Monday, April 26, 2010

THE TEAM - The wrong color T-Shirt

Of course the T-shirts were the right color. We lost. It was a good game and WP4B were sportsmen about it. THE TEAM fell behind early 5-0. Then THE TEAM tied the game. Then the alcoholics scored six more runs and we scored three more runs and they scored seven more runs and we scored zero more runs and we ended up with the box of white t-shirts. We also received a very attractive plaque that that should probably rotate with each player once a week. I will pass that along as soon as I wipe my tears off of it.

There was a lot in the last post about how much we have improved so there is no need to get back into all of that.

Here is an enchanting detail about the game: Lou took a groundball right off the kisser and then started making strong plays from SS. Chris took a shot right off his shin that turned many colors right before our eyes. Right after that he caught a line drive and doubled up the runner off first. We probably all should have bounced a ball off of our heads and rode that agony to victory and a more attractive box of T-shirts.

It was a marathon of a season with all those rainouts. But in the end

00 CJ (Cucumber)
1 Destanie
3 Lou
4 Jenny
11 Dave
12 Lillian
13 Sandy
16 Anabel
18 Rick
24 Peter
28 Terrence
31 Victor
41 Rob
42 Sarah
99 Chris

Are all inductees into THE TEAM Hall of Fame. Your images will be carved into the back of our plaque for subsequent generations to admire.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Game 9 and Game 10

THE TEAM has certainly come a long way. The Winter 2010 season is the sixth season that THE TEAM has been together. We have had members come and go but we have always managed to suck. Here is how it breaks down:

Winter 2008 2 wins 8 losses
Summer 2008 3 wins 7 losses
Fall 2008 2 wins 8 losses
Summer 2009 3 wins 7 losses

That's 10 wins and 30 losses in four seasons. That's a .250 winning percentage. That sucks!

Last season seemed like a miracle when we went 7-3 and missed the championship by one game. Those 7 wins were more than any two seasons total wins combined. That made us 17 and 33 which is a .340 winning percentage. OK that still sucks but the point is that we have improved and played hard and had fun.

Once again we have gone 7-3 only this time we get to play for the G League Championship.

As far as Game 9 and Game 10 go, it is hard to collect all the details and acknowledge everybody after a doubleheader. Here are some scattered recollections:

00 CJ brought oranges, a Manny Ramirez wig and and her flawless glove to help THE TEAM win both games.

1 Destanie was hard on herself. Destanie clearly places a high expectation on herself but she knows the game and is an MVP level performer at the plate and in the field. Don't argue with me Mrs. Garcia.

3 Lou was a perfect lead off hitter. He was able to go to right when he wanted and he covers lots of ground and SS.

4 Jenny was Magic Johnson for Game 9 and Game 10. She played C 1B 2B RF and ROV. Having a versatile and reliable player like that on THE TEAM helps get you to the Championship game.

13 Sandy had great shot into left to get and RBI in Game 9 and made a great catch in Right Field in Game 10.

16 Anabel probably has a decent batting average but a spectacular on base percentage. (I don't have any actual numbers to back that up. Who on earth would keep track of their batting average in a Coed Slow Pitch Softball League) Anabel is patient at the plate so she can draw walks and she runs hard when she hits.

24 Peter hit a home run and was robbed of another one

28 Terrence pitched well and made a great play in left on one of the those brutal line drives that can become home runs for the bad guys very easily.

31 Victor hit a home run in both games. These were not fly balls followed by a bunch of clumsy errors that would allow Victor to come all the way home. We are talking about legitimate home runs. Victor talked a lot but I wasn't listening and then he tried to destroy me.

42 Sarah drove in runs and scored runs. She made the last out in the last game catching a foul ball from her spot behind the plate.

99 Chris was his usual rock solid self pitching. He walked in a run but he didn't come unglued. Sometimes you see some of these pitchers lose the strike zone and they never get it back but not The Crippler. He keeps it together and is also a great fielder from his pitchers spot.

I felt like I hit pretty well but in the field it was like I was doing every fucking thing possible to blow the games. Sorry about that. We all make our errors but I tanked so hard last Sunday I pulled myself out of the game. I could have made better throws with my left hand. In Game 10 Lou drove me in with Sandy behind me. When I crossed the plate I tried to pick up the bat so Sandy wouldn't have to worry about tripping on it. I missed that too. I thank all of you for your patience. I'm so glad my Dad wasn't there to see that.

Oh, I guess the whole Big Lebowski theme went the way of the dodo. Oh well, Nobody reads this bullshit anyway. (I know THE TEAM reads this blog, I think I just wanted to work the phrase "bullshit" in there somewhere)

On to the G League Championship Game and Sweet Victory


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Game 8 - Nobody F**ks with the Jesus

That had to me my least favorite game in the entire history of THE TEAM. There was all that childish tension in the air because their bowling ball of a pitcher was looking for a fight. Many members of THE TEAM sounded like they were ready to roll around in the dirt too. The umpire did not give The Jensen Warriors the option to play beyond the mercy rule because he recognized a deteriorating situation and just stopped the game.

That's a drag because THE TEAM was playing well. We were hitting well, we were keeping the errors minimal and Chris was pitching a solid game.

Well, at least that makes win number five so we cannot have a losing season.

Victor was feeling cheated because a great catch he made a few games ago was not acknowledged in this blog. I spend a lot of time wishing Victor was gifted with the ability to keep quiet for a moment but I have to agree with him on that. That should have been in there somewhere. He was solid and error free for game 8 but, in keeping with the Lebowski theme I would just like to tell him "Shut the f**k up Donny"

Didn't Victor hit a home run too? We will name him Game 8 Jeffrey. Game 8 Maude will go to CJ for not choking anybody when she was accused of doing just that, and for not choking anybody when she probably should have. (I'm talking about their mad doggin' pitcher)