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My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift, where each day's page bears a description of some seemingly stupid activity that has been carried out in the past (the title is "Well, Duh", which seems to establish its Leftpondian origins).
The page for yesterday (17th) has us both stymied as to just what might be so amusing and/or stupid(1) about it.
Here it is, /verbatim/:
Stupid Sports
Baseball players will often change their uniform number if it's not working for them. But San Francisco Giants short- stop Johnny Lemaster had a different idea. When fans got down on him for not hitting in or out of the clutch, Lemaster said he was going to change the name on the back of his uniform from Lemaster to Boo. That didn't go over well with team management.
We fail to see the joke; can anyone enlighten us, please?

(1) Well, nothing more stupid than the idea of grown men playing what is essentially Rounders.

Brian {Hamilton Kelly} (Email Removed) "Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte."
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(Note cross-posts and follow-up) My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift,where each day's page bears ... Boo. That didn't go over well with team management. We fail to see the joke; can anyone enlighten us, please?

When fans "get down" on a player, they yell "Boo!" (not the hide-and-go seek "boo" but a drawn out version) when he comes on the field. So if he changed his name to Boo, they would be yelling his name, instead of deriding him.
The joke is not specifically baseball-centric. Every athlete wants the fans to scream his name, cheering (applauding) him as soon as they see him. It seems, however, that fans observing Lemaster yelled, "Boo!" which is the word yelled at someone who is not pleasing the fans (I believe y'all whistle to show disapproval and disappointment?). He thought he'd change his name so that he could claim they were cheering him rather than dissing him!
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(Note cross-posts and follow-up) My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift, where each day's page ... Boo. That didn't go over well with team management. We fail to see the joke; can anyone enlighten us, please?

Because when the fans express their disapproval, they boo. By "naming" himself Boo, he would change the disapproval to encouragement..thousands of fans shouting out his name.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift, where each day's page bears a description of ... Boo. That didn't go over well with team management. We fail to see the joke; can anyone enlighten us, please?

The fans are booing him. If he changes his name to Boo, he can pretend they're cheering him. Oh, my side.
(1) Well, nothing more stupid than the idea of grown men playing what is essentially Rounders.

That would be stupid, wouldn't it? Good thing that doesn't happen.

SML
(Note cross-posts and follow-up) My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift,where each day's page bears ... can anyone enlighten us, please? (1) Well, nothing more stupid than the idea of grown men playingwhat is essentially Rounders.

Hey, I can welly this one over the square-leg boundary without lifting a foot! Rounders fans cheer the player's name, right? So he changes his name to what they shout. "Up my salary, or I go to Lancs! You heard the fans cheer me."

Mike.
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(Note cross-posts and follow-up) My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift, where each day's page ... Boo. That didn't go over well with team management. We fail to see the joke; can anyone enlighten us, please?

When a player is not doing well, the fans may be inclined to voice their displeasure with choruses of "Boo!" By substituting "Boo" for his name on the back of his uniform, Johnny could kid himself that the fans were calling his name.
(Years ago, the Baltimore Orioles had a large first baseman by the name of Boog Powell. The fans would chant his name ("Boog") when he came to bat, and the radio or television announcer would invariably advise the listening audience that what they were hearing were not "boo"s, but Mr. Powell's name.)
(1) Well, nothing more stupid than the idea of grown men playing what is essentially Rounders.

For certain values of "essentially". I still recall being blown away (at age 11 or so) by skill with which those grown men played their children's game, the first time I saw a major league game in person.

J.
(Note cross-posts and follow-up) My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift, where each day's page ... for his name on the back of his uniform, Johnny could kid himself that the fans were calling his name.

(Years ago, the Baltimore Orioles had a large first baseman by the name of Boog Powell. The fans would chant his name ("Boog") when he came to bat, and the radio or television announcer would invariably advise the listening audience that what they were hearing were not "boo"s, but Mr. Powell's name.)
(1) Well, nothing more stupid than the idea of grown men playing what is essentially Rounders.

For certain values of "essentially". I still recall being blown away (at age 11 or so) by skill with which those grown men played their children's game, the first time I saw a major league game in person.

J.
(1) Well, nothing more stupid than the idea of grown men playing what is essentially Rounders.

For certain values of "essentially". I still recall being blownaway (at age 11 or so) by skill with which those grown men played their children's game, the first time I saw a major league game inperson.

And we shouldn't lose sight of that serious money game, in parts of the North of England, marbles.

Mike.
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