June 12, 2008

Whadamiss? Whadamiss?

Just back from watching the 7-8 year old “Reds” play, and I see that the Cardinals aren’t even beating the grown-up Reds yet.

And Arroyo’s even going!

40 comments to “Whadamiss? Whadamiss?”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    In the 7-8 year old division, you missed a game where no one had their heads in the game. Both teams batted around each inning and the play in the field was punctuated with playing with dirt and scuffling in the outfield to try to steal each other’s hats. One kid had to bat later in the order because he got hit in the face and needed a couple batter to cry it off with his mom.

  2. bellyitcher says:

    Oh, little league. That’s awesome.

    You’ve missed nothing. This is a boring game. Pinero is going to give up a bomb at some point, the first two outs were almost gone.

    Oh! We did find out during the pre game show that LaRue shaves his legs.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    So, let’s have a look at this line-up:

    C-Pat
    Soft J
    Griff
    BP
    Dunner
    Votto
    Ross
    Arroyo

    Oh yes. That’s awesome. Sure to strike terror into the hearts of the Cardinals.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Shaves his legs!! That doesn’t sound like a very cowboy thing to do. Did he have an explanation as to why? Is he a metro-sexual cowboy?

  5. BubbaFan says:

    Is it t-ball at that age?

    What position does your kid play? Do they play specific positions that young?

  6. bellyitcher says:

    His reasoning was that “It feels good. He’s getting in touch with his feminine side.”

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    I think tee-ball was pre-school. The kindergarten league apparently batted through the order every time up. Now that they’re in first grade, it’s three outs or through the order, whichever comes first.

    They don’t play set positions yet; Winter played third, short, second, and outfield. You have to have more catching skill to play first, and faster reactions to play “pitcher’s helper”

    And the pitcher’s helper gets the most action, too, because a solid 25% of the base hits between the plate and the mound. The outfielders are getting more play now that the kids have been practicing all season, but there’s still plenty of time to wrestle or look for airplanes.

  8. bellyitcher says:

    Outfield is kind of slow not matter what level you’re at, I think.

  9. Red Hot Mama says:

    I pretty sure my son’s baseball coach shaves his legs, too. And he ALWAYS wears shorts.

  10. bellyitcher says:

    I’ve noticed a lot of players shave their arms. I first saw it on Rolen. *That’s* weird.

    We’ve been obligated to go to a trivia night, so I’ve gotta take off in about 20 minutes. The game will be on, so I’ll text any smack. Although, this game may put me to sleep first.

  11. BubbaFan says:

    Interesting. So 1B is tougher to play than SS in Little League? And who gets to be the pitcher? Anyone who can throw it to the plate without bouncing it? Or does a grownup pitch?

    I only played softball at school. Where we played t-ball even in first and second grade. I always ended up in the outfield, because everyone had to play, and so everyone left over after the infield was full was put in the outfield. Being a crowded public school, there were, like, 20 outfielders. Most of us just got of the way of the jock kids and let them catch the ball. If we didn’t, they’d be waiting after school to beat us up.

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Maybe it cuts down the resistance on their swing.

    I went to high school with a girl who shaved her arms. I thought that was fairly odd, but I’ve always had strangely hairless arms, so I don’t really feel her pain.

    I’ll post any texted smack on your behalf. But yeah, I don’t know what smacky about this game. Except maybe smacking the Cardinals for not scoring on this line-up.

  13. Red Hot Mama says:

    Pick off attempt at second finds the ball in the outfield and EdE at third. Yipee!

  14. bellyitcher says:

    Oh, Miles. Catch the ball.

  15. Red Hot Mama says:

    Maybe Miles should take some shaving lessons and cut the resistance on catching the throw.

    Squeeze!

  16. bellyitcher says:

    What do you want to bet this game ends 1-0.

    I do love the squeeze.

  17. bellyitcher says:

    Shit, would you believe a home run?

    Poop.

  18. Red Hot Mama says:

    Remember when Arroyo first came to the Reds and had a homer in each of his first two starts? I think that might have been his last one.

  19. bellyitcher says:

    I do remember that. I’m glad that stopped.

  20. BubbaFan says:

    This game suddenly got exciting. Suicide squeeze, Arroyo home run.

  21. bellyitcher says:

    At least the announcers are amusing. Al (color guy) just accused Dan (play-by-play) of having “lingering” Skyline. They bicker like an old married couple. I think they hate each other, but it’s funny.

  22. bellyitcher says:

    I think we have to take off. We have to return some DVDs on the way to trivia.

  23. BubbaFan says:

    Bronson Arroyo and Corey Patterson have nearly identical batting averages.

  24. Red Hot Mama says:

    You’re missing a crazy one, after all those innings of boring. Enjoy the trivia!

  25. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hah! Maybe Arroyo should be leading off.

  26. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aw, the game’s gotten kinda boring again.

    So let me tell you about my attempt to donate blood today. I have two things that hinder me from donating blood: mild anemia and small veins.

    I got past the anemia test today, so I was pumped. But I seemed to have the new guy attempting to stick me, because he stuck the needle in there and didn’t get it in the vein. He wiggled it around a little, and apparently knicked it.

    The rise in my blood pressure from the pain this caused then “popped” the vessel (his word). They pulled the needle, leaving me with a lovely bruise and the inability (even now) to extend my arm all the way.

    But I also got a free strawberry shortcake (from my company, who was sponsoring the event) and a free 2-hours of paintball for up to 40 people, which was the gift from the bloodbank itself.

  27. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dammit! Cards tie it up with a 2-run homer from Troy Glaus. Stupid save blowers.

  28. BubbaFan says:

    The EE error didn’t help.

    I have vein problems, too. I tell them that, and they use special fine needles. And sometimes get the little old ladies to wield them. (More skill and fine motor skills than, say, the beefy 20-year-old guys.)

  29. Red Hot Mama says:

    Our Cardinals-fan friend says:

    Tie game! Even Molina is hitting!

  30. BubbaFan says:

    Did they say why Brandon got the hook at only 86 pitches?

  31. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yeah, the little old ladies are the best blood drawers. I’ve had blood tests I didn’t feel at all.

    Ross got a double. Look at him run!

  32. Red Hot Mama says:

    I presume you mean Bronson. They said it looked like he took himself out. It’s pretty hot and humid; he might have just been pooped.

  33. Red Hot Mama says:

    Bases loaded for Griffey. Will 601 be a grand salami?

    Probably a walk, actually, even though it’ll bring in the lead run.

  34. BubbaFan says:

    Bases clearing triple. Nice.

  35. Red Hot Mama says:

    The CTS was just going off on the phrase “bases clearing triple.” He insists that all triples are bases clearing. I guess that’s technically true, but it’s a convenient way to sum up in three words that there were a couple runners on when that triple was hit.

  36. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dude, what was up with the Cardinals’ plate discipline in that last inning? They were swinging at every damn thing Burton was throwing up there.

  37. Red Hot Mama says:

    And that’s the game. I don’t know what inspired it, but it was the blowing of the save for Arroyo that made it possible. If he’d been in line for the win any longer, there would have been a serious rip in the fabric of space-time.

  38. Red Hot Mama says:

    :) Thanks for sticking around, BF.