Thursday, June 22, 2017


Keeping Score, and Modern Technology

Nothing is certain, but I think that I will be able to live out my days without a cell phone. It is a matter of convenience, and expense.

We have a land-based phone here in Wellington, and one in Florida. When we are absent from either location, we subscribe to a “Holiday” rate, much cheaper than the normal rate. Joanne has a cell phone, and she does not go too far without it.

There is a chance that I may have to get a cell phone as part of a “package” that will be much cheaper than the land-based phone. That will be determined when Joanne's current plan expires. I really do not understand all of the nuances of the cell phone plans, nor do I care.

Naturally, if I do not have a cell phone, I cannot “text”. I assure you, that does not bother me. I do not send out “Tweets” from a cell phone. I do have a “Twitter” account, but I don't use it.

During a recent Blue Jay telecast, I noticed that a fair number of fans were busy with their cell phones, in some way or another. Obviously, it is a distraction from the game. Then again, not everyone goes to the game to watch the game. Many could care the less about what is going on between the lines. The day at the ball park is more of a social outing.

For those of you who really enjoy the game, but find there are moments when you have little to do, I recommend keeping score. There are a fair number of folks scateererd around the park, keeping score. There is no specific rule about how you keep score. But at the end of the game, you should be able to tell what each player did throughout the game.

When I attend a game, I do not use a laptop computer. I use a score sheet to record the information. I also use a pencil, and have an eraser handy. Official scorers tend to change their minds occasionally. Usually, it involes a batted ball that might be construed as an error. The judgement of the official scorer is important for those who are keen on statistics. Keep the eraser close at hand.

I have my score sheet in front of me from the game I attended a week ago. In the eighth inning, the Rays scored three runs. It is easy to see how they scored their first two runs: Evan Longoria singled to open the inning, and Logan Morrison hit a home run. Two runs scored.

Steven Souza Jr. followed with a base on balls, and moved to third on a single by Daniel Robertson. Derek Norris flied out to right field, deep enough to score Souza Jr. That tied the game. Score that as a sacrifice fly.

Russell Martin led off the bottom of the eighth, facing relief pitcher Jose Alvarado. His home run stood up as the GWRBI (Game winning run batted in), and Roberto Osuna shut the Rays out in the ninth.

Not everyone's cup of tea, keeping score. Most of the marks on my page were learned in high school, Homer “Red” Townsend used some of the time in our health cl;asses to teach us the art of scoring. I am certain he was more comfortable with that, than dishing out pointers of sex education.

June 21, 2017.

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