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OT: Did you nerds ever actually play sports?

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We're all avid baseball fans, but do you or did you ever actually play? Coach? Scout? Come join the BTBS Community to discuss any real-world involvement you have with baseball or other sports.

Rob Carr

We're all avid baseball fans if we're writing for or frequenting Beyond the Box Score.

And we're all "nerds" and "geeks" right? Or so the stereotype goes about sabermetrically-slanted baseball folk. But I know I, for one, don't consider myself a basement-dwelling, bed-pan using computer nerd like the kids from South Park in the World of Warcraft episode.*

South-park-world-of-warcraft-dude_medium*This is an actual picture of Blake Murphy.

Now, anyone in the baseball community who said "yeah, but he never played the game" about me would be mostly right. I was all hockey, all the time as a youth, and my baseball experience is limited to Slow Pitch/Beer League and coaching Rep Rookie Ball (pitching machine age). With that said, I'm sure there are people here who are or were decent ball players, or have some war stories from other sports.

To wit: I played rep hockey most of my life (although I never played Junior) and now play Beer League Hockey, I wrestled in high school, I play competitive ball hockey, I play Beer League Slow Pitch, and I coach Rookie Ball (7-9 year olds, pitching machine). But my favorite sport to play is actually basketball, except that I'm a complete zero offensively and get by on hustle alone.

The-sandlot_mediumFormer and current BTBS'ers pose for a post-game picture.

What about you? Any playing experience? What sports do you currently play? What's your favorite to play? Any volunteer (or pro) coaches out there?

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