This year I played softball in a co-ed and male league in intramurals. The thing about intramurals is things can get taken seriously to the point where you have to question why guys are playing softball. Look, I have nothing wrong with being competitive, but when you're complaining to the umpire about calls and getting overly mad at girls who have (and openly acknowledge) no athletic skills and looking to take pitches because you're just looking to get on "base", well...you really need to re-examine why you're playing softball in the first place. This is slow pitch softball for chrissakes! Nobody is Evan Longoria or Jennie Finch here. Nobody needs to show how good they used to be in high school or play as if its Red Sox-Yankees 2009. Have fun and just enjoy the game because if you think about it, the whole aspect of slow pitch softball is pretty comical. People hitting a slow, looping, big ball. Doesn't sound competitive, does it? So why should we make it more competitive than it needs to be. Grab a chew, do some chatter, have a few beers after the game and just swing as hard as you can at anything close to the strike zone.
Most of what I feel about softball echoes what Jim Rome said with this rant on that subject from his radio show. Basically, he calls out all those uber-competitive softball guys who think they're Derek Jeter but in softball. Great, funny rant that is worth hearing a couple times over, especially if you have played softball.
Overall, I'm not the hugest fan of Jim Rome, especially his show "Rome is Burning." I think the show's structure is lame and it being contained in a thirty minute time frame and with guests prevents Rome from doing what he does best: ripping guys to shreads. Really, that's the only reason you watch or listen to Rome, to see who he royally takes it out on and how bad it gets. Yet the shows structure does it in a way that it doesn't at all seem too genuine on a consistent basis and he's just being Rome because he has to be, not because he wants to be.
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