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  1. Maybe it's semantics, then. I mean, I've told the occasional coach "sight and sound, skip," when they've dis-invited themselves from the game. And if they had happened to refuse, then I'd tell the teams we're done. More than likely, that would spur someone to chase the idiot away, and we'd stay. If not, I'd kill it. On the other hand, I wouldn't call it a forfeit - at least, if it's a game that has some kind of sanctioning body. I'd write an incident report, and send it to my assigner, and let him and the league decide. If it's one of these rolling circuses that make up travel ball,
  2. Maybe, but does it then follow you gotta take a shot?
  3. Caution: Red ass about to reply. The above excerpt is where the entire tale probably started to go south. THIS is the point where the AC gets launched into the Sun. It's true in EVERY place that the only guy you listen to is the HC, and NO ONE gets to just charge out of the dugout at you. I've seen others say - people whose opinion I respect - to say something to this guy as he's coming, to give him a chance. But for my money, based on your description, I'd toss him, and sleep like a baby that night. For all we know when the HC made his comment, he may have been telling you a *
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    Baby, you haven't LIVED until you see me work those shoes.
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    I've gone back to dancing. Still working my way back to the main stage.
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    First One

    He got to say too much before you launched him, but at least you launched him.
  7. I'm learning a LOT about my fellow umpires these last couple months. For one, the fact the "it's just a bad flu" is STILL being sold simply astounds me. The lack of trust in the "mainstream media" - you know, what we older people call "the media" - and basic science facts and data is discouraging, at best. And there's a certain air of "aaaahh, F*#K those 3% people! They'll be *fine*!" being broadcast here. Just to remind you - that 3% figure cuts across the umpire community, too, fellas. I'm one of those high-risk people, and I feel like if I get it, there's a really, REALLY soli
  8. Sorry to step in the middle, but I got a lot of time on my hands. When I was in Virginia, I stayed out of HS postseason for most of my time, primarily for this sort of reason - we never use 3/4 man mechanics during the regular season, then the schools want it for The Big Games. And I'd made the philosophic/realistic decision that I was not going out on the field, to suck in the middle of important games for people, using a mechanic with which I'm unfamiliar. (Yes, I'll stipulate that's a coward's play. It is what it is.) Last year, I was in a different chapter here in Texas, and s
  9. Here's mine. I'm an IT guy, going back far too long, working for a major Defense Department. Where I work is at a form of minimized manning, but those in high-risk categories were to self-identify, notify their supervisor, and GTFO. (Note: they didn't actually SAY that last part, but it was pretty well implied in the email I received.) As a diabetic, with a side-order of "former cancer patient," I ID'd, and got out. (I don't have a solid read on how long after one finishes chemo before one is no longer "immunocompromised," although I've heard it can be as long as two years. No one in ou
  10. As of Friday, Texas is now done - not just school, but all championships and spring sports.
  11. As entertaining as this has been, imma try to bring it back to baseball, and our collective deal here. Regardless of when we "come back online" from this, the unpopular opinion I will proffer is: in our role as umpires, we don't have to worry about it. Because ball won't be part of the comeback, likely for the rest of this year. Why? There is NO way to play the game in a social distancing way. You work the plate, you are now well within the transmission range of every player that bats - so, minimum of 18 players. And really, any of their teammates/coaches, thanks to the transitive p
  12. I hate to break it to you, but that's kinda a pipe dream. Today, the WH gave a new, more optimistic model of US-deaths, revising it down to 60,000 from 80,000. Still pretty horrific, but better. Here's the problem: the model that came up with that number assumes that social distancing, etc, be maintained through August. That would preclude normal (or perhaps "post-apocalyptic" would be better) life in June or July. New York *might* be on a plateau, but it's not on a downward cycle at all. And Michigan, Georgia, the DC/MD/VA area, etc, are all just getting started. We're pushing 2K dead
  13. They've closed Texas schools through at least 4 May, but for the life of me, I can't imagine why they'd bother trying after that (can't remember how deep into the year they usually go). So I'm trying to just reconcile myself with losing the rest of the year. At least I got a dozen or so in before the hammer dropped, and I seemed to be making a name for myself - a good one, I mean! - with my new group, so maybe something to build on, post-dystopia.
  14. Counterpoint? "They give you that stick for a reason, son"
  15. I know I said I'd only post that one post. Looks like I lied. As of tonight, the Washington Post "scoreboard" for this SH*#show - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/mapping-spread-new-coronavirus/?itid=hp_hp-banner-main_virus-resource-box-v3%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans if following the end of the world fascinates you like it does me - shows more than 46,000 cases with 610 dead. Unfortunately, I didn't write specific stats in that last post, which, just to underscore the horror-show nature of it all - was only *five* days ago. And I guaran-damn-tee those numbers I just quote
  16. If you were to see what I write on FB, you would know that I'm a couple things: 1) highly opinionated, and 2) a political animal. (You can't really grow up in the DC area, and not be the second of those, I wouldn't think.) And I know that even clicking the "Quote" button to START a reply - with *me* typing - has the potential to turn this thread into to an utter SH*#show. So I don't want to get too nutty (edit: I wrote like another 6-7 paragraphs, so I may not have hit that target). But even the other day when I first read this paragraph, it ..... gave me pause. I really, really,
  17. Welcome. But dude, your timing is BRUTAL. Private schools in Texas went down Friday, and they're out through 12 April, and then publics went down that evening, until at least 29 March. And we were already about two weeks into it. Hope you find the site useful!
  18. About 1 1/2 hours ago, it was announced that all public interscholastic events in Texas are done through 29 March.
  19. We're just coming out of spring break here, but TASO just announced that the private school league/conglomerate/association in Texas has killed all spring sports until 12 April. And don't go so rough on this being a "media thing," gang. The people hoarding TP are enormous [bad redacted word] [less bad redacted word]s, with NO help from outside sources. It's been happening in other countries, and despite everyone laughing at all the memes, that say VERY explicitly that TP's not a need or requirement in relation to this, Americans are showing that we can be just as stupid as EVERYbody els
  20. Look, we can get this done - we're ALL gonna have a lot of free time on our hands soon, the way this is playing out. @beerguy55, I'll take south-central Texas, and just door-knock - always remaining 6' away from everyone I talk to, of course. Let's get a sign-up sheet going, fellas!
  21. I'm assuming it would be dickish of me to say that I worked games 31-33 of my year yesterday? Imma say it anyway.
  22. Wait. Didn't we have someone - possibly in this very thread - quote some NFHS-approved write-up, where a kid was the player/DH, and was pitching, and was taken out more than once (I don't know how that would work in real life, either), but still stayed in as DH? And the 'logic' was that being the DH kept him tied into the game? I thought it was nonsense at the time, and now this latest couple would confirm my instincts were right. (I will search, but just wanted to throw this post out here.) Again: will be spending a lot of time yelling at clouds this year.
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    Pitchers Glove

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  24. Seriously, are we not doing "phrasing" any more??
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