Monday, July 17, 2017

THE TEAM - The Ouch

Well so far THE TEAM is not really close in C League.  There was that doubleheader in Brace Canyon Park.  Who knew we were going to have games in Texas.  Was that Texas?  It felt like Texas or Oklahoma or Atlanta.  Wait, it didn't feel like Atlanta.  Let's not get carried away.

The point is... that it was hot and sticky.

The last game was against a team that was way better than THE TEAM.  Think about how many errors they made.  You can't think of any can you.  (OK, secondbase had a grounder clang off his glove).  They hit a ton of nice clean line drives and there was nothing to do about those.  THE TEAM defense had more black holes than Chandra Deep Field South but it really didn't matter.  THE TEAM scoring 4 runs and hitting .385 is always going to be a loss.

The point is...  this is what is must feel like to spoon in a mouthful of unrefrigerated mayonaise.  (That was the worst thing I could think of outside of the humidity in Atlanta)

Let's look back in history:

This blog is filled with gooey complements for Lou and Peter.

They are the all-time leaders in everything.  Lou has 101 career Home Runs.  Peter has 68 career Home Runs.  THE TEAM has only hit 236 Home Runs ever.  Lou has 478 hits.  Peter has 451.  Nobody is even close to these guys.  Check this out:  They both have exactly 385 career RBIs.  Only two other players have passed 200 RBIs and these guys are knocking on the door for 400.

The point is... through the ups and downs and wins and losses, those two have been money in the bank.  So go Lou!  Go Peter!

and

GO THE TEAM!!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The First Round

THE TEAM finished the first round 4-1 and punched our ticket to the playoffs.  Here's an odd detail:  There were no upsets in D League.  The first place team went 5-0.  The second place team (THE TEAM) went 4-1 with the only loss being to the first place team (The DL).  The third place team went 3-2 etc. you get it.  OK maybe odd isn't the right word.  Odd would be finding out that the umpire is Laz Diaz disguised as someone who wants to sell you a reverse mortgage.  Or a black market kidney

OK here are the leaders at the halfway point:

Batting Avg Gentlemen

.667 Jimmy
.647 Lou
.636 Peter

Batting Avg Ladies

.786 Lauren
.600 Melody
.500 Kelly

RBIs Gentlemen

16 Rick
11 Peter
8  Dave Q

RBIs Ladies

5 Melody
4 Natasha
4 Dora

Doubles

4 Dave Q
3 Lou
2 Jimmy
1 Lauren
1 Rick
1 Dora

Triples

7 Lou
1 Rick

Home Runs

4 Peter
1 Lou
1 Jimmy
1 Rick

Overall THE TEAM hit .524 with a +10 Run Differential.  THE TEAM also notched win number 100 in the Modern Era.  Lou hit his 100th Home Run and Melody collected her 100th RBI.  That's a lot of things.  Kelsey got her first career hit and that was a for real grounder right up the middle.

Yay!

GO THE TEAM!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE TEAM - Summer 2017

It took a while to finally get the roster set but all the details have been pounded out and sanded down to this showroom mint dream car that is THE TEAM.

 3 Lou
 4 Lauren
 5 Kelly
 7 Natasha
11 Dave Q.
12 Daniyel
18 Rick
22 Dave R.
23 Melody
24 Peter
25 Dora
33 Jimmy
51 Kelsey

We are already three games into the season and that group there hasn't lost one yet so that's exciting.  You know who has been tearing it up on defense so far is Dora.  She is catching foul balls.  She caught a rocket from left field to get a runner out at home.  She even threw a runner out at first base on a snap throw.

Peter has 4 Home Runs so far.  Lauren has stepped up become the Centerfielder.  Both Lauren and Kelly are hitting over .700 so far.  Lou has 3 Triples.

There is a lot of softball left but winning a 4th Championship just makes sense.

Oh and fun.  There should be some of that too

GO THE TEAM!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

THE TEAM - The Cold Winter

Another rough season in the books.  That one took forever so it's only fair that this blog also took forever.


That's Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.  You've seen that movie right?  Well sometimes THE TEAM was the Bolivian Army filling the bad guys with holes and sometimes THE TEAM was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid getting filled with holes but still being very good looking.  

It wasn't all Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.  THE TEAM hit an above average .596.  The 143 runs was also a nice improvement over 2016.  The 7 Strikeouts were the lowest ever so so there's that.

Here is your deal

3 Lou played in 10 games.  He led THE TEAM hitting .781.  He drove in 21 runs, had 8 Doubles, 3 Triples and 2 Walks.  Check this out:  Lou hit 5 Home runs giving 100 for his career.  How about that.    
5 Kelly played in 8 games.  She tied for the lead among ladies hitting .600.  She had 9 RBIs, 5 Doubles and a Walk.  Those 5 Doubles are a career best.

7 Natasha played in 8 games.  She hit .577 with 7 RBIs, 3 Doubles a Triple and 2 Walks.  She also sang and danced and acted as well as she pitched.  Amazing

8 Aerial played in 0 games.  She hit 0 with 0 RBIs and 0 and 0.  THE TEAM really lost out when work swallowed her up.  We are talking about a career .568 hitter with 49 RBIs, 16 Doubles and 2 Home Runs in in 58 games.  She will be missed.

12 Daniyel played in 7 games.  She hit .211 with an RBI and 4 Walks.  Her season was better than that.  She started brutally slow but hit .500 over her last 3 games.  

18 Rick 9 games .680 12 RBIs 2 Home Runs 2 Doubles

22 Dave played in 8 games.  He hit .409 with 8 RBIs, 1 Home Run and 1 Walk.  That one walk was uphill both ways in the snow.

23 Melody played in 9 games.  She tied Kelly hitting .600 with 9 RBIs, 5 Doubles and 1 Triple.  Big Improvement

24 Peter did his Eagle Scout thing for 10 games.  He tied for the lead with 23 RBIs.  He led THE TEAM with 6 Home Runs.  There were 7 Doubles in there.  No Walks.  Peter also broke a lot of hearts at 3rd base.  We are talking defense people not makin' out at the Drive-In.
   
25 Dora played in 8 games.  She hit .464 with 7 RBIs, 3 Doubles and a Walk.  She led THE TEAM in Recycling

30 Lauren played in 8 games.  She hit .417 with 7 RBIs, 2 Doubles and 2 Walks.  She really became a Centerfielder this season.  

33 Jimmy played in 10 games.  He hit .706 with 16 RBIs, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple and 2 Home Runs.  He collected his 100th career hit this season.

27 Victor played in 9 games.  He hit .667 with 6 Doubles and 3 Home Runs.  He tied for the lead with 23 RBIs and led THE TEAM with 6 Triples.  Now Victor is leaving to go fight crime.  Victor.  That Victor.  It will be really quiet in the dugout now.  It was worth it because for 102 games THE TEAM had the equivalent of a bitchin' Camaro in Left Field.  He was an RBI machine.  For his career he hit 60 Doubles, 23 Triples and 35 Home Runs.  He had 195 career hits and 118 of them were for extra bases.  Here is the thing that is as eye popping as some of those Home Runs.  He had 218 RBIs in 102 games.  That's an RBI for every 5 f-words.  Good luck Victor.  Be fucking safe.

GO THE TEAM!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Game 6 - This

THE TEAM started F League scoring 21 runs, hitting a season high .762, and striking out zero times.  Strong!  Twelve players played.  Twelve players had hits, 10 players had RBIs.

Daniyel had a slow start to the Winter 2017 Season.  Then she started pulling her hands all the way through the zone and hitting began.  THE TEAM has an adorable little two game winning streak now and Daniyel is hitting .600 with an RBI in those wins.  

Of course everybody is contributing.  THE TEAM is The Ass of Badness.  That sounds like a Google Translation doesn't it?  If you have Google Translate Bad Ass into German you get Knallhart.

KNALLHART!

Who wants that nickname?

Just for kicks,Ass of Badness in German is Arsch der Schlechtigkeit.

I think we have Victor's nickname.

#27 Arsch der Schlechtigkeit

Maybe Arsch der Fucking Schlechtigkeit?

Anyway

It was a great win.  THE TEAM can still win it all in F League so...

GEHEN SIE DAS TEAM!!!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The First Win + The First Round

THE TEAM finally got a slice of the victory pizza with all the toppings.  It was more like a thick slice of meat loaf with vegetables and mashed potatoes and salad and iced tea.

Or whatever

Dora made a meat loaf level play to catch a foul ball.  She almost did it twice.  Victor is swatting Dingers into orbit.

That's going to make F League so much fun.

Let's look at the leaders after the first round

Batting Avg Gentlemen

.833 Rick
.813 Lou
.750 Peter

Batting Avg Ladies

.583 Kelly
.500 Natasha
.429 Melody

RBIs Gentlemen

17 Victor
13 Lou
 8 Peter
 8 JImmy

RBIs Ladies

5 Kelly
5 Natasha
4 Melody
4 Dora

Doubles

5 Lou
4 Peter
4 Melody
3 Kelly
3 Victor
2 Rick
1 Jimmy
1 Dora

Triples

3 Victor

Home Runs

3 Victor
3 Lou
1 Peter
1 Jimmy
1 Rick

The RAND Corporation says that the move down to F League means a championship is basically automatic.  Like a pulled pork sandwich with macaroni and cheese and garlic toast and...  and..  oh! Softball.  Yes! Softball.

GO THE TEAM!!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cold Winter

It took a while but the winter season finally got started.  It started for E League but hasn't started for THE TEAM just yet.

Let's look at the roster first:

 3 Lou
 5 Kelly
 7 Natasha
 8 Aerial
12 Daniyel
18 Rick
22 Dave
23 Melody
24 Peter
25 Dora
27 Victor
30 Lauren
33 Jimmy

So far THE TEAM has clanked out of every game this season.  Two losses were frustrating offerings that just didn't go right and the other two were puke on yourself Barbara Hoyt Drug Burger what the hell is going on losses.

THE TEAM scored 3 more runs than the total number of outfielders that NYFA Action had.

At least the teams have been good sports.  The losses always sting a little extra when THE TEAM plays aggressive shitheads.  You know those teams.  Ten players, twelve eyebrows.  You know.

Let's keep this thing constructive and zany!

Somewhere in there Jimmy made an over the shoulder catch that led to a double play.

Kelly made cupcakes and those were really good.

Natasha's hair looks nice.

Victor has hit some absolute bombs.

THE TEAM team still has good pitchers.

No matter what happens in the next game THE TEAM is going down to F League.  That is neither constructive nor zany.  That is hope.

GO THE TEAM!!!