I caught a baseball, and it was THIS big

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Saturday April 12, 2008.

It’s another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series that makes useless comments about things you may or may not care one lick about. You are encouraged implored to take part by commenting, sending us tips, and spreading the word.

I hate it when people get all, “I know I’ve neglected posting blah blah blah,” so I won’t do that. But seriously, can you blame me? I have an unbelievable story on my hands and it just keeps writing itself more and more chapters. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just check the rest of the front page. I’d tell you to comment on those posts, but that might be illegal, from what I hear. Just kidding (about it actually being illegal, not the part where people are telling me it is), post away! Anyway, on to the Hurl!

  • Field at night115,000: That’s how many people were at this game on March 29. The Coliseum is slick.One hundred fifteen THOUSAND people. That’s how many were there when I was there on March 29 at the L.A. Coliseum to watch the Dodgers. Here’s my story from the day. The left field fence was set at 201 feet. For the uninitiated, that’s Little League distance. So they put up a sixty-foot screen to make sure nobody got killed by laser shots off the bats of players. During batting practice, I planted myself about 25 rows up from the fence in hopes of snagging a ball. I did. Got one hit right to me and caught it on the fly. Feeling pretty good about myself, I called home and told The Boy, called Christy and my aunt and uncle, who were in our seats about 2.13 miles away. Everyone was excited. So I go to another spot to catch another one and sure enough, one’s coming right at me. I reach up, get a hand on it (it was a row or two over me, but I have decent hands) and don’t get it. I see it bounce off a seat and roll two rows ahead of me and another guy grabs it. Then I turn around and see another guy celebrating the catch. Uhhh. I feel my pocket, and my ball is gone. Gone! All I can say is that I totally should not have tailgated. Check the pics from that day here. (Dodger Thoughts and Flickr)
  • Jon Weisman on blogging’s relationship with traditional media. Sticking with the theme of reacting to one of the web’s best writers, period, I want to share this piece by Jon Weisman about how the sportswriters in L.A. treat bloggers in L.A. He calls out the absolutely ridiculous notion that one can generalize about either and points out that obvious thing where there are good and bad in both. Yeah, I know, it just makes sense, which, ironically, makes me think most sportswriters would hate the notion. (Dodger Thoughts)
  • Heh, Wordpress. I know, it’s an old version, but one that still was embarrassingly spammed. And granted, Technorati is downright unusably slow, but still. When a bad service stops caring about a silly, overused CMS, we should all take notice. Or just not care. (Daring Fireball)
  • A bearded font! It’s kind of cool, even if I barely can tell what some of the letters are unless I look at them for a long time and then look at all the letters before them and try to remember the alphabet. (The Daily Dish)
  • Legal threats as extortion? It appears a jury ruled against a lawyer for threatening someone with legal action if they didn’t such and such. A question that gets raised is whether it’s criminal to threaten someone with legal action if they don’t bow to your demands, especially when your demands are not grounded in either fact or the law. Wouldn’t it be funny if someone threatened to sue me, had no legal grounds, and I turned around on them and filed criminal charges? I’d laugh my ass all the way to court and back. (Concurring Opinions)

And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.

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