Steve Rushkin has an interesting piece in the May 30 SI about the dying art of scorekeeping.
Sure, there remain a few of us scorers who cannot look at the area code for Beanblossom, Indiana--812--without seeing a long throw from centerfield cut off by the pitcher leading to a putout at the plate*. And you'll still find an aging group of less vigilant scorers, like Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop and former broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, whose cards are peppered with the notation "WW" for "Wasn't Watching".
Rushin's got a point--I don't think I've kept score since I wore pigtails and a fruit-juice mustache. But at the same time, I don't think scorekeeping, or at least its conventions, have really passed from common parlance just yet. If pressed, I could probably still fill in a scorecard with a reasonable degree of accuracy, the way my Dad taught me to in the mid-80's. And like some "old-schoolers" quoted in Rushin's article, I'll probably teach my kid(s) to keep score, too, just on principle. Also, I'll still holler out an impassioned and automatic "E-6!" in derision at Derek Jeter should the occasion call for it.
In fact, so versed am I, as a relatively young person, in scorekeeping lingo, that when I first saw the title of Rushin's article, "RIP, 6-4-3" (especially in conjunction with a somewhat alarmist cover piece by Tom Verducci about a decline in slugging in the Major Leagues), my first impression was that it was going to be a lament about the decline of the double play, or at least its successful execution (which, of course, might be a column for another day over at SI, which, while home to great writers, seems firmly of the "Why, back in my day..." school of thought when it comes to most things baseball).
But anyway, what I want to know is, how many of you out there keep score? Or could, if you wanted to? If so, who taught you? Do you think it's really going the way of the dodo? After all, you can still buy scorecards from The Remy Report, and the bleacher scoreboard still gives the scoring numbers at Fenway during games. Finally, on the flip side: if the scorecard really is in decline, do you think there's necessarily anything wrong with that?
*This is a masterful sentence, in so many ways. The word geek in me needs to point that out.