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Learning to keep score.

Last year my husband Paul bravely and patiently tried to teach me how to keep score. After finally learning the player position numbers (something that took me about 2 years-yes, I'm that bad with numbers) I thought I was ready. I asked him to teach me. I tried. Really I did. I felt like I was trying to pick up a foreign language that I should have learned when I was a child. He kept score at every game we went to last year and I followed along.

However, whenever he left me on my own to go for a beer or run to the restroom I was pretty much at a loss. I could record simple things like 1B or 4-3. That is if I didn't space out and miss the play. As soon as there was more than one man on base or anything remotely out of the ordinary I found myself at a loss and ended up writing question marks or notes off to the side so I could explain what happened to Paul when he got back.

Maybe I should just forget it and stick to something I'm better at like drinking beer. No. I REALLY want to learn. It's been an amazing way to notice things during a game that I might otherwise miss. Like that so and so seems to strike out all the time or shhh...it's the sixth inning and so far the pitcher hasn't given up a hit.

The last week of the season I finally got the brainstorm to keep score with games on TV. Replays kept me from missing things. However, I still was rather stuck when the game got complicated.

I'm guessing quite a few of you have taught your young children. Does anyone know of a good EASY website to learn from? I imagine that there are many ways to keep score so hopefully this won't confuse me more. But I'll ask anyway on the hope that I may find a way that is easier or more fun.  Paul admits he's got his own way of doing it. I'd be curious to know the "official" way?-Zeke...maybe you can help on that one.

Also, do any of you record any other fun things on your scorecard? Sometimes I write goofy things like the weather or who sang the National anthem or stretch. I've even written down some of the bad puns on that beer billboard across the street. No wonder I'm missing plays.

Well now that I've erased any doubts as to how dumb I am...any help or advice is appreciated.

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