Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Posted for a HR Derby and a Burpee Derby Broke Out


First off, congrats to the new F3 RVA HR Derby Champion – McRib.  Your trophy in in process!

22 strong and willing competitors posted at the modified AO this morning for a Home-Run Derby…Sadly, most of us left our ability in the fartsack, so instead of A-A-RON Judge-style moonshots, this PAX got 40+ minutes of a burpee fest.  This is what transpired:

Short mosey around the parking lot anticipating LIFOs rolling in from NoToll.  Form up in parking lot for COP, all IC including:

  • 20 SSHs
  • 10 DQs – SUPER slow – so slow it almost hurt
  • 15 Imperial Walkers
  • Arm Circles (10 small/5 large forward, then backward)
  • LBCs

Seeing no LIFOs – time to get on with the derby — Mosey to the baseball field that didn’t share a fence with the parking lot.  You know, I didn’t want anyone windshield getting busted out when the gun-show started.  Appears my concern was vastly misplaced.

Start with a 2-minute warm-up of running poles – foul line to foul line.  Too many sluggers – no time to recreate last year’s Dora – although this year would have only been 47 burpees per team as compared to last year’s 61.  No worry, the PAX would not long for extra burpees by the end of the workout.

Number off for batting order…sorry Offshore – you drew leadoff (but in true Rickey Henderson fashion – you dropped a bomb on us.  Nice work!)

Format – each PAX member gets 3 swings (except 2.0s – they got a few extra).  Exercises following each batter. Each HR causes the PAX to do 10 merkins.  Each Out (anything other than a HR) = 3 burpees.  ONLY 2 exceptions made during the festivities — 1 Out resulted in no exercises for the PAX as EF Hutton robbed a HR from Hardywood right after YHC announced that any such thievery would result in no exercise.  Way to go EFH.

Also, Joey Chestnut (Offshore’s 2.0) earned himself a 3 burpee reprieve as he made a SWEET snag of a line drive.  Well done JC!

The stats are ugly folks so watch out:

  • 22 batters
  • 3 swings
  • 66 swings
  • Total Home Runs = 4 or 5 (YHC has 5 in his brain but he can’t remember who hit it.  I have Offshore with 1, Gumbo with 1 and McRib with 2)
  • Burpees = around 183 — OUCH!!


  • HDHH at The Answer tomorrow
  • SOJ Takeover is coming…

Great to have some 2.0s out today, especially for YHC having is 2.1 and 2.2.  Loved it!

Welcome Sparky.  We look forward to you posting often.

365 days to hit the cages before next year.

No more Gumbo for you!


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  1. SOJ will be having monthly First Thursdays with trips to the batting cages instead of ultimate Frisbee. I can’t do that many burpees next year.

  2. Döner Kebab on

    Great Q, Gumbo. Like last year, I’m reminded that I’m rubbish at baseball (softball, really)…at least I’m in good company.
    Impressive play by Gumbo, Offshore, EF Hutton, Hardywood & Kevin Bacon.
    Welcome Sparky!
    Great seeing Clamshell at a new AO…and impressed he found us after posting to Huguenot Park first.
    I’ll post a note at Huguenot Park on the way next year. The BFG gave up on us! Sorry, dude.

  3. Swirly (F3 Corporate) on

    Sounds like a blast of a Q – Well done McRib ! – a pitcher winds the HR derby !!!!
    See y’all in the gloom…

  4. Nice job Gumbo! Thanks for organizing this fun activity which amazingly started and finished right on time.

    It was nice to get a couple of bombs before breakfast!

    Welcome to Sparky!


  5. If at first you don’t succeed, maybe you just suck – Kenny Powers

    You can’t teach greatness. Congrats McRib!

  6. Good fun Gumbo. Burpees and then batting cage to get used to the real F3 HR Derby experience. I am sure most of us at the end would have hit at least 3 if not for the 100+ burpees beforehand.
    Welcome Sparky, looking forward to seeing more of the New Market crowd.

  7. If ever given the opportunity to be a captain of a baseball team for F3, I know who I will be picking first………….that’s right…..Cotton Mouth. Dude called his shot and hit it. It’s not always about the final score but the journey……..ok, fine the score matters, but the dude will make the time in the dugout fun!

    Well done by all and it was fun watching everyone play!

  8. Hate to miss this one! Nice work gents! Way to swing for the fence.
    Loud and Proud!