There’s a lot of paper in baseball.
You have lineup cards. Press notes. Programs. Notepads. And, of course, scorecards.
I’ve blogged about scorekeeping before. It’s something I’ve done at baseball games for much of my life.
It’s not something everybody does, but I do consider myself a bit of a baseball nerd.
Scorekeeping at a baseball game is an old-school tradition for baseball fans. Though not all do it, most know about it. Scorecards are in most programs. Kids do it. Adults do it.
The best part about scorekeeping at a game is there is no set style. Though the concept is the same – you record each play in a game on a scorecard – everybody has their own style and way of doing things.
That’s really cool, too.
Sometimes when I am at a game and see somebody keeping score and sitting by themselves, I’ll go say hi, just to talk scorekeeping and see how they do things. I’ve seen a lot of cool things. And some people do very little and just keep score on a piece of paper. Some people have full-fledged scoring systems.
And thought I enjoy getting in-depth, I like the simplicity of keeping a scorecard. The craziest I seem to get is using colors when a new pitcher comes in.
I have my own system, but in general, I can look back on most of my scoresheets and can take you through a game just from the way I kept the sheet.
Most programs at baseball games will show you a basic way to keep score. The basics allow you how to keep score and understand the things one needs.
From there, you can develop your own system and style and let it blossom. I’ve changed some things over the years to the point where I feel I have something I like.
Having things on paper at a baseball game is something of the norm. But once you delve even deeper into things, you’ll find that the way of putting some thing on paper is definitely unique and helps tell the story of a baseball game.
Can of Corn Challenge 4: On paper linkup
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