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Wednesday Softball Blogging

First Wednesday softball game since, um, May (lots of travel and rain). Did pretty well at the plate (5-for-6 with a double, 4 runs, and an RBI), but very hit-and-miss in rightfield, with an even distribution of nice plays and awful ones. Alas, the Sunday game has been canceled due to lack of interest. Damn shame, that.

2007 Stats: 7 games, .769 BA (40-52), 1.019 SLG, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 25 runs, 18 RBI.

Career Stats: 54 games, .618 BA (231-374), .837 SLG, 37 2B, 6 3B, 11 HR, 134 runs, 103 RBI.

Just for yuks, I am now at the point where I have played a third of a 162-game schedule, so if I were to extrapolate out, I would be on pace for 111 doubles, 18 triples, 33 home runs, 402 runs, and 309 RBI. Heh. Of course, that would be with 1122 at-bats, which is roughly double a typical major-league season. But even cut in half, the numbers look pretty good except for the home runs, which are kinda lame.

Just don’t compare them to any of the good softball hitters, please.

August 1st, 2007 at 10:23pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging

Well, another 5-on-5 game – this time the batting team provided its own pitcher and catcher, and the opposite field was foul, so no rightfielder or second baseman. I went 6-for-8 with 4 runs, 3 RBI and a double, despite getting nailed in the ribs with an errant throw to lead off the game.

Defensively, I caught pretty much everything in left field, and pretty much nothing at first base. And once again, my team was victorious, something like 14-8. Woohoo!

2007 Stats: 6 games, .761 BA (35-46), 1.022 SLG, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 21 runs, 17 RBI.

Career Stats: 53 games, .614 BA (226-368), .834 SLG, 36 2B, 6 3B, 11 HR, 130 runs, 102 RBI.

July 8th, 2007 at 03:57pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging – Perfect 10 Edition

Woohoo!!! Today was a most excellent day for softball: After a three-week travel layoff, I went 10-for-10 with 7 runs, 4 RBI, and a no-doubt rocket home run to left (most of the hits were hard line drives up the middle). We were playing 5-on-6 (opposite field is foul; batting team supplies pitcher, catcher and, if necessary, first baseman), and my team won 23-6, so that’s how I ended up with 10 at-bats in a 7-inning game…

In addition to the crazy hitting, I played some really good outfield defense (especially a nice running shoestring catch on a sinking liner in the gap) and all my throws were strong and fairly accurate.

2007 Stats: 5 games, .763 BA (29-38), 1.053 SLG, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 17 runs, 14 RBI.

Career Stats: 52 games, .611 BA (220-360), .833 SLG, 35 2B, 6 3B, 11 HR, 126 runs, 99 RBI.

June 24th, 2007 at 04:56pm Posted by Eli

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Softball Forever

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I guess I have another good 40-50 years left…

The year Mickey Werner was born, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their first game at Ebbets Field and the “Curse of the Bambino” referred to Babe Ruth’s fondness for four-letter words – not the Red Sox’s dry spell.

Almost a century later, Werner still loves the game so much he laces up his cleats every week and heads for the pitcher’s mound.

“They don’t care how old the pitcher is, as long as they get the bat on the ball,” said Werner, 93, of Baldwin, L.I. “You’re never too old.”

The sprightly retired New York City physical education teacher is the oldest player in the Long Island Senior Softball League’s 68-and-older division.

And he throws a mean pitch.

Yesterday, Werner’s team, the Mets, bested youngblood pitcher Paul Rotter, 85, of the Dodgers in a 9-6 win at Baldwin Park in Baldwin Harbor.

“He throws the ball as good as me, maybe better,” said Rotter, a retired teacher for the deaf from Woodmere, L.I., who goes by the nickname The Kid.

(…)

[T]he league is bigger than ever, with 106 players this year, the most in its two-decade history, according to league Commissioner Joe Friedman.

Every Monday and Wednesday at 9:45 a.m., four teams tuck their graying – or bald – heads under blue baseball caps featuring the name of their sponsor, the Bristal Assisted Living Communities. They pull out their weathered gloves and line up for a pair of friendly doubleheaders.

All the while, the wisecracks fly faster than a popup to right field.

“All our cheerleaders are in wheelchairs,” said Joe Carillo, 76, a retired Nassau County police officer who plays first base.

“[Werner's] last team was ‘Shea Funeral Home,’” teased Bassey. “They gave him back. They had to wait too long.”

The genuine camaraderie brings more than a hearty laugh.

“Not only do I have fun, it’s good for me,” Rotter said, his thick fingers twined into the chain-link fence behind home plate. “It’s part of the reason I’m still alive.”

Awesome. I really do hope I’m still playing (or at least breathing) into my 80s or 90s, but I’ll take what I can get.

More senior softball coolness here.

10 comments May 31st, 2007 at 06:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Softball,Sports

Belated Wednesday Softball Blogging

Pretty good game last night: 7-for-9, 3 doubles, 5 runs, and 5 RBI, to push my career average up to the .600 mark. And one of the outs was a hard line drive right at the leftfielder. Not a whole lot of action on defense; there was only one fly ball that I had any shot at, and I just barely got a glove on it.

2007 Stats: 4 games, .679 BA (19-28), .964 SLG, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 runs, 10 RBI.

Career Stats: 51 games, .600 BA (210-350), .820 SLG, 35 2B, 6 3B, 10 HR, 119 runs, 95 RBI.

5 comments May 31st, 2007 at 07:01am Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging

We finally had enough people to put a game together, and I went 5-for-8 with 4 runs, 3 RBI, and my first home run of the season, a low line drive to straightaway center. I was also solid in the outfield, didn’t drop anything, and made a nice running catch on a shallow foul ball. Too bad we lost.

2007 Stats: 3 games, .632 BA (12-19), .895 SLG, 0 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 runs, 5 RBI.

Career Stats: 50 games, .595 BA (203-341), .812 SLG, 32 2B, 6 3B, 10 HR, 114 runs, 90 RBI.

Fielding 32

I like the pictures that just convey striving. Unfortunately, he dropped it. Or fortunately, since he was on the other team…

1 comment May 28th, 2007 at 12:57am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball,Uncategorized

Belated Wednesday Softball Blogging

Last night was my first Wednesday night game of the season, and it went uncharacteristically well. I usually suck on Wednesdays, but last night I went 4-for-5 with a triple, a run, and 2 RBI (I probably would have had more RBI if the guy in front of me hadn’t kept hitting home runs….). Except for one ball that got past me, I was fairly solid on defense, although I really didn’t get a whole lot of chances.

2007 Stats: 2 games, .636 BA (7-11), .818 SLG, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 run, 2 RBI.

Career Stats: 49 games, .595 BA (198-333), .808 SLG, 32 2B, 6 3B, 9 HR, 110 runs, 87 RBI.

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Kind of a strange-looking swing… but very effective.

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Really nice catch.

May 24th, 2007 at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Sunday No-Softball Blogging

Well, there were too many people doing stuff for Mother’s Day, so we didn’t have enough people for a game. We did have enough people for batting practice, fortunately, which I continue to do pretty well at – I think I hit four balls out (including one to right-center), and hit a line drive off the fence as well. My defense appears to be in midseason form already, which is surprising, since it usually takes me a month or two before my fly-ball radar is working properly. I was even catching most of the fly balls when I got to them, which is rather unusual.

2007 Stats: 1 game, .500 BA (3-6), .500 SLG, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 runs, 0 RBI.

Career Stats: 48 games, .591 BA (194-328), .802 SLG, 32 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 109 runs, 85 RBI.

May 13th, 2007 at 06:36pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Sucky Softball Blogging

Very frustrating and bizarre opening day for me. I absolutely crushed the ball in batting practice, including the longest home run I think I’ve ever hit, and then proceeded to flail haplessly for most of the game, virtually unable to make contact with anything. So that kinda sucked, but it’s nice to know that I’ll have some power if I can get my mechanics back together.

I still managed to go 3-for-6 with a swinging bunt and a couple of sharp ground balls between short and third, but I didn’t really contribute much of anything. I was behind the plate for most of the game, so I didn’t do a whole lot defensively either (one putout at home, and I almost threw someone out on a dribbler in front of the plate, but the first baseman dropped it).

2007 Stats: 1 game, .500 BA (3-6), .500 SLG, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 runs, 0 RBI.

Career Stats: 48 games, .591 BA (194-328), .802 SLG, 32 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 109 runs, 85 RBI.

Fielding 6

Incoming!

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This may very well be my favorite softball picture ever.

Missing Mirror

Busted mirror on someone’s car.

May 7th, 2007 at 12:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Sunday Softball Blogging – The Last Hurrah Whimper

Well, this was our last game of the season, and I totally sucked – I’m just useless if I don’t get batting practice before the game. I ended up 3-for-9 with 2 runs and an RBI. Basically I hit seven really weak ground balls, one bullet ground ball for a hit, and one bullet line drive to right-centerfield gap for a hit that probably would have been a double if no-one had been on base. Anyway, I lost 20 points on my average, and my slugging percentage dipped below 1.000 by one at-bat (or base). Sigh. This’ll probably be my career year, too.

Oddly enough, I didn’t get a single fly ball in left until the bottom of the ninth, when I got two, and couldn’t handle either of them. The second one ricocheted about 20-30 feet off of my knee, which now looks like it just had surgery.

Final 2006 Stats: 20 games, .622 BA (79-127), .992 SLG, 15 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 48 runs, 45 RBI.

Career Stats: 47 games, .593 BA (191-322), .807 SLG, 32 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 109 runs, 85 RBI.


A very dynamic pitching style.


I just love the accidental-giant-head shots…


Now that’s a swing.

1 comment September 17th, 2006 at 10:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Wednesday Softball Blogging

Only 12 players today, so we ended up playing some kind of bizarro game with three four-person teams rotating through Infield, Outfield, and Batting. I went an incestuous 4-for-5 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 RBI. Through the miracle of ghost runners, I actually drove myself in from third base twice…

Not much action in the outfield, but I handled what I got, which was basically a mile-high fly ball, and cutting off a a sharp hit down the line to hold it to a single. I botched a couple of grounders in the infield, but that’s to be expected.

2006 Stats: 19 games, .644 BA (76-118), 1.042 SLG, 15 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 46 runs, 44 RBI.

Career Stats: 46 games, .601 BA (188-313), .821 SLG, 32 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 107 runs, 84 RBI.

August 30th, 2006 at 10:42pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging

Well, the hot streak finally came to an end. Not a terrible day at the plate, though: 5-for-9 with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI. Didn’t get a whole lot of action in left field, unless you count watching home runs sail over my head…

2006 Stats: 18 games, .637 BA (72-113), 1.044 SLG, 14 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 44 runs, 42 RBI.

Career Stats: 45 games, .597 BA (184-308), .818 SLG, 31 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 105 runs, 82 RBI.


Not entirely sure what this move is supposed to be…


Sliding might have been a good idea here. Not that I’m one to talk.

3 comments August 20th, 2006 at 08:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Belated Wednesday Softball Blogging

The hot streak continues. Last night I went 5-for-6 with two bases-loaded triples and a home run, 4 runs, and (I think) a career-high 9 RBI (if I had been half a step slower on the first triple, I would have hit for the cycle…). Over my last four games, I’m 19-for-21, with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 16 runs, and 15 RBI (.905 BA, 1.524 SLG).

I was in right field, so I didn’t get much action defensively, although I caught the only fly hit to me, and I gunned someone down trying to go from first to third.

2006 Stats: 17 games, .644 BA (67-104), 1.077 SLG, 13 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 42 runs, 41 RBI.

Career Stats: 44 games, .599 BA (179-299), .823 SLG, 30 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 103 runs, 81 RBI.

3 comments August 10th, 2006 at 07:49am Posted by Eli

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Sunday Sorta-Softball Blogging

Well, only a handful each of softball players and baseball kids showed up, so we couldn’t manage anything more than some batting practice and a kind of every-man-for-himself simulated game. I had some bad drops, some nice cutoffs, and some strong throws in the outfield, and made a nice stop and throw to first on a ball deep in the hole at shortstop, which was kind of a shock, since I’m even worse in the infield than I am in the outfield…

2006 Stats: 16 games, .633 BA (62-98), 1.020 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 38 runs, 32 RBI.

Career Stats: 43 games, .594 BA (174-293), .799 SLG, 30 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 99 runs, 72 RBI.

August 6th, 2006 at 03:46pm Posted by Eli

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Wednesday Softball Blogging

My return to the Wednesday game was uncharacteristically triumphant: 5-for-6 with a sac fly, 3 runs, and 4 RBI, making me 14-for-15 in my last three games. Defense was a bit shaky, possibly due to borrowed glove, but more likely just due to me sucking. Made some decent throws, but not decent enough to actually nail anybody.

2006 Stats: 16 games, .633 BA (62-98), 1.020 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 38 runs, 32 RBI.

Career Stats: 43 games, .594 BA (174-293), .799 SLG, 30 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 99 runs, 72 RBI.


CHAOS!!!

August 3rd, 2006 at 12:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Sunday Softball Blogging

Well, the baseball kids showed up again, so once again we had more players than we could handle. I ended up sitting out some defensive half-innings, which would have been great for bonus picture-taking if it hadn’t been raining… Despite facing a five-man outfield alignment, I went 4-for-4 with a sharp double, a long home run to center, 3 runs, and an RBI. Not much action in the outfield, since I only played left field for 2-3 innings and then sat out or played, um, right-right-center.


2006 Stats:
15 games, .620 BA (57-92), 1.033 SLG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 35 runs, 28 RBI.

Career Stats: 42 games, .589 BA (169-287), .798 SLG, 30 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 96 runs, 68 RBI.


Off-balance throw…


And I thought my leg-kick was extreme…


Nice over-the-shoulder catch.

2 comments July 30th, 2006 at 04:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Sunday Softball Blogging

Well, our usual problem of lack of players was unexpectedly solved when a bunch of kids who normally play baseball on the same field on Saturdays showed up. I think we ended up 10-on-10 or more, with some people rotating sitting out. I had a pretty good day at the plate, 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and an RBI. My defense was pretty solid, and I made some of my best throws ever in the early innings – strong, accurate, hitting the catcher on the fly. My accuracy got a little shaky as the game wore on, though.

Current Stats: 14 games, .602 BA (53-88), .989SLG, 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 32 runs, 27 RBI.

Career Stats: 41 games, .583 BA (165-283), .781 SLG, 29 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 93 runs, 67 RBI.


I love the symmetry. It almost looks like it should be set to music or something.


Also kind of symmetrical. And yes, she does have two legs, in case anyone was wondering.


I’m a happy guy, ‘cuz I just rocked an opposite field double. Not sure what the defense is happy about.


Just another lucky day at the ol’ ballfield.

3 comments July 24th, 2006 at 01:28am Posted by Eli

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Wednesday Softball Blogging – The Golden Rule

Very peculiar game tonight. I started out 3-for-3, but literally couldn’t do anything right in the field: Couldn’t throw, catch, or even block the ball. Complete disaster. Then I got my focus back and got some cloud cover so the sun wasn’t right in my eyes, and played lights-out defense, catching or cutting off everything in sight… and couldn’t buy a hit until my last at-bat. I hit one bloop that the centerfielder bobbled and then dove to catch, and another one that was a perfect, right-on-the-screws line drive right at him. Must be some kind of instant karma kind of thing, I dunno. Final result, a mediocre 4-for-7 with 2 runs and an RBI, but pretty good for a Wednesday.

Current Stats: 12 games, .583 BA (42-72), 1.028 SLG, 9 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 27 runs, 25 RBI.

Career Stats: 39 games, .577 BA (154-267), .775 SLG, 26 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 88 runs, 65 RBI.


Baserun like an Egyptian…

6 comments June 21st, 2006 at 10:38pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging – I AM SWEATY!!!

Well, walking to my softball game in 88-degree temperatures may not have been the best idea in the world, but I did get a coupla hundred more pictures on the way. I went 7-for-9 with 2 doubles, a home run, 6 runs, and 2 RBI (I seemed to be leading off almost every inning), which sounds great until you consider that it was 88 DEGREES. And we were playing 6-on-6, so I didn’t get any breaks to take pictures or, well, breathe.

Defense was pretty good except for one high line drive I let tick off the top of my glove, plus I had a really awesome running, over-the-shoulder catch in batting practice (too bad I can never do that in an actual game).

Current Stats: 11 games, .585 BA (38-65), 1.062 SLG, 9 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 25 runs, 24 RBI.

Career Stats: 38 games, .577 BA (150-260), .781 SLG, 26 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 86 runs, 64 RBI.

6 comments June 18th, 2006 at 05:00pm Posted by Eli

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Oof, I Did It Again

Photos + Stats <> Photostats

Owmybrain. I just did another photo marathon this afternoon – about 630 photos. In the 15+ months since I digitally rebooted my photo career, I’ve filled over 80GB of hard drive with 12,000 photos, (an average of 25 shots per day) and processed about 3500 of them.

In other narstatistical news, I decided to follow up on an earlier remark and split out my Wednesday and Sunday softball stats for the season so far, and the difference really is quite striking:

Sunday Stats: 7 games, .657 BA (23-35), 1.229 SLG, 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 13 runs, 15 RBI.

Wednesday Stats: 3 games, .381 BA (8-21), .667 SLG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 runs, 7 RBI.

So there you have it. Indisputable scientific proof that I suck on Wednesdays.

(Incidentally, my initial guess was that my Sunday average would be about 200 points higher than my Wednesday average. Turns out I was being conservative…)

June 17th, 2006 at 08:01pm Posted by Eli

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Wednesday Softball Blogging – I AM MIGHTY… Inconsistent.

I did pretty good for a Wednesday this week: 3-for-7 with my first-ever Wednesday home run, 3 runs, and an RBI. I think part of my batting problem may have been the bat I was using. After a couple of typical crappy Wednesday at-bats, I switched to an old-school Easton solid-hunk-of-metal kind of bat that was maybe a bit on the heavy side, and immediately smacked a line drive into the left-center gap that went all the way to the wall for a home run. I hit the ball with authority my next two at-bats (it really is a great feeling when you hit the ball perfectly square on the sweet spot), but right at people. Then I started trying to place the ball, which I should never ever do.

Defense was good except for when the sun was directly in my eyes, which was pretty disastrous. I managed to not get killed, go blind, or let the ball get past me, so I count it a success, and I did make some good catches and throws. I look forward to seeing what happens when I use the Easton bat and just try to make solid contact for a full game.

Current Stats: 10 games, .554 BA (31-56), 1.018 SLG, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 19 runs, 22 RBI.

Career Stats: 37 games, .570 BA (143-251), .761 SLG, 24 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 80 runs, 62 RBI.


How not to finish off a rundown.


I just love the spectator who has no idea how to react…


Here’s what I look like grounding out! Posted by Picasa

3 comments June 15th, 2006 at 01:21am Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging – Faraway, So Close

Well, the game ended with me in the on-deck circle a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, which was kind of disappointing. Even so, I had a pretty good game all around: 4-for 6 with a double, a triple, a run, and 3 RBI, and I even made some nice catches and throws (including another assist at third home). I did have one drop on a wicked line drive that tailed away from me, and there were a couple of ground balls/low line drives that gave me problems but didn’t cost us any extra bases.

I’ve added slugging percentage (total bases divided by at-bats) to my statline, and it looks like I’m definitely hitting with a lot more power this season. Huzzah!

Current Stats: 9 games, .571 BA (28-49), 1.041 SLG, 7 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 16 runs, 21 RBI.

Career Stats: 36 games, .574 BA (140-244), .758 SLG, 24 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 77 runs, 61 RBI.


Oh, I know that feeling all too well…


Can’t say I was really trying for this effect, but it does look kinda cool…


It did stay in the glove. Nerts.

1 comment June 11th, 2006 at 05:40pm Posted by Eli

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Belated Wednesday Softball Blogging – I Am… Not Mighty.

I continue to suck on Wednesdays. I think it has something to do with fatigue, or maybe the Wednesday crew just plays better defense, but if I bet that if I could split my stats between Wednesdays and Sundays, I would be batting about 200 points higher on Sundays.

This week, after a full afternoon of picture-taking on my birthday, I was too mentally and physically drained to do much, although I did hit my first triple of the season, and I threw the ball pretty well, including another assist at third. I ended up 2-for-7 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, and a lot of popups and lazy fly balls. I should have told everyone it was my birthday before the game – maybe I could have gotten some favorable drops or something…

On the neato side, my team did turn a triple play on a fly ball to center, thanks to a couple of inexperienced baserunners who were off at the crack of the bat.

Current Stats: 8 games, .558 BA (24-43), 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 runs, 18 RBI.

Career Stats: 35 games, .571 BA (136-238), 23 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 76 runs, 58 RBI.


I don’t think he’s gonna get there…


Less light in the evening means slower exposures, which means more blur, which is actually kinda cool-looking. Will need to do some deliberate experimenting with that at some point…


Adventurous baserunning pays off.

4 comments June 8th, 2006 at 10:21pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging – I AM LUCKY!!!

Well, the game got rained out, but we had enough diehards to have some light batting practice in the rain. Between the wet ball, muddy batter’s box, and pitches that were generally not to my liking, my hitting was not so great, but I did manage to hit a few to the wall. Pretty decent in the outfield with one drop, a nice running catch on a ball over me and to my right, and a barehanded cutoff of a ball in the gap.

But most notably, I found four more four-leaf clovers: Two before BP, and two after (within about 5 seconds of each other). No pics, as I didn’t bother to bring my camera.

Current Stats: 7 games, .611 BA (22-36), 6 2B, 4 HR, 13 runs, 16 RBI.

Career Stats: 34 games, .580 BA (134-231), 23 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 74 runs, 56 RBI.

June 4th, 2006 at 03:14pm Posted by Eli

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B&W Memorial Day Picnicblogging

Well, since I can’t think of anything particularly original or noteworthy to say for Memorial Day, I’ll just post some photos from the Memorial Day softball picnic yesterday.


This seems… ominous.


Checking for blisters after the Perilous Smoke Exposure.


Water gooood.


Bring the whole family! And, um, your Gary Coleman “BLING BLING” shirt.

May 29th, 2006 at 03:13pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging – NOW EVEN MIGHTIER!

Wow. I didn’t think there was any way I could possibly top last week’s game, but I did. Not only did I hit another two home runs, I went 7-for-7 with 3 doubles, 4 runs, and 4 RBIs, and I gunned down a runner at third to end the game. I dunno, maybe it was the four-leaf clovers. I dropped one shallow fly ball at the edge of my range, but other than that, I was pretty solid in the outfield on the rare occasions that I got any action.

It being Memorial Day weekend, we had a cookout and some light batting practice after the game, although it was a bit disorganized (no plates, hot dog buns, or utensils). Tasty!

Current Stats: 7 games, .611 BA (22-36), 6 2B, 4 HR, 13 runs, 16 RBI.

Career Stats: 34 games, .580 BA (134-231), 23 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 74 runs, 56 RBI.


Keep Your Eye On The Ball, Part I.


Keep Your Eye On The Ball, Part II.


Keep Your Eye On The-

Oh. Oh, dear.

6 comments May 28th, 2006 at 06:19pm Posted by Eli

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Wednesday Softball Blogging

Tonight was the first week (for me) of Wednesday Night Softball. The game had just started when I showed up, and it was somehow my turn at bat, with the bases loaded. So pretty much right off the street, I hit a two-run single back up the middle. Next at-bat, bases loaded again, two-run double. Five subsequent at-bats, mostly with the bases empty… 1-for-5 with a run and no RBI. Net result, an unusually productive 3-7, with a double, a run, and 4 RBI.

Fielding was… erratic. Not sure if it’s something about the field or the lateness of the hour, or if I just can’t get a good read if I’m too far towards centerfield. I caught a few and lost a few, but I did make some strong throws which my arm is now paying for.

Wednesday players don’t keep score, so I can’t tell you who won…

Current Stats: 6 games, .517 BA (15-29), 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 runs, 12 RBI.

Career Stats: 33 games, .567 BA (127-224), 21 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 70 runs, 52 RBI.


From the knees! I can’t remember if he got the out or not…


Attempting to salvage a bobble and drop.


Something tells me she’s gonna be taking another base… Posted by Picasa

May 25th, 2006 at 01:01am Posted by Eli

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Sunday Softball Blogging – I AM MIGHTY!!!

Awesome! I had a multi-home run game! (Technically they only count as doubles, but I still hit two out of the park) Plus a double! 4-6, 2 runs, 3 RBI overall, and was pretty solid in the field as well, with one nice catch and a couple of strong throws. I also scored one of my runs on a weird play where I was at third and the runner behind me was too aggressive, so I figured I would give myself up at home rather than letting us both get tagged out. But the catcher couldn’t handle the throw, so I was safe. Cool. And we won.

Current Stats: 5 games, .545 BA (12-22), 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 runs, 8 RBI.

Career Stats: 32 games, .571 BA (124-217), 20 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 69 runs, 48 RBI.


Sadly, I don’t think Out-Of-Focus Redhead makes it.


Just about to tag the batter out…


Here, bally bally ball… Posted by Picasa

18 comments May 21st, 2006 at 06:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Sunday Softball Blogging

All right! I took some practice swings on Saturday and took some BP before the game, and I seem to have recovered my batting mojo. Didn’t do too great in terms of average (4-9 and hit into a double play), but at least I made contact, and really smoked the ball my last two at-bats (one right at the shortstop for an out, and one right over him all the way to the wall for a double). Very productive, too: 4 runs and 4 RBI, even though my team lost both ends of the doubleheader.

Outfield defense was erratic again (pretty normal for the beginning of the season… and the middle… and the end…), but I did have a nice running catch and double play and made some nice throws. I forgot to mention that I found a four-leaf clover in leftfield last week – oddly enough, this week I found a five-leaf clover in rightfield (which I had to hold between my lips through a very looooong defensive half-inning). Not entirely sure what that bodes…

Current Stats: 4 games, .500 BA (8-16), 1 2B, 6 runs, 5 RBI.

Career Stats: 31 games, .569 BA (120-211), 19 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 67 runs, 45 RBI.


Force at third.


Eye on the ball.


Total chaos!

May 7th, 2006 at 09:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Inaugural Sunday Softball Blogging!

Attendance was… remarkably good. We actually had too many people, so someone had to sit out each inning. My fielding was about the usual – made some nice running catches and good throws, but also dropped a couple of balls at the edge of my range. My hitting was a complete disaster, however. I didn’t take any practice swings in the offseason (or get to take pregame BP), and have apparently lost my ability to make contact with anything. We don’t play with strikeouts, so I had some painfully long at-bats (maybe 10-20 swings each?). When I finally did make contact, I scratched out some ground balls and had one solid line-drive out.

I will definitely be taking practice swings and lots of BP next time…

Current Stats: 2 games, .571 BA (4-7), 2 runs, 1 RBI.

Career Stats: 29 games, .574 BA (116-202), 18 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 63 runs, 41 RBI.


Feets don’t fail me now!


Bye bye, hat.

I’m, uh, not entirely sure who Bearded Guy is, but he’s a STAR!

1 comment April 30th, 2006 at 08:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

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