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|May 25, 2020|
|Topic: General and miscellaneous|
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!
Local league semi-final game. We are home team and come back in the bottom of the 7th to score 6 runs to tie the game. Bases loaded, no outs.
I'm putting my stuff in the bag and getting ready to head over to the field for the championship game. One run is all we need.
One of our decent hitters up and he's been around the block and knows that any type of fly ball is all we need. However...
...two hopper to third base, steps on bag (1), throws home (2), and catcher is elated but his team tells him to throw to first. Our batter had stopped running and is tripled up.
We go to extras and they score 11 in the top of the 8th, we come back with 3.
|May 18, 2020|
|Topic: Rules of the game|
Discussion: Best changes to improve virus safety?
Count me in as one of the cynics...
This is a team sport and one of the greatest aspects of playing league and tournament ball is the social factor with your teammates and rival team members who have become your friends. Now all of that is taken away.
No social time before or during the game, no friendly banter or jive, no ability to congratulate your teammate for a great AB or web gem, no grabbing a beer or dinner with your travel team and fans.
The goal was 'flatten the curve' not eradicate the China Virus. We've done that.
We sign a waiver to acknowledge that there is some danger in our sport, we could get hurt or die. Yet, we play on with standard rules of the game.
Now we have to sign a waiver that we might catch the Wuhan Bug but can't play by those same standard rules. We might get sick and we STILL might die but those of us who sign the waiver acknowledge that risk. If someone doesn't want to risk it, that's cool...you have the option to stay home.
Instead, the answer is to publish a Covid Addendum the size of Mein Kampf that will take the enjoyment out of the game just to satisfy a few.
As others have said, I'd rather cancel the entire season than abide by ridiculous rules such as sanitizing a ball that will be touched multiple times each 1/2 inning.
Common sense and freedom of choice have left the building. Sure hope they come back.
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