Re: Keeping score a dying art.
As a kid, my dad was teaching me how to keep score at a Reds game one summer at Riverfront. We were sitting in the first row of the red seats right behind home plate. We were both looking down at the scorecard as he explained some detail when something smacked against the empty seat next to us. Confused, we looked down onto the walkway and realized it was a foul ball. I was crushed knowing I had a chance to catch a real foul ball but I was too busy with my scorecard.
Although I haven't kept score while attending a Reds game since, I love to keep score and I'm in my mid-twenties. I used to draw up my own scorecard with a piece of notebook paper and a ruler and keep score as I listened to the Reds on the radio. I like to keep score at minor league games and during World Series games as I watch on TV. Does that make me a dork?
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"