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On 8/4/2021 at 6:07 AM, flyingron said:

Juuust a bit outside.

I say this or "hit the bull" at conversational volume for those. I get fewer and fewer laughs or nods of recognition with every passing year.

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On 6/1/2021 at 8:55 AM, noumpere said:

Strikes --> Outs

Outs --> Innings

Innings --> Completed Games

Games --> Paychecks

Paychecks --> Beer

Beer --> Sleep

Sleep is good.  Call more strikes.

I need this on a T-Shirt!

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On 5/29/2021 at 11:01 AM, maven said:

I also call each pitch by number (Ball 1, Strike 1, etc.), and announce the count about every 3rd pitch or when otherwise needed. 

Similar to this - differences: 

  • I call each pitch but do not give the number. 
  • I usually try to announce the count on every other pitch -- but that really depends on the action in progress.  Frequent throws to first, etc. 
  • I always announce the count before putting the ball back into play.  ("3-1, Play!") It gets a little redundant on the fourth foul ball in a row, but I'd rather do that to keep my internal timing.  

I always make sure to hold up both fists for a full count, though.  /s

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On 9/21/2021 at 7:21 AM, BrainFreeze said:

I always make sure to hold up both fists for a full count, though.  /s

What is this? /s = Sarcasm? Smile? Sarcastic smile?

Both fists are not "full count". Two fists can be interpreted as "no count". 3 balls & 2 strikes, 3–2 – or a "full count" in the parlance of the players and public – is given with 3 fingers on the left, and 2 on the right. 

Show one (modern) Professional umpire that gives a "full count" with two fists. 

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It was a good, beneficial post until that last bit. Pay me no mind if you were being sarcastic.

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On 5/31/2021 at 7:11 PM, noumpere said:

And when it's really close, it should sound like "STRIKE!"

If you do this to sell it as a ball why can't you sell it as a strike?

 

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18 hours ago, MadMax said:

It was a good, beneficial post until that last bit. Pay me no mind if you were being sarcastic.

I never thought I'd say this, but you need to spend more time on the Internet. :laugh:

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony_punctuation ...

"It is common in online conversation among some Internet users to use an XML closing tag: </sarcasm>. Over time, it has evolved to lose the angle brackets (/sarcasm) and has subsequently been shortened to /sarc or /s (not to be confused with the HTML end tag </s> used to end a struck-through passage)."

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17 minutes ago, kylehutson said:

I never thought I'd say this, but you need to spend more time on the Internet.

Hey! Ease up on me! I'm one of the Gen-X'ers that built the bloody thing! I know it's a rotten cesspool!

Besides, he (BrainFreeze) is new here... I'm used to seeing our handy sarcastic emoji warning :sarcasm:

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7 minutes ago, MadMax said:

Hey! Ease up on me! I'm one of the Gen-X'ers that built the bloody thing! I know it's a rotten cesspool!

Me too, but it's a fun rotten cesspool. And it's also a big part of my day-job.

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40 minutes ago, MadMax said:

Hey! Ease up on me! I'm one of the Gen-X'ers that built the bloody thing! I know it's a rotten cesspool!

Besides, he (BrainFreeze) is new here... I'm used to seeing our handy sarcastic emoji warning :sarcasm:

Easy Big Guy! Ya don't wanna blow a seal on that vintage model Gen X cardio system!

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On 9/27/2021 at 3:56 PM, MadMax said:

What is this? /s = Sarcasm? Smile? Sarcastic smile?

Both fists are not "full count". Two fists can be interpreted as "no count". 3 balls & 2 strikes, 3–2 – or a "full count" in the parlance of the players and public – is given with 3 fingers on the left, and 2 on the right. 

Show one (modern) Professional umpire that gives a "full count" with two fists. 

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It was a good, beneficial post until that last bit. Pay me no mind if you were being sarcastic.

Sorry for the slow response -- this has been a fun tangent! 

Thank you @kylehutson for the assist. 

@MadMax, another good one is /rant -- hehe. 

Enjoy the next to last weekend of Fall Ball -- my games are starting this afternoon and it's stopped raining :)

 

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