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Major League Baseball Opening Day
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One of my 5 favorite days of the year. A true harbinger of spring... This represents, to me at least, that summer is right around the corner (my favorite time of year).

I'm sure many of us that are older, have memories of a baseball game on the radio, being with our dads, granparents, etc.

Makes me think of the Chicago tune, "Old Days". Sorry, a little sentimental.
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I coached Babe Ruth ball for a lot of years, It was always fun to see who the boys were trying to emulate in their style.

I have balls signed by all of my teams, I waited to see if any of them went on to greatness, while many of them were exceptional players, none went pro, a couple went from college ball into the minors for awhile.

Baseball is still my favorite sport.

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opening day at Fenway is a HUGE deal and celebration up here~

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(03-31-2011, 10:37 AM)Lady Cop Wrote: opening day at Fenway is a HUGE deal and celebration up here~

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Your Red Sox are loaded this year. A LOT of expectations. We'll see how the new guys do.
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(03-31-2011, 10:33 AM)IMaDick Wrote: I coached Babe Ruth ball for a lot of years, It was always fun to see who the boys were trying to emulate in their style.

I have balls signed by all of my teams, I waited to see if any of them went on to greatness, while many of them were exceptional players, none went pro, a couple went from college ball into the minors for awhile.

Baseball is still my favorite sport.

I'm with you on this one Dick. My son is a senior this year, and pitching for his high school team. Should be a fun time at the ballpark!
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will you forgive me for bragging? this pic is my son at 16. 6'4" lefty throwing 90mph. he was scouted by almost every ML team in 11th grade, recruited by Miami Hurricanes, and on day after his HS graduation, drafted by a ML team. baseball was our whole life from little league on because it was clear even then he was very talented. fast as hell and heavy hitter too.
i was very proud of him, he chose college over the minors, he was only 18 and i wanted him in school. he paid for all his college by pitching.


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(03-31-2011, 10:45 AM)Lady Cop Wrote: will you forgive me for bragging? this pic is my son at 16. 6'4" lefty throwing 90mph. he was scouted by almost every ML team in 11th grade, recruited by Miami Hurricanes, and on day after his HS graduation, drafted by a ML team. baseball was our whole life from little league on because it was clear even then he was very talented. fast as hell and heavy hitter too.
i was very proud of him, he chose college over the minors, he was only 18 and i wanted him in school. he paid for all his college by pitching.

Damn! A 6'4" lefty throwing 90mph?? He could have a job in the majors as a situational lefty until he's 40. Did he pitch for the Hurricanes? Any pro ball?
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i don't want to go into detail about where and who, but i will say this. our hearts were ripped out when certain coaches overpitched him and tore up his left elbow. (not rotator cuff) several surgeries did not cure it. our hearts are still broken. but he has great memories of true glory days (Springsteen's song 'Glory Days' always makes me cry) and has moved on with his life. but it still hurts.

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(03-31-2011, 10:54 AM)Lady Cop Wrote: i don't want to go into detail about where and who, but i will say this. our hearts were ripped out when certain coaches overpitched him and tore up his left elbow. (not rotator cuff) several surgeries did not cure it. our hearts are still broken. but he has great memories of true glory days (Springsteen's song 'Glory Days' always makes me cry) and has moved on with his life. but it still hurts.

Sorry to hear that LC. How many years ago is this? It's funny, when I was a teen, no coaches really ever supervised how we warmed up, how many breaking balls we through, etc.

My elbow felt like it was toast by the time I was 16 or 17.

I will say this about the staff at my sons' HS, they have many, many exercises they do for their arms. They're on pitch counts, and they can only throw a handful of breaking balls. I really don't have any fear of him injuring himself.
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One of my favorite days of the whole year. Use to ditch school, hop on the train, plunk down 50 cents for a bleacher seat and spend a wonderful day at Wrigley.

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I'm afraid fenway is something I will probably never see, I do my best to stay west of the mississippi.

But I can see the draw of those historic ball fields.
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Baseball is the only US sport I don't "get".

I like Gridiron, hockey and basketball but baseball?, nah.

I suppose it would be like me trying to explain cricket to an American.

Yesterday in the cricket world cup India knocked out Pakistan in the semi final, well over a billion people were watching it on TV but I bet no one in the US even knew it was taking place.
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(03-31-2011, 01:46 PM)Ordinary Peephole Wrote: well over a billion people were watching it on TV but I bet no one in the US even knew it was taking place.

OP, I saw a brief highlight on 'SportCenter', but didn't know the result.

And, you're right, I have know idea how the scoring works in that game.
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There are similarities between cricket and baseball, baseball is also similar to a British game called "rounders" which is mainly played by girls, but I do remember playing "softball" every now and then in high school.

I think cricket is similar to baseball in that its probably more fun to play than watch. I don't know what I would dread most, a roided up pitcher wanging a fastball at my head, or a 6'8" West Indian aiming a 90 mile per hour bouncer towards my face.

Some cricket test matches take FIVE DAYS!
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(03-31-2011, 02:05 PM)Ordinary Peephole Wrote: There are similarities between cricket and baseball, baseball is also similar to a British game called "rounders" which is mainly played by girls, but I do remember playing "softball" every now and then in high school.

I think cricket is similar to baseball in that its probably more fun to play than watch. I don't know what I would dread most, a roided up pitcher wanging a fastball at my head, or a 6'8" West Indian aiming a 90 mile per hour bouncer towards my face.

Some cricket test matches take FIVE DAYS!

Why the extended length of time to play? A baseball game will range from 2-4 hours. And, you're right, it moves too slow for a lot of people.
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(03-31-2011, 01:46 PM)Ordinary Peephole Wrote: Yesterday in the cricket world cup India knocked out Pakistan in the semi final, well over a billion people were watching it on TV but I bet no one in the US even knew it was taking place.

It was?

I don't know a thing about cricket but I know rugby! My son is playing; freaks me out to watch him.

I've never been a big baseball fan (although I watched some of the World Series because the Giants were in it).
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(03-31-2011, 02:17 PM)username Wrote: I don't know a thing about cricket but I know rugby! My son is playing; freaks me out to watch him.

I used to play Rugby, I have the aches and pains to prove it.

You enter into a game of Rugby knowing that at some point a man probably a lot bigger and heavier than you is going to be stamping on your face and genitals with his studs.
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OP you made me think back to a post i did in 2005 on another forum, re: cricket. Bothwell was my English fiance.
this may make you laugh a little

naked cricket
ME: as many of you know i am going to move to old Blighty with Bothwell...so today i was telling him i do not understand cricket at all! he said he will bring some tapes over, hours and hours ...so i asked, if i must watch them, can i be naked? he said no, i had to wear a sundress, one of those stupid ladies hats with twigs and foliage on it, and serve cucumber sandwiches with no crusts and scones! is he insane? he'll be lucky to get a heineken and a sub from publix. sooooo can someone explain cricket to me? i think he is winding me up.


Re: naked cricket
Bothwell: Just to reassure my English colleagues, I will at no time be warching the beautiful game that is cricket minus clothes. I shall be wearing my cream slacks, powder blue Gieves and Hawkes shirt, Old Etonian cravatte and panama hat.

I have no earthly idea as to what LC thinks is acceptable behaviour when watching our national sport but what I shall term "bedroom activities" shall play no part, damn colonials!!



another Brit:
My dear LC, if you are coming to England you simply must learn the dress code for such occasions!
A summer frock must be worn (sleeveless)
Flat white court shoes.
Short white lace gloves.
And a floral or lace covered hat to finish the ensemble.


As for the rules of cricket....Bat.......Ball.......Wickets
Bat hits Ball, Ball hits Wickets.....yaaaaaaay, time for cucumber sandwiches (you may not take your gloves off to eat them)
If at any time you feel the urge to strip off your clothes, dont be ashamed, it's quite the norm for young ladies without clothes to run across the pitch, they are commonly known as streakers.
Owzat!


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(03-31-2011, 02:25 PM)Ordinary Peephole Wrote: I used to play Rugby, I have the aches and pains to prove it.

You enter into a game of Rugby knowing that at some point a man probably a lot bigger and heavier than you is going to be stamping on your face and genitals with his studs.


My husband played for years (and yeah, he's got the aches and pains and a nose that isn't quite straight to prove it). I liked watching him play. It's really hard to watch my son. He got hit hard enough a few weeks ago to knock the wind out of him and leave him with a wicked sore neck (he got folded up in the tackle). He's one of the smallest kids on the team too. *sigh* Family tradition though. My FIL played for UCLA, husband played for 20+ years blah blah.

My son's a skater too (I have a half-pipe and rail in my garage to prove that). I told him that someone I "knew" online was a professional skater from the U.K. He immediately threw out a name (Jeff something, I think) and I had to break it to him that I didn't think you were still skating professionally. My son wants to get "sponsored" although we haven't made much effort in that regard yet.

Well, that was quite the fucking novel. Anything to avoid laundry and errands. 84
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(03-31-2011, 03:39 PM)username Wrote: Well, that was quite the fucking novel. Anything to avoid laundry and errands. 84


*shrugs* I thought it was a fun read. When I find people interesting I like it when they post general life stuff. Mo's posts would be another example of that.


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