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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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  • childhood baseball highlight

    I sure know mine..

    Williamsport Sectionals debut. My league, NSLL was not exactly a powerhouse (won district 5 times in 54 years... I was on the team for 2 of them in a row.)

    I got the start. First pitch of the game.. Home run. Two batters later.. Home run.. Quickly 2-0. After that, I was in the zone.. somehow. I threw twice as hard, faster than anyone there had ever seen. Hit the corners PERFECTLY, like a major leaguer. This kid was crowding the plate, and I threw the ball right on the inside corner, missing him by about two inches for a strike. Did it three times in a row for a strikeout. I struck out 13 guys that night, and retired 16 in a row after the home run. We won in extra innings.

  • #2
    My last year in Little League, one of the sponsors was a steakhouse and they put a sign in right-center for a free steak dinner if you hit it. I managed to ring it up four times, once on the fly and three others on a bounce. Coaches all thought I had a great opposite field swing, but the truth was even then I couldn't get around on a fastball
    Never confuse character with geography --- Red Smith
    Astros Daily


    • #3
      Did you get the steaks?


      • #4
        I was 12 years old and I had pitched the previous inning and when we were going up to bat I was going to go to the washroom but my coach told me thta I was leading off. One of the parents jokingly said to hit a homerun and then I could go to the washroom. Next pitch I hit it over the rightfield fence, however I didn't jog I sprinted around the bases.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Charger567
          Did you get the steaks?
          Yep, was able to treat most of the family to a dinner out, felt like the king of the world when my 12-yr-old butt strutted into the restaurant with the free dinner vouchers.
          Never confuse character with geography --- Red Smith
          Astros Daily


          • #6
            Actually I have one more. My city all stars coach thought I sucked, that I just made the team because my williamsport team got so far. The first game in, he told me to throw a change up, I refused. He said that if he saw one hit because I didn't throw a change up, he would take me out. I went out there, throwing the hardest I had ever thrown, and struck out batter after batter using only fastballs. I threw a no hitter, and had a double and two home runs at the plate.


            • #7
              I have the 2 game balls from my 2 1 hit shutouts from last year. As well as the my first homerun ball which was in the city championship semi finals.


              • #8
                One time when I was catching, a throw was coming in from CF to nail a guy at the plate. I caught it, and while I was dropping to block the plate, the guy absolutley demolished me. I didn't even see it coming (held onto the ball though ). But the ump didn't throw him out of the game because he said that "I was too far up the baseline". I had to, because the throw was up the line anyways.

                So three innings later, the same guy is at 3rd and the guy at the plate hits a fly ball to LF. The guy on third tags, but is DOA. I have the ball, and its deeply in my mitt and I am anchored at home waiting for the guy. But he decides to try to run me over again. This time I was ready, and I nailed Him. I brought my shoulder up at the last second, and he went down like a sack of potatoes. The ump ejected him that time, and there was almost a brawl. My teammates had to hold me back.

                Typically, I'm a gentle person. But when a guy runs you twice in the same game, in a NON-Contact league, I want to give him something in return. That is probably my highlight from youth baseball (so far).


                • #9
                  I've got a couple.

                  1) Playing catcher when I was about 12 I had the plate blocked with a runner coming around and the throw coming from RF. I got the ball and made a really quick/agressive tag that more resembled an axe-handle to the runner's face. He got called out, knocked out cold and lost 2 teeth.

                  2) Fouling a ball through the umpire's windshield when I was 10-ish.

                  3) Diving catch on a soft-liner up the middle while I was playing shortstop, I landed on 2nd base to double a guy off. The kicker to this story; it was t-ball and I was 6. Literally every parent in the park was just staring with a dropped jaw. AFter the game to my mom I was like "What's the big deal? Alomar does it all the time"
                  B.J. Birdie: 1979 - 1999. You will never be forgotten, death to Ace.


                  • #10
                    Happened last spring...

                    Just a real quirky basball team that went 10-0...wasn't the best team in the leauge, but we won almost all of our games by 1-2 runs. In the final playoff game, we were facing the best team in the league. 2 outs bases loaded, bottom of ninth, they are down one run, I'm playing shortstop. 3rd hitter(Colin) hits a double. There 4th hitter is up, a kid named Ryan, very big. He hits a long fly ball......the opposing team starts running out onto the field...and it curves foul by 5ft at most...hits my moms car ... Would have been a walk off home run. Next pitch is hit a mile high to the 3rd basemen...Colin pushes our 3rd basemen out of the way and he misses it. Ump calls it 3rd out due to interfernce. Eah-Yah!


                    • #11
                      Forgot to mention this one...when I was 12 my team turned a triple play Runner on 1st and 2nd, batter hits a line drive, for some stupid reason the runners break 2Bman catches it throws it over to me at 2nd and I relay it over to 1st. Probably greatest moment teamwise so far in youth baseball, either that or getting 3rd in OBA's (Provincial championships).


                      • #12
                        Didn't have much experience. Best thing I did was get hit by a pitch, I went to second on a wild pitch. I went to third on another wild pitch and the next thing I knew, I saw the ball whiz past my chest and into left field so I ran home and scored a run. My only run the entire season. My other highlights were various walks and hit-by-pitches, and two foul balls and a pop up to short.

                        I also felt a good sense of satisfaction of doing exactly what I was supposed to do on a ground ball single to right field: kneel down, glove in front, get the ball and throw it to the cutoff man.

                        That's it.
                        Last edited by SamtheBravesFan; 10-02-2006, 11:33 PM.
                        46 wins to match last year's total


                        • #13
                          I made the All-Star team a couple times. One of the things they liked about me was that I was a good bunter, and a switch-hitter.


                          • #14
                            My baseball career was short lived, sort of like Eddie Gaedel, only I played one more game than him. I was either nine or ten years old and I decided I wanted to play baseball instead of watching and taking stats. So I ended up playing with my younger brother's team and I hit for the cycle in my only game with them. I was the only player on the team to not have a jersey number and despite my great performance the team lost their first game. My only other game was with the correct age group and I walked in my only plate appearance.

                            Career Stats (short-lived)

                            2nd member of the Peter Moylan Fan Club


                            • #15
                              Ok here are my 5 greatest moments:

                              1. I was like 10 playing Parks and Rec I got walked then I took second when everyone was just standing there.

                              2. Again playing parks and rec (I was 10 still) I stole second but the ump said I left to early so I was able to run back to first BEFORE they tagged me. Then they over threw the 1st baseman so I got 2nd.

                              3. I was playing this year at 3B the ball hit off my knee to my SS who threw the runner out at first.

                              4. I was playing SS and my mom said she commented on how deep I was playing. The ball was hit between SS and 3B. I got it on the hop (backhanded) then threw and with ALL my momentum going to LF threw a strike to 1st to get the guy out.

                              BRB w/ the 5th one.
                              The Best Sim Legaue