Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist
jlindquist

I know, I'm posting a lot about baseball


And now that you have, don't come crying to me.

I play in a local single-A level Sunday recreational baseball league. I'm pretty bad at it, but it's still fun to play. They say you don't get better if you don't play, it'd be more fun if I were better, so I'd like to get better, so I do things like wake up at 6am on a Sunday to drive 30 miles across town for a 9am game. (I shoot to arrive an hour early to stretch and warm up.)

I don't ask a hell of a lot. Since this isn't AA, AAA, or Elite-level ball, I don't expect it to be the most serious thing in all my teammates' lives. While it's Dumb, I don't let myself get too upset by teammates showing up late, hung over, still drunk from the night before, or some combination of the above. I've come to expect that some of them will usually do this. But when my team's manager does it? What the fuck?

We got lucky today. Wes finally rolled up at 9:01am, and convinced the umpires to call the league commissioner to ask for a special exemption. See, without Wes, we only had seven players, which isn't enough to start a game according to the rules, and we should have forfeit. This is not a rare occurrence--games the last two straight weeks have avoided this kind of forfeit by less than five minutes. We're not the only team with this problems. If the umpires declared a forfeit and walked away, I couldn't have argued with them. There's a shortage of umpires and a list of people waiting to play, there's no room for fuck-off teams. Forfeit twice and make the league pay your half of the umpire fees out of your forfeit deposit, and they'll blacklist your whole team out of the league. Serious shit.

So you'd think your team's manager would have his shit together. Nope. And you can't ask other people to do things you are unable or unwilling to do yourself, in this situation. So he's got no credibility left, with me at least...
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