Sunday, March 20, 2016

SOLSC Day 19: Baseball’s Coming

Today I took the train up to Connecticut to meet with a group of New York Mets for our annual preseason lunch, craft beer, and trivia.
            The warmup to trivia was a heated discussion about who on the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot should be in voted in. Personally, I cannot get excited about these arguments, but at a table full of those who are, I will have opinions. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire all raise the question of whether players who took steroids should be in the Hall, and opinions were mixed. I suggested the Hall of Fame have a separate Steroid Wing. And no Hall for players who were designated hitters most of their careers; they were playing only half of the game.
            The trivia contest has always been created by D.G., our group’s convenor for the past 33 years — I’ve only been a member since 1991. Today’s was fiendish. Set up like a Jeopardy game, the categories were minor league teams from 1949, 1955, 1965, 1975, and 1985, with a softball category called Batting Practice for those 90 years old (one of us), and women (that would be me). We were assured that every answer was a Major Leaguer we would all know, but no one liked this game. The clues were too obscure, and starting with the name of the player’s minor league appearances was disorienting.
            If you’re not a baseball fan, this probably sounds pretty silly, but we had a great time — and hope to see a Mets game together sometime in the summer.


  1. I love baseball! This was a fun post to read. I don't think I would have been very good at that trivia game. I appreciate the way you wrote about the hall of fame argument with the details and various opinions at your table.

    1. thank you! Nobody really liked this particular trivia game, even the two guys who got the most points. It was funny that we all wanted the question repeated two, three, four, five times -- there were just too many obscure facts to remember. But it was also funny that one of my Batting Practice questions was, who was the Mets manager in their 2000 appearance in the post-season -- and my mind went blank. I got it with one hint, but so interesting that I had wiped Bobby Valentine out of my memory.