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    • Mrs. Tortoise and I finally got to our first Reds game. The Handlebar Club provides six drink tickets, a buffet, and first come-first served seating outside on a terrace or inside the club. Picked the perfect day for an 11-1 blowout win over the Phillies.

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      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Pinkham Notch NH.

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    • lol, good luck with this. :)

      <snip>

      Major League Baseball is being sued over its move of next month’s All-Star game out of Atlanta.

      A 21-page lawsuit by conservative small-business advocacy organization Job Creators Network, filed Monday in federal court in New York, demands the immediate return of the game to Atlanta and $100 million in damages to local and state small businesses. The suit also seeks $1 billion in punitive damages.

      “MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta — many of them minority-owned — of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,” Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, said in a news release late Monday night announcing the litigation.

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    • max.patch wrote:

      lol, good luck with this. :)

      <snip>

      Major League Baseball is being sued over its move of next month’s All-Star game out of Atlanta.

      A 21-page lawsuit by conservative small-business advocacy organization Job Creators Network, filed Monday in federal court in New York, demands the immediate return of the game to Atlanta and $100 million in damages to local and state small businesses. The suit also seeks $1 billion in punitive damages.

      “MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta — many of them minority-owned — of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,” Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, said in a news release late Monday night announcing the litigation.


      Not personally a lawyer, but I believe they would have a good case based upon the hypocrisy. Colorado (where they moved it) and New York (home of the MLB and Al Sharpton leading the protest/shakedown) both have more restrictive voting laws than those passed in GA.

      Textbook case of the media not letting the facts get in the way of the narrative they want to push. Unfortunately MLB caved in and followed.

      I love baseball, but MLB is asinine and guilty in this case, and I hope justice is done and they lose.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • StalkingTortoise wrote:

      Mrs. Tortoise and I finally got to our first Reds game. The Handlebar Club provides six drink tickets, a buffet, and first come-first served seating outside on a terrace or inside the club. Picked the perfect day for an 11-1 blowout win over the Phillies.


      That is the closest of the MLB parks I have not made it to yet (9 hours). Hopefully catch some time on the way back from another trip
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • "Iron Mike" Marshall RIP
      Cy Young, PhD, even coached for a few years for a university in our conference. Holds record in both leagues for games pitched in a season. Once pitched in 13 straight games. Threw over 200 innings in relief, few starters do that in a year now. Yes, that was a different day and age. :)

      espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/315494…ward-dies-78?platform=amp
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • IMScotty wrote:

      Well, the Astros gave a fine 'welcome home' to Alex Cora, but at least the Sox escaped with one win today.
      Until today, I believe we had 7 straight games where our starters gave up 1 run (or less). Just need to get bullpen healthy and we have one last shot in October with this group. :)

      Personally would rather split or only take one out three with the Red Sox each time if I could trade it for sweeping the Yankees everytime. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • IMScotty wrote:

      The Red Sox start three game series in Yankee Stadium tomorrow. That's what it's all about!

      Then I see the Astros are in Boston next week. You should come up!
      Would love to, but timing is off. May try to catch a game somewhere on east coast between Bartram Trail and AT at end of June if it works out.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Watching some of the Womens Softball National Championship Tourny here and there and saw an interesting at bat.

      The announcer had just said that the batter was fast and one of the ways she got on base was to hit the ball into the ground.

      Two pitches later that is exactly what happened. She hit the ball in to the ground, it took a giant bounce, the 3rd baseman fielded it cleanly and made a perfect throw to first. Safe. She beat it out.

      Something you don't see everyday -- or ever -- in MLB. These games are a nice change of pace.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      Watching some of the Womens Softball National Championship Tourny here and there and saw an interesting at bat.

      The announcer had just said that the batter was fast and one of the ways she got on base was to hit the ball into the ground.

      Two pitches later that is exactly what happened. She hit the ball in to the ground, it took a giant bounce, the 3rd baseman fielded it cleanly and made a perfect throw to first. Safe. She beat it out.

      Something you don't see everyday -- or ever -- in MLB. These games are a nice change of pace.
      Fast pitch softball is a very "fast" game. 60 foot bases also come into play. When I was on our local baseball board we once had a girl playing with the 13-14 year old boys. Reason: baseball is not as "fast" as girls softball.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      Fast pitch softball is a very "fast" game. 60 foot bases also come into play. When I was on our local baseball board we once had a girl playing with the 13-14 year old boys. Reason: baseball is not as "fast" as girls softball.
      I read an article bonce about how baseball would change statically by moving the bases just slightly closer or further apart. Things like stolen bases or double plays would become either nearly impossible or routine.
    • odd man out wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Fast pitch softball is a very "fast" game. 60 foot bases also come into play. When I was on our local baseball board we once had a girl playing with the 13-14 year old boys. Reason: baseball is not as "fast" as girls softball.
      I read an article bonce about how baseball would change statically by moving the bases just slightly closer or further apart. Things like stolen bases or double plays would become either nearly impossible or routine
      Increasing size of bases currently being discussed as way to increase stolen bases.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • max.patch wrote:

      Watching some of the Womens Softball National Championship Tourny here and there and saw an interesting at bat.

      The announcer had just said that the batter was fast and one of the ways she got on base was to hit the ball into the ground.

      Two pitches later that is exactly what happened. She hit the ball in to the ground, it took a giant bounce, the 3rd baseman fielded it cleanly and made a perfect throw to first. Safe. She beat it out.

      Something you don't see everyday -- or ever -- in MLB. These games are a nice change of pace.

      I played baseball for a lot of years.

      But I will freely admit I cant stand to watch it.
      Its like watching paint dry.

      Fastpitch softball is a better game. Its more technically demanding, Its a better spectator game as well. Speed rules.

      • Men's fast pitch leagues were pretty big in the '70s and 80s here in the US.
      Eddie Feigner......the King and his Court.....played exhibition games against MLB teams, etc. throw.... He played with 4 players..... He could strike out pitching from second base.....or blindolded...or between his legs....or behind his back

      On February 18, 1967, Feigner appeared in a celebrity charity softball game against many Major League Baseball players. In the game Feigner struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew all in a row.

      The post was edited 2 times, last by Muddywaters ().

    • Muddywaters wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Watching some of the Womens Softball National Championship Tourny here and there and saw an interesting at bat.

      The announcer had just said that the batter was fast and one of the ways she got on base was to hit the ball into the ground.

      Two pitches later that is exactly what happened. She hit the ball in to the ground, it took a giant bounce, the 3rd baseman fielded it cleanly and made a perfect throw to first. Safe. She beat it out.

      Something you don't see everyday -- or ever -- in MLB. These games are a nice change of pace.
      I played baseball for a lot of years.

      But I will freely admit I cant stand to watch it.
      Its like watching paint dry.

      Fastpitch softball is a better game. Its more technically demanding, Its a better spectator game as well. Speed rules.

      • Men's fast pitch leagues were pretty big in the '70s and 80s here in the US.
      Eddie Feigner......the King and his Court.....played exhibition games against MLB teams, etc. throw.... He played with 4 players..... He could strike out pitching from second base.....or blindolded...or between his legs....or behind his back

      On February 18, 1967, Feigner appeared in a celebrity charity softball game against many Major League Baseball players. In the game Feigner struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew all in a row.
      The King and his Court came through my home town multiple times when I was growing up. He even had retired MLBJohn Bateman as his catcher.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • max.patch wrote:

      I've never seen this before.

      Setting the stage:

      Bottom of the 9th.
      Down by 1.
      No outs.
      Runner on second.

      And to make it even better -- The runner on 2nd is a pinch runner. He only has one job to do. :)

      twitter.com/i/status/1400995890974932992
      Blame the pinch runner, but give the catcher credit too. He ran towards the runner delaying making a throw until absolutely necessary.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • odd man out wrote:

      is it possible there was a hit and run or sacrifice bunt on and the batter missed a sign?
      <snip>

      Jankowski misread a ball in the dirt, got caught between second and third and was chased down by catcher Alex Avila for the first out of the inning. Realmuto then struck out and Brad Miller flied out against Brad Hand to end the game.

      “Probably just trying to do too much,” Jankowski said. “I saw a slider in the dirt. I was expecting a ricochet and it just hopped right in his glove. I couldn’t do much after that. I was kind of stuck in the middle there. Really no excuses. Just a bad read. That one’s on me.”

      Manager Joe Girardi understood Jankowski’s mindset.

      “The thought process is not bad – you’re trying to move up on balls in the dirt,” Girardi said. “But it’s the read. He didn’t read it away from (the catcher) and it has to be away from (the catcher) for you to advance.”
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    • Poor guy...he grew up in Lancaster (80 miles from Philly) and was a Phillies fan growing up. After 6 years with the Padres and Reds, he was signed to a minor league contract by the Phillies this year. He was called up a week ago, and this was his first home game as a Phillie.

      And it ended with him being booed as he left the field.
      2,000 miler

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    • Astro wrote:

      Muddywaters wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Watching some of the Womens Softball National Championship Tourny here and there and saw an interesting at bat.

      The announcer had just said that the batter was fast and one of the ways she got on base was to hit the ball into the ground.

      Two pitches later that is exactly what happened. She hit the ball in to the ground, it took a giant bounce, the 3rd baseman fielded it cleanly and made a perfect throw to first. Safe. She beat it out.

      Something you don't see everyday -- or ever -- in MLB. These games are a nice change of pace.
      I played baseball for a lot of years.
      But I will freely admit I cant stand to watch it.
      Its like watching paint dry.

      Fastpitch softball is a better game. Its more technically demanding, Its a better spectator game as well. Speed rules.

      • Men's fast pitch leagues were pretty big in the '70s and 80s here in the US.
      Eddie Feigner......the King and his Court.....played exhibition games against MLB teams, etc. throw.... He played with 4 players..... He could strike out pitching from second base.....or blindolded...or between his legs....or behind his back

      On February 18, 1967, Feigner appeared in a celebrity charity softball game against many Major League Baseball players. In the game Feigner struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew all in a row.
      The King and his Court came through my home town multiple times when I was growing up. He even had retired MLBJohn Bateman as his catcher.

      Baylor University softball coach, Glen Moore, used to play with them.

      Fast pitch used to be big for men. My high School baseball coach played it and would pitch batting practice to us underhanded and strike us out. It's a more efficient movement you can throw a lot longer underhand fastpitch then you can overhand.

      I believe the fastest ball ever thrown was also underhand...... Recorded leaving the hand.

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    • So, I got asked on a date last night to Fenway Park :)



      Great night.
      Red Sox won.
      First time in Fenway since the pandemic.

      In case you were wondering, mask wearing at the park was maybe one in five hundred. At my local supermarket it is still running 50/50. Different demographics I guess.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • max.patch wrote:

      lol, good luck with this. :)

      <snip>

      Major League Baseball is being sued over its move of next month’s All-Star game out of Atlanta.

      A 21-page lawsuit by conservative small-business advocacy organization Job Creators Network, filed Monday in federal court in New York, demands the immediate return of the game to Atlanta and $100 million in damages to local and state small businesses. The suit also seeks $1 billion in punitive damages.

      “MLB robbed the small businesses of Atlanta — many of them minority-owned — of $100 million, we want the game back where it belongs,” Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, said in a news release late Monday night announcing the litigation.
      It's safe to make your travel plans now.

      Recognizing that this is a frivolous lawsuit, a U.S. District Judge denied a request for an injunction that would have blocked the move of the All Star game from Atlanta to Denver.
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