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I HAVE NO IDEA. That is the best way to sum up this post. All I know is that last night, as I sat down to watch TV with a glass of wine while itching the multiple vicious mosquito bites I obtained while surveying my neighbor’s new deck (ah, the joys of suburban life), I received the following Tweets:
— Joe G (@sloppyjoe529) August 1, 2017
@CrossingBroad WTF is going on on ESPN 2 Halladay. Roy Hallday (40lbs older) has 7 ks in 4IP no ER. Infield is Uggla is at 2nd
— Alex Makoid (@Mak312) August 1, 2017
It turns out, Halladay is playing in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita Kansas, which is apparently a thing that features semi-pro clubs and ex-stars. The roster from this game, pitting the Kansas Stars against the Everett Merchants, complete with former pros in their MLB jerseys, reads like an old NL East box score: Roy Halladay, Dan Uggla, Adam LaRoche, Josh Beckett, Jason Isringhausen(!!!), J.D. Drew, Jack Wilson and Roy Oswalt. The last one is particularly shocking, because after Oswalt flaked on the team in 2011 I just figured that he wouldn’t want to do anything unrelated to riding on his tractor.
I would show you stats, or videos, from the game, but the most recent stats the NBC World Series site has are from 2013, and they are in PDF form. One brief writeup says Doc threw three scoreless innings before being relieved by BEN SHEETS. Videos on the NBC World Series YouTube page don’t include highlights from this game presumably because the carrier pigeon with the footage hasn’t arrived at Google headquarters yet.
I have no idea if more games will be on TV. Just know that this is a thing.