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    A Night in the Stands

    Ok. I am home for the weekend before I head to our High A and AA clubs to do some evaluations. My wife's work bought a ton of seats in the OF so everyone could come out and enjoy a game. Perfect night for Baseabll too. If I am home I always go to this event every year. I get to put faces to all of the names my wife talks about when she tells me endless work stories. A lot of kidding around and a lot of fun had by all.

    Usually about the 3rd inning all of the guys shift to one side and the ladies all huddle up and do whatever it is women do when the huddle up. Reminds me of an eighth grade dance. Boys on one side, girls on the other.

    Anyway, a lot of the guys know I work in Baseball. I get asked about 500 questions a minute. No big deal, but some are doozies. Sometimes I wonder if they just make up outrageous questions just so they will have one to ask. Here are some of my favorite questions AND some of the comments I heard tonight: I can not post my answers word for word because I would be suspended from RZ immediately.

    1) How come the Reds didn't get someone like Pedro Martinez or Curt Schilling at the deadline? We could give up Milton and Griffey. WOW! Great idea. Next question.

    2) Do you think if Griffey bunted more he could hit .300? Seriously?

    3) My favorites are the "I heard" statements: I heard the Reds were trying to get Barry Larkin to come back to play SS for the second half.... If people think Royce is having a tough time try watching Larkin make a comeback

    4) There was a nice young lady that my wife works with who is quite boisterous. She can not stand JR. I don't know why she hates him but I actually thought her antics were hilarious at times. Even if she was only embarassing herself. This was my favorite. I can not remember who the hitter was but he hit a flare to CF for a base hit. Looked like he hit one off the end of the bat. The ball landed 30 maybe 40 feet in front of JR and he fielded it on the 5th hop. Unless you put an extra fielder exactly between 2B and CF this ball is NEVER caught. She turns to her Boyfriend and says... "SEEEEEE what I am talking about, anybody else gets that for an out!!! He's just too damn lazy to go get it! (I am just shaking my head) SO THEN about a batter or two later she starts on this. "Look he's not even paying attention!! He's not even ready!! Get in the Game Griffey!!" Apparently she wants JR to immediately run back to his position and face the pitcher while the batter is still in the on deck circle. I looked and saw that the batter indeed had just taken the donut off his bat and was walking to the plate. NOT READY? If you say so Miss. (Mind you she was not drinking)

    5) Several LaRue detractors in the stands were making the night a lot of fun. The endless barrage of insults would have made Rodney Dangerfield a proud papa. There was ONE LaRue fan. She's screaming "C'Mon Jason Baby, hit it to MAMA" (We're in the 2nd deck in LF) Jason squares to bunt, puts a good one down and she is clappin' and hollerin'. (rightfully so, he did a good job) The guy behind her SAYS "Well, that stupid little bunt will make his AVERAGE GO DOWN, so I'M not sure what your so excited about" Sure glad he's not my scorekeeper!

    6) The one guy I talked to the most is really into baseball and should be posting here. I told him about the site and he said he'd take a look. (Hope you're lookin' buddy) I believe EE was on 3rd and Phillips was on 1st. Guy next to me says "Narron's going to squeeze. What do you think?" I replied "I would try to steal 2nd before I would squeeze but only after Cox pitches out once or twice" And wouldn't you know.... a squeeze and a pitch out. BTW Jerry why did you do that? Everyone in the park knows Dino can lay one down and you like to squeeze.

    7) Two guys that I am not sure were with our party were talkin' baseball with us. Real big guy, buzz haircut looks like a regular guy says to his buddy "You know why the Reds are in last place don't ya.... Their pitchin' sucks" Well, he got some of it right at least.

    8) My daughter told all the other little girls that I could ge them autographs. Thanks sweetheart. I'm sure Mommy will have a fun day tomorow telling people that Daddy can not and will not do that. She also told a few other people that she has a little brother. (Which she does not) AND that we didn't bring him because he is grounded and we left him in the closet. Nice. I was half expecting to the see the Police when I got home.


    Just thought I would share. It was fun going to the game and sitting in the OF. Hard to see the batter but the concession lines were small.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    Re: A Night in the Stands

    I think that lady talking about Jr. posts on this board under a bunch of different names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razor Shines 1B
    I think that lady talking about Jr. posts on this board under a bunch of different names.
    I would not bet against you on that!
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    8) My daughter told all the other little girls that I could ge them autographs. Thanks sweetheart. I'm sure Mommy will have a fun day tomorow telling people that Daddy can not and will not do that. She also told a few other people that she has a little brother. (Which she does not) AND that we didn't bring him because he is grounded and we left him in the closet. Nice. I was half expecting to the see the Police when I got home.

    HAHAHAHAHA Thanks for sharing what you heard from people around you. Good for a great laugh. I think Spitball nailed it on the head when small people feel embolded to act like jerks at the ballpark because they are hidden by the crowd.

    There were 3 older men sitting near us with their wives last night. They were screaming all of the typical anti-reds stuff when ever they made the slightest mistakes. Some of their rantings sounded vaguely familur.....but I digress. They rode Clayton hard all night and went into total hystronics when he muffed a play early in the game. From them on it was "great trade Krivsky this" and great trade Krivsky that".

    One jerk was in the middle of a choice anti-Clayton rant when he (Clayton) launched a 2 run homer. Oddly enough, he (Jerk in stands) meekly sat down and was much quieter for a few minutes.
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    It is amazing what buying a ticket allows some fans what they think that they have the liberty to do so.

    The last couple of times out, I've been my boys and it seems like the fans I speak to are actually knowledgeable about stats and trends. Then there are the drunks who pop $50 or more a night. 95% of the rest of them fall in between.
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    Re: A Night in the Stands

    Sounds like a game thread field trip
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    BTW Jerry why did you do that? Everyone in the park knows Dino can lay one down and you like to squeeze.
    And everyone knows Bobby loves the to PO... unless of course we have been paying attention to his last 2 seasons, since he only had 33... but he did have 90 one year too. The whole PO world has taken a big hit the last couple of years. LaRussa had 79 in 97 and only 25 over the past 3 years, the demise of the bunt also takes away the idea of the PO. There is a good chance that that play was telegraphed, or a sign was just picked.

    Narron BTW averages 7 PO every 162 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner
    HAHAHAHAHA Thanks for sharing what you heard from people around you. Good for a great laugh. I think Spitball nailed it on the head when small people feel embolded to act like jerks at the ballpark because they are hidden by the crowd.

    There were 3 older men sitting near us with their wives last night. They were screaming all of the typical anti-reds stuff when ever they made the slightest mistakes. Some of their rantings sounded vaguely familur.....but I digress. They rode Clayton hard all night and went into total hystronics when he muffed a play early in the game. From them on it was "great trade Krivsky this" and great trade Krivsky that".

    One jerk was in the middle of a choice anti-Clayton rant when he (Clayton) launched a 2 run homer. Oddly enough, he (Jerk in stands) meekly sat down and was much quieter for a few minutes.

    Sounds an awful like the gamethread from Reds Live last night. Did they have labtops?


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