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William K.
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Re: Robot cheerleaders? Sort of pitiful, don't you think?
William K.   8/18/2014 12:14:03 PM
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Elizabeth, Now you have come up with a really interesting idea: What about adding a few robot ball players? I can imagine a robotic catcher that gets all of the balls and never errors, and what about a robot pitcher with a 200MPH fastball? And possibly a robot designated hitter to hit those fast balls. With current machine vision it should be possible to have a batter that could hit any pitch. That would be something to see, no matter how the team played. 

Of course, it would indeed be a whole new ball game.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Robot cheerleaders? Sort of pitiful, don't you think?
Elizabeth M   8/18/2014 4:55:17 AM
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I understand your sentiment, William K, and yes it's a bit gimmicky. And of course wasting time and resources on something that is not successful is not ideal. But I think also the idea was to try out some new technology and provide some entertainment for the fans. And how many other teams go through slumps for years and then suddenly become better? You never know...maybe the robots will help.

William K.
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Robot cheerleaders? Sort of pitiful, don't you think?
William K.   8/16/2014 4:36:59 PM
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If an allegedly professional sports team is not good enough, or entertaining enough, to attract an adequate number of folks in the stands, then it seems that the best choice would be to either get better or go away. Producing a product that nobody wants is mostly a waste of resources and one of those things that should be avoided. Normally the open market does that in a rather brutal way.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Robot fans
Elizabeth M   8/12/2014 10:05:23 AM
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That's interesting, Chuck. Sounds hectic! I think that could be really fun or really annoying, depending on how your team is doing and your perspective that day at the ballpark! :)

Charles Murray
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Re: Robot fans
Charles Murray   8/11/2014 8:54:58 PM
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Yes, when I saw a baseball game in Japan, foam bats were the rage. Fans would beat them together in unison, virtually non-stop. It's very different than the U.S. baseball experience.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Bad News Bears
Elizabeth M   8/11/2014 7:18:17 AM
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That's interesting, fm, maybe they can use bots like this as extras in films. Not a bad idea.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Robot fans
Elizabeth M   8/11/2014 6:59:41 AM
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That must have been quite an experience, Chuck, attending a game in Japan! It's interesting to hear how animated the fans are. It's interesting, too, how in Asian cultures robots seem much more generally accepted and interaction with them is perceived as more normal as it is here in the U.S.

Charles Murray
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Re: Robot fans
Charles Murray   8/7/2014 6:53:54 PM
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What a great story. Having had the opportunity to attend one baseball game in Japan, I'm not surprised that this would happen in that part of the world (japan or Korea). Fans there are very animated (U.S. fans are quite passive by comparison) and it's easy to imagine them following the lead of the Fanbot.

fm
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Re: Bad News Bears
fm   8/7/2014 10:49:07 AM
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Yeah, the Final Season is about the Norway, Iowa town baseball team. Insteresting story, not a great movie. Some of it was actually filmed there, all the town shots were filmed in a different town nearby (more picturesque), they messed with the story (the usual "love interest" addition), ... but no bots!

Elizabeth M
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Re: Robot fans
Elizabeth M   8/7/2014 8:13:51 AM
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I think maybe this team was a bit desperate in looking for something to bolster its morale, attendance and performance, Cabe!

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