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June 09, 2020


This is great fun - although, as an Englishman, I have no idea about baseball and its "positions". But that hasn't stopped me enjoying Charles's Lineups, or enjoying this. Incidentally, I have just interviewed Charles (at some length) for a UK online magazine ... the interview should be online in a few weeks time. I'll let you know...

Thanks for the good comment, Martin. Baseball is so different from cricket there'd be no way to define it, although I do think an excellent creative writing assignment for a North American is to explain baseball to an Englishman or -woman in 500 words or less.
Looking forward to your interview with Charles.

I'm sure you are aware of the classic explanation of cricket - You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

I hope that's clear.

Oh, that should have been a reply to yours, but I pressed the wrong button....

Yeah, but as you can see from my post on FB today I was also a pinch hitter:)

It went in one ear and out the other, Martin, just as you predicted. -- DL

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