Not too long ago, I wrote about crossing off Goal #10 on my 20 in 14 list. We recently closed out the last home series for the year and while I am looking forward to a more normal schedule for Alex, I am a little sad to say goodbye to the 2014 baseball season. With these goodbyes also come well wishes for a few graduate assistants who will be moving on to bigger and better things, and eventually some hellos to new faces, too.
In the last couple of weekends, I convinced Alex to start teaching me how to score the game. Yeah, I've been running the scoreboard all season (sometimes with better efforts than others), but I decided to up the ante and try to learn the language a little better, if you will. I wanted RBI, 6-3 (1), FF9, Base on Balls, and L7 to be more than just jibberish in a room filled with some foreign language.
So, how'd it go? Eh....I picked up a few terms, understand scoring a little better, and could probably read a score-book if necessary. Can I enter the information in StatCrew (statistical program for athletics) or calculate earned versus unearned runs? ...Doubtful. BUT, I can tell you if the call was KS (strike-out swinging) or KL (strike-out looking)...on a good day at least. AND, I might even be able to say if it was P5 or P6 before the beat writer for the local paper looks it up.
Mhm, yep. I got this.
Alex seems to think I'll be continuing my studies with one-on-one tutoring during major league games this summer. I might just take him up on that offer...
I mean, it's never to early to be prepped and ready to go for 2015, right???
I can just see it now...he'll print out the score sheet, and I'll heat the popcorn. It will be a match made in Heaven.