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#38297 Countdown to Opening Day

Posted by FFP on 30 March 2013 - 06:51 AM

baseball. baseball. baseball.

::mutters to self while shuffling down the street checking random parking meters::

#37961 Women in Baseball?

Posted by FFP on 23 March 2013 - 05:16 PM

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you're small brains made it way too easy - but it's time for me to move on.

I think he'll be back to taunt a second time. We are silly kniggits--

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on a quest.

#37894 Lou Piniella Talks about rape

Posted by FFP on 22 March 2013 - 05:40 PM

And I bet her mother was a hamster and her father smelled of elderberries.

(It helps (if one reads them) to read some posts aloud with the French guard accent.)

#37891 Cubs Calendar 3/22/13 - Attendance

Posted by FFP on 22 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

Spriggs, on 22 March 2013 - 09:35 AM, said:
"June, 1930!"

Phil said:
"Finally! June 27, 1930. More than 20,000 enthusiastic Ladies Day customers swelled the normal ranks."

That's a lot of fluffing.

#37434 Women in Baseball?

Posted by FFP on 18 March 2013 - 07:18 PM

" What is the all time record for comments and views? What about non-game thread record?"

Quick search:
Most posts (so far) is Cubbie Blues' Puzzle Story about the one armed albatross (two eighty something)

Most views is BadNews getting Goat's goat with 9309 views (so far)

#33387 Bad Contract Swap

Posted by FFP on 16 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

Lackey is the worst thing to happen to clubhouse chemistry since BALCO.

#32036 The "We" discussion

Posted by FFP on 14 September 2012 - 01:20 PM

I had read something a year or two back about European football (soccer) fans as the basis for research into what watching a game on TV does to ones blood chemistry. (Looked for but couldn't find a link.) What I remember is that a fan's reactions to the stresses, the winning, and the losing are the same biochemically as they are in blood chemistry of the players and coaches who are actually locked in battle and might change its outcome. (Damned scientists are always getting grants to prove what we already have felt to be true.) So, we are Cubs (literally in our hearts) if we are Cubs fans.

I usually use the "us/we."

For what it's worth, Ralph, as a new Cubs fan my own use of "we" (as in "we fell further in the standings this week") marked an important turning point for me this year. I'm sure that when I began posting here I did not use those pronouns at all. At first I avoided them consciously because--well, out of respect for the rest of the fans here. I was a visitor to your Nation. But at some (painful) point this summer I noticed that I was deploying them. Regularly. Often with passion. I am a Cub.

The same is probably true in reverse when I talk about a team I formerly was a fan of. If a local Boston fan asks me what my problem is with Bobby Valentine, I am apt to refer to him as "your field manager" as opposed to "the Sox's field manager." It puts an intended distance in the room, and between me and that ass-clown.

But this brings up a different, perennial, sports-lexical question; am I a former Red Sox, or a former Red Sock?Hawr! (But with a sarcasticly Cornish accent to taunt pirates and Pirate fans)

#29777 Cubs v. Pirates - July 25, 2012 (TV: WGN)

Posted by FFP on 25 July 2012 - 10:59 AM

I became a Darwin Barney fan when I wasn't looking.

#29706 Sources and Brett's Sorcery

Posted by FFP on 24 July 2012 - 09:40 AM

Have you seen the movie Big Year with Steve Martin and Jack Black? It is a fair and somewhat interesting examination into what must seem like a silly hobby (birding) to outsiders, and it attempts to say a bit about human nature.

Being a birder myself, I find I sometimes watch the other hobbiests hone their craft almost as intently as I watch the birds. Reading people is interesting. Human nature is interesting.

Brett has developed quite a talent for knowing and reading sources (and sources' sources). This "Dempster Watch" (and others before it) has made me believe that there may be a book on this topic for a guy like Brett. Not a basball book. (More of meme book?) This is how we know (and think we know) stuff.

I call watching the birders, "birdering." What do we call discerning what is true as we watch a sports story break?

Great work, Brett.

#26902 The Youk Trade

Posted by FFP on 25 June 2012 - 10:56 AM

it's possible that this will turn this kid off of the White Sox forever.

Nah, Boston fans all survived The Nomar Trade (me too, in its time). I heard plenty of adults crying about that one (me, too). But, it wasn't enough to put you off your team.

Feeling this kind of pain is so strange. Let's not pretend that only little kids feel it. It's just as adults we lose our ability to express it so well...

except maybe in game threads.

#18317 Need Your HELP! Please

Posted by FFP on 04 May 2012 - 08:37 PM

Your teacher will appreciate it if you spell it "English class" not "english class." There are only two places 'english' is spelled with a small 'e' -- the first is where you're playing pool and you put extra spin on the ball. That spin is called 'english.' The other place is where you want your English teacher to know you don't really care about class. You do care, or you wouldn't be asking for help here.

Sorry I can't give you much more help, other than a prayer that your title is that of a stunning satire, perhaps in the spirit of 'A Modest Proposal.'

Good luck with the paper.

#17151 MLB.TV....If you are thinking about paying for this service Beware

Posted by FFP on 30 April 2012 - 08:57 AM

I have had a bad time getting games in other markets and media too. Last year, when Fox decided a rain delay between the Sox and the Yanks was too long they went to "a regularly scheduled program," The Simpsons, instead of the 8th and 9th innings of the game.
This MLB's fault. They are squeezing out every TV dollar they can with blackouts and rights to broadcast sold to outlets that poorly represent the sport with bad on-air personalities in the booth and ignorant engineers in the truck. I don't blame them for monetizing. I blame them for obscuring. They've got no metric for that.

The first time the Red Sox won it all in my life; I couldn't see it all because games would start so late--in hopes of a prime time or West Coast audience--that by the end of the ALCS I was a physical mess. (Paying fans have to go to work the next day...had they thought of this?)
Kids can't follow in most markets for the same reason (Cubs fans will feel this more as you transition to more night games--and more post-season play.)

And when games went to high def, I tried to watch a game with my 80 year old mother (she was quite a fan once, but had drifted from the game) I thought she'd like the big screen experience. A naturally saguine person, she correctly criticized camara and engineering work. She couldn't tell what kind of the lead a runner was taking, for example, because the hoopty-doo camera was trying to catch the light refracting from a drop of sweat on the pitcher's nose, oooh, drama.

There is a "fan experience" possible. But, they are really screwing up the fan base; young, old and in the middle.

Sorry for your experience, JS. I suggest putting up the live box score and following a game thread live here.

#16096 How Long will Honeymoon last for the Theotles?

Posted by FFP on 24 April 2012 - 09:37 AM

We gotta relax and enjoy the show.

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#15572 How Long will Honeymoon last for the Theotles?

Posted by FFP on 20 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

Patience. This IS a good topic, Coach.
I used to root for baseball the way I rooted for football. If you grew up in a football house like I did, you know what I mean. Intensity. Effort. Vince Lombardi.

Then one day I was watching Trot Nixon come off the field, and he was bleeding profusely from the mouth. And it hit me. He plays like this is football. Nuts.
I love it, but...Is that going to work?

There are too many games to feel this way every day. And trying really hard in for an instant does not pay off--not like taking an extra 100 grounders every day for a year will. (Starlin!?)

Same for a fan. I'm not as analytical as DocW yet (and I question his lifeboats analogy in this thread above), but I won't need as much patience as a (new) Cubs fan as I did for half a century rooting for my Red Sox. I loved Trot and Mike Greenwell and lots of other hard-asses (like me).

But, I'm here, rooting for the Cubs because I'm learning baseball. And what I know now tells me that this is where the next Big Get is going to be. Soon.

#7295 Explain Your Avatar

Posted by FFP on 08 February 2012 - 12:59 PM

George "Boomer" Scott was one of my favorite member members of Boston's Impossible Dream year of 1967. Only black face in the pahk, gold tooth in his mouth, second basemen's teeth in his necklace, work ethic and joy in his heart. He was perfect for a little kid falling for the game.

A few years later, when Scott was trying to come back after an injury, my father and I got into a baseball argument at the park. Scott had just walked and Dad said he had looked bad at the plate. I wanted to look on the bright side. I said "That's OK because he didn't make an out. At least the next batter can have a chance now." Dad said, "Son, they call him "Boomer" 'cause he hits 'taters. They don't pay him to walk."

It was the first time I remember trying to talk baseball like a grown-up. And we were both sort of right. I thought it was the right spirit to get started with here.

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