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October 25, 2007

Planets at NASA

Personal Cosmic Games
Other Worlds Series

Six of the eight solar system planets made it to the 2007 Other Worlds Series, which determined this season's championship planet at the Cosmic Baseball Association. The collective planets have already been awarded a place in the CBA's regular season playing league for next season.

This series of games between the planets in our solar system was essentially an exhibition exercise which will help fans appreciate the components of the new cosmic baseball team.

Six of the eight official solar system planets made it to the final series of games (as of 2006 Pluto was excluded from interplanetary play). In round one of the series, Mercury beat Venus, Mars beat Jupiter, and Saturn defeated Uranus. During Round 2, Saturn upset the highly favored Mars, and then Saturn defeated Mercury to win the Other Worlds Series.

Other World Series Linescores

Saturn is the 2007 Other World Series Winner


The teams from Mercury, Venus and Mars were made of identified craters on those planets. The moons of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus were the players representing their respective planets.

Other World Series Boxscores

Mercury     AB R H B W K                     Venus       AB R H B W K

2 Hugo        4 2 3 1 0 0 Errors:            2 Delilah     5 0 1 0 0 0 Doubles:          

3 Melville    3 1 1 0 2 0  Melville (1)      3 Daphne      5 0 1 1 0 2  Chloe (1)        

4 Chekhov     4 1 3 5 1 0 Doubles:           4 Chloe       4 0 2 0 1 0  Leah (1)         

5 Ibsen       5 0 2 1 0 0  Chekhov (1)       5 Clio        2 2 0 0 2 0 Triples:           

6 Petrarch    4 0 1 0 1 0  Homer (1)         6 Leah        4 2 2 2 1 0  Leah (1)         

7 Sophocles   5 0 0 0 0 0 Stolen Bases:      7 Lida        4 0 1 1 0 0 Stolen Bases:     

8 Homer       4 0 1 0 0 0  Melville (1)      8 Lisa        4 1 0 0 1 0  Leah (1)         

9 Al-Hamadhan 4 1 1 0 0 0 Caught Stealing:   9 Zina        4 1 2 0 0 0 Double Play: 1    

1 Pushkin     2 1 1 0 0 1  Hugo (1)          1 Dinah       2 0 0 1 0 0 LOB: 10           

  Ma Chih-Yua 1 1 1 0 0 0  Petrarch (1)                                                   

                          LOB: 8                                                         

 

Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO      Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO

Pushkin W(1-0)     8      9  6  4  5  2      Dinah L(0-1)       9     14  7  7  4  1

Cervantes S(1)     1      0  0  0  0  0      

 

HBP:                                         HBP:                                  

 Pushkin(Clio)                                Dinah(Pushkin)                        

 

                           R  H  E

 Mercury     140 000 002   7 14  1

 Venus       021 002 010   6  9  0

 



 

Mars        AB R H B W K                     Jupiter     AB R H B W K

2 Copernicus  5 2 2 0 0 0 Errors:            2 Io          4 0 0 0 0 0 Errors:           

3 Gill        5 0 1 0 0 0  Huxley (1)        3 Europa      3 0 1 0 1 0  Metis (1)        

4 Huxley      4 1 3 3 0 0  Korolev (1)       4 Ganymede    4 0 2 0 0 0  Himalia (1)      

5 Korolev     4 0 0 0 0 0 Doubles:           5 Callisto    3 0 1 0 1 0 Doubles:          

6 Hsin        3 1 1 0 1 0  Ptolemy (1)       6 Metis       4 0 0 0 0 0  Ganymede (1)     

7 Pasteur     4 0 0 0 0 0 Triples:           7 Adrasta     4 0 0 0 0 0  Callisto (1)     

8 Ptolemy     4 0 1 1 0 0  Hsin (1)          8 Amalthea    4 0 1 0 0 0  Himalia (1)      

9 Tikhov      4 0 0 0 0 0 Home Runs:         9 Thebe       4 0 1 0 0 0 Stolen Bases:     

1 Sagan       4 0 0 0 0 2  Huxley (1)        1 Himalia     3 1 1 0 0 0  Europa (1)       

                          Stolen Bases:        Lysithea    1 0 0 0 0 0 LOB: 8            

                           Copernicus (1)                                                 

                           Huxley (1)                                                    

                          LOB: 7                                                         

 

Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO      Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO

Sagan W(1-0)       9      7  1  0  2  0      Himalia L(0-1)     9      8  4  3  1  2

 

                           R  H  E

 Mars        001 011 100   4  8  2

 Jupiter     000 001 000   1  7  2

 

 



Saturn      AB R H B W K                     Uranus      AB R H B W K

2 Titan       4 0 2 0 0 0 Doubles:           2 Ophelia     2 0 0 0 2 0 Errors:           

3 Mimas       4 0 0 0 0 0  Hyperion (1)      3 Puck        4 0 1 1 0 0  Ariel (1)        

4 Enceladus   4 0 0 0 0 0  Calypso (1)       4 Miranda     3 0 1 0 1 0 Stolen Bases:     

5 Tethys      4 0 0 0 0 0 Stolen Bases:      5 Ariel       4 0 1 0 0 0  Ophelia (1)      

6 Dione       4 1 0 0 0 0  Titan (1)         6 Umbriel     4 0 0 0 0 0  Puck (1)         

7 Hyperion    4 1 1 0 0 0  Enceladus (1)     7 Titania     4 0 0 0 0 0  Miranda (1)      

8 Tarvos      4 0 2 0 0 0 Double Play: 1     8 Oberon      3 0 0 0 0 0 LOB: 5             

9 Calypso     4 0 2 2 0 0 LOB: 7             9 Prospero    3 1 1 0 0 0                   

1 Daphnis     4 0 1 0 0 3                    1 Desdemona   2 0 0 0 0 0                   

 

Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO      Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO

Daphnis W(1-0)     9      4  1  1  3  0      Desdemona L(0-1)   9      8  2  1  0  3

 

                           R  H  E

 Saturn      010 000 001   2  8  0

 Uranus      001 000 000   1  4  1

 

 



Mars        AB R H B W K                     Saturn      AB R H B W K

2 Copernicus  3 1 1 0 1 0 Errors:            2 Titan       4 3 2 0 1 0 Errors:           

3 Gill        4 1 1 0 0 0  Hsin (1)          3 Mimas       4 0 0 1 0 0  Tethys (1)       

4 Huxley      4 0 1 0 0 0 Doubles:           4 Enceladus   5 2 3 2 0 0  Hyperion (1)     

5 Korolev     4 0 0 2 0 0  Pasteur (1)       5 Tethys      4 1 2 1 1 0 Doubles:          

6 Hsin        4 0 0 0 0 0 LOB: 5             6 Dione       5 1 2 1 0 0  Dione (1)        

7 Pasteur     4 1 2 0 0 0                    7 Hyperion    4 1 1 1 0 0  Tarvos (1)       

8 Ptolemy     4 0 1 0 0 0                    8 Tarvos      4 2 2 2 0 1 Triples:          

9 Tikhov      4 0 0 1 0 0                    9 Calypso     4 0 2 1 0 0  Titan (1)        

1 Wells       3 0 0 0 0 1                    1 Prometheus  2 0 0 0 0 0 Stolen Bases:     

                                                                        Titan (2)        

                                                                       Double Play: 1    

                                                                       LOB: 7            

 

Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO      Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO

Wells L(0-1)       8     14 10  8  2  1      Prometheus W(1-0)  9      6  3  2  1  1

 

                                             WP:                                   

                                              Prometheus                           

 

                           R  H  E

 Mars        110 000 010   3  6  1

 Saturn      204 220 00-  10 14  2

 

 



Saturn      AB R H B W K                     Mercury     AB R H B W K

2 Titan       3 2 1 0 2 0 Doubles:           2 Hugo        4 0 0 0 0 1 Errors:           

3 Mimas       4 1 1 0 1 0  Enceladus (1)     3 Melville    4 1 1 0 0 0  Ibsen (1)        

4 Enceladus   5 1 1 0 0 0 Triples:           4 Chekhov     4 0 1 0 0 0  Petrarch (1)     

5 Tethys      3 1 1 2 0 0  Tarvos (1)        5 Ibsen       3 0 0 0 1 0 Doubles:          

6 Dione       4 0 0 0 1 0 Stolen Bases:      6 Petrarch    4 0 1 1 0 0  Melville (1)     

7 Hyperion    2 0 0 1 2 0  Titan (3)         7 Sophocles   4 0 0 0 0 1  Petrarch (1)     

8 Tarvos      4 0 2 1 0 0  Enceladus (2)     8 Homer       4 0 1 0 0 0 LOB: 7            

9 Calypso     4 0 1 0 0 0 Caught Stealing:   9 Al-Hamadhan 4 0 3 0 0 0                    

1 Daphnis     3 0 1 0 0 0  Titan (1)         1 Cervantes   2 0 1 0 0 0                   

                           Hyperion (1)                                                  

                          LOB: 9                                                          

 

Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO      Pitcher           IP      H  R ER BB SO

Daphnis W(2-0)     9      8  1  1  1  2      Cervantes L(0-1)   9      8  5  3  6  0

 

WP:                                          WP:                                    

 Daphnis                                      Cervantes                            

 

                           R  H  E

 Saturn      102 000 011   5  8  0

 Mercury     000 100 000   1  8  2

 







October 23, 2007

2007 CUS Plate

Post Season
2007 Cosmic Universal Series

The 26th Cosmic Universal Series between the two best performing cosmic teams during the regular season begins on Thanksgiving Day (November 22).

The Dharma Beats, CBA's team of Beat Generation individuals, behind the offensive power of left fielder Jack Kerouac and (later in the season) the plate theatrics of utility star Elise Cowen accumulated the best overall record this season. Behind the Beats were the Delta Dragons, CBA's team of musicians and composers.

The Beats will start 17-game winner David Amram (related to the Beats and a musician) and the Dragons announced that their ace Woody Guthrie will be their starter for the opening game of the series in Dharma.




October 11, 2007

Decontraction Arrives
Four New Cosmic Baseball Teams

The Cosmic Baseball Association announced the plan to induct four new cosmic baseball teams into its 2008 regular season playing league. This brings the total active teams to eight. The announcement came during the anniversary banquet held during the fall meetings in Washington, D.C. Surprisingly, the question of dividing the league into divisions did not get answered. Officials said there is time for those details to be worked out. Rosters for the new teams will be available online at the turn of the year.

The new teams for 2008...

Solar System PLANETS
The PLANETS are a non-humanoid team consisting of the eight planets and the Sun and the Moon. (At this time, the status of the former planet Pluto is unknown.)

Zodiac SIGNS
The ZODIACS are also a non-humanoid team consisting of the twelve astrological signs around the occidental Zodiac

Playing CARDS
The CARDS are a non-humanoid team consisting of cards from a standard card playing deck.

Orchomena DAHLIAS
The DAHLIAS are a team of interesting women and as such remind us of one of CBA's original teams, the Vestal Virgins. In fact, it is likely that several deactivated Virgins will reactivate for the Dahlia's roster.





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October 9, 2007

Chronology
Cosmic Baseball is 26 Years Old


At 940 Hancock Avenue, situated between Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, not far from La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, at around 3:00 AM (Pacific Time) on October 9, 1981, the Cosmic Baseball Association came to life.

Several colleagues who shared dismay over the greedy state of Major League Baseball decided an alternative was possible...and the Cosmic Baseball Association came to life amidst a late night symposium of passion and excitement.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 





October 4, 2007

Red Sox Nation Home at MLB.COM

Red Sox Nation
A Nation Votes

The Red Sox Nation elected its first president yesterday. Jerry Remy, a former major league baseball player won in a "landslide" according to news reports.

By some accounts, Red Sox Nation has been around since 1986. If that's true, why did it take so long for the nation to empower a president?

Red Sox Nation is not a republic, it is, in its current incarnation, a marketing tool managed by the Red Sox public relations apparatus.

Red Sox Nation is not a country. It is a metaphor for the collective of Boston Red Sox fans. The origins of the Red Sox Nation are found about 150 miles southwest of Fenway Park in the city of Milford, Connecticut. During the 1986, World Series a war broke out in this community. On October 20, 1986, this suburban feud caught the attention of a writer for the Boston Globe newspaper. A reference to "Red Sox Nation" appeared in a newspaper article written by Nathan Cobb.

I indeed referred to Red Sox Nation on Oct. 20, 1986. The story was about the southwestern Connecticut border war between Sox fans and New York Mets fans during the locally infamous '86 World Series. It was set largely in Milford, Conn., which may explain why I'd forgotten. Exit 40 off I-95 seems such an unlikely place for the birth of a nation. (N. Cobb, 2005)
Those I-95 exits were completed in 1960 and led to considerable development of this suburb of New Haven and Bridgeport originally purchased from the Paugusset tribe. (The 2000 census reveals that the current percent of "native Americans" living in Milford is 0.13%.) The World Series ended, tragically for the Nation, and not much was heard from the amorphous citizenry until the quiescence lifted in 1996 with the publication of At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation by sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy. The book helped pump life into the words again and the collective of Red Sox fans began to coalesce. And then, the Red Sox organization's marketing department recognized the nation's potential, from a business perspective.

This led to the idea of nominating and electing a president, a process completed yesterday with Remy's election.

Some 1,200 people and 1 dog ran for the presidency. The Red Sox organization shrunk the list down just before the election. This group of ten consisted of three well-known and respected writers/journalists, three former Red Sox players, and four, relatively unknown fans. A debate, moderated by Tim Russert of "Meet the Press" fame took place in an auditorium at Boston University. The voting took place over several days and concluded on October 3, the same day the Red Sox were scheduled to play in the first game of the American League Division Series. (Remy, apparently already scheduled, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway before the game against the California Angels.) "Hail to the Chief" played as he walked to the mound to throw the ball.

By definition, unknowns probably did not stand a chance, despite campaign videos and blogs supported by the Red Sox at its website. However, Remy did remark at one point that, if he were elected, he would appoint the number two vote getter "vice president" of Red Sox Nation. Rob Crawford, as the table below indicates, was the runner-up. According to the official press report detailing Remy's election it, "remained unclear whether Remy would follow through with his campaign promise to tab the electoral runner-up, in this case Crawford, as his vice president. During the Red Sox Nation presidential debate, Remy pledged that his VP would receive the secondary perks of the office, which include season tickets and a trip to Spring Training."

Jerry Remy 1979 Baseball Card
Red Sox Nation Election Results
1. Jerry Remy 39,120
2. Rob Crawford 13,669
3. Jared Carrabis 9,445
4. Cheryl Boyd 5,305
5. Cindy Brown 3,460

Only Remy of the "well knowns" appears to have received any votes. Crawford works in the field of education as a fundraiser, Carrabis's claim-to-fame was his perseverance in wearing a Red Sox t-shirt for more than 1,400 days (apparently it wasn't the same t-shirt.) Boyd is the grand niece of Elizabeth Dooley, enshrined as one of the greatest Red Sox fans. Brown is head of Boston Duck Tours.

Missing from this list are the well-knowns such as journalist/commentator Mike Barnicle, sports writer Peter Gammons, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Goodwin apparently withdrew at the last moment and pledged her support to Crawford.) Also missing are the Red Sox player candidates, Sam Horn and Rich Garces. Also absent from the list of vote getters is the dog "Big Pupi" who probably did not have much of a chance anyway.

Remy's fulltime gig is color announcer for the Red Sox games broadcasted on the New England Sports Network. Some complain that position gave him an unfair bully pulpit. Whatever. Like all politicians, Remy has his critics. Blogsters at the New York Times write,

(October 3rd, 2007 3:18 pm) RemDawg's stock is falling. He has embarrassed himself by trying to be president of red sox nation when with a little humility he could be King of the nation by acclimation. The final straw was the humiliating so called “presidential debate” moderated by Tim Russert on NESN. Instead of bestowing his good tidings to any of the more deserving candidates, he wandered off with an incoherent rant on Dodger blue. Go sign some more Bucholz no-no scorecards and shill some more sheds, windows and wieners. Come to think of it Johnny Pesky already has your throne.

(October 3rd, 2007 5:50 pm) It's true that Remy is a good color man and has great chemistry with Orsillo. But I know I'm not alone among Red Sox fans in wondering whether the “RemDawg” phenomenon has gone too far. Sometimes it seems that Remy's more interested in making money through his website than providing insightful game commentary. And it doesn't help that Orsillo goes along with it all. They were a better pair when Orsillo was just starting out. As for Remy's campaign to be president of Red Sox Nation: Being on the air every night gives him an obvious advantage. He should have recognized the stupidity of the election and stayed out of it.

Despite Tim Russert's moderating duties which resonated with his recent roll as a moderator during a debate among presidential hopefuls from the Democratic party, what possible similarity does Red Sox Nation and its new president have to anything resembling real-world politics. For example, while you can be a citizen for free, Red Sox Nation offers an additional 3 levels of "citizenship". The more you give, the more you get.

While the election is over, the Red Sox organization's director of PR remarks,

"The story does not end here. We want to continue the dialogue with our fans, whether it is with the top five, the top 25 or the 1,200 who ran for office. We want to give a voice to all Red Sox fans across the country and around the world. Such sustained communication helps us remain accessible and accountable to our fans...The regular fans really hustled with massive e-mails. They were on MyFace, MySpace, whatever the space and faces are. They got the word out."

"The fans who have participated," said Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, "have been a bounty of enthusiasm, energy and provocative thoughts. We look forward to compiling a master list of their suggestions and determining which have merit and feasibility."

Red Sox Nation is not a republic; it is a merchandising product. And RemDawg is the mascot. Hail to the thief, chief.




October 3, 2007

Hermes/Mercury at hermograph.com

The Planets
Mercury Will Go On the 21-Day Retrograde List

As the planets in our solar system get closer and closer to becoming a Cosmic Baseball Association regular season team, more and more attention is being focused on the individual planets. Because Mercury is the "first rock from the Sun" and because it will soon be placed on the 21-day retrograde list, we took note of a personal cosmic baseball game played between Mercury in the Zodiac Signs and selected Missions from the Mercury Project launched in the United States in the late 1950s. The game was played October 2.

Mercury is a frequent visitor to the retrograde list. There is a variety of opinions as to the meaning, if any, of a retrograde planet (last month Venus was retrograde). Planets do not really move backward; but because of a number of physical and optical realities they look retrograde from our perspective here on terra firma. Detailed oriented astrologists will also point out that it matters in which sign(s) Mercury inhabits during its retrograde moments. (In the retrograde period starting October 12, Mercury will be in Scorpio, backing into Libra.) Typical of a Mercury retrograde period are the little annoying miscues and technology blips that creep and seep into our lives. Erroneous information refined from bad data is another hallmark of the contemporary Mercury retrograde moment.

One purpose of this game between Mercury-in-the-Signs and the Mercury Project Missions was to see if it might shed some light on what is in store for us during the Mercury retrograde period (~October 12-November 1, 2007). A long shot at best.Link to Mercury Project Timeline

(Astrological) Mercury-in-the-Signs defeated the (Engineered) Mercury Project Missions. The implication of this will depend on where Mercury is positioned in your natal horoscope chart (it will also help if you are stoned on Emerald Tablets.) In a land north of Oz, for example, they celebrated the Mercury-in-the-Signs victory as a win for the supernatural over the natural, for astrology over astronomy, for gut feelings over scientific methodologies.

Mercury the planet has just arrived in Scorpio. Astrological tradition suggests that Mercury in this place intensifies the (inadvertent) disclosure of secrets. Inadvertent like a Freudian slip. With the messenger planet in the scorpion's domain there is a lack of detachment, metaphors will run deeper than usual.

Ten of the conventional astrological signs of the zodiac played in the game (Aquarius and Pisces sat on the bench.) Not all of the 26 missions associated with the Mercury Project (6 were "manned") made it to this game's roster.


Cosmic Game of October 2, 2007

Mercury in Zodiac Signs @ Mercury Project Missions


Other Cosmic Baseball Games

Other Cosmic Baseball Games

Other Notes...

Origin of the Name "Mercury Project"
Abe Silverstein Biography at NASA
Abe Silverstein
A Manned Satellite Plan
"Project Mercury" evolved in the United States of America in the 1950s and early 1960s. The project had nothing to do with the planet Mercury. The question comes up, how did the name "Mercury" become attached to the plan to put a human being in orbit around Planet Earth? Associating Mercury with the project had something to do with the intervention of an aerodynamics research engineer by the name of Abe Silverstein.

Science is about teamwork. It is hard to be an island in the science ocean, and Silverstein was both an accomplished engineer and a good manager of people in an engineering environment.

Silverstein is credited with naming the Mercury Project. (According to the New York Times obituary on Silverstein, he gave NASA's Apollo project its name too.) At the time he named the Mercury Project in 1958, he was Director of NASA's Space Flight Program.

In the 1950s as planet Earth was blown into the "space age", members of the space community had recommended that the manned satellite plan be called "Project Astronaut." The name emphasized the "human" aspect of the venture. But others did not want that type of focus, "it might lead to overemphasis on the personality of the man. Silverstein advocated a systemic name with allegorical overtones and neutral underpinnings: The Olympian messenger Mercury, denatured by chemistry, advertising, an automobile, and Christianity, was the most familiar of the Gods in the Greek pantheon to Americans. Mercury…was too rich in symbolic associations to be denied."

Mercury was the Roman name for the Greek god Hermes. In both Greece and Rome, there is an association of Hermes/Mercury with speed. Mercury the planet moves faster than any other planet in our solar system. It is not a coincidence that Silverstein, an American man who spent his life studying the characteristics of speed, would be attracted to the concept of Mercury. What "neutral underpinnings" means is not exactly clear.

Mercury Monterey at wikipedia.com

Deemphasizing the individual is not the American way. The name "Project Astronaut" was rejected but the focus remained squarely on the "Mercury Seven", seven men called astronauts. Specifically Alan Shepard and John Glenn became heroes and stars of the first magnitude because of their Mercury Project missions. Subsequently NASA would rename its research facility in Cleveland (where Silverstein had been a director) after John Glenn. While technology shared top billing, its arcane complexities were muted by the addition of the human element. Newsreel footage of astronaut John Glenn skiing in the waters off Hyannis, Massachusetts with the president's wife shortly after his space-based circuit make the point.

Mercury in Space
Mercury Retrograde Project at equixote.com Mercury is never closer than 50 million miles from Earth (the average distance of the Moon from Earth is 239,000 miles). Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun and has status as one of the five naked-eye planets, although of the five, Mercury may be the most elusive and difficult to see. In the history of 20th century planetary exploration Mercury has been called, according to the distinguished astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, "the forgotten planet." Conversely, the attention directed to the planet Mars was significant. Mars captured the attention of human adventurers, explorers and artists with greater intensity and this may be the root of the tension between the two planets (astrologically speaking; which is why it is good to see that the Mars and Mercury will trine on October 17, while Mercury is retrograde.)

In the 21st century, the interest in Mercury has been reawakened primarily as manifested in the MESSENGER Project. (The word MESSENGER in this context is actually an acronym: MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging...poetic.) The MESSENGER (spacecraft) will fly within 150 miles of Mercury on March 18, 2011. MESSENGER was launched on August 3, 2004 from Florida in the United States.

Incidentally, when MESSENGER gets that close, Mercury will be in the middle of Libra and twelve days from going retrograde.

Not since Mariner 10 in the early 1970s, has there been any up-close study of the planet and MESSENGER is getting very close to the messenger planet. Why the renewed scientific interest in Mercury? Mercury is never going to be an alternative haven for humans the way Mars is thought to be. At the MESSENGER internet home page, when you click on the "Why Mercury" link, the title of the page that appears reads, "Mercury: The Key to Terrestrial Planet Evolution." Messenger will orbit Mercury until 2015 or 2016. Then it will be deliberately crash-landed on Mercury's surface. Originally, a controlled landing on Mercury was planned but financial realities required project cutbacks. As astronomer Moore observes in his book on Mercury, "To President George W. Bush, MESSENGER was much less important than the attack on Iraq." (Moore on Mercury, page 4). Astronomers have politics too as the recent impeachment of Pluto demonstrates.

Muses  at Planets Game Report

Mercury at the Cosmic Baseball Association
As a member of the Planets, Mercury has participated in four cosmic baseball games. The planet has played in right field, second base and pitched a complete game. In the most recent appearance in a game against the Zodiac Signs, Mercury fielder was in right field and had two hits, including an RBI. It is, however, not clear right now, what position Mercury or any of the planets will play if and when the team formally joins the Cosmic Baseball Association's regular season league.







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