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Bat Dogs Continue to Be Great

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This site has previously covered bat dogs, and their charm has not worn off. In fact, the phenomenon is spreading to more and more minor league ball clubs. This week saw a hilarious bit of confusion when a player incorrectly thought he’d drawn a walk and dropped his bat on the ground:

Yes, bat dog Lou Lou Gehrig came out to retrieve that bat, which was still needed by Greensville Grasshopper Jhonny Santos. A bit of tug-of-war ensued. Be sure to watch the video, and don’t miss the second attempt.1

Some might be tempted to question Lou Lou’s training, but I have to instead call out Santos for his poor eye, and for failing to adhere to an obvious rule in stadiums both with and without bat dogs: Don’t put your bat down unless you’re sure you’re done with it.


Footnotes:

  1. Said video is archived here.↩︎

Link: https://www.mlb.com/cut4/a-bat-dog-tried-to-grab-a-bat-during-an-at-bat/c-292310078

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toddmichaelryan
76 days ago
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Amazing
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mareino
71 days ago
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I can't read the damn scoreboard, Santos.
Washington, District of Columbia
MotherHydra
76 days ago
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Dogs!
Space City, USA

Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston

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My pal Peter Bromka is an elite amateur runner, who’s run multiple sub-2:30 marathons. In honor of today’s Boston Marathon, here’s a link to his recent piece in Runner’s World on what the race has meant to him.

Link: https://www.runnersworld.com/races-places/a19711892/tips-for-running-boston-marathon/

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toddmichaelryan
213 days ago
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It’s All Really, Really Bad

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When I see a headline like “We Asked a Gynecologist About That Ice-Cream Scene in Fifty Shades Freed”, I think “Ayuuuuch, this oughta be good”. And unlike the “Fifty Shades” books and movies, it is.

Link: http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/we-asked-a-gyno-about-that-fifty-shades-ice-cream-scene.html

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toddmichaelryan
266 days ago
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"It’s sugar and milk, things that do not go in the vagina."
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Eff This Ess

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If you could not just avoid your job, but make all physical evidence that you had done so go up in smoke, aren’t there days when you would?

Link: http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/2018/01/12/postal-worker-admits-he-burned-mail-20-tubs/1029335001/

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toddmichaelryan
296 days ago
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If these people were smart, they would burn a small fraction of their mail randomly and not 100% of the mail for a 5 month streak.

One of those strategies leaves an easy to identify signal and the other is less so.

DATA!
PBones
296 days ago
I was thinking along these lines, but it’s not entirely clear what he did, right? Given the length of time this went on, it seemed likely he was only ditching a portion of the mail, not all of it.
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💧 A Bit of RSS Housekeeping

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It’s once again time for a bit of housekeeping, and thus, another weekend post. I’ve just made some changes to the RSS feeds (technically, Atom and JSON Feed) for One Foot Tsunami. If you read this site via RSS, you’ll notice things working a bit differently.

Previously, Link posts in this site’s feed would send RSS readers directly to the source article when they opened the item. As a result, commentary written here on OFT could be missed. After literally years of consideration, as well as prompting from my pal Manton and others, I’ve now changed the feeds such that opening a link from your RSS reader will load OFT itself. I believe this will be a better experience overall. It will likely also lead me to write more in my Link posts, something I was previously somewhat hesitant to do.

In addition to this behavior change, the content of the feeds is changing in two small ways. First, rather than calling out Link posts with a “Link” prefix, I’ll be calling out the less frequent Feature posts using the 💧 emoji. Second, Link posts are now appended with the relevant link. These posts usually include a link somewhere within the body, but now there will always be a guaranteed URL at the bottom of the feed item.

Suggested RSS Reader

Almost five years ago, I recommended both NetNewsWire and NewsBlur for RSS. Due to a long fallow period, I can’t really recommend NetNewsWire anymore, but NewsBlur is still going strong. It still continues to offer much of what Google Reader did, and it’s well worth the low price of just $2 a month. It keeps feeds in sync across multiple devices, and already supports new tech like JSON Feed. Check it out if you need an RSS reader.

Other ways to follow One Foot Tsunami

Twitter: If you’re on Twitter, you can follow @OneFootTsunami, an automated bot which posts the title and a link to each day’s post. This is also the place to tweet if you want to discuss something on the site with me.

Facebook: You can also Like One Foot Tsunami on Facebook to get a link to each post in your news feed.

Thanks For Reading

As always, thanks for reading this site. However you connect to One Foot Tsunami, I hope you enjoy.

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toddmichaelryan
325 days ago
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Link: Explosively Bad Design

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Putting gas into the wrong part of a car sounds pretty dumb. However, the design of the 2005 Smart ForTwo is definitely partially to blame for this near-death experience.

“If it’ll make the car explode if you put gas in it, don’t make it look like you can put gas in it” should be one of those tenets of auto design that people get cross-stitched into decorative pillows.

That’s just sound thinking.


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