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Everything posted by Matt

  1. From what I'm seeing, this is IFF. IFF has nothing to do with whether a fielder attempted to field a fly ball; just what a fielder with ordinary effort could have done. I do think you called this too early, but the call itself was not incorrect.
  3. This happened to me today with a "catcher" (converted OF) with a throwing motion similar to a javelin thrower. 0 out, R1 steals, batter foul-tips it and comes across the plate. After I signal foul tip and begin my strike motion, F2's throwing hand comes up and glances off my right hand, sending the ball somewhere into the next state. In my case, it was UI that caused the ball to enter low-earth orbit, and not the batter in front of him. However, if the UI didn't impact it to that point, and the batter ends up with the ball in his ear, how would we rule? My initial analysis is that on UI, we return the runner unless the throw retires him. On BI, we return the runner and call the batter out unless the throw retires the runner. Thus, if we had both, we would either have the runner retired on the throw, or we enforce the BI (as the penalty would also encompass the UI outcome.) I'm just not sure.
  4. Looks like a nice shelf layout. I have a few of those designed and had one started in my last house.
  5. Yes. That's why I mentioned that's what actually occurred, and asked what would happen if both occurred.
  6. You know me not...
  7. The frame is being saved, and the logos are spoken for. I did find a pair of GD patent leather plate shoes that have never been used, as well...I wonder what else will come out of those boxes over the weekend. I'm still amazed at the timing of this. They were at the back of my storage unit, which I cleared out on Sunday with the move to my new house. This is almost as big of a coincidence as to when I got a new phone number, and within six hours, before I had a chance to send it out, my cousin from 1000 miles away drunk-dialed the wrong number...and got me.
  8. For those of you that know me IRL, you know this is a huge pet peeve of mine, and it's caused, ironically, by veterans who have a complex about waving their service in others' faces and the recent swing towards hero worship. As a nation, we had such a collective guilt towards the treatment of Vietnam veterans that we've overcompensated to the point where veterans are put on a pedestal and are not to be judged. Because of that, there's a subset of veterans (often wearing the "dysfunctional" label as a badge of honor) that feel entitled to special treatment because of their service (the guys that go around thinking they can violate HOA rules because they're being patriotic, the ones that complain when a business doesn't have a military discount, thinking that their political opinion matters more, etc.) Because of that aforementioned collective guilt, people take that at face value and give them what they want. This creates an atmosphere ripe for fraudulent claims and exploitation of false service because of our fear of calling veterans out. It's almost always a situation that goes untouched until the dysfunctional veteran or false veteran comes in contact with a veteran who doesn't have to have that pressure of being unquestioning. Rant over.
  9. Umm, no. They still have to run the bases legally.
  10. That's one way to put it. I won't add my choice of words.
  11. Yeah, I'm at the office right now. It's in better condition than the one heretofore posted, but definitely looks 20 years old (I got it in 1999 or 2000.) I also found my red +POS Jim Evans replacement pads...I wonder what other goodies are in there. Pics will happen probably late tonight.
  12. I keed...remember a few years back on the Salvi pads?
  13. Hmm...I remember how you didn't come through on those All-Star pads...
  14. I literally pulled it out of storage yesterday as part of my move. I had forgotten about this. I'll see if they're still around tonight.
  15. The other question is why he would have any reason to favor a team in an 8U game.
  16. Well, you said you called time (which you didn't, since you don't have that ability.) Did he? Also, if there wasn't a tag attempt, that runner can run pretty much wherever he wants.
  17. No out and you shouldn't have killed it. This is where they learn how to play.
  18. How did the runner make contact with the ball that prevented a throw from being attempted?
  19. To refresh one's memory and humor tank, we discussed this in this thread: Of course, at the time I did this, U-E was in its "no attachment" phase, and it slipped my mind to post it when they came back.
  20. I did this before the start of last season...with that exact vinyl. I don't know why the pictures aren't in the order that I uploaded, so they're out of order.
  21. That's what the rule says in this case. You may not like it, but that's the way it is.
  22. It is not a balk. It would be a balk at first or third.
  23. Until 1965, umpires called "Stop." Then because of cultural events, they had to change it to "Time" as the Supremes became more popular.