Sunday, July 20, 2014

Slo-pitch: Part II

Made another DIY to wear while playing on my Slo-pitch team - this one a baseball vest. Letters stripped off of 2 name bars I had from previous Ebay purchases

to be reordered and sewn on again (luckily most letters included in the name I wanted - some modifications to make the L and the 2 F's). In the picture the front logo still to be modified to match previous project 'U ff' front crest. Rustclops burgundy main body cut out - gold still needs to be cut out.  Letters need to be sewn on name bars, and everything still needs to be sewn on jersey.

The finished product: front and back.
Eyeballed the alignment of name bars on back before pinning and sewing it on - probably should have spent more time and measured it instead. I'm likely the only one that will be seeing it in person that will look close enough to notice. Should also have had stuff on back of vest higher and closer together since it's an XL and if I end up wearing it with baseball pants I think the F.F. will disappear when tucked in.

Here's a closeup of the Rustclops on back.

Almost forgot to mention this: Rustclops is from another Shadow league entry for the Clink Room.

As far as playing Slo-pitch, I played a game this past week on my brother-in-law's team.  They were going to be short guys so I was an "emergency call-up" for The Benchwarmers.  He plays in a 7 & 3 League (field is 7 guys and 3 girls).  Played mostly the same as my 5&5 but I noticed some differences in rules.  As far as strikes you get an extra strike if the second strike is a foul ball.  If you walk a guy when a girl follows in the batting order, the guy gets 2 bases.  Girls are allowed to intentionally bunt [no one is allowed to bunt in my league - though occasionally there are the unintentional "full swing bunts", and they are allowed.  I've done those when I topped a ball.  You just put your head down and start running hoping that the back catcher or pitcher don't get to the ball quickly or that they throw it away].  Also, it isn't a strike when the ball hits home plate only when it hits the "mat" behind the plate.  The "mat" looked to be a little wider and I think shorter than in my 5&5 League, and it's made out of wood so it's easier to hear a strike.  Fielders don't need to stand behind any line in the field and can be anywhere they want.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Slo-pitch & baseball jersey for Slo-Pitch

After many, many years of working nights I am back working days.  Joined a Slo-pitch team back in my old league : Thunder Bay 5 & 5 Fun Slo-Pitch League.  Small independent (one of the few that wasn't absorbed by the Molson or Coors Light leagues years ago) non-competitive league.

If you are wondering what is 5 & 5 ? and what is Slo-Pitch  ? :
5&5 means you field 5 guys and 5 girls - 10th player is an outfield rover.  Batting order alternates guy-girl-guy-girl, etc.  All outfielders stand behind a line in the outfield until the ball is hit

and infielders must stay on the infield dirt until the ball is hit.  Slo-pitch is of the lob style of pitching - under handed and the arc of the ball must go over the batters head (or is it 6 ft.? I need a recent copy of the rules) and is unlimited (can go as high as you want).  Ball is a regular softball (think league is using grey dot this year).

All games are 3 balls and 2 strikes; all foul balls are strikes and if the ball hits the plate or the mat behind it it's a strike.

There is also an orange safety base on first.  Runner goes over orange - first baseman uses white; to avoid collisions at first.  There is also no lead offs, stealing, or sliding.

Regular season games are 7 innings (so league can get 2 games/day in all season before it is dark - league only has the one diamond).  Tournament games are 9 innings.

I had previously played in the league from 1992-2007.  Towards the end I was the team rep. and league V.P. for a couple years.  After I was working straight nights I had to quit playing and my brother in law ran the team for 1 more season before it folded (he then joined a more competitive league).  Team I was on had many sponsors over the years Country Home Cabinets, Twin City Stingers II (original was before my time on the team), Pier 61, L.A. Blues, Da Vinci , Friend's [Bar & Billiards], Glory Days, and Buzzy's.[Jerzee City].  One year we did the improbable and won it all:

Enough on Slo-pitch - on to the jerseys.  I joined the team late and they only ordered so many jersey to start with so I decided to make my own.

I had acquired a grey maroon striped grey baseball jersey a while back with this logo on it (turned sideways).

Blue lines are just showing what I am did to convert it into a U f f crest instead (main sponsor for the team I'm on this year is Unleashed Fighting Fitness).  Part of the reason I did this is to save what burgundy twill I have for the team name on back and the main logo.  Here's how it looks on the front:  If the jersey looks familiar, it's because it's the same jersey I got off Ebay for one of my earlier Ryberto's jerseys (but with a different number on it).

Now for the back.  For the back I used a font called Bazar (downloaded from Tack-O-Rama site). Dachshund is taken from a Clink Room member's Shadow League contest entry from a while ago.  My first though was of doing a dog or dog's head with a leash lying on the ground beside it, but then I remembered this contest entry and his dachshund is much better than anything I am likely to come up with

Was originally going to put the vest on the dog but looked to be a bit much with the big #1 already on the back of the jersey.

Here's a close up of the dog: