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All types of baseball in America are played during the time when the Sun reaches its northern-most point. The summer solstice is also known as the longest day of the year despite the fact that Earth days are all 24 hours. The "longest" in this case means there is more day time than night time. This also means that the summer solstice represents the shortest night of the year.

It must just be coincidence but this game which lasted 14 full innings is now the longest personal cosmic game played this season. Were it not for a wild pitch and a sacrifice, and since theoretically any baseball game can go on indefinitely, we might still be scoring this season's Summer Solstice game. But alas, there was a wild pitch by Sagittarius and Saturn hit a sacrifice fly scoring planet Earth who began the top of the 14th inning with a walk.

In the past there has been some criticism of the game's name. A petition to rename the event and call it the Northern Solstice Game was floated and defeated in 1999 because baseball is a summer game in our northern American tradition. Naturally, time AND space are relative and what is summertime in the cities of North America is just the opposite in the jungles of South America. The Mapuche celebrate their New Year on June 24, a few days after the Northern Solstice.


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GAME ROSTERS
Lineup: Planets
Neptune           C
Mercury           1B
Venus             2B
Earth             3B
Mars              SS
Jupiter           LF
Saturn            CF
Uranus            RF
Sun               P

Lineup: Signs
Scorpio           C
Aries             1B
Taurus            2B
Gemini            3B
Cancer            SS
Leo               LF
Virgo             CF
Libra             RF
Aquarius          P





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     Inn. 1: Planets
[Starter] Aquarius
Neptune           9          . . .
Mercury           4-3        . . .
Venus             5-3        . . .
     Inn. 1: Signs
[Starter] Sun
Scorpio           9          . . .
Aries             K          . . .
Taurus            6-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: Planets
Earth             1B         . . X
Mars              6          . . X
Jupiter           6          . . X
*SB:Earth         SB         . X .
Saturn            9          . X .
     Inn. 2: Signs
Gemini            6-3        . . .
Cancer            8          . . .
Leo               K          . . .
     Inn. 3: Planets
Uranus            7          . . .
Sun               8          . . .
Neptune           BB         . . X
Mercury           8          . . X
     Inn. 3: Signs
Virgo             4-3        . . .
Libra             1B         . . X
Aquarius          K          . . X
Scorpio           4-3        . X .
     Inn. 4: Planets
Venus             BB         . . X
Earth             8          . . X
*SB:Venus         SB         . X .
Mars              5          . X .
Jupiter           HBP        . X X
                  WP         X X .
Saturn            6          X X .
     Inn. 4: Signs
Aries             8          . . .
Taurus            5-3        . . .
Gemini            1B         . . X
Cancer            7          . . X
     Inn. 5: Planets
Uranus            BB         . . X
Sun               1-3 SAC    . X .
*SB:Uranus        SB         X . .
Neptune           3UN        X . .
Mercury           4-3        X . .
     Inn. 5: Signs
Leo               5-3        . . .
Virgo             1B         . . X
Libra             6-4-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 6: Planets
Venus             7          . . .
Earth             6-3        . . .
Mars              1B         . . X
Jupiter           5-3        . X .
     Inn. 6: Signs
Aquarius          E-6        . . X
Scorpio           3-6-3 DP   . . .
Aries             7          . . .
     Inn. 7: Planets
Saturn            4-3        . . .
Uranus            6          . . .
Sun               2B         . X .
Neptune           9          . X .
     Inn. 7: Signs
Taurus            8          . . .
Gemini            K          . . .
Cancer            7          . . .
     Inn. 8: Planets
Mercury           4-3        . . .
Venus             6-3        . . .
Earth             7          . . .
     Inn. 8: Signs
Leo               E-8        . X .
Virgo             8          . X .
Libra             6-3        . X .
Aquarius          7          . X .
     Inn. 9: Planets
Mars              BB         . . X
Jupiter           3-1 SAC    . X .
Saturn            8          . X .
Uranus            7          . X .
     Inn. 9: Signs
Scorpio           3-1        . . .
Aries             6          . . .
Taurus            K          . . .
     Inn. 10: Planets
*EX:Sun (for PH)
*PH:Pluto         5-3        . . .
Neptune           3          . . .
Mercury           6          . . .
     Inn. 10: Signs
[Relief] Moon
Gemini            6-3        . . .
Cancer            5 (Foul)   . . .
Leo               7          . . .
     Inn. 11: Planets
[Relief] Sagittarius
[SUB]Ophiuchus(3B) for Gemini
[DBL-SW]Ophiuchus bats #9
        Sagittarius bats #4
Venus             6-3        . . .
Earth             6-3        . . .
Mars              7          . . .
     Inn. 11: Signs
Virgo             9          . . .
Libra             1B         . . X
Ophiuchus         BB         . X X
Scorpio           1B         X . X
X@4:Libra         9-2        X . X
Aries             1-3        . X .
     Inn. 12: Planets
Jupiter           BB         . . X
Saturn            5-3 SAC    . X .
Uranus            6-3        . X .
Moon              K          . X .
     Inn. 12: Signs
Taurus            1B         . . X
Sagittarius       1-3 SAC    . X .
Cancer            4-3        X . .
Leo               5-3        X . .
     Inn. 13: Planets
Neptune           1B         . . X
X@2:Neptune       CS 2-4     . . .
Mercury           6          . . .
Venus             8          . . .
     Inn. 13: Signs
Virgo             6-3        . . .
Libra             7          . . .
Ophiuchus         5-3        . . .
     Inn. 14: Planets
Earth             BB         . . X
Mars              BB         . X X
Jupiter           5          . X X
                  WP         X X .
Saturn            8 SACF     . X . 1
Uranus            5-3        . X .
     Inn. 14: Signs
Scorpio           6-3        . . .
Aries             5-3        . . .
Taurus            4-3        . . .

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Game Date June 20, 2012
Game Time 7:08pm EDT
Game Duration 4 hours, 14 minutes
Weather Muggy, Overcast, Humid and Hot, 930
Umpires Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Wally Joyner
Official Scorer Ruth Etting
Game MCP Planet Saturn


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