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Plastic Man

Baseball 2010

Following the sad demise of the forum's minor league team of choice, the mighty American Defenders, mid-way through last season (due to differences in discussing financial arrangements, one party felt it necessary to park a tractor on the pitchers mound to prevent further play), the forum is currently looking for a new obscure team to follow.

Key attributes include catering arrangements (prices and choice are paramount), admission fees, quality of promotional give-aways and cheer leaders.

Apply below.
bearing

Great Lakes Loons.
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
Great Lakes Loons.


An excellent suggestion. Any team managed by someone called Juan Bustabad and coached by Chuck Crim has to be of interest.

The club's erratic franchise history is also in the favour of their being selected as the forum's team of choice for the 2010 season:

The Midwest League came to Battle Creek, in 1995 after the franchise formerly known as the Madison Hatters moved. The team was first known as the Battle Creek Golden Kazoos. Due to a trademark dispute and general fan dissatisfaction with the name (which is a nickname for the nearby city of Kalamazoo), the name was changed to the Michigan Battle Cats on March 9, 1995. The team was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox (1995-9 and Houston Astros (1999-2002). The team changed its name to the Battle Creek Yankees after becoming an affiliate of the New York Yankees in 2003. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays took over affiliation of the team in September 2004, changing the team name to Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. In September 2006, the team announced its affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In January 2006, it was confirmed that the Devil Rays would be sold to the non-profit Michigan Baseball Foundation and relocated to Midland, Michigan. The team has been renamed the Great Lakes Loons. The main reason the team relocated was because of the lack of interest in the Battle Creek community. Reduced tickets and a night when the fans actually were paid a dollar to come to that night's game failed to pique the interest of local residents.

Naming rights for the Loons' stadium were purchased by Dow Chemical, which is headquartered in Midland. The company named the stadium "Dow Diamond." The name is a play on the company's logo, a red diamond.

In November 2006, The Loons named former Detroit Tiger Lance Parrish as the team's first manager since the move to Michigan's Tri-City Area. The first home game was played on April 13, 2007 which resulted in a loss to the Lansing Lugnuts.

The Loons hosted the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game, in just their second season.

On July 3, 2009, the Loons hosted their biggest crowd ever at 6,057 people.


Woo! Go Loons!
Plastic Man

Meet the team. The manager of Reg's baseball franchise for 2010, Juan Bustabad...

Plastic Man

And not forgetting Coach Crim...

bearing

Fantastic!
Pond Life

Plastic Man wrote:
Meet the team. The manager of Reg's baseball franchise for 2010, Juan Bustabad...



Looks like Cliff from Cheers, they were all Red Sox fans of course..
Plastic Man

Busty's Bombers Back for 2010
Smith's Five Hits, Five RBIs Lead Loons' 16-Run, 16-Hit Attack

The aggressive play of the Great Lakes Loons under the regime of manager Juan Bustabad has come to be known as "Busty Ball." After exploding for 16 runs and 16 hits, including two long home runs, the 2010 Loons might be better described as "Busty's Bombers."

The Loons pounded the South Bend Silver Hawks in the season opener last night, 16-5. A sparse crowd of 834 braved the frigid temperatures, stiff wind and slight snow flurries at Stanley Coveleski Stadium.

A full report can be found at

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.co...s_t456&fext=.jsp&sid=t456

Surely I'm not alone in being almost sick with excitement, psyching myself up for the Loons Opening Day Celebration parade in downtown Midland this coming Sunday to celebrate the kickoff of the Loons' 2010 season.

The parade will include Loons players, high school marching bands, previous grant recipients from the Michigan Baseball Foundation, as well as community businesses and organizations. The Opening Day Celebration parade and festivities are free and open to the public. Hot dogs, cookies and bottled water will be provided on the corner of Main and McDonald Streets, courtesy of Northwood University and the Midland Downtown Business Association. Upon the completion of the parade, there will be opening day festivities held at Dow Diamond. Live music, face painting and inflatable bounce houses will be spread across Dow Diamond's front lawn. There will also be a home run derby challenge set up on the front lawn, to give kids a chance to swing for the fences. Following the parade and celebration is the Loons 2010 home opener, scheduled for 3:05 PM versus the Lansing Lug nuts.
bearing

Woo hoo
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
Woo hoo


Lansing Lug nuts - do you have them on your Landy?
bearing

They sound more like industrial ear rings.
Plastic Man

The Loons have just lost a three game home series to the Lansing Lugnuts. Tonight sees them remain at home to take on the South Bend Hawks for their second series of the season. The Hawks have lost all six of their opening games.

Both sides are starting with right handed pitchers - Brett Wallach for the Loons; Charles Brewer for the Hawks. Keep an eye/ ear open for right fielder Jerry Sands (possible relative of the erstwhile IRA hunger striker, Bobby), who leads the team and is currently second place in the Midwest League in hitting, with an average of .435 (10 hits from 23 innings over six games. Sands (Jerry, not Bobby) is hoping to make it five nights in a row with at least one hit.
Grind

I'm going to the opening game of the NH Fisher Cats tomorrow: hopefully there'll be a decent freebie like a bobblehead of a famous bloke who's possibly played for them but I (obviously) don't know.

The fried dough is pretty good, even though the baseball is, frankly, shoite and then some. Not a bad little stadium though.
Plastic Man

Sorry to disappoint, but the Ted Williams bobblehead giveaway is on Saturday. Tomorrow is the opening game - what more do you want?

From memory, didn't the "Cats" (as we know them over here), do us, well you, as its not like we get a sniff of it, proud on the food stakes last year? "Hot Wing Wednesdays", "Hot dog Mondays", "Spare rib Sundays" and the like.

These boys seem to be in the know...



"The 90-minute All-You-Can-Eat buffet includes Steak Tips, Italian Sausages, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Tossed Garden Salad, Boston Baked Beans, Cookies, Watermelon, Fruit Punch and Iced Tea!  And with prices starting at just $23 per person you can't go wrong!"
Plastic Man

Oh. And enjoy yourself tomorrow. A full food and beverage report (variety, quality, cost etc. is expected).

The Cats are our back up team. Just in case the Great Lake Loon's owner has a hissy fit and parks a bulldozer on the pitching mound.
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Sorry to disappoint, but the Ted Williams bobblehead giveaway is on Saturday. Tomorrow is the opening game - what more do you want?

From memory, didn't the "Cats" (as we know them over here), do us, well you, as its not like we get a sniff of it, proud on the food stakes last year? "Hot Wing Wednesdays", "Hot dog Mondays", "Spare rib Sundays" and the like.

These boys seem to be in the know...



"The 90-minute All-You-Can-Eat buffet includes Steak Tips, Italian Sausages, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Tossed Garden Salad, Boston Baked Beans, Cookies, Watermelon, Fruit Punch and Iced Tea!  And with prices starting at just $23 per person you can't go wrong!"


No bobbleheads! Fecking bastards!

I've even heard of Ted Williams - he was named after the tunnel that leads to Logan airport.  

Since there's some associated business bollocks, I believe I may be partaking in more of the nosh than the baseball - so I'll try to make sure I cover all the bases. Probably in ketchup and barbecue sauce.

The Fisher Cats either were, or were going to be, called something thoroughly stupid like The Primaries (after NH's somewhat irrationally important position in the whole political process here), but I'm quite fond that we've taken the name of an overly aggressive weasel on steroids instead.

* Defenders: I wonder what Shag the monkey is doing now? *

** Probably amsuing himself wanking and crapping on windscreens in the greater Nashua area. **
bearing

Back to winning ways.

MIDLAND, Mich. - After starting the season with a sweep against South Bend and then dropping three to Lansing, the Loons got back their winning ways, defeating the S-Hawks Wednesday night 2-1.
"It's always nice to get a win at home, especially for the fans out there," Loons closer Steve Smith said. "We've been struggling and had three opportunities to get a win [earlier in the homestand]...but it's really nice for the fans out there to finally see us get a win at home."
With the Loons up 2-1, the final innings brought out a bit of strategy and one clutch performance by Smith.
In the middle of the eighth, Manager Juan Bustabad brought in lefty Jordan Roberts out of the bullpen with one purpose in mind: to have him retire left-handed S-Hawk Bobby Stone. With out much trouble, Roberts struck out Stone, and then it was Smith's turn to close out the final 1.1 innings.
In the ninth, Lansing left fielder Victor Estevez hit a double to lead-off the inning and Smith walked the man at the bottom of the line-up, Ender Inciarte, to put two runners on with no outs.
"It was a tough one there and I made it a little interesting," Smith admitted after the game. "But I had all the confidence in the world to get out of it."
Smith retired the next two batters and then beaned second baseman David Nick to load the bases. Clean-up batter Bobby Borchering, who was 1-for-4 leading up to his final at-bat, fisted a pop-up to Loons third baseman Brian Ruggiano, who ran in to make the catch for the game's final out. The Loons earned their first win at Dow Diamond and Smith earned his first save of the year.
"That's what you want out of a closer," teammate Blake Smith said. "You want confidence in him, that he's going to come in and throw strikes and get guys out, and I think everybody knows he's going to do that when he comes out."
South Bend scored in the game's first inning on Borchering's RBI-double to the left field corner, but never scored again, having only two hits on 13 chances with runners in scoring position.
The Loons tied the game in the bottom of the first when Brian Cavazos-Galvez doubled in Christian Lara. The team took the lead in the sixth with Jerry Sands' groundball that got behind second baseman David Nick and allowed Brian Cavazos-Galvez to score from second.
The run in the first inning was the only one allowed by Loons starter Brett Wallach, who threw six strikeouts over five innings. Justin Miller pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season, twirling three strikeouts along the way. South Bend starter Ryan Brewer was the game's losing pitcher, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Loons snap a three-game losing streak and drop the South Bend Silver Hawks to 0-7 on the year. The teams will play again Thursday at Dow Diamond, with Matt Magill (0-0, 0.00) on the bump for Great Lakes and Eric Smith (0-1, 3.60) pitching for South Bend. Thursday night is Coleman High School Spirit at Dow Diamond and first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Cutsyke

I dare you, night game at Newark Bears.
Plastic Man

Cutsyke wrote:
I dare you, night game at Newark Bears.


I'm intrigued.

Are they the Millwall of minor league baseball?
Grind

Last night wasn't the total baseball experience I was hoping for - basically because the people I was with (and had a lift from) were even more clueless about baseball than I am. Which is quite a feat.

The Fisher Cats managed to get 3-1 up early on and were looking better than I remembered from last season until the Binghamton Mets worked out our pitcher and merry hell broke loose with a couple of huge home runs that looked like they might've made it to Maine.

By the middle of the sixth, the visitors were 7-3 up and, with the temperature rapidly plummeting (there was a light dusting of snow overnight), the decision was made to adjourn to a local bar/restaurant to warm up and pretend our team wasn't crap.

The prime rib sandwich was the pick of the nosh at the ballpark and I noticed the club's GM (the equivalent of Bates) barking orders (geddit?) to a golden retriever whose job it was to receive dropped bats in the first inning: a bit like Cuddly Ken working as a ball boy at ER? WTF?

From memory, cricket at this time of year is usually a bit miserable too.
Plastic Man

Binghampton Mets?

Sounds like some fictional local authority in the West Midlands.

I'd appreciate a little more detail on the prime rib sandwich? Was it a whole roasted rib slapped between two loaves of bread.

And liquid refreshments... what and how much?

And this Bates/ dog combo. Did they/ it just retrieve bats in the first innings, or all game?

You can take solace in that our main team, the Loons, are going for a clean sweep tonight in the three game series versus the South Bend Silver Hawks, who are still to gain their first game of the season.
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Binghampton Mets?

Sounds like some fictional local authority in the West Midlands.

I'd appreciate a little more detail on the prime rib sandwich? Was it a whole roasted rib slapped between two loaves of bread.

And liquid refreshments... what and how much?

And this Bates/ dog combo. Did they/ it just retrieve bats in the first innings, or all game?

You can take solace in that our main team, the Loons, are going for a clean sweep tonight in the three game series versus the South Bend Silver Hawks, who are still to gain their first game of the season.


Binghamton is somewhere in NY state (although it does sound a little bit West Midlands to me too) and they're tied, rather unsurprisingly given their name, to the NY Mets - the Manchester City of NY City baseball. Well, the old Man City, anyway.

It seems as if there was a minor (ha ha) comeback by the Fisher Cats after we left last night as the final score was 7-6. I think I only saw the Fisher Cats win one home game last season - and that was bizarrely against a recuperating Boston Red Sox pitcher, Dice-K (a Japanese chappie) who had a right mare.

I'm not entirely sure what prime rib actually is - it's obviously something tangibly beefy, but it is usually well "marbled" which suggests it isn't the greatest cut of meat, but it certainly went down pretty well inside a bulkie roll (i.e. a bap type thing) with a fairly subtle garlic/onion spread made by a trainee chef from one of the local universities. Nom, nom, nom.

A bit pricey at $10, but it didn't stop me having a couple.

I actually know the GM quite well - he plays worse golf than me (especially if you put any money on it) - the dog was only in retrieving mode for the Cats in the first inning, but did a decent job.

Unlike "proper" baseball, the minor league teams feel compelled to put on entertainment between innings, so we had the usual fare of inflatable sumo to win some shit, answer piss-easy tivia questions to win some shit, and a variety of highly amusing races for kids and sweaty fat bald blokes to, well, win some shit.

It's a pleasant enough way to pass the time on a warm summer's day, but it's not a sport to watch comfortably in April. It can't be much fun to play in the cold either.

Oh, and the slurp of choice was either Sam Adams' Boston Lager or an IPA (which wasn't bad - although I didn't catch the brand name) - both of which seemed to run for something like $7.

The dog's name was Ollie.

I can't name any of the baseball players.    
bearing

check out Loons matches here.

http://www.espn1009.com/
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
check out Loons matches here.

http://www.espn1009.com/


I believe that radio station is actually owned by the Loon's club.

I tried to listen to a game the other evening, but it just wouldn't connect. I had listened to the station before and since outside of game-time and connected without any problems. I suspect game broadcasts may therefore be restricted. Let us know if you do manage to listen to a game. I'll try again tonight.
Plastic Man

...or alternatively try and listen via their opponent's radio station. A full list of links can be accessed at

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/multimedia/audio.jsp

Re "The Cats": Marbling is good. A source of flavour. Though ten bucks for a beef roll seems on the pricey side.

And as for the beer - how much did you get for $7. A full six pack?

I loosely follow the Orioles, who have had a poor start to the season, even by their standards. The other night they set a new low attendance record (for their present stadium).

It was reported that during the game, that after the mandatory "daah de daah de daah" fanfare, a small pocket of fans followed it up with a cry of "CHARGE!.....LESS FOR BEER!"

Well it amused me, anyway.
Plastic Man

I've managed to connect this evening via

http://asx.aicmail.net/radio/wlun247.asx

After 1.5 innings, it's scoreless.

Mr Bearing's link

http://www.espn1009.com/

or my general link to minor league team broadcasts

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/multimedia/audio.jsp

should take you there as well.
bearing

4-2 win I am led to believe PM up to third place in the roster now, next up West Michigan Whitecaps.
Plastic Man

Yes indeed, Mr Bearing. A series clean sweep.

Always good to kick South Bend ass, as I believe is the local vernacular.

I wonder if I can interest you in joining me for the game on May 8th against the Lake County Captains, for "Wild Wild West Night"?

I've just watched a promotional video of what will be on offer, and I must confess it ranks as one of the greatest entertainment spectaculars that I've ever witnessed...



Cowboy monkeys, riding dogs and herding sheep, all to the back drop of exciting music, ending in triumphant parade led by a portly man in a sparkly powder blue shell suit in front of an ecstatic crowd, with the sheep riding on the roof of a pick up truck.

And that, my friend, is why the USA remains the greatest nation on earth...

God bless America.

USA... USA... USA...
bearing

Cowboy Monkey's?

Where do I sign...
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
Cowboy Monkey's?

Where do I sign...


Have you watched the promo video yet?
bearing

Plastic Man wrote:
bearing wrote:
Cowboy Monkey's?

Where do I sign...


Have you watched the promo video yet?


I have now, hilarious stuff.

does grind know his dogs are famous?
bearing

Loons lose!
Grind

bearing wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
bearing wrote:
Cowboy Monkey's?

Where do I sign...


Have you watched the promo video yet?


I have now, hilarious stuff.

does grind know his dogs are famous?


Just watched the video - well ace.  

* Particularly likes the bit where the last dog pisses on the field - obviously an away fan. *
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
* Particularly likes the bit where the last dog pisses on the field - obviously an away fan. *


That dog was obviously proper Firm - taking right liberties, pissing all over Wilmington's manor.

And where were Wilmington's top boys? Probably stuffing their faces in all-you-can-eat $9.99 surf'n'turf buffet. You can't let another Firm's dog, especially one being ridden by a monkey wearing a shiny, powder blue shell suit take liberties like that on your manor - who the fuck is going to respect your Firm after that?

The Lake County Captains have a decent Firm - small in numbers, but tenacious. They take no shit from no-one. The 300 mile trip from Eastland, Ohio, means that they treat it like a home game. Their top boy, Hymer J. Hymen, is still mighty pissed off over the "barbecue sauce down the front of his best checked shirt incident" - so there's some previous that they will probably want to sort out.  

I've been on to Loons franchise to find out what they've put in place to make sure there's no repeat of the "Team Ghost Rider" firm pissing all over the Dow Diamond errr... diamond on May the 8th. The TGR's top boy, (the rather camp looking bloke in the powder blue shell suit and white gloves in the video) is a bit past it if you ask me - he was pwoper norty in his youth, but too many rib roast sandwiches and too little exercise means that he's grateful for the extra comfort that the elasticated waist on his trackie bottoms provides.

They are apparently "monitoring the situation and will respond as appropriate".

These fackin Yanks have a lot to learn.
bearing

I'm looking to buy some t-shirts, have emailed the store to see if they do international shipping.
bearing

Loons Win!

5-2
Grind

bearing wrote:
I'm looking to buy some t-shirts, have emailed the store to see if they do international shipping.


I don't know if they still do it, but I seem to recall that you could buy pretty much all of the minor league teams baseball hats in the Fisher Cats' club shop.

Just like you can buy Man United hoodies, soiled Chelsea grunners and limited edition collectible half bricks embossed with the Millwall club crest at ER.
bearing

Another win, up to second!
bearing

Beat top of the tree 7-5

Going well!
Plastic Man

Just about to start against the Lake County Captains.

I'm listening in via

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lake-county-captains

Couldn't link via Loons ESPN Radio.

A major radio sponsor appears to be a firm of undertakers.

How cheering...
bearing

I was listening to it the other day and they were advertising things like the Scouts and Bob's hardware store.
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
I was listening to it the other day and they were advertising things like the Scouts and Bob's hardware store.


According to the advert, this season, the undertakers are offering one lucky Lake County Captains' fan the opportunity to win a free funeral or cremation.

I kid you not.

But I don't think they have to personally make use of the offer.

So far, the broadcast is the gastronomic drying equivalent of trying to eat four plain cream crackers in less than a minute.
Plastic Man

And what are we missing out on tonight's promotion? Game ticket & all-you-can-eat wristband includes hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, onion rings, popcorn & chips for only $18.

Nom, nom, nom....

Tomorrow is "nickel beer" for the first hour, then it's half-price.

Slurp, guzzle, burp...

Loons one up after two innings.
bearing

They are pretty dire aren't they.
Plastic Man

Top of the third... Jerry Sands homers. Loons 2-0 up.

Lake Health.... Accredited emergency cardiac care....
bearing

Lost it in the fifth, 5-6 loss.
Plastic Man

Another awayday against the Captains tonight, then a home series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Yeah, I know. Fort Wayne TinCaps. Shit name.

Shit promotions coming up as well...

Fri, 23/4 Lou E.’s Birthday Bash / Midland High School Spirit Night
Sat, Apr 24 TinCaps Bullock Creek High School Spirit Night
Sun, Apr 25 TinCaps Bay City Western High School Spirit Night / Family Fun in the Sunday / Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

May be better to hang on until the $1 Family Feast Night on May 4th. No idea what the offer is at present...
Grind

We have fireworks on Fridays.

* Well, more like firework. *
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
We have fireworks on Fridays.

* Well, more like firework. *


What are the food and beer deals?

You can't eat or drink fireworks.
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
We have fireworks on Fridays.

* Well, more like firework. *


What are the food and beer deals?

You can't eat or drink fireworks.


You can if you've had enough $1 Budweisers on Throw-up Thursdays.  
Plastic Man

Following on from yesterday's 5-0 hammering of the Captains, the Loons will be in good spirits for the start of this home series against their visitors from Indiana, the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

The TinCaps coincidentally have "Thirsty Thursdays" ("Every Thursday enjoy $1 domestic beer and $2 mixed drink specials"), which should appeal to many, not least Mr Grind and myself.

Thursday 17th June should be even more special at Fort Wayne's "theatre of dream", Parkview Field, when Thirsty Thursday is combined with a "Salute to St. Patrick's Day / Jake the Diamond Dog / Post-Game Fireworks"...

"Why should March get all the St. Patrick's Day fun? Wear your St. Patrick's Day green to Parkview Field for our salute! Check out Jake the Diamond Dog, the best darn dog in professional baseball! Then, enjoy a special Thursday night post-game fireworks show as the TinCaps play their final home game of the first half!"

So something for everybody - even a hound to keep our own cuddly canine (sheeps) company.

Enough of the important stuff and on with the trivia. It's a right versus left match up of the starting pitchers, with the Loons going with Josh Wall against the southpaw Nick Greenwood.

Following an in-depth analysis of their pitching statistics, I'm going with the clean-shaven Wall to have the edge, principally because Greenwood has a wanky beard.


Greenwood - wanky beard-wearer


Wall - wanky beard-free

Jerry Sands (lets hope Jerry is not short for "Jermaine") continues to be the  Loons main man with the stick. On the road last week, he went 9-for-20 (.450), scored five runs and eight RBI. Of his nine hits, eight were extra-basers and three were home runs.

And it all kicks off at 23.05 BST.

Mr Grind - tonight, "Midland High School students and teachers to fill the pavilion with banners and decorations for High School Spirit Night". What exactly is "High School Spirit Night"?
bearing

Plastic Man wrote:



Wall - wanky beard-free



Fuck! has Dock withdrawn his frazzle supply?
Grind

High School Spirit night presumably involves highly sugared Coca Cola products and smuggled-in half bottles of Bacardi bought by an older brother as a favour for not telling mother that his pot plant is, in fact, A pot plant.

Or something gayer.
Cutsyke

Newark - it's a city on the up. It's coming back from the riots. The riots were in 1968 or 69. Horrible place.
bearing

Loons lying third won 12 lost 7

Lugnuts in second are on a great run of six straight wins and lake County are still out front, but the gap is closing.

Not been on the ball this week, just hope they don't start slipping, don't think I can cope with a tenforbarbeau campaign
Plastic Man

I've not been on the ball the last few nights. I still haven't sorted out a suitable name for the Loon's 'firm'. Nothing springs readily to mind.

While the Loons are currently on a "winningiest" season (i.e they haven't yet lost as many they've won as is the norm), it's not too early to start sorting out out some questions for a "44barbeau" campaign.
Grind

Went to my second game of the season yesterday - and The Cats comfortably beat The Reading Phillies 6-3. I even stayed until the end this time.

All the usual excitement: Ollie the bat dog at the bottom of the first; Sam Adams lager and chili in a bread bowl with twist ice cream in a waffle cone to follow; a rather expensive display of fireworks at the end; oh, and some surprisingly reasonable baseball.

Wasn't a bad turnout either considering that The Monarchs (the local ice hockey franchise) was  playing in town in a play-off game against the Worcester Wankers (or whatever they're called). They were winning 3-0 too at one point, so I assumed they did okay.

If I can talk her into it, I might drag The Grindstress along to the ice hockey tonight.

* Assuming I'm not in tears over the Charlton score. *
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
Went to my second game of the season yesterday - and The Cats comfortably beat The Reading Phillies 6-3. I even stayed until the end this time.

All the usual excitement: Ollie the bat dog at the bottom of the first; Sam Adams lager and chili in a bread bowl with twist ice cream in a waffle cone to follow; a rather expensive display of fireworks at the end; oh, and some surprisingly reasonable baseball.

Wasn't a bad turnout either considering that The Monarchs (the local ice hockey franchise) was  playing in town in a play-off game against the Worcester Wankers (or whatever they're called). They were winning 3-0 too at one point, so I assumed they did okay.

If I can talk her into it, I might drag The Grindstress along to the ice hockey tonight.

* Assuming I'm not in tears over the Charlton score. *


Excellent reportage. The sort of information that is not readily available to us armchair viewers, but critical to help us more fully truly experience the game.

While the stats, who played, scores etc. are important, many of these details can be lifted off the internet.

What we need to know to immerse ourselves are such critical, but more idiosyncratic information only available to the attendees (and wilfully neglected in the mainstream press reports) e.g. beer available, type and quality food scoffed, dog collection of bats etc.
Grind

There were some amusing names on display too - the pick was one of their blokes who was called Tuffy something vaguely eastern european (Goleswich?). TUFFY?!

I think he hit a home run, but suffered merciless baiting otherwise. Mostly froom me, it has to be said.  

The club mascot seems to have put on some weight and the concession stands wouldn't serve any beer after the middle of the seventh. No concessions.

Good parking spot and I was able to listen into a conversation between some lasses in front talking about the merits of "taking it up the wrong 'un" (admittedly, that isn't quite how they referred to it).

Who says baseball is dull?!
bearing

Did you tell the lasses that over in the UK, we call it uphill gardening?
Grind

bearing wrote:
Did you tell the lasses that over in the UK, we call it uphill gardening?


They were probably already somewhat spooked by my curiously spastic leaning forward and straining to hear every word whilst also attempting to not attract too much attention from the Grindstress, who was blathering on about some home improvement project I have no intention of even starting, let alone finishing.

Plus, I was a bit breathy for some reason.
bearing

Were you rubbing your hands up and down your trouser legs?
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
... and the concession stands wouldn't serve any beer after the middle of the seventh. No concessions.


I've come across that rule before elsewhere. Is it quite common?

Re?: uphill gardening. There is a Profanisaurus variant: "counter-gradient horticulture"
bearing

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
... and the concession stands wouldn't serve any beer after the middle of the seventh. No concessions.


I've come across that rule before elsewhere. Is it quite common?

Re?: uphill gardening. There is a Profanisaurus variant: "counter-gradient horticulture"


They were American women PM!

Do you seriously believe they'd have understood counter-gradient horticulture?
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
... and the concession stands wouldn't serve any beer after the middle of the seventh. No concessions.


I've come across that rule before elsewhere. Is it quite common?

Re?: uphill gardening. There is a Profanisaurus variant: "counter-gradient horticulture"


They were American women PM!

Do you seriously believe they'd have understood counter-gradient horticulture?


While I do generally have a low opinion regarding the mental capabilities and educational attainment of the typical US citizen, I do believe they would have eventually understood the phase, given a lot of patience and simple explanations.

In that sense it would probably be as transparent to them as "uphill gardening".

But there again, I originally merely offered the phrase as an amusing variant of the euphemism to what I considered to be a more likely savvy audience, not as a suggested alternative to add to the lexicon of the average American woman.
bearing

Valid point PM.
Plastic Man

Go Loons...

They've just shut out top-of-the-table Lake County Captains 8 nil on the road, following up on last night's win, and are now (by my reckoning) a game and a half behind.

In addition to their premier sponsors, Dow Chemical, tonight's radio broadcast heavily featured another chemical-associated sponsor - but a good one. Tri City Brewing.

Despite the old Pythonesque conjecture that American beer was "like making love in a canoe - both were f*cking close to water", TCB seem to prefer the "Howitzer" end of the beer abv spectrum.... And due respect to them...

http://www.tricitybrewing.com/index-1.html
bearing

Great win

Just added this as my new desktop...

bearing

Premier Box Season Tickets

• Best seats in the house for all 70 home games
• Private meet the team and autograph session
• Special invite to participate in team batting practice
• Membership in the Chemical Bank Founders Club
• Lunch with the Loons Series
• Access to the suite lobby

All for the princely sum of $875 or £572
bearing

Plastic Man

bearing wrote:


Can't fault that... exciting music.... aggressive, triumphal gesturing towards opposing teams and their fans.

But I'm sure it can be improved upon.

Perhaps Loons fans could form a circle between their index finger and thumb when waving their hands at their opponents, perhaps ululating something like, "Youshitaaaaa...."

Do other correspondents have any suggestions?

As regards ticket prices, there is a ground admission ticket for 6 bucks - 4 quid or so.

Professional sports clubs over here could learn something....
bearing

Who's the bastard in the stripes!
Plastic Man

Loons Continue Dominance over Captains
The Great Lakes Loons got four two-run extra base hits, including two two-run home runs, as they topped the league-leading Lake County Captains 8-5 Monday night. The Loons wrapped up a 3-1 series against the Captains and now trail them by just a half game in the Midwest League East.

Tonight sees the Loons begin their three-game home series against the West Michigan Whitecaps (8-17), the Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

"We", "we" being the lifelong fans of the Loons and other favoured clubs (currently the Cats [i.e. the New Hampshire Fisher Cats], are proud to say (for the interim) that "we" are whole-heartedly 5 star affiliated to Regdafishthinktank.com.

His Most Eminent Grace, His Lordship, the Seventh Earl of Otley commented, "'We'" are currently experiencing our winningest season ever, with the Cats currently topping the EAS Eastern division and the Loons so close behind the top of the table Captains, that the Caps can feel the moisture from the heavy breaths of the  Loons condense on their necks, and the droplets, rather unpleasantly, roll down their necks".

[Eddie, I know we are trying to break into the US promotion's market, but do I really have to be associated with such appalling bilge? I feel quite dirty - as if I've just shaken hands with Peter Mandelson].

Tonight's promotion at the Dow Diamond in down-town Midland, MI, is the legendary $1 Family Feast Night. This evening it is the turn of the Bay City Central High School kids to bring their concealed alcoholic drinks and to enjoy their "Spirit [hidden in bottles of soft drinks] Night".
bearing

I see they cut my quote.

Gits!
Plastic Man

Loons Drop Series to W'Caps

Roughly translated, that means that the almost bottom of the table West Michigan Whitecaps have just turned over the Loons in the latest series  2-1 - on Loons turf.

Apparently this was in front of "5,278 kids in attendance for Dow Diamond's School Kids Day." So purveyors of sugared, carbonated drinks, high fat foods and pharmaceutical remedies for ADHD will have done well.

Tonight sees the Loons enter a 3 game home series against the still top of the table Lake City Captains, who they trail by 2.5 games. As is the way in baseball, you might be experiencing a sense of deja vu. Rest assured, last week saw the Loons secure a 3-1 series win away at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio (close to the shores of Lake Erie).

Tomorrow night features probably the greatest entertainment known to man  - the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. So if you are vaguely within a few hundred miles of Midland, Michigan, get yourself down to the Dow Diamond to watch probably the greatest spectacle on earth.

Plastic Man

A quick round up of the last week in Loon Land.

The Loons are still second in their division with a 21-13 record, including a remarkable 15-4 record on the road, but are now 3.5 games behind the Lake County Captains.

Last Friday's game against the Captains was postponed due to rain - the Loons lost both of sessions of re-scheduled double-header on Sunday, despite triumphing on Saturday, though they were almost certainly buoyed on that occasion by the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo spectacular.

Monday to Wednesday saw a three game clean winning sweep away at the South Bend Silver Hawks, while Thursday saw the Loons lose the opening night of a 4 game home stretch against the Dayton Dragons.

Tonight is "sockor night" at Dow Diamond, with two youth games on the front lawn prior to the game. (Alleged) In-game entertainment features "soccer relay races and ball juggling tournaments." Give me monkeys riding dogs any day. Saturday is "Dual MVP Poster Giveaway" night (no, I have no idea either); Sunday is a traditional crowd-puller: a "Pre-Game Youth Clinic / Stitch N’ Pitch / Family Fun in the SUNday." Professional football clubs in the UK are clearly missing a trick. Though I can't quite imagine the massed familial ranks of Cardiff/ Swansea, Portsmouth/Southampton or Arsenal/Spurs fans discussing how to best knit-one-purl-one, or how the police might distinguish between a stiletto-blade knife and a knitting needle.

Anyway, back to reality. Tonight's game against the Dragons starts at 7.05 pm (EST) (12.05 am Sat UK). You can listen live, as usual, via the link provided at

http://www.espn1009.com/
Plastic Man

Not a bad week, but the Loons have now dropped to third place behind the Lansing Lugnuts by virtue of having played and lost one more game, and remain 3.5 games behind top-of-the-table Lake County Captains.

Friday to Sunday saw the Loons win two of the final three of the four game series versus the Dayton Dragons, the series ending honours even.

Since then, the Loons have pipped the Bowling Green Hot Rods two to one in a three home game series.

Last night Jerry Sands extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. The boy is metaphorically currently on fire, and is leading the Midwest League's batting stats with a 0.395 average. Surely it is only a matter of time before he is called up to play in a slightly less obscure league.

The Loons are now on the road, beginning with a four-game series at the Lansing Lugnuts which starts at 12.05 am Sat (BST). You can listen live via the link provided at

http://www.espn1009.com/

Saturday 29th May is going to be a special one at the Dow Diamond, featuring as it does the special promotional attraction of a "Reggy! (The Purple Party Dude) Appearance". Surely a night not to forget.
Plastic Man

Loons Shutout Lugnuts Twice
Great Lakes Wins Doubleheader Games By Identical 2-0 Scores

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.co...s_t456&fext=.jsp&sid=t456

LANSING, MI - Great Lakes Loons pitchers combined to allow eight hits over 14 scoreless innings Saturday night in a doubleheader sweep of their in-state rivals, the Lansing Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium. The Loons won both games 2-0 in seven innings. With the wins, the Loons (27-15) overtake Lansing (25-16) for second place in the Midwest League East and are 2½ games behind division-leading Lake County. The shutout losses were the first two of the season for the leading offensive team in the league.

In the first game, Will Savage hurled a masterful complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and no walks, striking out six. After retiring nine straight between the first and fourth innings, Savage ended the contest retiring eight straight.

The complete game was the Loons first since Bobby Blevins blanked Dayton August 5th of last year and the team's first complete game shutout since Bryan Morris' gem June 27, 2008 versus South Bend.

"It was the first warm game I've gotten to throw and I felt good in the bullpen so I knew it was going to be a good game," Savage (3-1) told ESPN 100.9-FM after the game. "It feels awesome. Our staff dominated tonight."

That dominance included the work of Elisaul Pimentel and Rubby de la Rosa in the second game of the doubleheader. Pimentel (3-3) started and threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and pitching around five walks. De la Rosa followed in relief and struck out four in two frames for his second save of the year. The Dominican duo combined to strike out 11 Lansing batters.

The solid and efficient pitching was especially important under the Loons current circumstances. The team is in the middle of a stretch of seven games over five days. Blake Smith drove in half the Loons runs with four hits including two doubles.

The Loons and Lugnuts meet Sunday in the third game of the series at 2:05pm in Lansing. Right-hander Josh Wall (0-2, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Loons against Lansing right-hander Dave Sever (1-1, 3.43). The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 100.9-FM and online at Loons.com.
Plastic Man

Remember everyone - this coming Saturday is going to be a big night at the Dow Diamond - with a guest appearance from your favourite and mine....

Reggy! The Purple Party Dude.



(Looks strangely like our very own Mr Dock in a purple, faux fur frock.)
Grind

Just got tickets to see the Red Sox play The Philly Willys (or whatever they're called).

Opening day of the World Cup, but I think I can plan everything to fit together nicely.

Sweeeeeet, dude!
sheeps

I don't get baseball, and I have tried.

Convince me.
Plastic Man

sheeps wrote:
I don't get baseball, and I have tried.

Convince me.


Beer and barbecue food - what's not to like?
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
Just got tickets to see the Red Sox play The Philly Willys (or whatever they're called).


We'll be expecting a full report back on the beer and barbecue food from the Major League perspective.
Grind

sheeps wrote:
I don't get baseball, and I have tried.

Convince me.


It's basically horizontal cricket on steroids.

Errr, allegedly.
sheeps

Plastic Man wrote:
sheeps wrote:
I don't get baseball, and I have tried.

Convince me.


Beer and barbecue food - what's not to like?


I like baseball me.
Grind

I went tonight and the Cats were 5-0 down after the first inning. Useless pussies.

It was 9-2 to the Trenton Thunder (part of the evil NY Yankees empire) when we fucked off home before the last innings.

No new major minor food groups sampled, but the cheeseburgers didn't taste anywhere near as bad as they appeared.

Highlights: Callix Crabbe and Austin Krum.

* Ace names - but probably not for human beings. *
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:

Highlights: Callix Crabbe and Austin Krum.


To clarify, were Callix Crabbe and Austin Krum:

a) Players' names

b) Beers that you drank

c) Models of cars you drove to the game in

d) STDs that you somehow* picked up at the game

*Possibly off a toilet seat [at leasts that's what you told Mrs Grind]
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:

Highlights: Callix Crabbe and Austin Krum.


To clarify, were Callix Crabbe and Austin Krum:

a) Players' names

b) Beers that you drank

c) Models of cars you drove to the game in

d) STDs that you somehow* picked up at the game

*Possibly off a toilet seat [at leasts that's what you told Mrs Grind]


Callix played for the Cats and Krum was a Thunderoid.

Mrs Grind is still in Portugal for a few more days, so I'm hoping any telephone-related ailments will be cured before her return.

* The principal symptom is that I don't ever pick the fecking thing up, apparently. *
Plastic Man

The Loons yesterday, 9-0 down in the fourth innings to top of the table Lake County Captains, salvage a draw.

Down came the rain and a no-result came out. And nary a fan rioting on the pitch. I bet the Caps were more than a bit miffed about that! Well eff them.

As the game was the Loons' last scheduled match-up of the first half of the season against Lake County, it will not be made up. The Loons win the series 2-1 and remain two games behind the Captains, who lead the Midwest League's Eastern Division.

Tonight the Loons host a team from the Midwest League's Western Division for the first time in 2010 as the Quad Cities River Bandits come to town for a three-game series.

The River Bandits' hail from Davenport, Iowa, playing at Modern Woodmen Park, which is attractively situated on the northern banks of the Mississippi.



Eddie's eye was drawn to an unusual feature... Jumer's Casino and Hotel Hot Tub Deck , where you "can watch the game complete with a food package featuring hot dogs, hamburgers and sides, private wait service, and... you guessed it... a huge HOT TUB!"



With my health and safety black peaked cap on (as supplied by Butts' black peaked cap services), I do wonder at the wisdom of stuffing your face with an all-you-can-eat buffet, while sitting in hot water. No doubt, the ambulance chasing lawyers will be watching from the cheap seats in the casino next door.

Quad Cities currently have an identical record to the Loons, their 31-20 season also placing them second in their division behind the Cedar Rapids Kernels (no, I have no idea what sort of name the "Kernels" is supposed to represent... effing peanuts, maybe?)

An interesting feature of Modern Woodmen Park is the ""Crop Production Services Corn Field"



And I quote, "The River Bandits are growing corn down the left field line in foul territory! The field was planted in the spring of 2008 and is the only one of its kind in professional sports! When the corn reaches its fullest height, the River Bandits players will be introduced pre-game by walking out of the corn field just like the movie Field of Dreams! Make sure to come out to the ballpark so you don't miss out on this great experience!" I'll try not to.

(Sometimes this stuff just writes itself.)

And nobody can accuse the QCRB's of neglecting their public responsibilities, featuring as they do several promotions every week designed to improve the health of their viewing public.

Monday is Klement's Dollar Dog Night! (hot dogs are $1 all game long).

Tuesday? "The River Bandits want YOU... to save money! Not only will you benefit from two-for-one deals on all tickets, but kids 12 and under eat for free! That's right... every kid in attendance will receive a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips on us!" And not only that.... "Bring a KRAFT Singles package wrapper to any Tuesday home game. Buy one ticket and get one free from KRAFT Singles." So not only can you eat well at the game, you're also encouraged to eat healthily at home!

And what about Wednesday? Well that's "Belly Buster Wednesday! You can enjoy a fun and filling experience for just $19, and receive a general admission ticket and all you can eat hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, and soda!"

And Thursday is special too. "The River Bandits believe there are few things in life better than kicking back at the ballpark with a cold drink. Judging by the popularity of Thirst-day Thursday, many of you agree! Every Thursday night, you will have the opportunity to enjoy $2 draft beer and fountain Pepsi products! With the savings, you can splurge in the team store, buy club seats for the next homestand, or just go home with a slightly heavier wallet!"

I'm not sure how they work out spending cash on beer will help you go home with a slightly heavier wallet. Unless you've been sick in it, possibly.

Anyhoo. Go Loons! USA! USA!
Grind

I'm beginning to think that the Manchester minor league franchise is, well, just a little bit shite.

A few fucking fireworks on odd Fridays is a poor effort when there could be coca plants sprouting in the away dugout and topless transsexual midget unicycle chainsaw juggling in the middle of the fifth.

They expect me to turn up and, get this, just watch fecking baseball?!

Crazy bastards.

* I'll be writing to my MP. *
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
I'm beginning to think that the Manchester minor league franchise is, well, just a little bit shite.


Just had a look at the Cat's website, and to be blunt, it's drier than a nun's chuff.

The MiLB team websites (the ones I've looked at anyway), are based on a standardised presentation. The Cat's website contains the minimum info. Their idea of a promotion seems to be a bloke being elevated to the league above. They include a link to a MiLB message board which seemingly covers the entire MiLB franchise, and contains a total of 73 discussions, featuring a total of 101 posts.

Go west, young man, and move on down to the delights of the Mid Eastern and Mid Western single A teams!
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
I'm beginning to think that the Manchester minor league franchise is, well, just a little bit shite.


Just had a look at the Cat's website, and to be blunt, it's drier than a nun's chuff.

The MiLB team websites (the ones I've looked at anyway), are based on a standardised presentation. The Cat's website contains the minimum info. Their idea of a promotion seems to be a bloke being elevated to the league above. They include a link to a MiLB message board which seemingly covers the entire MiLB franchise, and contains a total of 73 discussions, featuring a total of 101 posts.

Go west, young man, and move on down to the delights of the Mid Eastern and Mid Western single A teams!


Probably the way to go _ although I haven't ever actually paid to go see the Fisher Cats - I usually just cover the beer and munchies for my neighbor (sic) who has a quarter share of four seats behind the first base line.  

I think our old catcher got bumped up to the sister team playing in Las Vegas. No idea what they're called - the Las Vegas Lesbos?

That's more like it: the hot tub beckons.
Plastic Man

Loons Sweep Bees

The Loons have now won a season-best five straight games and are a season-best 16 games over .500 (38-22). (My reckoning, that makes the season so far a very winningest one). Combined with Lake County's Thursday loss to Clinton, the Loons are just one game behind the first-place Captains.

The Loons magic number is now five - with any combination of five wins or Lansing losses the Loons will clinch a playoff berth.

Great Lakes are coming to the end of their current road trip, starting a three-game series at the Peoria Chiefs tonight.

And in other news: former Loons catcher Carlos Santana (shurely shome mishtake - ed.) is set to make his debut tonight against the Washington Nationals. Santana, who played for Great Lakes in 2007, is the Indians' No. 1 prospect, according to Baseball America.

The stars of a winningest team will draw attention to themselves. The Midwest League announced today the rosters for the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game, which will be held on June 22 at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne Kerr, IN. The Loons will be represented by seven players-three pitchers and four position players-to tie the franchise-high mark set in 2009.

The Loons players designated as starters for the All-Star Game's Eastern Division Team are Jerry "Top Boy" Sands (first base) and Christian Lara (shortstop), while Loons infielder Rafael Ynoa and outfielder Angelo Songco will be dressed as reserves. The three pitchers are right-handers Will Savage, Luis Vasquez and Allen Webster.

Sands has been on fire this season, having been named MWL Player of the Week three times and leads the league with his 16 home runs, 39 RBI, .688 slugging percentage, 139 total bases, and 33 extra-base hits. He also ranks second in the league in on-base percentage (.436), third in batting average (.351) and runs scored (41).
bearing

Fucking Aye!
Grind

Just back from the Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies (how long did it take to come up with that name, eh?).

Not much of a contest really as the Red Sox were 5-0 up at the end of the first innings, 12-0 up at the end of the second, only to then take their foot off the gas (parp) and eventually win 12-2.

Comedy names in abundance though....

Antonio Bastardo was the third pitcher for the Phillies (he didn't cough up any runs, the complete Antonio).

Bud Utley (actually, Bud wasn't his first name, but it amused me) also fielded for the Phillies but............

......the absolute pick of the bunch was closing pitcher Boof Bonser who was greeted by "Booooooof!" by Red Sox fans. He even looked like a Boof.

$30 to paaak the kaaa, but driving in and out was surprisingly okay.

I did have to endure the Grindstress asking stupid questions most of the game, usually ending something along the lines of, "Is it over yet? Well, is it?"

I still hate Sweet Caroline.  

"Warm. Touching warm. Reaching out. Touching me. Touching you."

* It's just plain wrong. *
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
I still hate Sweet Caroline.  

"Warm. Touching warm. Reaching out. Touching me. Touching you."

* It's just plain wrong. *


I thought that was the theme tune at the Annual Vicars, Vergers and Choirmasters Conference.

30 bucks to park for a few hours? In my book *that's just plainer wronger*.

Two particularly great names, probably worth a thread in their own right.

There's a local chap well known in real ale circles: The remarkably named Jeff Utley of Otley.
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
I still hate Sweet Caroline.  

"Warm. Touching warm. Reaching out. Touching me. Touching you."

* It's just plain wrong. *


I thought that was the theme tune at the Annual Vicars, Vergers and Choirmasters Conference.

30 bucks to park for a few hours? In my book *that's just plainer wronger*.

Two particularly great names, probably worth a thread in their own right.

There's a local chap well known in real ale circles: The remarkably named Jeff Utley of Otley.


Trust me, $30 is almost free for "event parking" in Boston. I was expecting to pay $40 and was literally fifty yards from one that cost $60.

I'd expect a full tire (sic) rotation, oil & air filter change, a new transmission and a free kaaaa wash for that sort of price.  

Interestingly (or perhaps not?) most of the Boston scoring seemed to be via doubles hit off the green monster.

I reckon I've been to too many games now as I'm now completely at home with the terminology of scoring outs: there was a particularly nice 5-4-3 double play by the Sox.  

Boof!
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
I reckon I've been to too many games now as I'm now completely at home with the terminology of scoring outs: there was a particularly nice 5-4-3 double play by the Sox.  

Boof!


If there were runners at first and second (assuming a successful 5-4-3 play), wouldn't that be a triple out?

I've been staying up too late recently.

I watched the start of Carlos Santana's debut last night. He did well, but it's hard to get excited by a catcher. I guess you notice more when you have a bad one.

The commentators seemed to refer to the (Cleveland) Indians as "The Tribe" at every opportunity. Is "Indians" the new "N" word?

I also saw the beginning of Steven Strasburg's debut for the Nationals against the Pirates on Thursday(?). He was flipping hot.
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
I reckon I've been to too many games now as I'm now completely at home with the terminology of scoring outs: there was a particularly nice 5-4-3 double play by the Sox.  

Boof!


If there were runners at first and second (assuming a successful 5-4-3 play), wouldn't that be a triple out?

I've been staying up too late recently.

I watched the start of Carlos Santana's debut last night. He did well, but it's hard to get excited by a catcher. I guess you notice more when you have a bad one.

The commentators seemed to refer to the (Cleveland) Indians as "The Tribe" at every opportunity. Is "Indians" the new "N" word?

I also saw the beginning of Steven Strasburg's debut for the Nationals against the Pirates on Thursday(?). He was flipping hot.


No: in this instance, it was a double play with the ball being fielded by third base to get the out on second and then from there to first.

Obviously 5-4-3 could be a triple play though.

* Well spotted. You gimp. *  
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
* Well spotted. You gimp. *  


Yer cheeky pup. I've only witnessed it once or twice. I thought you might have meant, for example, a 6-4-3  double play.

Anyway, what about the important stats... The cost of a

Hot Dog. (To include onions/ relish).

Nachos with cheese (or whatever the "local style"is ; correspondent to advise)

A "standard" beer (assumed to be 16 oz cup, standard local domestic draught; correspondent to advise if different.)

30 bucks to park for 4 hours to watch a games is utterly mental.

At the Loons, for 30 bucks you could take, park and feed the family, and also be orally pleasured by the relief pitcher's mum during the second inning's interval.

Small town baseball has a lot going for it!

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