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you learn something new every day

3 days, 4 games, 3 wins, 1 loss, 1 rain delay, 3 press releases, 2 tv camera crews, 6 photographers, 3 journalists, 4 t-ball games, 80 t-ballers running on to the field for the national anthem, 8 t-ballers throwing out the first pitch, and 4 hours of sleep later we have gotten through the first series of the season.  The Blue Sox showed some solid pitching and some timely hitting and won the series 3-1.  After winning the home opener they split the doubleheader on Saturday and won a rain-shortened game yesterday 2-0.

One new thing I learned about the ABL this weekend is that there is a “curfew rule.”  Since the majority of players have full-time jobs the teams are under strict flight schedules and if a game is extended for any reason, say a 2 hour and 45 minute rain delay, if the flight can’t be changed- then the game will be shortened.  The rule extends back from the flight time, accounting for travel time to the airport, + a few minutes, and there is a cutoff time where the game will end at a certain time (5:10pm Sunday in this case) after the batter in the box completes his at-bat.

The 1pm game was suspended due to rain after the end of the 3rd and after a 2 hour and 45 minute rain delay, the game started again tied 0-0.  In baseball for those of you unaware, a game must go at least 4.5 innings in order to be deemed a complete game (5 if the visiting team is up, basically each team must get 5 chances to win the game).  The Sox went up 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th, so it was up to Chris Oxpring to get the 3 outs in the top of the 5th before the “curfew.”  At 5.10pm there were two outs with no-one on, and a batter was in the box.  If Oxspring did not get the out the game would have been called a “no-decision.”  Fortunately Oxspring got the batter to ground out to the second basemen to preserve the victory and the series for the Sox.

That ending was just icing on the cake, and nothing I had ever seen before.  This weekend was a thrill, both in a good and bad way at times, and we got through it.  Now it’s time to focus on promotions and sales for the next home series against the Heat, thursday week (next thursday for you american english people).  But first maybe i’ll catch some shut-eye….

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  1. Bridget a Berran
    November 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    What do you mean, they all have full time jobs, this isn’t their job?

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