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During my extremely brief career as a sit-com writer, my one successful pitch was just:

“You know how there’s a Little League World Series? Okay … T-Ball World Series!”

Then I took notes for 45 minutes as the two showrunners riffed on the comedy implicit in the concept.

 
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  1. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:

    Was this Baby Blues? I vaguely remember you talking about that.

  2. Cortes says:

    Classic English school sports football (from the film “Kes”):

  3. Remember to touch every T-bag, or you could be called out on appeal.

  4. May every commie take a T-ball to the head.

    Wait, that’s probably how they became commies in the first place….

  5. Steve discovered the writer’s room is where good ideas go to die. Or stolen.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  6. @SunBakedSuburb

    I got paid nicely for my one funny idea. No complaints.

  7. Anon7 says:

    My favorite t-ball incident occurred when my seven year-old son hit the ball solidly, rounded first and stopped at second. And was called out!

    You see, the second baseman was bored, and was digging around in the dirt, and had piled some dirt between first and second.

    The fake second base is rarely seen in pro ball.

  8. @Anon7

    Some unwitting players of adult T-balling are fooled in thinking that they’ve gotten to second or third base that turns out to be something else- as in lgbT…

  9. frongoozi says:

    I’ve long contemplated a variation on your joke: get the top 20 golfers together and see who’s really the best at miniature golf.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  10. We never heard of Tee-Ball where I lived … some poor kid had to have enough strength to throw the ball across the plate, and we had to be coördinated enough to hit it.

  11. Graham says:

    Looked up t-ball (yet another bat and ball game like baseball, rounders and softball). But why is the idea of t-ball world series funny? If little league (looked that up too) is baseball for kids, and t-ball is also baseball for kids, and one has a world series (which isn’t funny) and the other one doesn’t… hmm.

    • Replies: @theoldnorth
  12. Anon[272] • Disclaimer says:

    At what point in your CV did you do the sitcom brainstorming big, and how did it come about?

  13. @ graham-
    oh, you want Spectator USA, three doors down…
    (um, do you need to look up ‘doors’ now ?)

  14. jb says:

    How old are those kids? They look like they are three or four years old. I played a year of T-ball, but I was nine or ten. We were all perfectly capable of running and throwing and catching, and it was all great fun; the tee was used only because it was felt that the pitchers didn’t have quite enough control yet. But at three or four the game isn’t really for the kids at all, it’s just entertainment for the parents.

  15. CCZ says:

    The LGBTQIAMINSANE future:

    “Man Identifying As 6-Year-Old Crushes Game-Winning Homer In Tee-Ball Championship”

    https://babylonbee.com/news/man-identifying-6-year-old-crushes-game-winning-homer-tee-ball-championship

  16. @Graham

    Because t-ball is typically played by very little kids (barely older than toddlers), so the results are often funnier (as in the posted video).

  17. @frongoozi

    Yeah, Happy Gilmore did a variation on that joke to a T back in the day:

  18. J.Ross says:

    Fluoride’s still in the water, and it’s not in the water in ignorant third world countries like Switzerland, where dentists are paid well enough. A dip in dental necessity was probably boomer and early gen-X obedience. Dentists found invention around necessity, branching out with cosmetic, corrective, and anaesthetic services. How many dentists today check, clean, and pull teeth? Probably very few. They do other things because, as the linked writer cannot understand, the money is where the money is, and the only real remunerative talent is divining where the money is.
    I “defeated” the dentist for a spell by actually doing what everybody’s supposed to do anyway, brushing after every meal so that food particles could not linger in my mouth and feed bacteria. During this period I had no cavities regardless of dietary sigar intake and dental visits were uneventful. I expect that a lot more people did this in the era when jaywalking was a crime and nobody was hatless. If that’s true, before all the newer dental services came online, it would explain reduced business.

  19. @Anon7

    You see, the second baseman was bored, and was digging around in the dirt, and had piled some dirt between first and second.

    A DiMaggio line? (Presumes a hit solidly toward second, pitcher gets out of the way; then it’s missed by the 2nd-baseman, and DiMaggio closes in from center field.)

  20. Dissident says:

    In Disorganized Baseball (1966), the late raconteur Jean Shepherd tells of how much fun he and his neighborhood boyhood pals would have playing baseball, completely impromptu, and what happened when one of the boys’ fathers organized them into a league-team.

    Listen to it, along with other vintage old-time radio selections, in this archived episode of Max Schmid’s weekly Golden Age of Radio on Yesterday USA.

    One of my two favorites out of the Shep stories I’ve heard. The other is the one where he tells of the first time that he and a friend explored a garbage dump together.

    • Replies: @Alden
  21. Alden says:
    @Dissident

    Love Jean Shepherd stories.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
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