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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2014, 10:33:15 PM »
Okay...so I'm watching the Braves...last play is challenged as to whether the runner was out on first and they go to the "Replay Room".
From what I can tell this huge video room is in New york and is manned by off road umpires who are known as video officials.
My question is...does anyone know how many times this has been used this season and how many calls have been reversed? I'm not quite sure how I feel about this but I'm leaning towards thinking it's not so hot.

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"According to MLB, entering Sunday, replay had been used 115 times in 262 regular-season games, including twice for record keeping. (Yes, an umpire will occasionally forget how many balls and strikes there are.) Of the 113 calls that were challenged, 46 were overturned, 35 were confirmed and 32 stood, the latter being the designation for calls where evidence was inconclusive."
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2014, 10:45:32 PM »
Have you seen the Ken Burns documentary on baseball. I'm on episode 6 right now. I'm watching it on Netflix. highly recommended for baseball fans..
 

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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2014, 01:42:27 AM »
I got exhausted watching Ken Burns' Baseball.  I started skipping stuff around 1890-1920.....

Unlike the Civil War.  That I could watch again, and probably will.  I've been to a bunch of Civil War battlefields, including Shiloh, Gettysburg and Antietam.

I'm also reading a book on the intelligence efforts of the Continentals and British during the Revolutionary War, called "Washington's Spies." I love it because it is raw history - it reads like a PhD thesis - and deals mostly with action around Long Island, my hometown.
 

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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2014, 06:58:46 AM »
"Unlike the Civil War.  That I could watch again, and probably will.  I've been to a bunch of Civil War battlefields, including Shiloh, Gettysburg and Antietam."

I collect civil war documents. I have a soldiers entire history including his pension in 1890 for $8 that was bumped up to $12 per month. I also have a large hospital muster roll (29x21) listing expenses. what's interesting about this document is the fact of many of the soldiers were injured during the battle of Gettysburg.
 

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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2014, 03:25:59 PM »
I made it through the first couple episodes of baseball on Netflix but got off track somewhere and haven't picked it back up. Course I mainly love baseball because of the Braves - They can keep Atlanta, but I do love my Braves. :) Actually Atlanta can be a pretty cool town if you know where you're heading and can take the traffic in getting there.
 
I love reading/viewing about the war of Northern Aggression also. Not a big collector, and it's been a while, but we used to find civil war stuff occasionally when out looking for arrowheads. They have reenactments a lot around here also - I like to watch once in a while, but I don't really get into that other than talking to folks who know a lot of history about the battles and the soldiers. If given a choice I'd rather visit the battlefields and historical sites without all the people around.   
I live not far from Andersonville.....and it's not far from Plains (You might remember that place being in the news round about the late 70s, early 80s.......you remember....that really nice guy with a great big smile but.......

Re: books....Shelby Foote's civil war volumes are good if you like getting in to the nuts and bolts of the campaigns and the generals.

I'm also a big reader/viewer of anything Lincoln, his war strategy, and his crazy banshee wife. Think my next book on him is going to be: Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President. It is a compilation of 20 years of transcripts of interviews with Lincoln historians. Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN (also hosts show Booknotes) is one of editors. I love his interviews so I'm going on that association that it will be a good book.

Revolutionary War - Haven't gotten into that much yet though I did almost buy Washington's Spies on my nook  -- so that might be a new interest if I decide to buy it.
 

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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2014, 04:10:30 PM »
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"Unlike the Civil War.  That I could watch again, and probably will.  I've been to a bunch of Civil War battlefields, including Shiloh, Gettysburg and Antietam."

I collect civil war documents. I have a soldiers entire history including his pension in 1890 for $8 that was bumped up to $12 per month. I also have a large hospital muster roll (29x21) listing expenses. what's interesting about this document is the fact of many of the soldiers were injured during the battle of Gettysburg.

I collect old documents with my genealogy stuff. I've got some old journals and stuff from way back when. I've got a ancestor's store log from 1855...He bought lots of bacon, flour, sugar, coffee, nails, and tobacco, among other things. Staples went from .07 -.14 / lb but tobacco was .40/lb. LOL....Guess storekeepers were aware of the power of addiction way back when too.
 

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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2014, 06:06:20 PM »
I've got some confederate bills dating back to 1854. I'll scan some and put them online.
 

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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2014, 06:44:51 PM »
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I've got some confederate bills dating back to 1854. I'll scan some and put them online.

I have some old appearing bills that I found in a box of my mom's collection of random stuff after she died but I think they are replicas. I started to suspect something when I googled them and I didn't even have to finish typing. lol....
 

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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2014, 06:51:05 PM »
you should like one of these. it's from Georgia, 1854. the other one was never in circulation.
 

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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2014, 08:19:26 PM »
here is another wonderful "shutter day" my cell phone battery stopped charging so I had to stay hooked up to the charger the last several days. I couldn't find time to replace, been working 7 days a week. I got the phone, touch pad, internet etc. the ending price was $19 for the phone. I said sure I'll take that one. when she was done it was almost $65?? I said....WHAT? she said a $45 "activation fee" was attached. I said, what ever. I get home and crank up the puter. it gives me the " no internet connection" it's been doing this off and on for several months. I thought it was AT&T. turns out it's my router. I gotta go buy another router now.

HOW WAS YOUR DAY  8)
 

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« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2014, 12:06:48 AM »
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here is another wonderful "shutter day" my cell phone battery stopped charging so I had to stay hooked up to the charger the last several days. I couldn't find time to replace, been working 7 days a week. I got the phone, touch pad, internet etc. the ending price was $19 for the phone. I said sure I'll take that one. when she was done it was almost $65?? I said....WHAT? she said a $45 "activation fee" was attached. I said, what ever. I get home and crank up the puter. it gives me the " no internet connection" it's been doing this off and on for several months. I thought it was AT&T. turns out it's my router. I gotta go buy another router now.

HOW WAS YOUR DAY  8)

my daY was ok ... storms 3" rain ... we need rain ... good weekend at the observatories ... grass green .... and glad to see you are back up!  :)
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« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2014, 01:20:50 AM »
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I made it through the first couple episodes of baseball on Netflix but got off track somewhere and haven't picked it back up. Course I mainly love baseball because of the Braves - They can keep Atlanta, but I do love my Braves. :) Actually Atlanta can be a pretty cool town if you know where you're heading and can take the traffic in getting there.
 
I love reading/viewing about the war of Northern Aggression also. Not a big collector, and it's been a while, but we used to find civil war stuff occasionally when out looking for arrowheads. They have reenactments a lot around here also - I like to watch once in a while, but I don't really get into that other than talking to folks who know a lot of history about the battles and the soldiers. If given a choice I'd rather visit the battlefields and historical sites without all the people around.   
I live not far from Andersonville.....and it's not far from Plains (You might remember that place being in the news round about the late 70s, early 80s.......you remember....that really nice guy with a great big smile but.......

Re: books....Shelby Foote's civil war volumes are good if you like getting in to the nuts and bolts of the campaigns and the generals.

I'm also a big reader/viewer of anything Lincoln, his war strategy, and his crazy banshee wife. Think my next book on him is going to be: Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President. It is a compilation of 20 years of transcripts of interviews with Lincoln historians. Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN (also hosts show Booknotes) is one of editors. I love his interviews so I'm going on that association that it will be a good book.

Revolutionary War - Haven't gotten into that much yet though I did almost buy Washington's Spies on my nook  -- so that might be a new interest if I decide to buy it.


Yeah, yeah, yeah, War of Northern Aggression. When are you guys gonna get real, ya know you guys started it at Fort Sumter, etc.  I first heard that WoNA when I first moved to Nashville.  On one of my first grocery runs I spotted a customer in line at Kroger's who was wearing a torn white "T" shirt that said, "Proud Descendant of a Confederate War Veteran - 7th Texas Artillery," although I may have the unit name identified incorrectly. 

That is not something I had ever seen in my travels across America before.

When I mentioned the T shirt guy to some Nashvillian friends they started telling me about the southern preference for calling the Civil War the "WoNA," and the fact that Nashville had a big battle and the battlefield was still intact.  Wow.  Impressive, and crazy - the southern army lost five generals and thousands of troops on the last day of combat due to repeated frontal attacks against well-fortified Union positions.

I loved Shelby Foote's analysis in the PBS docu.  I mourn his passing, but I have never read any of his writing. Along those lines, though, I've read most of Bruce Cattin's work and they are fantastic. I also loved Confederates in the Attic and the author's account of guys just sitting in the woods of Shiloh on the anniversary of the battle, just drawn to the site. I was also amused that they were all early - the battle started at dawn and they all had arrived in the dark at 6 am, because Tennessee in April is on Central Daylight Savings Time, which didn't exist in 1862 so the battle actually started at 6 am Central Standard Time. I got there about 2 pm, as usual. IDDM. (I don't do mornings.)

ANDERSONVILLE??? Don't get me started - and you want to talk about Northern Aggression!!!....(worst prison camp in the south.  10,000 guys died, basically tortured by neglect and mismanagement.)

I'd like to visit Plains.  I like peanuts.  Billy Beer sucked, though.

I loved the movie, "Lincoln." I thought it gave a very fair treatment to Mary Lincoln, and I found her to be likable.
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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2014, 01:30:38 AM »
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I've got some confederate bills dating back to 1854. I'll scan some and put them online.

Confederate money from 1854?  I see that the south's penchant for historical vagueness and inaccuracy is firmly entrenched and long-standing.
 

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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2014, 01:32:37 AM »
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here is another wonderful "shutter day" my cell phone battery stopped charging so I had to stay hooked up to the charger the last several days. I couldn't find time to replace, been working 7 days a week. I got the phone, touch pad, internet etc. the ending price was $19 for the phone. I said sure I'll take that one. when she was done it was almost $65?? I said....WHAT? she said a $45 "activation fee" was attached. I said, what ever. I get home and crank up the puter. it gives me the " no internet connection" it's been doing this off and on for several months. I thought it was AT&T. turns out it's my router. I gotta go buy another router now.

HOW WAS YOUR DAY  8)


Shutter, reading about your life makes me take my medication more dedicatedly.
 

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« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2014, 01:39:46 AM »
The review stuff in baseball by the umpires is driving me crazy!!!

I don't know what to do about it, though - so many calls have helped the Yankees, and anything that helps the Yankees, is by definition, good for humanity and the Universe.

Also, the G-damned reviews take so long!  Gawd Almighty! 

But since I can only afford to watch the free  "Game view" on MLB.com, I also treasure the reviews because they are always posted on video and I can access them. Hence, I get a little bit of live feed from the game and get a taste of the action as the announcers discuss the relevant dynamics.

It's amazing to see how many calls the umpires get wrong, and how many of them weren't really that close.  Some are quite obvious. Plus, I'm glad to see that some umpires forget the balls and strikes.  I've done that and it's embarrassing.