Me vs Ichiro!

DMZ · September 23, 2004 at 11:54 pm · Filed Under Off-topic ranting 

For the first time since I took semi-organized baseball back up over softball, I had more hits tonight than Ichiro! (1-2, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 1R) and got to catch a couple of innings too. I know, it’s lame, but it was the last game of the year and I finally got some good hacks in, played some catcher and only made, uh, one really bad throw… I’m a happy dude tonight.

And I’m hella sore this morning — it was just over 50 last night, and that ball snaps in your hand when it’s that cold, blocking the ball hurts, and, uh, I got my gong rung once (folks, don’t catch without serious equipment, that’s my public service message for you)… and this morning I’m dying.

I have no idea how Pat Borders, or even Dan Wilson do this for so long: catching hurts.


21 Responses to “Me vs Ichiro!”

  1. Jimmie on September 24th, 2004 9:22 am

    OK Derek, how does one find rec-league baseball in a given area? I’ve done Metro Parks softball the last three years and playing “real” baseball sounds like a lot of fun. Is it something through a Parks department or is it a private deal?


  2. Goob on September 24th, 2004 9:29 am

    Jimmie, I’ve got the same problem. I’ve scoured the internet and newspapers for hours upon hours looking for a local baseball league to play in with no luck. Every time I call the Parks Department, they just give me the number for the softball league that, from what I can tell, hasn’t played a game in three or four years.

    It’s frustrating to say the least.

  3. Jeff Sullivan on September 24th, 2004 9:31 am


  4. Mike on September 24th, 2004 9:55 am

    try….this is a well established league, has several age categories as well as a recreational division.

    As their motto states, “Don’t go soft. go hard”

  5. Evan on September 24th, 2004 9:59 am

    I think we’ve already determined that Pat Borders ceased being organic several years ago.

  6. Kyle on September 24th, 2004 9:59 am

    Dammit Cartman! Stop saying hella!

  7. shigelojoe on September 24th, 2004 10:01 am

    #3 – “Hella”, meaning “very” or “lots”. I don’t say it myself, but it seems that this word is gaining popularity over here in Washington. I don’t know about everywhere else; I think it’s just an Emerald City thing.

    Heh, maybe it’ll be part of the Mariners ad campaign next season:

    Coach Edgar to new players: “I took my *geoduck* to *Puyallup* and had *hella* fun.” ;D

  8. shigelojoe on September 24th, 2004 10:02 am

    Well, scratch the “only in Washington” thing. Heh…

  9. Paul Weaver on September 24th, 2004 10:09 am

    I say HELLA!!
    It’s a condensed word, easy to say, another new addition to the english language such as ‘doh’, ‘dis’, or ‘PC’ (more than one meaning).

  10. Jagermeister on September 24th, 2004 10:10 am

    Come on now, you old codgers are losing touch with the hip lingo scene. Don’t worry Derek, I’m sure it’ll all be okay, a couple of advils and some moss bay extra pale is just the thing. Check the link for full definition, here’s my favorite part:

    “A term made up in Southern California by Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. It means “Super Duper Cool” and is most oftenly used by assholes and douche bags trying to be hip-dope-fly. Eric Cartman of South Park also use to like using the lame phrase, too, but forgot about it soon after he got into it.”

  11. Jagermeister on September 24th, 2004 10:12 am

    Sorry about the swearing, forgot to edit the post. Ear-muffs.

  12. Goob on September 24th, 2004 10:21 am

    Hella is in common usage where I come from (South Carolina). Don’t worry Derek, us youngins understand!

  13. Paul Molitor Cocktail on September 24th, 2004 10:29 am

    What is Derek’s VORP?

  14. Kevin on September 24th, 2004 10:41 am

    OBP of .750. Small sample size though, and not adjusted for park effects or quality of pitching faced. But hey, he’s a happy dude so let’s not let the spreadsheets spoil enjoyment of the game.

  15. Zzyzx on September 24th, 2004 10:47 am

    Is there a league for people who can’t run, hit, or throw?

  16. Troy Sowden on September 24th, 2004 10:52 am

    Hella was not made up by Gwen Stefani. It was a very popular word among the ghetto crew I grew up with in West Seattle in the early 90’s, and probably goes way back before that. After I moved to North Carolina in 95 I never heard it again until the No Doubt song and then the Cartman episode. Good, what part of South Cackalacki you from?

  17. Evan on September 24th, 2004 10:58 am

    “I took my geoduck to Puyallup.”

    That was the best Mariners ad ever.

  18. Goob on September 24th, 2004 2:13 pm

    Troy, I’m originally from Spartanburg, but I’m currently going to school down in Columbia. Nice to see that I’m not the only Mariners fan in the Carolinas =)

    What part of NC are you from?

  19. Jimmie on September 24th, 2004 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the link, Mike (comment #4)! With regards to hella, when I was living in Sacramento in the late ’80s I heard that ALL the time. I picked that phrase up along with the ubiquitous “dude”. I still say dude all the time, much to the chagrin of all my friends.


  20. Jimmie on September 24th, 2004 3:31 pm looks like it’s mostly King County/Eastside stuff. I live in Lakewood… any suggestions on something a little closer to my home? 🙁


  21. Matt on September 24th, 2004 4:10 pm

    It is my understanding from being among other people in their early 20’s in Southern California that no one in SoCal says “hella” anymore for fear of being ridiculued. It’s strictly a very lame NorCal sort of thing to say.