If You Are Keeping Score at GABP…

You might want to bring your own scorebook because the Reds don’t want to sell you a quality scorecard at the ballpark.

Whenever I attend a ballgame, I always bring two sharpened No. 2 pencils and an extra dollar or two to purchase a scorecard.  Keeping score at games helps keep me engaged and I become less reliant on the scoreboard to tell me what a player has done during the course of the game.  It is enjoyable and a great thing to start a conversation with (i.e. Was that an error or a hit?).  I also find it interesting how different teams at different ballparks organize their scorecards.

When I recently attended the Memorial Day game versus the Astros, I was disturbed to find out that the Reds had changed their scorecard entirely from previous years.  They longer do they sell a heavy card stock tri-fold scorecard that includes both teams’ rosters and scoring instructions (I don’t use the instructions since I have devised my own set of hieroglyphics).

While they are now cheaper (fifty cents as opposed to $1), the scorecard that is now being sold at GABP is a sub-standard product.  The scorecards are printed on a flimsy piece of card stock that allows the pencil to nearly poke through when entering in the data. It is a single sheet that is double-sided (no longer tri-fold) with minimal amount of room for scoring, few boxes for stats, and it does not include either roster.  When you have to use your leg as a sort of backing in order to write, one can see that this scorecard is poorly constructed.

So far, the Pirates are selling the best scorecard around.  Sold at PNC Park, it is large, very nicely laid out, and includes a ton more columns with pre-printed stats that are needed to tell the whole story of the game.

I may have to invest in some sort of scorebook that I can bring to games in the future because I don’t think I will be buying another scorecard at GABP.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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Casey Talks to Simmons

For all of the Sean Casey fans still out there, The Mayor speaks with  ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons on his podcast this week.

It can be streamed or downloaded directly from ESPN.com or iTunes.