A lot of people enjoy all the home runs I call correctly, and have asked how they, too, can enjoy calling it in the comfort of their own home. That's why I conceived of the the long time listener Calling It Home Game. It works like this:
Rule 1: Five (5) points for correctly calling a Yankee home run.
Rule 2: Three (3) points for correctly calling a Yankee batter reaching base safely (a hit, walk, or hit by pitch).
Rule 3: Two (2) points if you call a Yankee home run, and the batter reaches base safely (as defined in Rule 2) but does not hit a home run.
Rule 4: Add one (1) extra point to your score for Rules 1 through 3 if the batter has an OPS+ lower than 90 at the time of the at-bat in which you called .
Rule 5: Also add one (1) extra point to your score for Rules 1 through 3 if the batter is a 2013 Yankee catcher, Jayson Nix, or any other Certified Terrible Player.
Rule 6: Terrible Players are certified by the PSB/A commentariat or a PSB/A editor. They can be pre-certified (for example, everyone knows that Luis Cruz and Reid Brignac were and are Terrible Players), or the caller can attempt to claim the point under Rule 5 after the call. The caller must claim the Terrible Player point in the comments. If three commenters respond and agree with with the certification, the certification stands and the player is a Terrible Player. However, if three commenters disagree before three commenters agree, the player is not certified. (Example: the first two responders agree that the player is terrible, the next two disagree, and the fifth responder agrees. The player is a Terrible Player. A response to a response counts as a response to the comment claiming Terrible Player credit.)
Rule 7: A total of two (2) points can be added for the same call under Rules 4 and 5.
Rule 8: Add seven (7) points for correctly calling a walk-off home run. (Note: The caller will receive a total of 12 points for correctly calling a home run, plus any points added under Rules 4 and 5.)
Rule 9: Add four (4) points for correctly calling a walk-off hit that is not a home run.
Rule 10: Add two (2) points for calling a walk-off home run, but the batter gets a walk-off hit that is not a home run. (Note: Points can be added under both Rules 3 and 10.)
Rule 11: No points may be awarded for calling a Yankee out, or an opposing team player's at-bat.
Rule 12: Add ten (10) points for calling a walk-off home run in the post-season. (Note: Also add points under Rules 4 and 5 for a post-season walk-off home run, but not Rule 8.)
Rule 13: There is a limit of two "wrong" calls per inning. A wrong call is one in which the caller gets no points. Any caller that gets two wrong calls in an inning without earning any points that inning loses two (2) points. (Example 1: Caller A calls a hit for Batter 1 and Batter 1 strikes out. Caller A calls a hit for Batter 2 and Batter 2 grounds out. Caller A loses two points. Example B: Caller A calls a hit for Batter 1. Batter 1 strikes out. Caller A calls a home run for Batter 2. Batter 2 hits a home run. Caller A calls a home fun for Batter 3. Batter 3 strikes out. Caller A may not call any more at-bats that inning. BUT Caller A does not lose any points, and may add the appropriate number of points.)
Rule 14: The limitations on the number of calls in Rule 13 do not apply to the 9th inning, or any extra innings, but the point deductions will apply. (Example: Bottom 9. Caller A calls a hit for Batter 1 and Batter 2. Batters 1 and 2 strike out. Caller A loses two points. However, Caller A can continue calling. If Caller A correctly calls future batters, he/she will collect the appropriate number of points.) (Rationale: if the Yankees have a long inning in the 9th or extra innings, huzzah.)
Rule 15: No points are awarded for an intentional base on balls.
Rule 16: To receive points for correctly calling a walk, the call must be made before the batter has three (3) balls. All other calls must be recorded in the comments before the at-bat ends.
Rule 17: A call that occurs before an inning-ending caught stealing, pick off, or caught while trying to advance on a wild/pitch will carry over to the batter's plate appearance the next inning. UNLESS the caller supersedes his/her earlier call by changing the call.
Rule 18: No points are typically awarded for a sacrifice fly. BUT two points are awarded for correctly calling a walk-off sacrifice fly. No points may be awarded under Rule 3, but extra points may be awarded under Rules 4 and 5.
So there you have it. The Official long time listener Calling It Home Game. Try it with your friends. You'll have fun. Calling it!