application still sits at "Submitted," so our rejoicing should be restrained.

Fortunately, from the "Field and Court Permit Availability" website, it looks like no permits have been issued for dates after August 31st, so I'm guessing we haven't been shut out. Yet.

Next step is to try to find a phone number that will put me in touch with someone who knows something (anything!) about the permit process in general and our request in particular. My last try got me to the voice mail of someone who was working remotely and had limited access (by which I think she meant "approximately zero") to her messages.

At the very least, we'll all be able to show up and, if Our Field is occupied, heckle the grozny bustards who stole it from us, before repairing to a nearby watering hole to get hydrated. Or inebriated. Whatever.
   150. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 04:45 PM (#6030337)
Keep up the good fight!
   151. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 30, 2021 at 02:42 PM (#6031654)
FINALLY managed to get through to someone at the Parks department (for future reference, the number to call for info on your permit is 212-408-0226), and guess what I learned?
The North Meadow, where we've played in recent years and where I requested a field, is unavailable for softball in the fall; it's all given over to soccer. So I've submitted a new request for a field on the Great Lawn, which might possibly be approved. Stress on the possibly. Because the "deadline" for submitting Fall Season requests was in June, and they don't look at "late" requests until all those submitted On Time have been dealt with.

I suppose it's possible that there's someplace on the website that tells you that asking to play softball in the North Meadow in September is a fool's errand, so I should've known better, but I never saw it.

I will assiduously monitor the Permit website to see what (if any) action is taken In Re the matter of Our Permit, and report back to the Committee as and when there is news to report.

Until then, I remain,
Your most obedient humble servant...
[raspberry]
   152. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 06, 2021 at 07:02 PM (#6033302)
A week has gone by and the new permit request has not been denied. Neither has it been accepted. It remains, simply, Submitted. If that's still the case on Monday I'll call to see if I can find out when/if we can expect some progress.
   153. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 07, 2021 at 08:34 AM (#6033364)
should there be a plan B, if the permit gets denied? about a month away and no guarantees on plan A
   154. catomi01 Posted: August 07, 2021 at 02:11 PM (#6033383)
So softball related news that might be entertaining/horrifying for you guys. My area of Long Island, we basically have 2 private leagues (whose owners dislike each other a lot) in direct competition, and a town league all using the same fields, plus a handful of private facilities and village parks.

The private league that I am not in just lost their permits from the Town...when I first heard I figured it was alcohol related or something like that...but nope...fight between players escalated to the point where one guy stabbed another and someone else pulled out a gun to break up the fight...

Town is still sorting out the mess, but they pulled their permits for the week, and now I believe the rest of the season...so if we're looking for an alternate field, we should be able to snag one out here pretty easily...as long as people don't mind heading out to the suburbs...and I'll let everyone make their own decision on whether or not to come armed.
   155. villageidiom Posted: August 08, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6033452)
should there be a plan B, if the permit gets denied? about a month away and no guarantees on plan A
That's pretty much how this goes in normal times. We go a long, long time with no progress.
   156. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 10, 2021 at 05:32 PM (#6033709)
An actual update!

Yesterday, permit status had been upgraded (?) to Under Review! I called the number I'd so cleverly saved back on the 30th to see if I could get any clarification, but only got voice mail. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), no one has called back.

Question now is, who is still planning on coming? I don't relish the idea of being the only one to show up. Sure, I might actually get a couple of hits that way, but I don't want to be drinking alone. And the drinking is far more important than the hitting (or lack thereof).
   157. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 10, 2021 at 05:37 PM (#6033710)
whether or not to come armed

This was told to me as a true story, and I'm willing to believe it:

Florida. Foursome playing tennis. Server finishes game, sets balls on the baseline as all players go to change sides. One of the opponents stops, walks off the court, heads to the parking lot. Other 3 players look on, puzzled. He returns, brandishing a pistol.

Apparently, in his world (Mars? Neptune? Golgafrinchan?) setting the balls down rather than handing them to the next server is a mortal insult.
   158. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: August 10, 2021 at 05:44 PM (#6033712)
September 18 is no good for me. Already committed to a day of competitive Milo's Astro Lanes and Dr. Mario.
   159. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 10, 2021 at 06:55 PM (#6033721)
I should be around.
   160. Howie Menckel Posted: August 10, 2021 at 07:34 PM (#6033730)
I should available to spectate but mainly to drink afterwards
   161. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 10, 2021 at 08:11 PM (#6033738)
I should be around on the 18th too.
   162. villageidiom Posted: August 10, 2021 at 08:41 PM (#6033741)
I will be there, but running late. I have a commitment in the Hartford area until 9 AM.
   163. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 10, 2021 at 09:01 PM (#6033748)

I will be there, but running late. I have a commitment in the Hartford area until 9 AM.


What time are we starting?
   164. villageidiom Posted: August 11, 2021 at 08:07 AM (#6033791)
Per 141, we've requested 11 AM to 2 PM. We won't know what time we have until the permit is issued, but usually they give us roughly what we request. (Like, sometimes they shorten us by an hour.) Assume 11 to 2 for now.
   165. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 04:31 PM (#6033888)
very much interested in coming.
   166. Karl from NY Posted: August 19, 2021 at 03:07 PM (#6035165)
I'm a maybe. I moved out of NY while my job is still remote, currently staying in PA several hours away, but might make the trip if it looks like we have a good enough group.
   167. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 19, 2021 at 07:11 PM (#6035218)
I’m on vacation that weekend, I’m out
   168. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 26, 2021 at 04:57 PM (#6036577)
Permit has been granted! And paid for! So should be in hand as soon as they email it to me and I get to a printer. [Has anyone ever asked to see our permit? I still have the one from 2 years ago, just in case.]

So tell all your friends, the highlight of the summer WILL BE HAPPENING!!! Be there or be somewhere else! Make sure to tell all the folks who don't hang out here regularly that we're expecting to see them on the 18th.

And they better not try to short us on the time, because permits are charged by the hour, and they took the full 3 hrs worth of $$ from me. (Not that I can play softball for 3 hours anyway. It's the principle of the thing!)
   169. villageidiom Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:00 PM (#6036607)
Has anyone ever asked to see our permit?
Nobody has ever asked to see it, but in the early days there was always someone asking if we had a permit. Usually some randos in baseball gear hoping to nab an open field.
   170. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 28, 2021 at 10:28 AM (#6036851)
Yesterday (the 27th) I got 2 emails from the Parks Department. At 7:43 AM, a very sternly worded missive advising me that I had an outstanding balance, which, if not paid by the 30th, would result in my permit being withdrawn "and the time allocated to another request."

Then, at 8:52 AM, came the email saying payment had been received, with the permit attached.

I’m on vacation that weekend, I’m out

Well, I guess this means I will be the most venerable attendee this year. I trust all you whippersnappers will treat me with the deference that status deserves.

On second thought...
   171. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 28, 2021 at 10:39 AM (#6036853)

Well, I guess this means I will be the most venerable attendee this year. I


Sure, go ahead and rub it in on my and Joel Youngblood’s 70th birthdays.
   172. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 28, 2021 at 11:31 AM (#6036862)
81 MLB players share my birthday, but none were born the same year as me :-(

Only 21 of them managed as much as 1 WAR (and the guy who's at 1 on the nose is active, so could still fall below!). I dunno, maybe my lack of baseballing talent was fated; nobody did much against dem odds.

Oh, and BTW, Edmundo: Happy Birthday, old timer!
   173. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 28, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6036880)
I emailed Shooty, Ray, and Jason today. Anyone else we should ping?
   174. villageidiom Posted: August 28, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6036885)
I emailed Shooty, Ray, and Jason today. Anyone else we should ping?
Obo?
   175. Howie Menckel Posted: August 29, 2021 at 12:37 AM (#6036935)
Chicago Joe
   176. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 29, 2021 at 12:56 AM (#6036936)
Blastin
   177. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 29, 2021 at 10:19 AM (#6036946)
Anybody got their emails or cell #s?
   178. Jose Canusee Posted: September 01, 2021 at 08:01 PM (#6037846)
I'm working in FL right now so way too far to drive. But noted that 9/18 is Smithsonian Museum Day so you can download a free ticket to someplace like the USS Intrepid as postgame destination (I would think that a better place to limp in sweaty than an art museum).
   179. Howie Menckel Posted: September 01, 2021 at 08:25 PM (#6037852)
art museum? any museum?
after bad BBTF softball?

we applaud your overoptimistic concept of the afternoon, but we do not live up to it, alas.....
   180. Hysterical & Useless Posted: September 04, 2021 at 08:05 PM (#6038330)
I believe Chicago Joe is in; at least, back on August 10 when I asked over on the exile site if anyone was still planning on coming, he very politely answered "Yes, dipsh-t!"

I've emailed Blastin and Brian(the tailor). I hope we'll at least manage a significant enough group to handle the all-important post-game.
   181. Hysterical & Useless Posted: September 04, 2021 at 08:11 PM (#6038332)
This is going to be a very busy month for me. On Tuesday, Useless son #1 is coming to visit for a week or so, bringing wife and Useless grandson. Then softball on the 18th. Then on the 25th, for some unfathomable reason, I'm going to my high school reunion. They're calling it the 50th, even though it's a year late. Can't remember why they didn't have it last year; but that's what happens when you get old, the memory goes. Dang.
   182. Howie Menckel Posted: September 04, 2021 at 08:47 PM (#6038339)
for some unfathomable reason, I'm going to my high school reunion. They're calling it the 50th

have never been back to my HS, nor to a reunion. thought about the 40th for like a minute a few years ago, and a close friend of mine - whose older brother was in my year - said he would pay my freight to show up because there was NO chance anyone would remember me. he wanted to be amused. (I have a twin brother, so that might have helped jog some memories, but the zinger was enough to close the books on that one for me.)

I guess it's a bit of a "circuit" every 5 years for some school classes, so if you take 40 years off....

other reason is if you never joined Facebook, then people like your high school classmates are encased in amber - "Forever Young." nobody got old(er), or fat(ter), or arrested (again), or divorced. like it that way very much.

I didn't know of a single lost soul, in fact, until earlier this year I accidentally stumbled on the internet across word of one of them having passed on. kid I was fond of, too - even though we lost contact on, well, graduation day, basically, like virtually all the rest.

seems like so many either loved or hated high school. it just struck my brother and I as a four-year tour of duty: you manage it, have some fun, and then on to the next stage.

yet I try to show up at BBTF softball, even now in my post-playing days - so don't call me unsentimental !
   183. thetailor (Brian) Posted: September 05, 2021 at 10:42 AM (#6038362)
Hi guys! I got an email from Hysterical & Useless - so here I am. I hope you guys have all weathered the last ~16 months alright.

I would love to play, but unfortunately, I can't do any running. As it turns out, I've burst a disc in my lower back (L5/S1 for anyone interested) which prevents me from running. I can still swing, and throw, and field if it's hit directly at me, but I'm on doctor's orders. Not sure if that means I couunt as a "player" or not!
   184. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 05, 2021 at 11:34 AM (#6038366)
I am in the best shape of my life.
   185. Howie Menckel Posted: September 05, 2021 at 02:24 PM (#6038373)
thetailor,
you can solve my ethical dilemma over whether to be the first-base coach for both teams !
   186. catomi01 Posted: September 06, 2021 at 05:30 PM (#6038485)
Tentative (I'm in Maine at the moment), but I believe we can strongly pencil in myself and 2 others...and then a lighter shade of pencil for 2 more. Should be able to confirm all by this weekend.
   187. villageidiom Posted: September 06, 2021 at 07:12 PM (#6038504)
YES/MAYBE (11)

villageidiom
Hysterical & Useless
catomi1
catomi2
catomi3
Chicago Joe
sunday silence
Karl from NY
Never Give an Inge
djordan
snapper

WE NEED NUMBERS, WARM BODIES, COME ON PEOPLE
   188. LuisD Posted: September 07, 2021 at 11:18 AM (#6038563)
Hey, I'm in. I met those who played in 2019. Hope it happens.
   189. Karl from NY Posted: September 07, 2021 at 11:21 AM (#6038564)
Yeah, LuisD was my +1 from 2019. Still not sure if I'll travel from PA for this myself.
   190. Hysterical & Useless Posted: September 09, 2021 at 10:29 AM (#6038898)
Hope it happens

Hey, it's happenin', LD, so be there!

Brian, so sorry about your back. But please show up even if you can't run; I mean, none of the rest of us are under doctor's orders, and we can't run either. Besides, the most important body part for this event is the elbow. If you can bend it, you'll be a star at the post-game.
   191. Hysterical & Useless Posted: September 11, 2021 at 03:45 PM (#6039231)
Just got an email from the Parks Dept. Our field (Great Lawn #2) is synthetic turf. So there are special rules they'd be most grateful if we'd observe:

1) No Metal Spike Shoes or Cleats. Only rubber cleats are permitted.
2) Do not paint lines. Certain paints cause damage to turf and below padding below.
3) No gum or food. Please do not allow players to chew gym on synthetic fields.
4) Do not drag anything across the field. Goals must be lifted or have wheels. No other equipment may be brought on the field.
5) Do not use tires, weights or medicine balls on the field. These items cause damage to padding below which will create a hole or bump on field.

Guess somebody should bring a first aid kit to deal with all the rug burns.
   192. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM (#6039234)
Hey does anyone know if they still have weekend parking in places such as Hoboken, Union City? My standard MO used to be to park there and then take the train into Grand Central and then subway to whereever. Is that still a viable option? Or is there weekend parking elsewhere in some nearby suburb?
   193. villageidiom Posted: September 11, 2021 at 10:18 PM (#6039271)
YES/MAYBE (12)

villageidiom
Hysterical & Useless
catomi1
catomi2
catomi3
Chicago Joe
sunday silence
Karl from NY
Never Give an Inge
djordan
snapper
LuisD
   194. Howie Menckel Posted: September 11, 2021 at 10:38 PM (#6039272)
COACHES

YES/MAYBE
Howie M
thetailor
   195. Hysterical & Useless Posted: September 12, 2021 at 04:15 PM (#6039337)
Looks like we have about enough players to do a home run derby. Has everybody been practicing their uppercuts?
   196. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 12, 2021 at 04:36 PM (#6039340)
We could three teams of 4-5. Two teams field while one bats!
   197. villageidiom Posted: September 12, 2021 at 08:09 PM (#6039357)
That is not the worst idea. A better idea would be MORE PEOPLE. COME ON EVERYONE.
   198. catomi01 Posted: September 13, 2021 at 11:03 AM (#6039417)
So bad news...the Catomi's are out. One has a tournament, one has some sort of pre-wedding things to do, and one is not vaccinated doesn't want to deal with the city (long story). I might be in the city with my wife later in the day though, so once a post-game location is selected I'll see if I can meet up.
   199. Karl from NY Posted: September 13, 2021 at 04:04 PM (#6039494)
Sunday, your best bet is to park at Secaucus Junction. Easy highway access, the (paid) lot has plenty of space, and the train is one stop to Penn Station.

Street parking in the Exchange Place neighborhood is free on weekends, and the PATH to WTC is easy to get any subway from there, although it's farther from highway access.
   200. villageidiom Posted: September 15, 2021 at 04:05 PM (#6039841)
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