Do you score the game?

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I see from an old thread David R used to use a scorebook. I used one *watching games on TV* (as well as in-park) starting when I was ten, but not for years now. If someone accompanies to the game, I generally don't even use the program/scorecard because it's hard to talk and log every play.

Once in the late '80s, Bill James had an enhanced log for his Project Scoresheet work, and I copied that and used it for years -- it had spaces to log each pitch, including fouls. Something like this:

I downloaded an every-pitch template more recently, but the last time I used it was World Series Game 1 last year.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 May 2005 20:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Haha, I scored a few times at home when I was 10 or 11, too.

I also kept score at my younger brother's T-ball games. Sort of weird, now that I think about it, that I was so invested in his team, but I got a late start as a baseball fan and never really played myself (except for one year, which only proved I hadn't been missing much glory).

I've kept score the last couple games I've gone to, but
I don't do it all the time. I liked, though, when the frat guy in front of me turned around and asked me how many strikeouts Ben Sheets had.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 6 May 2005 20:36 (seventeen years ago) link

i didn't score when i went to see the mets with morbs last year, but yeah, i score. even minor leagues. and, uh, i score at work too.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 6 May 2005 21:12 (seventeen years ago) link

I will score a game that I got to about once a year, if that often. I think the last game I scored was the Astros-Cubs game I saw at Wrigley in 2003.

I once scored a computer vs. computer RBI Baseball game on the original Nintendo system.

I hear Moby likes the score.

boldbury (boldbury), Friday, 6 May 2005 23:50 (seventeen years ago) link

i score. but i don't tally the assists and putouts.

also, i have taught my gf how to score (the game) when i have to piss.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Saturday, 7 May 2005 04:39 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
when you disagree with the official scorer about a hit/error call, what do you write down?

mookieproof (mookieproof), Thursday, 17 August 2006 22:33 (sixteen years ago) link

you (or someone else) has asked this before.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 17 August 2006 22:41 (sixteen years ago) link

For those of you scoring at home...

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 17 August 2006 22:44 (sixteen years ago) link

damn, i can't remember anything

mookieproof (mookieproof), Thursday, 17 August 2006 23:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Loved scoring when I played and had off days, and also when I helped coach my brother's teams. (Only thing that sucked was the parade of players and parents: "What's the score?" "What inning is this?" "When do I hit?" "Is it a mercy yet?" "You didn't give me an error on that, did you?") I don't think I've ever scored a major (or minor) league game, but I used to come up with all sorts of crazy dice-baseball games when I was a kid.

Andy_K (Andy_K), Saturday, 19 August 2006 12:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, yes, also:

"What does that stand for?"
"What does this thing here mean?"
"What is my average?"
"Why do you think coach has me hitting sixth instead of second today? Is that bad?"
"When is my son playing?"

Andy_K (Andy_K), Saturday, 19 August 2006 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

went to the tiggers-yanquis game tonight for cameron maybin's first big league game, which was brutal. 0-for-4, two not-even-close k's, probably took too shallow a path on what turned out to be an andy phillips double. and really shouldn't have been hitting second.

in the sixth, he hit a swinging bunt and proceeded to run into it. how do you even score this? according to the box score, he "grounded out to catcher," which seems to be giving jorge a little too much credit...

mookieproof, Saturday, 18 August 2007 07:26 (fifteen years ago) link

probably took too shallow a path on what turned out to be an andy phillips double.

Definitely a bad route. (He definitely looked lost the whole night but he wasn't the only Tiger to go hitless or K twice.)

Isn't it batter's interference?

Andy K, Saturday, 18 August 2007 11:13 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Lots of scorekeeping talk during the Diamondbacks broadcast today. Reporter in the stands also interviewed a bunch of people who were keeping score, asking about the way they do it, how they learned, why they do it, etc.

Andy K, Friday, 11 June 2010 00:45 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

after searching for several years and buying three scorebooks i didn't like, i finally found a vintage wilson e5317 on ebay. it arrived today and has room for 50 games! (my old one only had 30.)

spiral bound, hard burgundy covers, perforated sheets in the back so you can give the ump yr lineup

i have seriously been less inclined to go to games the last few years because i didn't have an appropriate scorebook.

mookieproof, Friday, 6 September 2013 23:01 (nine years ago) link

Can you pull a blank page from it and get a copy shop to make you a few hundred and spiral-bind or comb-bind them?

cops on horse (WilliamC), Friday, 6 September 2013 23:13 (nine years ago) link

oh i will this time -- i accidentally used the last page last time and it seemed like scanning it and photoshopping out all the marks might have been a step too far

mookieproof, Friday, 6 September 2013 23:17 (nine years ago) link

Sort-of off topic, but my daughter taught herself a lot of Photoshop basics by scanning and un-coloring a coloring book that she'd loved when she was a little kid.

cops on horse (WilliamC), Friday, 6 September 2013 23:24 (nine years ago) link

mook I have recently rescued a bunch of those books with 1972-88 games from the family archives.

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 7 September 2013 00:29 (nine years ago) link

nice! i should see if my dad can find the books from when i was a kid

i did not score this game, but on wednesday i was in the bar where i saw doug drabek lose a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth on august 3, 1990. one of sil campusano's 53 career hits

mookieproof, Saturday, 7 September 2013 00:37 (nine years ago) link

see, 20 years from now some kids will remember where they were when johan actually did it!

mookieproof, Saturday, 7 September 2013 00:41 (nine years ago) link

i used to keep score at every game i attended live, haven't done it in years though

sing, all ye shitizens of slumerica (k3vin k.), Monday, 9 September 2013 00:09 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

the few, the proud

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 16:12 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

found my old scorebooks at my dad's house. the earliest game is from 19 september 1980, two days before my ninth birthday -- it seems possible that i was wished a happy birthday on the scoreboard, but i don't remember.

pirates beat the mets 4-3 with rick rhoden scattering 10 singles and going the distance. he also picked two mets (mookie and wally) off first and singled, dropping his season line to .400/.417/.571 at the plate.

mookieproof, Friday, 30 March 2018 03:51 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

Dusty Baker waited 25 seasons, nearly 4,000 games as a manager.

And what does he do during the final play? He doesn’t even watch the play.

He immediately picks up his pencil and marks the play down in his scorebook.

— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) November 6, 2022

mookieproof, Monday, 7 November 2022 02:42 (four weeks ago) link

the man is 73 and has to hold on to the netting lol <3

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 7 November 2022 13:42 (four weeks ago) link

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