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SoulMechanic
23rd April 10, 11:56 PM
It aint all the balls flying in your face when you sit in left field.
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EuropIan
24th April 10, 12:04 AM
I saw this earlier today. it is awesome.

Ajamil
24th April 10, 12:05 AM
Racist.

Rain delays happen often enough that this could become a staple, yeah? That'd be an interesting addition to the game.

Steve
24th April 10, 12:06 AM
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http://www.asylum.com/2010/04/23/baseball-player-becomes-an-internet-sensation-after-acrobatic-fl/

They still lost. :(

Cullion
24th April 10, 08:43 AM
Baseball mystifies me at least as much as cricket mystifies most North Americans.

What's it all about ?

EuropIan
24th April 10, 09:49 AM
It's rounders played on a diamond instead of a square

Cullion
24th April 10, 09:51 AM
I get that part. It's the culture around it I don't get.

EuropIan
24th April 10, 10:03 AM
watching a game is not so much about sports performances but rather doing waves and other crowd rituals.

The low attention requirement is the main reason for this.

Ajamil
24th April 10, 10:23 AM
Never been to a ball game. We had to go to the football games in choir to sing the anthem. I sometimes stayed to hang out with band friends. The crowd would cheer on our side sometimes, so I clapped then, but otherwise I never really watched the games.

SoulMechanic
24th April 10, 03:39 PM
Cullion please pay the gay man and the fake American no mind in their answers. Baseball is really special to most American men. Some of my fondest memories are of warm spring mornings. It starts really early. Once your Dad thinks he knows what your throwing hand will be he buys you a glove. Teaches you to throw. You play catch with him, he gets a wiffle ball bat and teaches the proper mechanics of hitting a ball. The delight of developing your hand eye coordination is a real thrill, once you are catching pop flys and knocking that ball off the tee. Before you know it you are sociolizing with other small boys. Playing catch, trading baseball cards and discussing the important things like why Wade Boggs is cool but will never hold a place in your heart like Tony Gwynn does.
By then you are ready to try out for a team. All kids make a team at that age. But there is something very special about being evaluated by the coaches. Watching the other kids and figuring your place in the pecking order. Then you are phoned a few days later and told your on the Giants, or *gasp* the Dodgers or the Yankees! Now your meeting your team mates, get your own sweet ass uniform with your last name on it and number(I was no.12 on every team including high school). Learning how to work as a team is awesome. Feeling a sence of belonging is great. Knowing your roll and executing it as flawlessly as possible. Developing a sense of worth. Sharing the thrill and empowerment of victory, and also the anger, dissapointment and sadness of defeat.

You make friends, you get a chance to please your parents. Or in my case please my team mates parents. Mine were not really around. You learn about American history. The history of the sport. The lifes and story of past and present legends. You find out about Jackie breaking the race barrier. Jumpin Joe shipping off to war. It gives you a really good timel ine of where we were at as a Nation through the lives of our heros. Our fathers hero's and his father before him. Sure you could say the same things about Football or Basketball. But, baseball was bigger, more publicized, romanticized or televised. It just has such a timeless story that almost all of us have had rammed in our collective concousness from birth. Most importantly it is just pure Americana. It is still growing and evolving, the soap opera never ends. As the racial demographic of our country changes so do the names and faces of the new elite. The Jews had Sandy the Mexicans had fatass Fernando, Cubans had Sammy(I could keep going for ever). There is always a man for you to look up to. To aspire to be like.

There is always a place for you in baseball. The game is a ritual and our passion for the sport habitual.

Teamwork, comradery, respect and sportsmanship. That diamond is a training ground and in ways a battle field. It lays the foundations for manhood.

Spade: The Real Snake
24th April 10, 03:53 PM
^^^
needs more Cal Ripken Jr.

SoulMechanic
24th April 10, 03:58 PM
Interesting, you always struck me as more a Bip Roberts kinda dude.












I was thinking it needed some Steve Garvey.

Ajamil
24th April 10, 04:26 PM
No wait, there were softball games on the AFB we sometimes went to. If you got a foul ball, they'd give you a free slushie.

HappyOldGuy
24th April 10, 04:49 PM
Much love for the fixer of spirit.

Japuma
24th April 10, 05:33 PM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to SoulMechanic again.

And "Needs more Cal Ripken Jr." is teh correct.

Kiko
24th April 10, 06:00 PM
Any sport where you can root for Mookie Wilson rocks.

Kein Haar
24th April 10, 08:11 PM
Cullion please pay the gay man and the fake American no mind in their answers. Baseball is really special to most American men. Some of my fondest memories are of warm spring mornings. It starts really early. Once your Dad thinks he knows what your throwing hand will be he buys you a glove. Teaches you to throw. You play catch with him, he gets a wiffle ball bat and teaches the proper mechanics of hitting a ball. The delight of developing your hand eye coordination is a real thrill, once you are catching pop flys and knocking that ball off the tee. Before you know it you are sociolizing with other small boys. Playing catch, trading baseball cards and discussing the important things like why Wade Boggs is cool but will never hold a place in your heart like Tony Gwynn does.
By then you are ready to try out for a team. All kids make a team at that age. But there is something very special about being evaluated by the coaches. Watching the other kids and figuring your place in the pecking order. Then you are phoned a few days later and told your on the Giants, or *gasp* the Dodgers or the Yankees! Now your meeting your team mates, get your own sweet ass uniform with your last name on it and number(I was no.12 on every team including high school). Learning how to work as a team is awesome. Feeling a sence of belonging is great. Knowing your roll and executing it as flawlessly as possible. Developing a sense of worth. Sharing the thrill and empowerment of victory, and also the anger, dissapointment and sadness of defeat.

You make friends, you get a chance to please your parents. Or in my case please my team mates parents. Mine were not really around. You learn about American history. The history of the sport. The lifes and story of past and present legends. You find out about Jackie breaking the race barrier. Jumpin Joe shipping off to war. It gives you a really good timel ine of where we were at as a Nation through the lives of our heros. Our fathers hero's and his father before him. Sure you could say the same things about Football or Basketball. But, baseball was bigger, more publicized, romanticized or televised. It just has such a timeless story that almost all of us have had rammed in our collective concousness from birth. Most importantly it is just pure Americana. It is still growing and evolving, the soap opera never ends. As the racial demographic of our country changes so do the names and faces of the new elite. The Jews had Sandy the Mexicans had fatass Fernando, Cubans had Sammy(I could keep going for ever). There is always a man for you to look up to. To aspire to be like.

There is always a place for you in baseball. The game is a ritual and our passion for the sport habitual.

Teamwork, comradery, respect and sportsmanship. That diamond is a training ground and in ways a battle field. It lays the foundations for manhood.

Don't forget the perennially cracking elbow and shoulder from good ol' pop living vicariously through your dumb ass.

You've all been duped!

SoulMechanic
30th July 10, 12:18 AM
^^ Then why you trying to make your lil' Sid into such a Nancy?

jubei33
30th July 10, 08:09 AM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to SoulMechanic again.

I didn't know you liked baseball.

And moar Nolan Ryan.

Angry Mandrill
30th July 10, 09:13 AM
arooo! i love baseball, love going to games, especially. how'd i ever miss this thread?

wah. i too am unable to sodomize the soul mechanic with my rep bat.

edit: and we just got oswalt to go with halladay and hamels. rich gettting richer.

Japuma
30th July 10, 11:47 AM
The Phills have adapted the "we must win this year" mantra.

Not that I mind, just as long as they beat the goddamn Yankees

Angry Mandrill
30th July 10, 02:31 PM
tell me about it. we didn't have the pitching last year, but now there are no excuses.

SoulMechanic
30th July 10, 02:37 PM
The Padres are looking pretty damn dominant in the west...

Angry Mandrill
30th July 10, 02:55 PM
yessir they do.

but expectations are high here. the gm has given away all our prospects for winning right now. our farm system is, well, producing no crop.

basically, the same team as last year and better pitching means we oughtta do at least as well as last year (in true sports fan logic, lol). so if we don't get by the padres in the postseason that means we didn't deserve a shot at the yanks anyway.

but if you guys go, beat the goddamn yankees, wouldja?

Kein Haar
30th July 10, 07:42 PM
Ask the Japanese why they like it. I'm sure they have a better answer.

Soul Mechanic stole all of that from City Slickers, by the way. Verbatim.

SoulMechanic
30th July 10, 07:48 PM
Fucking liar.

Robot Jesus
5th August 10, 07:38 PM
no other sport requiers as much drinking to enjoy

SoulMechanic
5th August 10, 07:44 PM
Well RJ what about Golf?














Oh wait, you said sport LOL

Ajamil
5th August 10, 10:17 PM
Fishing.

DAYoung
6th August 10, 02:42 AM
It's OK. But it's not cricket.

Cullion
6th August 10, 04:25 AM
Do you like Cricket DAY?

I've never had the patience for the sport itself, but I do enjoy an excuse to sit on a village green drinking in the sun without getting moved on by the police.

DAYoung
6th August 10, 04:37 AM
I do like cricket, yes. I'm not fanatical, but I enjoy watching it more than football.

I'd like to get to more games - cricket and football - but it's just not a priority (next to work, parenting, fitness).

Cullion
6th August 10, 05:45 AM
Are you talking about Aussie rules football ?

DAYoung
6th August 10, 04:06 PM
Yes. But the same goes for rugby union, gridiron, soccer.

SoulMechanic
7th August 10, 02:06 PM
But it's not cricket.

Thank god for that.

Angry Mandrill
1st October 10, 09:40 AM
The Padres are looking pretty damn dominant in the west...

you are 2 down in the wild-card race. if we go all out against the braves you guys are in. if we run out the scrubs you guys are out.

pm me for payment details.

SoulMechanic
1st October 10, 10:15 AM
I knew this post was coming.

Angry Mandrill
1st October 10, 10:24 AM
my friend, after 125 years of royal, committed suckage, the phils are burning bright as the sun. forgive me if i bask in the heat and light a bit before the next ice age descends.

SoulMechanic
1st October 10, 10:28 AM
I still think its harder to be a Padres fan. But seriously, hook us up. As stated you guys already know how it feels to come from a long lineage of failure.

OZZ
9th July 11, 12:18 PM
I'm not a huge fan of baseball...I like playing it and was a 3rd basemen growing up, and I will go to a live game if I am offered tickets at a cheap price( last year I went to see Toronto against the Red Sox), but I have never really enjoyed watching it on TV. I tune in to the World Series and a few playoff games here and there, but I don't follow it closely.
However, I was flipping through the sports page today and reading an article about the pathetic state of the Blue Jays organization - I knew they had not been in contention for quite a while, but I didn't know that they hadn't even qualified for the playoffs in 18 YEARS !!
That's almost two decades! WTF ??
Also, the Yankees , on average, spend $100 million more on salaries than the Jays do? How the hell are other teams going to be competitive with the richer one's if there is no salary cap?
Shouldn't MLB impose a salary cap to level the playing field a bit? If not, why?
The NHL did and its really helped make things better for the league, in my opinion.

Robot Jesus
9th July 11, 12:42 PM
salary caps are socialism, any introduction of such policies will stifle competition and lead to an end of freedom. Just look at how the NFL has suffered under these policies, it's turned into a big soviet nazi jew clusterfuck.
Socialism is always wrong.

SoulMechanic
9th July 11, 02:56 PM
This video is a perfect analogy for the MLB.
Steroids represent the overinflated value placed on players worth. The right and left biceps are the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies ect. Obviously the man represents the league as a whole. Now watch what happens.
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See that? When the money is only concentrated on a certain select teams, like muscles chaos will eventually ensue causing great harm to the organization/human body as a whole. Thus putting the whole operation into jeopardy. Just like a bloody, infected and leaking bicep teams like the Dodgers cannot even sustain the unatural growth. They are ranked number 4 in the league in team salary with a whopping $138,998,524 and they are in fucking bankruptcy and in debt to their own players! This is fucking ridiculous. I feel your pain OZZ, honest I do. As a lifelong Padres fan I have seen amazing teams on the cusp of greatness surgically dissected by the bloated wallets of other organizations. First basemen Adrian Gonzalez is just the most recent case of this for the Pads. Unfortunatly guys like Tony Gwynn are always the exception to the rule. A salary cap is the only thing that is going to save the MLB from the downward spiral they are in. I need to stop thinking about this or I'm gonna get physically ill.

Look this over and tell me there is no flaw in the way the league is operating.
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/salaries/teams

SoulMechanic
9th July 11, 02:57 PM
salary caps are socialism, any introduction of such policies will stifle competition and lead to an end of freedom. Just look at how the NFL has suffered under these policies, it's turned into a big soviet nazi jew clusterfuck.
Socialism is always wrong.
You are either a weak ass troll or a total fucking moron.

Spade: The Real Snake
9th July 11, 07:18 PM
this isn't baseball, but the Arizona Cardinals went 63 seasons without a playoff win

Steve
9th July 11, 07:24 PM
That sounds about how long you've lived there... Bad luck is just as prevalent as good luck, you should move.

Spade: The Real Snake
9th July 11, 07:31 PM
Well, the Cardinals didn't move here until 1988, so I blame St. Louis.

Steve
9th July 11, 07:37 PM
You have a point.

resolve
9th July 11, 10:58 PM
I liked baseball as a kid. Did 3 years of it (2 on championship teams that got #1 in their league).

It's also a great game for pickup games and guys and girls can play it with each other easily enough. Not a huge amount of athleticism is required but skill and coordination is definitely needed.

If you truly want to understand baseball culture Cullion; if you have Netflix or access to something similar I suggest you watch the movie "The Sandlot".

Steve
9th July 11, 11:15 PM
Sandlot? Really??

A League of Their Own is a much better movie.

Dark Helmet
9th July 11, 11:30 PM
That Kevin Costner film was better. You will not see baseball the same way until you watch Tim Robins wearing garters.

Steve
9th July 11, 11:31 PM
Only you could make me think twice.

HappyOldGuy
9th July 11, 11:49 PM
That Kevin Costner film was better. You will not see baseball the same way until you watch Tim Robins wearing garters.

Just so we're clear. He's talking about the excellent Bull Durham. Not the shitty Field of Dreams.

Steve
10th July 11, 12:05 AM
Thanks, Cap't Obvious.

HappyOldGuy
10th July 11, 12:15 AM
That was for Cullions benefit. I'm worried about the effects of "if you build it they will come" on his impressionable libertarian sensibilities.

Spade: The Real Snake
10th July 11, 12:22 AM
Eight Men Out

Steve
10th July 11, 12:40 AM
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OZZ
10th July 11, 03:06 PM
The Natural is my favorite baseball movie..
Eight Men Out was pretty good, it doesn't romanticize the game and actually tells the Black Sox Scandal story.
To me, the most exciting thing in baseball is stealing bases..especially stealing home on a bad pitch in a close game.

resolve
11th July 11, 02:17 PM
I suggested the Sandlot because of how it portrays baseball the sport in kids' eyes.

If you know anything about developmental psychology, it makes a lot of sense to look at that movie if you are trying to understand the overall fascination with baseball.

SoulMechanic
11th July 11, 02:31 PM
But, but resolve, what about "Angels In The Outfield"?!??!

And you are all wrong, East Bound and Down is the perfect depiction of baseball and American life in general for that matter.

resolve
12th July 11, 01:36 PM
Never seen it, or heard of it for that matter.

NoBowie
12th July 11, 02:15 PM
What about "The Fan"?

OZZ
17th February 12, 11:20 AM
Not a huge baseball fan..but Gary Carter was one of my idols growing up and the reason I became a catcher in little league...
http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=388022

I always cheered for the Montreal Expos and when they moved from Canada to Washington, I basically stopped watching baseball.
RIP Gary

SoulMechanic
19th February 12, 04:25 AM
Ahhh man, Gary Carter. Brings back memories. Speaking of, I just want you guys to know that I wrote this thread at around 9 am on a wenesday morning drunk off of Steele Reserve. Man how times change...



edit. I mean I started this thread drunk before noon. Man that is pathetic.

Cullion
19th February 12, 07:05 AM
I kind of understood you were 3-sheets to the wind when you wrote that, but it was still a very good post.

Ajamil
24th February 12, 11:32 AM
Did anyone else see the Bases Loaded movies? It had a young Charlie Sheen as a hot pitcher from prison and various other colorful cast.

Spade: The Real Snake
24th February 12, 11:50 AM
It had the President Allstate as a Zulu Shaman.

resolve
24th February 12, 08:53 PM
Oh you mean Major League

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Spade: The Real Snake
24th February 12, 10:53 PM
^^^^^
jobu needs a refill


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