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This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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Signature Composition
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Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

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A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

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It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

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b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

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White Sox Grinder Rules

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  • White Sox Grinder Rules

    Here are the World Champion White Sox Grinder rules to live by.Follow these rules and you will live a happier life

    1. Win. Or die trying.
    4. Knowing what's coming and hitting what's coming- not the same thing.
    5. Every pitch is full count. Every inning, the ninth. Every game, game seven.
    6. The best seat in the house is often determined by the best players in the house.
    7. Grinder ball requires speed, defense, and discipline. And immigration.
    10. Only one statistic matters: W
    11. When jumping on the White Sox bandwagon, do not, I repeat DO NOT, keep your hands and arms inside the wagon at any time.
    21. Thieves will be punished. Swiftly, harshly and repeatedly.
    22. When attending a Chicago White Sox game, don't blink.
    23. When all is said and done, make sure you "done" more than you said.
    25. A good outfielder doesn't see the wall. He tastes it.
    26. Your hitting should serve as a warning. To low flying aircraft.
    27. Be a highlight reel.
    28. Always give fans something they can take away from the game. Like the other team's pride.
    30. Good enough, isn't.
    33. The best way to get out of a hole is to dig deeper.
    37. Never walk. Even when you walk.
    38 You're either counted on or counted out.
    39. Be a man. Play like a boy.
    43. Step up to the plate even if you're not stepping up to the plate.
    44. There is more to baseball than peanuts and cracker jacks.
    45. The best defense is a good win.
    46. Respect the past, people that are shoeless, and anyone named Joe.
    47. Flying does not make you superman. Getting up and making the throw to first for the force out, now that makes you Superman.
    54. If you can't take the heat get out of the batter's box.
    55. It's called stepping up to the plate for a reason.
    58. Don't throw back a home run ball.
    61. There is no "I" in team. But there is one in quit.
    65. Do not sit in the leftfield bleachers, home to Scott Podsednik.
    66. There is nothing loveable about losing.
    73. When bringing the family to a White Sox game know your limits.
    74. Believe in magic. Not magic numbers.
    78. Ixnay on talkin' about the ayoffsplay
    88. Make history, history.
    96. Expect the unexpected at U.S. Cellular field, home of the White Sox.
    98. Batters should fear your fastball. Not because it can get them out. Because it can knock them out.
    162. Crying in baseball is acceptable only if champagne burns your eyes.
    174. Hoist the city up on your shoulders. They'll return the favor.

  • #2
    My Favorites:
    1. Win. or Die Trying
    66. There is nothing loveable about losing.
    88. Make history, history.
    162. Crying in baseball is acceptable only if champagne burns your eyes.

    By the way, has anyone heard of a campaign slogan for the Sox in 2006? I wouldn't think it would be the same thing as 05 would it?
    Once a Sox, always a Sox
    Here's to The Big Hurt, the best White Sox there ever was

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    • #3
      #88 is the new one that they have hanging on the side of thew ballpark,overlooking the Dan Ryan Expressway.

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      • #4
        46. Respect the past, people that are shoeless, and anyone named Joe.
        I like that one.
        "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
        Carl Yastrzemski

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        • #5
          I like #28

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chisox73
            I like #28
            How about the cross-town team's pride?
            "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
            Carl Yastrzemski

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            • #7
              We already did that.Without them ever stepping on the field

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              • #8
                98. is great: Batters should fear your fastball. Not because it can get them out. Because it can knock them out.
                Think they're talking about Big Bobby?

                Also, I realized Pods is the only player actually mentioned in any of the rules
                Once a Sox, always a Sox
                Here's to The Big Hurt, the best White Sox there ever was

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GoSox!
                  98. is great: Batters should fear your fastball. Not because it can get them out. Because it can knock them out.
                  Think they're talking about Big Bobby?

                  Also, I realized Pods is the only player actually mentioned in any of the rules
                  Yes on Bobby.

                  Also,the Scott Posednik one was funny when it was on the radio because they meant that the left field bleachers weren't the best seats to take your date,because she'll fall in love with Scott.

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                  • #10
                    What does #73 mean?

                    Are the hot dogs expensive, or something?
                    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                    Carl Yastrzemski

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                    • #11
                      About $4.Except on Thursdays when they're $1 each.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Chisox73
                        Also,the Scott Posednik one was funny when it was on the radio because they meant that the left field bleachers weren't the best seats to take your date,because she'll fall in love with Scott.
                        Really? I was wondering what the meaning behind that one was.

                        As for the falling in love with Pods, sounds like the ladies are gonna have to look for a different man. Pods is getting married to Lisa Dergan sometime in February I think (correct me if I'm wrong.)
                        Last edited by Chisox; 01-27-2006, 05:54 AM.
                        Once a Sox, always a Sox
                        Here's to The Big Hurt, the best White Sox there ever was

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                        • #13
                          I knew they were engaged.She was with him on the parade bus.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chisox73
                            I knew they were engaged.She was with him on the parade bus.
                            Yep...Pods is one lucky guy
                            Once a Sox, always a Sox
                            Here's to The Big Hurt, the best White Sox there ever was

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                            • #15
                              Yeah.. some people have all the luck.Winning the World Series,and marrying a Playboy Playmate.

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