Pete vs Suzie. May 12, 2020. Game number 9 in the #StayHome series. After Suzie told me about her familiarity with softball, we launched into an overview of the rules with a couple of practice At Bats. The game starts about the 12:00 mark and moves along quickly. There was some Internet fuzziness here and there but it’s not too bad–I’m grateful for the chance to play this way, and share it with anyone interested.
Suzie named her lineup of 4 (based on the number of team tokens): 1. Chauncy, 2. Chad, 3. Brad, 4. Sad.
She learned the rules quickly and was even able to correct me on the final play.
The game had a dramatic finish! Whether relatedly or not, Suzie is a fan of the Rally Bird. She called it the Equity Bird.
Hooray! StayHome LiveStream RallyBird Baseball continues! This is the 3rd game vs Drew in our series of 7. A wonderful surprise guest came: Sara, as a hotdog vendor at the 33:00 time mark!
What decided the course of this game was the long bomb and general player execution (or lack there of!). This was the first game of a double-header…
And below is our second game, which had an entirely different plot:
StayHome LiveStream RallyBird Baseball games continue, reaching number 5. Here Drew and I meet for a second time in what promises to be a series. As you can see in the thumbnail picture, events occurred which inspired me to throw my hat.
Big thanks to Drew for playing! See you for game 3 of our series soon….
Pete vs Heather. Game number 4 in the #StayHome series. Watch as Heather deliberates between playing it safe and taking big risks! Inspired by her struggle with risk taking, I tried to steal third base in the 9th Inning. Nuts! Fun!
Heather likes baseball but is not as familiar with it as some of my other livestream opponents. But you can see in the video how she handles the challenge and frames her decisions. I tried to make her nervous. The game went to extra innings, but still clocked under an hour. Thanks so much Heather for playing!
Can my offense, formed around the nicknames of each player in my lineup, defeat Dei Vida, who swings for the fences?
This video includes some live candid events, priceless moments such as when DV needs to leave to close her garage door, or when her camera falls over. There’s one internet hiccup where we need to reconnect. And yet still the game moved quickly to conclusion under an hour. You can easily fast forward past the “candid moments” if you want. Big thanks to DV for playing me on camera! Let’s do it again.
I’m also looking for new opponents to play on camera! Bring it!
Update: I learned that YouTube allows me to edit an uploaded livestream. I gave it a little trimming!
Update2: I continue to learn the peculiarities of YouTube’s editing feature. Unlike normal editing, which allows many passes, this seems to require the editing to be done in one effort. Odd but okay! I’m grateful for the service.
My excellent opponent Jeremy and I faced off this afternoon for a quick paced 50-minute game! It helps to have consistent Internet. You don’t want to miss Jeremy singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!”
What fun– although I find the multi-tasking of videoing the game a distraction, and remain a “think about one thing at a time” guy, I feel so much appreciation for the tools that support it. StreamYard works great, and of course YouTube makes it possible.
I was able to improve my camera angle over StayHome game #1 against Drew. Now you can see most of my head most of the time. You don’t want to miss that! I’m looking forward to more games against Jeremy and Drew–and I’m asking others as well. Some are shy, but it’s only going to be recorded for everyone forever and ever. So we’ll see!
So far all my live video opponents are fanatical Cubs fans. This is not a requirement. If you own a copy and want to play against me this way, please reach out to me.
Our first attempt was a success. Drew was a terrific opponent, bringing spirit, baseball acumen and engaging patter the whole time. Thank you Drew! Imagine, a head-to-head 2,000-mile distant split screen game of RallyBird Baseball! Starting at the top of the 7th, we completed the contest and enjoyed it. I hope you can too!
There were technical problems–mostly from the Internet stalling (you know why… things going on…). This dragged out the game maybe a 1/2-3/4 hour longer than it would have otherwise. It took a little extra effort to communicate where we were putting the glove tiles, but it wasn’t a problem. It was terrific for me to play the game with Drew this way.
I had set up my camera phone on a tripod with a careful angle, then found out that the software wouldn’t allow me to host via camera. So I had to scramble and set it up on my laptop’s. That’s why my camera angle isn’t quite right–I had to hunch down. Anyway I learned a lot and think the software is amazingly easy and capable. I hope to do this again with Drew and other volunteers (perhaps “volunteers”).
Here is the link to the game session (or just click the picture above):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8CQHwSkr1Q
I don’t know if I’ll look into editing the video or not; I’m not sure what is possible via the YouTube interface.
Afterward the amazing Drew worked up scorecards for the 3-inning game, below (contains spoiler alert)! I believe I can say I taught Drew how to score a game this way during a Twins game we watched together at that incredible downtown stadium. Drew learned it immediately and now excels at it. As you can see, the game was eventful. There were multiple occasions of bases loaded, and two-out offenses! The bats were hot with a lot of hits. His comments correspond to our observations during the game.