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Plastic Man

Baseball 2011

After last year’s experience of the Great Lake Loon’s season of great promise leading us up the garden path of hope and expectation, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the last couple game of their play-off final, this year we have opted to spread our options, selecting a likely triple header of disappointment, including teams on the flimsiest of reasons of musical relevance and nominal sleaziness.

Our top-ranked team this year is a Triple A affiliate of the Houston Astros, the Oklahoma City RedHawks. In football terms, this would probably place the RedHawks as being of an equivalent of a Championship side. The OCR’s season opens on the road from 7th April with four night head to head stretches at both the Memphis Redbirds and the Nashville Sounds. The home opening night for the OCRs is on the 15th of April against the Simpson-esquely named Albuquerque Isotopes.

We’ve also gone with the "Bowie Baysox" (in marketing terms they fit the Reg strategic mix pretty well, being reasonably shit [Double A, so slightly less shit than last year's Loons], and have an intriguing name). The Baysox’s season opens with four nights at Harrisburg Senators, followed by three nights at the Richmond Flying Squirrels, before starting their home games versus the Erie SeaWolves on the 14th.

For our third string of shite, we’ve gone with the delightfully sleazily named Class A, short season, Batavia Muckdogs, (in a league which is remarkably even shitter than the Loons). The Muckdog’s season doesn’t start for a couple of months (17th June), so we have an option of dumping one or other of our other sides if they have already imploded mid-season, as we expect annually.
bearing

Seven away games for the Baysox!
Plastic Man

bearing wrote:
Seven away games for the Baysox!


The OCRs start with 8 games on the road in Memphis and Nashville.

(Does anyone else think that OCR sounds like it might be a type of mental illness?)
bearing

Plastic Man wrote:
bearing wrote:
Seven away games for the Baysox!


The OCRs start with 8 games on the road in Memphis and Nashville.

(Does anyone else think that OCR sounds like it might be a type of mental illness?)


Excellent
bearing

Plastic Man wrote:
bearing wrote:
Seven away games for the Baysox!


The OCRs start with 8 games on the road in Memphis and Nashville.

(Does anyone else think that OCR sounds like it might be a type of mental illness?)


Excellent
Plastic Man

Two of our selected teams are scheduled to start their respective seasons this evening, both on the road. The OCRs at the Memphis Redbirds, while the Bowie Baysox are at the Harrisburg Senators.

One of the major critically appraised factors for our selected teams is the associated promotional aspects.

Hats off must go to the OCRs who are offering on their home opening night a special deal - a game ticket, a RedHawks hats, a hot dog, chips and a Pepsi for $29.99 - about 20 quid.

I thought that was a pretty good deal.

The $29.99 deal was not for per person - but four!

UK Sports have much to learn from their dollar-dogs cousins when it comes to promotions!

Uncle Ken - do you read me...over?
Plastic Man

OCRs WIN!

Quote:
Memphis, Tenn. - Jordan Lyles lasted four innings in his 2011 debut while six different Oklahoma City hitters drove in at least one run leading the Oklahoma City RedHawks (1-0) to an 8-7 win over the Memphis Redbirds (0-1) in front of 6,756 on Opening Night at Autozone Park.

Autozone Park? Sounds like somewhere the Googlebots would take their kids to play on the swings.


BAYSOX DON'T!

Quote:
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Bowie batters struck out 15 times as the Baysox lost to the Harrisburg Senators 5-0 Thursday in Harrisburg on Opening Night. The Baysox put runners on second base with no outs in each of the first two innings, but were unable to push either across.
Plastic Man

As mentioned earlier, one of Reg's critical parameters in the appraisal of the success of our randomly chosen sides and their (usually, lack of) success, is in relation to the clubs promotional activities. Novel promotions State-side often leave their English cousins in their wake in the imagination stakes. That may be a good thing. Or a bad thing. You decide, from the Bowie Boys...

Quote:
Date Night at the Diamond!
Friday, April 29 @ 7:05 pm
Bowie Baysox vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels @ 7:05 pm

Enjoy a GREAT night out with your date at the Baysox Date Night at the Diamond!  Your special night will give you and your date great access to the ballpark and a fun experience to talk about for a long time.


You are attracted to a young lady. Do you offer her...

Quote:
A special Date Night at the Diamond package including:
   Two (2) Lower Reserved Seat Tickets!  (Tickets regularly $14 each)
   Romantic Carousel Ride for 2 in Louie's Kids Park
   Beautiful Flower for your date
   Get a special photograph beneath the romantic archway & a Commemorative Date Night at the Diamond Baysox Photo Mat!
   Post-Game Dates Base Run!
   Fun & Memories to last a lifetime!


And this special package will only cost you $20!

Or do you cut the crap, realise the obvious, save your cash and and pleasure yourself?

The choice is your own...
Plastic Man

Both the RedHawks and the Baysox lost their opening series of the season on the road at the Memphis Redbirds (1-3) and the Harrisburg Senators (1-2 [one rain cancellation]), respectively.

Tonight sees the start of four game series on the road at the Nashville Sounds for the RedHawks, while the Baysox start a three game stretch at the nancy-boy named Richmond Flying Squirrels (whose website rather predictably offers one the opportunity to "Have Funn!" (sic) and "Go Nuts" and to watch their in-house magazine programme "Inside the Nut House").

Both games on Wednesday have very early starts, 12.05 pm (in Nashville - 6.05 pm UK) and 10.35 pm (in Richmond, 3.35 pm UK), (not sure why they're starting so early, perhaps they're expecting crowd trouble?) so if you fancy listening in at a reasonable hour for a change, you should be able to find a radio station via:
http://www.freebaseballradio.com/

A more likely spot for a bit of crowd trouble will be RedHawks Field on Friday and Saturday for "The famed rivalry Bedlam baseball series between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University".

Bloody OK students, eh?
bearing

It would be cool to get to one of these games one day, perhaps we could inundate the respective teams with mail until they crumble and pay for us to get to see a game or three.
Plastic Man

Perhaps it is the unfamiliarity of this unseasonal good weather offering an opportunity to get outside and do something constructive, but I must confess that I am struggling to garner much enthusiasm for the sport this year.

I suspect that no-one else is much interested either, for whatever reason.

The OCR's appears to block non-US-related transmissions of their games, so I am restricted to looking at their activities on their website. So be it. They're bottom of the table, 6.5 games behind the leaders after just 14 games into the season, suggesting we have picked a right Lulu.

Meanwhile, the Bowie Baysox are second in their league, half a game behind the leaders after 14 games. But this with a .500 average, suggests that all the teams may be as shit as each other. I haven't tried listening to one of their games yet, so I have girded my loins in expectation of further disappointment.

Onwards and upwards...
bearing

I like that one of them is shit
bearing

Are the OCR's still shite?
Grind

Grind

I tried this just now. It wasn't pretty.

Grind

I've just been given four tickets for the Red Sox against the Cubs for this Sunday night.

Anyone wanna go?
sheeps

Grind wrote:
I've just been given four tickets for the Red Sox against the Cubs for this Sunday night.

Anyone wanna go?


It's not my turn to taxi, but I'll come.
Grind

sheeps wrote:
Grind wrote:
I've just been given four tickets for the Red Sox against the Cubs for this Sunday night.

Anyone wanna go?


It's not my turn to taxi, but I'll come.


I'll send a minivan to get you.

This is apparently the first time the Chicago Cubs have played a series in Boston since 1916.    
bearing

Aye, I'll have one of them tickets.
Grind

bearing wrote:
Aye, I'll have one of them tickets.


Cool, meet you at Logan at, say, 5pm?

I'm genuinely finding these fuckers hard to give away - and they are free.  Big fans my arse.
Grind

Just been given the tickets - they're fucking box seats at first base! Crikey!

To be fair, I have got the bloke some tickets for the Patriots in exchange and have spent some time coaching his kids footie, but there must be a huge differential on the deal.

* Feels well guilty. *
Grind

A late thing, but I unexpectedly blagged the same seats to the Red Sox versus the Yankees yesterday - which the Sox won 9-5 with three rather decent home runs from Ortiz, Varitek and Ellsbury.

Sox went 4-1 up before pitcher Josh Beckett tired in (I think) the seventh inning and the evil empire briefly crept ahead by one run.

The Yankees then made the mistake of leaving their starting pitcher in too long and the game was put out of reach with firepower to spare.

I guess these match-ups are arguably the best baseball fixtures of the year - the tickets are certainly usually tricky to get hold of.

Both teams will definitely reach the play-offs unless something very, very strange happens, with the Red Sox 1.5 games up for the AL East title.

They play again tonight - I'm supposed to be going to the Patriots against the Giants. Not sure I can be arsed though as it's a long drive and it'll just be me going.  
Grind

Went to the first play-off game of the Atlantic league last night (effectively a semi-final).

The Fisher Cats beat the Reading Phillies 2-0 to go 1-0 up in the best of five series.

Bothered?
Grind

Not strictly related, but one of the guys I sat with last night (a Yankees fan - a sort of a friend of a friend) was on the 83rd floor of the first WTC hit on 9/11 and was quite possibly one of the last group to get out safely - it fell roughly ten minutes after he got four blocks clear.

One of the other blokes spent about fifteen minutes banging on about how scared he was having been in San Francisco for an earthquake many moons ago - I don't think he knew about Jeff being part of the whole WTC disaster - made me squirm in my seat on Jeff's behalf.

I can't imagine what emotions he goes through at this time of year.  
bearing

To be fair to the bloke in the earthquaque, I'd probably have been shit scared myself, even if I'd been a part of the WTC tragedy.
Grind

I guess. Wonder if they won last night?
Grind

They did - I went to the second game of the Eastern League (AA) finals against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (WTF?!) and the good guys won 7-5 to draw the five game series 1-1.

Bothered?!  
Grind

They won the whole thing! Fine skills.  

Seal

One of the things on my must do list is see a big baseball game. I is well jealous of your Yankees / Sox experience.
bearing

Seal wrote:
One of the things on my must do list is see a big baseball game. I is well jealous of your Yankees / Sox experience.


Can you not find a rounders match somewhere?
Grind

Boston Red Sox.

Oh, thoroughly well done.  
Grind

World series going down to final game.

Almost exciting.

Almost.

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