Invisible man on first!

So I’m sitting here, innocently reading, when suddenly, I had a kind of daydream about when I was a kid and we’d play baseball or whiffle ball in nearby fields. We never had enough people to field 9 players on each time. Often the teams were 2 or 3 players each. But, inventive as kids are, we played with “invisible” players. I’m sure this isn’t unique, but what amazed me was that I completely forgot about this facet of our games until just this moment–a quarter of a century lapse in memory.

You’d get a base hit, touch first base, and then head back home, to bat again shortly. In the meantime, before each pitch, one team or the other would call out: “One out, invisible man on first!” or “Two outs, invisible man on first and third.” It was awesome!

I can’t believe I forgot about that!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.