12
Aug 10

What’s So Great About the First Inning?

I want you to come to my party. I really do. We have a great menu, there is going to be beer and there are going to be lots of fun and interesting people for you to talk to. One of these people is my good friend Lar from the incomparable wezen-ball. He is going to the party and he wants you to too. He was even nice enough to write this post for us, convincing you to go. He's really smart. You should listen to him.

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those baseball fans who just has to be in my seat at first pitch. Even when I’m tailgating, if I have any control of when the group gets into the ballpark, I do everything I can to get everyone moving towards the stadium well before first pitch. If that means cooling the charcoal down at 12:30 and throwing the folding chairs in the trunk at 12:45, it’s what I’m going to do. There’s just a simple joy in being comfortably in your seat by the time the Brewers run onto the field. It beats racing up the ramp or impatiently riding the escalator to your seat any day of the week. I’m sure the fact that I like to keep score for all nine innings - and that I never leave a game early, for fear of missing out on the greatest comeback of all time - plays an important part in all that.

But the Pants Party is coming up in two weeks, and with all the excellent food that is being offered and the promise of fascinating, intelligent company - or, at the least, a group of people who like to drink, eat brats, watch Brewers baseball, and complain about Anthony Witrado - that first inning fetish is going to be tested. What happens if I’m on my third chorizo quesadilla with a side of drunken Polish mac’n’cheese and a cup of Riverwest Stein in my hand while chatting and I realize that the game is about to start? Or, even worse, I hear the fireworks going off signalling the start of the bottom of the first? Do I freak out, throw my brat and beer down on the ground and hightail it across the bridge over to Miller Park? Or do I instead try to practice the Midwestern version of zen baseball and just let it slide?

In order to help me ignore choice 1 and instead focus on choice B, I offer this list of why the first inning sucks and why we should all be okay with missing it. After all, if I’m missing that first inning, there’s no way you’re going to be able to tear yourself away from my fascinating conversation and hightail it over there yourself: Continue reading →


24
Aug 09

FROM THE OUTBOX

Some people love our site. Some people hate it. Some take offense to things that are written here and send me four emails over the weekend. The gist of it?

Please kindling remove the posting of the expunged image and kindly take down my communication from your posting, my communication was not posted on the comment board and was sent directly to your e-mail address only.
So, I posted something that maybe I shouldn't have and have since taken a portion of it down. I don't want to get sued (though I am fairly certain I couldn't be) and more than that, I don't want people bothering me. The only reason I post this now is because of something in that same (of four) email which read:
Could you please provide contact imformation as to how I can send you the expunged documents from the WI Dept Of Justice.?
Now, I don't know about anyone else but whenever you have someone formerly accused of a crime asking for information like this it makes you stop for a moment. I mean if someone formerly accused as a child molester asked you where your kid went to school, you'd freak out right? Exactly. So I'm not crazy when I send this email, right?
I have removed your name and image from the posting. Beyond that I see no reason for me to change anything on my website and I am only doing this so that you will stop contacting me. I do not care to see copies of your expunged documents and the fact that you want my contact information worries me based on your history. Please do not contact me any further.
I don't think so.
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