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You think I walk into these things without giving them ... that changes the numbers and innings or the peanut vendor.

Ah, but the fielders are designated as seen by the batter because that's the perspective from which they're observed.

They define the "left" and "right" of the ballpark. We don't change the name of the position based on the perspective of the person calling out the position. It doesn't make a difference where the press box is located. The reporters won't change writing "He ripped one to left field" to "He ripped one to right field" because of their perspective.
I'm confident that even Areff will agree on this. Not directly...not his style...but at least with a WCIR,HR.

He'll probably lecture us on ballpark hotdogs.

I went to a game at Yankee Stadium once. The peanuts came in a sealed cellophane bag. I think that should be a chargeable offense under the Patriot Act.
Our seats were in a private box behind home plate because a vendor of mine provided them. I wanted to sit out in the bleachers, but it was a night game that had been rain-delayed. I thought the weather was too nasty to move the family out to the bleachers. I still regret that.
Baseball should be watched in the afternoon, from the bleachers, and eating peanuts from a paper bag.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
I think I could agree with Areff that ballpark hotdogs are not pizzas.

Now, from your perspective, Bob, (because I haven't really noticed the speech of lefties, and I am seriously right-handed) how many lefties would give their right nut to be right-handed, or to be favored in any other comparison?
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Oy! (should be "BOTNSOTIC", no?, where liturgical east is north.)

On an arguably even more herterodox note, up in hthe neighborhood of Boston we are creditably informed by large public notice boards visible from major highways that "Cambridge Points North".

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Now, from your perspective, Bob, (because I haven't really noticed the speech of lefties, and I am seriously right-handed) how many lefties would give their right nut to be right-handed, or to be favored in any other comparison?

Tony's the southpaw, not I. Being left-handed is a definite advantage in baseball, and there are probably some other situations where lefties have an edge. But I don't know from that, or from the aggregate effect of the many disadvantages inflicted on lefties. So unless Tony or some other lefty addresses your inquiry, I fear it will go unanswered.

Bob Lieblich
Northpaw
Now, from your perspective, Bob, (because I haven't really noticed ... be right-handed, or to be favored in any other comparison?

Tony's the southpaw, not I. Being left-handed is a definite advantage in baseball, and there are probably some other situations ... disadvantages inflicted on lefties. So unless Tony or some other lefty addresses your inquiry, I fear it will go unanswered.

I know that in my table tennis days I didn't like to play lefties, as I didn't have much experience playing against them, and my instinctive moves worked in their favor. They, of course, had played against righthanders all the time. Fortunately, my backhand was better and even more powerful than my forehand, so it sort of worked out.

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Now, from your perspective, Bob, (because I haven't really noticed ... be right-handed, or to be favored in any other comparison?

Tony's the southpaw, not I. Being left-handed is a definite advantage in baseball, and there are probably some other situations ... disadvantages inflicted on lefties. So unless Tony or some other lefty addresses your inquiry, I fear it will go unanswered.

I've never been offered a multi-million dollar contract from some team that needed a left-handed pitcher in the rotation, so I'd have to say that it's a slight disadvantage to being left-handed.

You get used to cutting with right-handed scissors and writing on notebooks that are spiral-bound just where your hand wants to be. The lasting injuries are being the last-chosen in baseball, the slowest draw (no one made left-handed holsters for cap guns), and being the target of abuse by nuns and those mean men that teach soldiers how to shoot M1s.
The continual problems are jockeying to be at the end of a table at dinner, pouring punch, and having to find a left-handed circular saw. (I do have one). Other than these problems, lefties cope.

Oh, yeah, the golf thing. Taking up golf is foolish in the first place - you pay someone money to allow you go out in public and embarrass yourself - but it's even more foolish for a left-hander. Left-handed clubs are never on sale, you can't borrow clubs, and you gotta hear that stupid damn joke "Hey, no wonder you're a lousy golfer. You're standing on the wrong side of the ball." every time you go out for a round. The only benefit is that I get to play all by myself most of the time. My slice takes me to places right-handers never go.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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} Oy! (should be "BOTNSOTIC", no?, where liturgical east is north.)

Yes, YACS; good catch. I noticed it too late and half hoped nobody would catch it, but I'm mostly glad someone did. Imagine the humiliation if some people had.
} On an arguably even more herterodox note, up in hthe neighborhood of Boston } we are creditably informed by large public notice boards visible from major } highways that "Cambridge Points North".
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R. J. Valentine
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} target of abuse by nuns and those mean men that teach soldiers how to } shoot M1s.
That'd be those mean men that teach neophytes how to keep from getting hot brass marks on your face. How's the thumb?
(Here's another use for "I could care less , the hot brass is coming out the right side of the rifle anyway (and the bolt handle will still be on the right, even if you cover your face entirely".)
And was anyone bothered by that left-handed sniper in Saving Private Ryan ? Every time he fired, he had to drop aim and reach over with his left hand to operate the bolt. Someone should have gone upside his head during basic.

R. J. Valentine
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You get used to cutting with right-handed scissors and writing on notebooks that are spiral-bound just where your hand wants to be.

Has it ever occurred to you to pick up your pen with your other hand? A hand is a hand, left or right, so if those spirals annoy you, use a hand they won't be in a position to irritate. As for scissors, I cut out a paper doll using my left hand just now, having never used a pair that way before. Simple as pie, even though they are right-handed scissors. Good thing most, if not all, pens aren't right-handed or any number of lefties would be bitching about them too.

Is there anyone here, including Coop, who thinks it not possible to write, draw, or paint with either hand? People who need to, if not simply doing it for a lark, can write volumes with a pen held between their teeth. If they can do that much, surely any of us can write with the hand nature appears to have favoured slightly less, whether that notion is largely in the head or is related to how left-handed people are put together.
And why are left-handed people often such whiners? I've known any number of people with truly disabling conditions who complain far less about them, if at all. I'm one of them myself, and that's all you'll be likely to hear from me on the subject.
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