Updated Baseball Fever Policy

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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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.

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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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Signature Content
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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.

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2013 IP Success Thread

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  • Monday Sept 2, 2013
    NY Mets at Atlanta Braves
    Turner Field

    Rain pregame again. No Sutton, oh well.

    Inside, rain stopped, no one there, no batting practice. Braves pitchers are throwing over he goes.

    Kris Medlen (1/1)- 8X11 calls Sam out in a funny manner saying, 'Man,you sUre like to graph" . We have a close mutual friend so it was all in jest.
    Anthony Varvaro- (1/1) - 2012 Gwinnett Braves Card really nice signature with every letter looking clean. He scribbled someone else's team ball. It is a nice graph.
    Scott Downs (4/4)- Banged out every card we had. '12 Topps, '10 UD, '10 Topps and '13 Topps. First time getting him. He was nice

    On our 2nd Team ball of the year:
    Alex Wood
    Luis Avilan
    Kameron Loe

    Mets side:
    Dillon Gee- '12 Topps

    Zach Wheeler told people he wasn't signing while talking to a friend along the sideline ( as he is from the area and had friends here).
    He also told them that Matt Harvey was not on this trip.

    Went home after first pitch, but went back to post game as the weather was nice:
    Only got one but...
    Craig kimbrel (1/1)- Gwinnett Braves 2013 Bobblehead. nice sig on the hat brim. He is one of the nicest sogners on the team

    Saw signing but missed or had nothing for :
    Andrellton Simmons
    Kameron Loe

    This turns out to be our last game of the homestand as we did not go tonight and tomorrow's game is at 12:10.

    Really great homestand for Sam
    Now interested in Bobbleheads and Autographs. Sam's Twitter is The_MLBeast


    • Monday Sept 23 2013
      Milwaukee Brewers at Braves
      Turner Field

      All inside:

      Norichika Aoki (1/2) 2012 Topps Rookie
      Aramis Ramierez (1/7) 2009 Topps
      Jonathan Lucroy (1/2) 2012 Topps
      Carlos Gomez (5/5) 2009 UD 1st edition, 2009 2010 2011 2012 Topps
      Juan Francisco ( 3/3) 2010 International League set, 2010 Topps Rookie, 2012 Topps. This was a nice surprise as he never signed for us as a Brave
      Dale Murphy (2/4) '87 Donruss. '90 Donruss
      Fredi Gonzalez (1/1) 2012 Topps Team Card

      All in all a good day especially with the Gomez, but we really wanted Segura.

      Wedensday Sept 25, 2013
      Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta
      Turner Field

      Rain all day led us to figure batting practice wouldn't happen but Jason Heyward had tweeted last night that he would sign during bp today so Sam really wanted to get there in time. I got stuck a work and our friend in crime couldn't go, so Sam hoofed it over by foot and got there late. But it was ok as the Braves did not have bp and Jason Heyward didn't sign.

      So Sam went and got..

      Aoki ( 1/1) 2013 Topps
      Younesky Betancourt (1/5)2013 Topps Brewer card

      And then: Jean Segura (1/1) 2013 All Star ball. A big score and our goal was met , but then the night got better. I was driving over to the stadium from work to get Sam and I was listening to the pregame which I rarely do. They mentioned that Billy Wagner was on his way over to the booth and I texted Sam to let him know that Wagner was there. Score!!!!!
      Billy Wagner (2/2): ROMLB Sweet spot 422 Saves Inscription, ROMLB Sweet spot no inscription. Billy has a book out and is doing some book signing here for a few days, but this was much easier. His signature is amazing.

      So as we wind down the regular season, this was a nice series for a team that has lost most of its luster and some crappy weather. We plan on hitting 2 or 3 of the last four Phillies games coming up.
      Now interested in Bobbleheads and Autographs. Sam's Twitter is The_MLBeast


      • Another season in the books. Well at least until the Dodgers finish off the Braves this week.

        It was a poor season for A2 and me. Busy schedules and the long distance led us to only two games this year. TWO stinkin' games! At least one of them was Chipper's big day (v. D-Backs).

        God willing though; next year my family and I will be moving to the ATL area and will be close enough to be at least semi-regulars.

        I look forward to starting over in 2014.

        P.S. - If the Braves make it to the World Series, a third visit to the Ted will be in order.
        If I had only spent a tenth of the time studying Physics that I spent learning Star Wars and Baseball trivia, I would have won the Nobel Prize.


        • Thursday Oct 4, 2013
          LA Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
          NLDS Game 1

          Sam got outside pregame and really got very little. He was aiming for Cal Ripken Jr and whatever else came his way. Dodgers mostly took the bus so there was nothing going on there as the bus drives too far in to graph.

          He went to the Media side and waited for Cal....Up walks Tommy Lasorda. He commented on how polite Atlanta fans were after Sam asked "Mr Lasorda, would you please sign?" In California they shove balls in his face and yell Sign Sign he said. Always nice to hear that your son is being perceived as being polite.

          Tommy Lasorda ( 1/1) ROMLB sweet spot

          Inside: No Dodgers are signing, which is odd as they are usually very nice here. Perhaps it is first game of the playoffs jitters. Sam is with a bunch of people trying to get Puig. Not sure he is worth the effort as MAGIC JOHNSON is there too. Hellooo!!!

          After doing a string of tv interviews, Magic goes int eh stands and signs away, two friends of Sam's get him on Sweet Spots and Sam is not moving. I finally ask him why isn't he trying for Magic, and he kinda shrugs and heads over to his section. Luckily the security guard that is in charge of the area likes Sam because Sam is polite and doesn't cause problems. The guard helps Sam get Magic's attention and he welcomes Sam over.
          Magic Johnson (1/1)- SI cover reprint with Matt Kemp. Guess who we are trying for today to finish this out.

          We have a report from the Phillies we will post over the weekend, and if the season goes as last night goes I guess we will have our baseball top ten list next week.
          Now interested in Bobbleheads and Autographs. Sam's Twitter is The_MLBeast


          • RedsFest haulage.

            I had all of the "big names" on multiple items so I concentrated on some of the other players. The only person that I had on my list that I did not get to was Manny Parra. Here is the list.

            Pedro Beato 1/1
            Todd Benzinger 1/1 (this was a clean up as I got him several years ago but he "side paneled" my ball. Got the sweet spot this time)
            Jeff Brantlley 1/1
            Marty Brennaman 1/1 (signed a multi signed 20 X 30 canvas print)
            Thom Brennaman 1/1
            Tom Browning 2/2 (signed a multi signed 8 X 10 canvas print from his perfect game...could have gotten him on 100 items if I had that many LOL)
            Nick Christiani 1/1
            Eric Davis 1/1 (signed his book Born to Play:The Eric Davis Story)
            Mariano Duncan 1/1 (signed a multi signed 12 X 16 photograph)
            Phillip Ervin 1/1
            George Foster 1/1
            Danny Graves 1/1 (got him leaving the building LOL)
            Danny Jackson 1/1 (signed a multi signed mini-helmet)
            Walt Jocketty 1/1
            Ryan LaMarre 1/1
            Eddie Milner 1/1 (signed a multi signed 20 X 30 canvas print)
            Ron Oester 1/1 (signed a multi signed 8 X 10 canvas print from Browning's perfect game)
            Curtis Partch 1/1
            Bryan Price 1/1
            Joe Price 2/2 (signed a multi signed 20 X 30 canvas print)
            Skip Schumaker 1/1
            Mario Soto (signed a multi signed 20 X 30 canvas print)


            • Scans of my (and my son's) Redsfest signatures are posted on my blog.

              Tom Browning, Danny Graves, Dmitri Young, Chris Welsh, Eddie Milner, Ted Power, Nick Christiani, Curits Partch, Phil Ervin, Dan Driessen, Jack Billingham, Jay Bruce. Was able to get three more 1984 Topps signed, now up to 16 of 33 Reds cards (including Traded).
              The Writer's Journey