Make Some Noise

The philosopher George Berkeley stated, “to be is to be perceived”.  The familiar thought experiment is as follows:  If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?  Similarly, if a baseball bat cracks at Steinbrenner Field and few people hear it, does the sound even matter?

A while back I captured some video at a meagerly attended Tampa Yankees high-A minor league game.  Described dramatically, the score was all knotted up tightly at 2 in the bottom of the ninth inning. However, given the near complete lack of spectators, I could more accurately describe the score as loosely bound by a ball of kitten’s yarn.  The scoreboard operator, despite peering out onto this windswept nullscape, was dutiful and steadfast in his resolve.  He would not sway from the appointed task: rally the home crowd to victory.

As the poignant refrain of Tinie Tempah implores and echoes throughout the latticework of Steinbrenner Field:

One day I had a dream I tried to chase it

But I wasn’t going nowhere, running man!

I knew that maybe someday I would understand

Trying change a tenner to a hundred grand

Everyone’s a kid that no-one cares about

You just gotta keep screaming until they hear you out

Indeed, Tinie, indeed.  “You just gotta keep screaming until they hear you out.”  As true of minor league baseball as it is of initial forays into the blogosphere.  “I’m on my way…”



Baseballers brawl in Australia, Florida scarcely involved

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Let’s Replace the Word Half-inning: An Update

Nearly two years ago now, the BBB proposed a new word to replace the awkward and awful sounding “half-inning” forevermore.   At every utterance, it is preceded by hesitation as the speaker searches in vain for a better word to describe either the top or bottom of an inning.  And so, as required by the […]

Ejection Video: Billy Gardner Jr., Montgomery Biscuits

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On-sale dates for 2014 spring training tickets

Happy New Year, everyone.  Now that last night’s distilled spirits have frightened away the sugarplum fairies in your head, it’s time to turn your attention to spring training.  Thanks to the good folks at and their informative email newsletter, we have below the on-sale dates for individual Grapefruit League spring training tickets.  The BBB […]

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