Sunday, October 07, 2007

41 Degrees

I could actually wear a sweater or a jacket to church this morning! Last night I walked into the monthly nightwatch gathering at C.'s house, carrying my apple pie, it was in the 80's. When I left, it was in the 60's and the wind was blowing the leaves around. It was glorious. It is also glorious that C. is back. The last time I was at nightwatch at his house, his kids were little boys... now one is at college and the other is a junior in high school. C. stopped going to meetings, but didn't get drunk - thank God, but now he is back and we're all really grateful.

Today my son and his friend (the electrician) will install my new light fixtures! I am so excited to ditch the old stuff, and a little nervous about how the new ones will look. Some of you understood my excitement over a chicken chandelier - I am glad I am not alone.

I am going to have to have a refresher course in baseball. I used to watch it, but that has been a l-o-n-g time ago. But suddenly everyone in Denver is a baseball fan. Go Rockies!

I better get ready for church. It is a beautiful Sunday morning and I am looking forward to a beautiful sober day... and wish the same for you all.

"When happiness comes, we accept it as a gift, and thank God for it." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 306


dAAve said...

I hope your new fixtures will shed some light on the baseball games.
Whatever that means.

Pam said...

New light fixtures is just like getting new curtains or can change to look of everything....let us know!
I like baseball, in moderation :)
I went to the store at 7:30 this morning barefoot and shorts...please send a cool breeze my way.

dAAve said...

Baseball is played in a series of (usually 9) "innings", each of which is divided into two halves (called "top" and "bottom" in that order: hence the phrase bottom of the ninth). In each half-inning, the offensive team attempts to score runs until three of its players are put "out" (removed from play by actions of the defensive team; discussed below). After the third out, the teams switch roles for the other half of the inning. The "home" team plays defense first, and so plays defense in the top of every inning and offense in the bottom of every inning.

At the beginning of each half-inning, the nine defensive players arrange themselves on the field. One defensive player is called the "pitcher" and stands at the center of the diamond on a designated spot, called the mound or the rubber - a reference to the rectangular rubber plate at the center of the mound. Another defensive player is called the "catcher" and stands on the other side of home plate from the pitcher. Typically four more players are arranged along the lines between first, second, and third bases, and the other three are in the outfield.

Runs are scored as follows: starting at home plate, each offensive player attempts to earn the right to run (counterclockwise) to the next base (corner) of the diamond, then to touch the base at that corner, continuing on to each following base in order, and finally returning to home, whereupon a run (point) is scored. Often an offensive player will achieve a base but be forced to stop there; on future plays (usually in concert with other runners), the player may continue to advance, or else be put out.

A play begins with an offensive player called a "batter" standing at home plate, holding a bat. The batter then waits for the pitcher to throw a "pitch" (the ball) toward home plate, and attempts to hit the ball with the bat. If the batter hits the ball into play, the batter must then drop the bat and begin running toward 1st base. (There are other ways to earn the right to run the bases, such as "walks" or being hit by a pitched ball. See baseball for more.) The catcher catches pitches that the batter does not hit (either by choice or simple failure to make contact) and returns them to the pitcher.

If the batter fails to hit a well-pitched ball (one within the strike zone) or if he hits it so that it goes outside of the field of play it is called a "strike". (However, if the ball is hit over the outfield and exits the field there, it is instead (one type of) a "home run": the batter and all other offensive players on bases may complete a tour of the bases and score a run. This is the most desirable result for the batter.)

When a batter begins running, he or she is then referred to as a "runner". Runners attempt to reach a base, where they are "safe" and may remain there. The defensive players attempt to prevent this by putting the runners out using the ball; runners put out must leave the field (returning to the "bench" or "dugout", the location where all the other inactive players and managers observe the game).

Mary Christine said...

Okay. Thank you very much David. I appreciate that. But I still don't understand what part of the season we are in. Is it the play-offs? How many teams are still playing?

Christine said...

a chicken light fixture? How wonderful!

Scott W said...

Do not like baseball. Unfortunately I was around it all the time as a kid, I ran the concession stand!

Kathy Lynne said...

No need to learn. The Red Sox are going all the way:)

Scott said...

sorry bout the broncos yesterday... glad the heat wave is over out there, hopefully that'll come our way next!