Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Interns (Finally) Win...Sort of...Check the Update at the Bottom

It had to happen one of these days. The Interns were bound to beat the Full-Timers at some point. We keep getting older, and they keep getting younger. I'm actually surprised it didn't happen sooner.

This year's intern crop may have been the most athletic we've ever had (nice job, Liz), and I think pretty much every single one of them currently plays on an organized team.

We Full-Timers actually have jobs, so most of us haven't played since...well, last year's game.

And with all that against us, the young bucks bucks still barely squeaked out a 14-11 win, and one or two more hits in the last inning might've made this a whole different blog entry. Just goes to show you how good the Full Timers are. We pick up a bat & glove once a year, have 20 more years of wear & tear on us, and the big dogs can still hang with the pups.

Most details of the game aren't all that important or interesting (let one of them start a blog and write a recap if they want). Big John Haley blasted a mammoth shot off of BTI (who finally threw a strike for the first time in two years), Brooks Cohen showed off his 34-centimeter ups to snag a few line drives, Pat got thrown out at first base from right field a couple of times and got bowled over on a play at the plate, etc., etc., etc.

What is noteworthy, however, is that for the first time I can ever remember, there was no real threat of violence against each other in the game. Sure, John almost scaled the outfield fence to pummel some loud-mouthed passerby on the boardwalk, and Tweety Bird/Johnny Cakes/Rudy (Andrew) almost sent KJ to the hospital by rolling on the ground ("like he was on fire") to avoid a tag. But there was no actual staff-on-staff animosity, which for this group is extremely impressive (and, I'll admit, a little boring).

Nice game all around for both teams. The good news for the Full-Timers is that by next year, most/all of the Interns will be gone, and we can go back to telling everyone that we're undefeated.

-- Dave

UPDATE: Turns out we actually may have technically WON the game, thanks to the diligent research
by Tim-Tim Nelson of a contested rule:
7.05 Each runner including the batter-runner may, without liability to be put out, advance-

(g) Two bases when, with no spectators on the playing field, a thrown ball goes into the stands, or into a bench (whether or not the ball rebounds into the field), or over or under or through a field fence, or on a slanting part of the screen above the backstop, or remains in the meshes of a wire screen protecting spectators. The ball is dead. When such wild throw is the first play by an infielder, the umpire, in awarding such bases, shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the ball was pitched; in all other cases the umpire shall be governed by the position of the runners at the time the wild throw was made;

APPROVED RULING: If all runners, including the batter-runner, have advanced at least one base when an infielder makes a wild throw on the first play after the pitch, the award shall be governed by the position of the runners when the wild throw was made.
That means we would have scored at least four more runs when the interns were firing the ball all over the park like a hot potato!

And still undefeated...the Cyclones Full-Timers!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That would be a fair point except, we aren't Major League Baseball players. Try reading up on SOFTBALL rules: