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June 02, 2005

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Andrew

I've always thought that scorekeeping was an almost religious way of following a ballgame. Over the last couple years, I stopped almost altogether, but during the recent Sox-Jays series I kept score for the last two games. Though the result wasn't particularly great, filling out every little ox reminded me how muc fun it is - and what kind of status it gives you in the ballpark. Not an inning goes by when you're keeping score - especially at Fenway when someone doesn't ask you what a certain player has done, or what happened on that last play when they were getting a beer, or whatever; you become your section's unofficial color announcer. Hopefully I'll get back to doing this regularly.

Thanks for the great topic.

Iain

I've only recently discovered the joys and subtle intricacies of scoring, but it's something I'd like to do more. There something so appealing about being able to pick up a piece of paper and re-construct the whole ballgame, play by play.

Joe in Philly

I started keeping score when I was 12 during Strat-O-Matic games and I haven't stopped. (Keeping score, that is. My Strat league has long sinced disbanded.)

When I'm at a game, keeping score helps me stay focused, informed and instantly turns me into the go-to guy in the section for info. We have all become so accustomed to watching games on TV, the scorecard helps deliver information on demand like a well-timed replay or comment from the booth.

Now that I've moved beyond the "drink so much at a game that you forget you're at a game" phase, keeping score is just one of a million things I love about going to a game.

I plan on teaching my sons. My older brother and friend's father taught me.

Michael

I was never taught, but have become very interested in it recently. My mom reminisces about sitting in the grandstands as a child keeping score. Her voice tends to trail off at that point as she gets lost in being 12yo and being at the ballpark. My problem is that I'm too ADD to do a good job of it; but maybe it'd help.

Sammy

From the "sad but true" category. First game I ever scored was the first game I ever went to. The last at-bat, to this day, was never recorded in my scorecard and I will never EVER enter it. At the time, I was too stunned and disappointed to care about making a mark in a scorecard and didn't even realize the profound way a scorecard can hold a memory - good or bad - forever. The entry would have read "5-fpo" for "foul pop out to 3b"..yes, Gossage pitching to Yaz.

beth

what an incredible story, sammy!

Joe Sawksphan

Growing up in a family not too much concerned in baseball world at all. I had to learn on my own and with a little help from broadcasters. Keeping score is definitely a lost art in this day in age. Scorekeeping keeps me in the game and let's me know what's going on. One problem I have with it is that I can't go for even the quickest bathroom breaks or a little trip to the snack bar without missing some action. And I think that is why scorekeeping is fading away.

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