Tuesday, November 1, 2011

10/30/11 Cop field redux

3 million without power, early snow storm blankets East, record breaking storm set itself apart by dumping snow, measuring as deep as 32 inches....

Well, aren't we glad we were all smart enough to move to San Francisco, and play a baseball game in high 70's sunny weather?  I know I am,  (Special hello to all those MBC'rs who moved to the Midwest and East.) and so were the other 26 people that showed up yesterday, for a game, not a good game per se, but a game.

The scales were a little unbalanced from the onset, when a team has line up that features Rich, Mitch, Lattig, Sean, Adam...(you get the picture) one starts to wonder.  Not that we didn't have our share of hitters on the home team, although you never would have guessed it from the final outcome.  Yes folks, we had ourselves a real laugher,  but it think everyone had a good time. 

Noah started for the homers, and threw with every ounce of heart that he could muster, he was saddled with facing a killer line up and although we did our best, maybe not the best defense.  Mostly it came down to hits, and lots of them.  Sean started for the visitors, and even coming off a stomach bug, he was still dominant enough to keep us from ever getting close to the lead.

The visitors took turns lumping us for five runs at a time, until we got to the point that we lost track of what the real score was.  New Greg took over for Sean and was his usual effectively wild self.  I came in to mop up for the homers, and try to keep the thing from dying on the table.  Had a rough first inning, but then we settled down and had some great defense to keep the game moving. 

By the 8th inning it was hard to see, so we tried to hustle in and out and much as possible, and and we finished just in the nick of time.  Final score, realistically, 19-5?


* For such a wide spread of scores, it didn't seem like the game was particularly fraught with errors

* I had to make the hard, sportsman call, against my own team on a two out play that we really could have used.  And while it was very very close, Gaspar beat that throw.

* I watched Sean free throw a change up on the very first pitch, and I swear I was all over that pitch, until I hit it straight up in the air

* Speaking of, I got Rich to pop up to left center on a change up.  Unfortunately my team was playing him to pull, at 480 feet.

* Chris Powell had a great triple to bring a little spark to our team

* JT picked me up after my second pop up, for an RBI, cheers!

* The visitors managed a double play, the old fashioned way, to crush our rally hopes late in the game

* Thanks to Nick Smith for bringing the gear, and being the team dad for the day, we kids tried to keep it quiet...

* Mike Gaspar tried his best to break a windshield, to the tune of five foul balls into the parking lot

* Noah did a great job of pitching/gutting it out, and then went behind the dish.

* Brian Cagle came out after what seemed like a long an absence!

* Our right fielders, JT and New Greg's guy both made some great catches

* I played second for an inning and froze completely on a dying line drive, which then bounced under my glove.  It looked like a rocket for the first 10th of a second....

* Adam was out on a foul tip that Noah caught in his forearm and thigh.  JT told us after the inning that shouldn't be an out.  Here is the official rule 6.05 (b):

6.05 A batter is out when-

(b) A third strike is legally caught by the catcher; "Legally caught" means in the catcher's glove before the ball touches the ground. It is not legal if the ball lodges in his clothing or paraphernalia; or if it touches the umpire and is caught by the catcher on the rebound. If a foul tip first strikes the catcher's glove and then goes on through and is caught by both hands against his body or protector, before the ball touches the ground, it is a strike, and if third strike, batter is out. If smothered against his body or protector, it is a catch provided the ball struck the catcher's glove or hand first.

So I don't know, it was smothered against his body, but who knows if it hit the back part of his glove first or what?  What I can say for sure is that it definitely was not lodged in his paraphernalia.

* Stoner came out for his monthly game, and made good catches, and was once again frustrated with the change up

* The bad part of a knuckleball is when the batter manages to hit it, it has a bunch of weird english on it still

* Thanks to Loren for being understanding and flexible with the latecomer/26 man rule. 

* Mitch made his usual assortment of robberies

* Ed caught most of the game, and did a great job of blocking the ball

* Jimmy almost had one take off his hand at 3rd

* New Greg's guy also had a very loud hit, impressive!

* Duane got some respectable work in at 1st, but needs to remember to keep that foot on the inside edge of the bag, and not let it creep to the middle of the sack, that's how ankles get broken.  Lesson to all who want to play 1st.

* Mike Gaspar hosed Jon McG at second, and almost had another pick later in the inning, he was spot on all day

Thanks for making it a good one, even without the usuals, Snyder, Rojas, Phelps, Richie, Nero, Johnny, Rick, Bob (maybe he got beaned with an errant throw in Ojai, we'll have to get confirmation...)

NOTE: Next week we switch to 1 pm start time, Camp Swampy

S. Paige

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