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Baseball Fever Policy

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

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

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  • #16
    ok number 5.

    5. I was batting (I'm not the best hitter in the world). I hit a medium bouncer to 3B who got it on 2 hops and he didn't bobble it. I was able to leg it out. OK it is 75 foot bases but. It was this year
    The Best Sim Legaue


    • #17
      One of my most memorable moments was in the league championship game when I was in 6th grade. I started and played like four innings, and in one of my at bats I crushed a two-bagger that drove in two runs. We ended up winning the game 10-8. Great thing about those playoffs was that we were the fourth seed out of four teams but went 3-1 in the double-elimination tournament to win it all.

      Oh, and another one happened when I was in 3rd grade. We had a runner on second and I was at the plate. A pitch went behind my back and hit my bat and rolled fair down the first base line. Everyone just stood around until the third base coach said, "RUN." So the pitcher ran over and picked up the ball to throw me out at first, but he completely missed and threw the ball into right field. My teammate scored and on the throw home I went to second. That was pretty interesting.


      • #18
        There was one year that i didn't have my uncle be my coach because i wanted to see if it would be any better or worse...well i went to the coach told him i could pitch and play 1st and 3rd he sticks me in right field the whole season and doesn't let me next year i go back to my his team strike out the coaches son every time he came up to bat and also hit a homerun off his son while he pitced...we ended up beating them 14-2...i still have the homerun ball in my room


        • #19

          I was coaching an 9-10 year old team. My worst player comes up to bat, poor kid was just terrible. He quickly gets two strikes on him. All the sudden he turns to the umpire and says something, I can't hear what was said. Suddenly he runs off the field, the umpire calls time and tells me to get another batter.
          What's the matter I asked?
          The boy had to go take a leak, the ump replied.

          Of course I take one of my best players and put him up to hit. The coach on the other team goes nuts. He tells me I had this all planned and I just wanted to get my best player up to bat.

          I smiled and gently whispered to the coach....."coach, I can't make this stuff up because this is just too funny."
          Then I told the coach to pick any player I had on the bench to hit, after all I thought that was only fair. Besides, I was laughing so hard that I really didn't care about the "at bat" anymore.



          • #20
            I only played one season of organized baseball, when I was nine. In my first game, we were losing 12-0, and the opposing pitcher was one out away from a perfect game. I stand in, watch a ball and a strike go by, foul tip the next pitch, and then...THUD. Right off my left arm. So that's my highlight: breaking up a perfect game.


            • #21
              1.I was playing in a first round playoff game. I was playing firstbase and the ball was hit foul past the fence. I started to run after the ball and made a sliding catch in foul terriotory past the oppents dugout. It ended the inning and we were only down by one.(I was always put on the bad teams after my one team went 19-0).This got my whole team pumped. Too bad my parents weren't looking. We lost 1-0. Anyway when i got into the dugout I told my team mates it was do to the fact I played MVP Baseball 2004.(I was 12.)

              I always wanted to pull off the hidden ball trick.
              DON'T TRADE THE MELK MAN!!!!!!!!


              • #22
                I only started playing baseball when I was 25. During the 4 years before I played softball.

                One home game I was playing left field, where I had a very busy day. I caught a lot of lazy fly balls. But I also made a couple of diving catches, shoestring catches and a over-the-shoulder-grab.

                I don't remember if we won that game, but when I came out of the dressing room, our coach was talking with the coach of our oponent.

                The opponent's coach said:"Wow, your left fielder was awesome."

                You can imagine that I had a HUGE smile upon my face.


                • #23
                  mine are

                  1. catching a fly ball and throwing home to get the runner from mid center field.
                  2.getting an out then using the hidden ball trick.

                  3. always using the idden ball trick after our pitcher walked someone.
                  "It's deja vu all over again!"
                  -Yogi Berra-


                  • #24
                    OK, this is ancient history...when I was a kid, we started playing organized ball around 8, and the first season was 1/2 tee ball followed by 1/2 kid pitch. I was the only kid on the team who could throw strikes and was being groomed to pitch, so I was on the mound for our first game. Before the game started, I noticed that the prettiest girl in my grade, who was also in my class, was in the crowd...I started sweating bullets.
                    Being the first game, most of the kids were pretty bad at hitting off the tee, including me. About half the kids on the other team popped the ball up between the plate and the mound, and I handled all of the pops without an error...I guess 9-10 chances in 6 innings. My coach, who turned out to be a lunatic, was really happy with me and clapped me on the back after every half inning.
                    Next Monday in class, the girl walks up to me and tells me she saw me in the game. I said that I saw her there, too. Then, she gushed, "You caught SOOO many fly balls!!" I was the happiest guy in existence...I told her that it wasn't so hard, but she insisted that I must be really good. I was walking on clouds for days...
                    Anyway, never got the girl...also, made the league all star team, but didn't get to play because I was coming home from out of town and my father refused to bring my uniform to the Greyhound station and drive me to the game right away. Told me that it wasn't important enough for all that effort.
                    Family issues kept me from playing the next season and I just decided to not ask to play any organized sports after that because it just added to the strife in the household. That was my only organized baseball until I joined the NABA at age 25. I kept playing pickup ball and spent hundreds of hours at batting cages learning how to hit fast stuff in the meantime...but, breaking stuff was a revelation to me at that late age.
                    Please don't read me as being too parents had serious problems, and I'm grateful for what they were able to do for me despite them. I was never the big sports star again, but I became successful in other ways and still love to compete as best I can.

                    PS - for funny highlights, there was the time one of my teammates wet his pants and started crying during the game...
                    "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial


                    • #25
                      Last edited by EdmondsFan#1; 05-28-2007, 12:08 AM.


                      • #26
                        Striking out 17 batters in a 9-inning game. Granted, I also walked 10 and it was against the worst team my high school ever played (they were 2-23!), but I K'd 17 guys.
                        "They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
                        -Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                        Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.


                        • #27
                          I made a reenactment of Jim Edmond's diving-with-his-back-to-home-plate catch, only mine was at 2nd base. I think I was 10.

                          One senior league game we only had 7 guys show up. (5 guys were on the freshman team, and had practice the night of the game, I was in 8th grade so I was good to go) I played 3rd, SS, and LF all at the same time. I went 6-7 with a hr, 4 2b's, a triple and 7 rbi's. I threw out a runner at first, from shallow left, but we lost 13-12.

                          Probably my favorite was my 24-31 streak in high school. (.571 final average is 6th highest in 4-A Iowa history)

                          My favorite one that I had nothing to do with was a kid shattering (and I mean the entire friggin thing) a windshield with a home run.


                          • #28
                            I was pitching for my varisty baseball team as a Sophomore in high school. I struck out 17 batters and went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI's in route to a 9-0 shutout 3 hitter. Was given conference player of the week after going 4 for 5 in the next game with 2 HR's and a double.

                            Went 8 for 9 for the week with 2 hr's 3 doubles and 8 rbi's along with 17 K's and a 3 hit shutout.

                            I will never forget that week
                            "Remember, 90% of the game is half mental" - Yogi Berra


                            • #29
                              I stunk. Was always the worst player on my team.

                              So when, at age eleven or twelve, I struck out two batters in my pitching debut, I was the happiest kid on earth.

                              (Of course, I struck out the eighth and ninth hitters. Then I walked the bases loaded. Then I caught a dribbler to the mound and tossed it to the catcher. All I know about the next inning is that I didn't finish it. )
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                              • #30
                                While baseball has nearly always been my favorite sport to follow, I was and am better at competitive swimming so my baseball career was rather short (unfortunately, but you've gotta stick with what's working). However, I remember my very first T-Ball at-bat as a 4 or 5 year old. I cranked it (for a 4-year old) out of the infield and past the "outfielders". It was our first "game" and they really weren't sure what to do with it and I got homerun in my first at-bat. I'll never forget it.