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To Run Or Not to Run

To run, or not to run: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To … Continue reading

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Free Play Meta Action

“The way I look at it for the sake of giving you options is that there are rare occasions when the ethos of our free play approach trumps the scientific aesthetics of softball. Yes, technically and by one of the … Continue reading

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This Too Will Not Pass Soon

In December 1964, I was ten years old. We lived at 2705 East Overlook Road in Cleveland Heights. It was a big Georgian house with a library room with built-in oak shelves. In the corner sat our big black and … Continue reading

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Free Play Motley Crew

  Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment. Jean Baudrillard

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Finding the Middle

Free Play Softball League evoked my frustration and depression for a moment yesterday. It was a nice day for softball but by 9:45am only four players had arrived, increasing to seven by our start-time of 10:00am. Very disappointed, after announcing … Continue reading

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Free Play exemplar

The things that, being pleasant, make for health or for good condition, he will desire moderately and as he should, and also other pleasant things if they are not hindrances to these ends, or contrary to what is noble, or … Continue reading

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Free Play Fan of the Year

The votes are in: Dave’s mom wins the Free Play Softball League’s Fan of the Year Award for the first year in a row. She is coming out to Field #11 late in the season to see us bolt together … Continue reading

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Free Play Spears

But full of fire and greedy hardiment, The youthfull knight could not for ought be staide, But forth unto the darksome hole he went, And looked in: his glistring armor made A litle glooming light, much like a shade, By … Continue reading

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Free Play Cluster

Sunday’s game featured a double strike out, an interference ‘collective call’ when a slow rolling grounder seemed to roll up a player’s leg, and, the piece d’ resistance, an eager runner moving to the passing lane between second and third, … Continue reading

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Free Play Follow Through

The Free Play Softball League‘s man-boys of autumn Sunday games will parallel the big league’s playoffs, and, then, those playoffs are concluded by the World Series, whereas the Free Players keep playing! Our extended season is both test and testament. … Continue reading

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See the Ball, Hit the Ball

Wait for the low pitch, keep watching, try not to maim the pitcher. (I handed Andre my camera and he managed to capture a sequence of ol’ Cap himself plotting and releasing a single up the middle.) I have been a … Continue reading

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Free Play Omar Not

When I returned to the softball diamond at the age of 48 in 2002, I claimed left field as if it had been left to me in a will or by contract. I had my old Wilson glove from 1968, … Continue reading

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Free Play Softball Slow Rolling Regression to the Mean

We haven’t enjoyed a close game in weeks. Each week’s games over the last month have reflected most of the ways unpredictable regressions in performance, especially on defense, aggregate to severely tip games toward, as it were, one side. Last … Continue reading

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Enlightenment, Now and Later

bonus: From the 1960 season of Alan Watts‘ KQED television series, Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life

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Free Play Rings the Bell Curve

(Actually, Dave, back to the camera, is discussing further sales of 26th Anniversary Freeplay Softball swag.) 85 degrees at 10am. The crew could barely be moved to execute a batting practice. It was the oddest start to a game in … Continue reading

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Freeplay Kablooey

This photo from the game today shows a ball driven down the left field line by a batter, Pete, who is out of the frame, the left fielder chasing the ball, the shortstop to the left of the baserunner running … Continue reading

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Pecking Order

I likely was around the age of ten–1964–when my friends and I started playing kick ball on the asphalt diamond at Coventry School during the summer. This gave me the opportunity to be a self-assessor, and, also to step back … Continue reading

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Free Play Routski

I turned to Dave Kolb at the beginning of our at-bat in the top of the third inning, and because the score was 3-12, said to him, “I knew the regression to the mean would come eventually.” In response, Dave … Continue reading

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Free Play Softball Squeezes a Game In

  David A. Kolb, second from left, was the main founder of Free Play Softball, now in the middle of its 25th season. He was doing brisk business getting players to make pre-orders of 25th anniversary swag. Will, all the way … Continue reading

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When Will the Regression Happen?

As the so-called oddsmaker, my lineups this year have resulted in nothing but close games. V–HOME 18 17 16 14 15 16 17 18* 13 14 11 12 Six games have been decided by a total of seven runs. My … Continue reading

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