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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

 

YMCA League Update

Hello Captains,
            The season is beginning to wind down and we are closing in on the playoffs. I just wanted to address any updates you may need and get all the available information to you.
 
1)      This week 6/30 7/2 will be used to play make-up games from previous rain outs. This is the schedule for the week:  (Home team listed first)
 
6/30 Field #6 Fats vs Zombie Hut
6/30 Field #8 Element vs Wades
7/1   Field #8 Dirt Dawgs vs Massey Knakal
7/1   Field #5 B61 vs BNS
7/2   Field #8 Time Served vs Brazen Head (BDS)
 
2)      I am still missing scores from the following games:
Royale vs B61 on 6/25
BK Bread vs Eriksen on 6/27
 
3)      Very briefly I would like to lay out the playoff format and any tie breakers that may be necessary. The top four teams in the east and west will make the playoffs. 8 teams total. The first tie breaker is head to head record. ex.. Team A and Team B both have 7-4 records the team that won their head to head game in the regular season will take the playoff spot. Or if both teams are in the playoffs, the team with the head to head win will have the higher seed. In the event there are three or more teams with the same record and have all split the regular season games, regular season division record is the second tie breaker. i.e.. Team A, Team B and Team C all have identical 6-5 records and in the regular season Team A beat Team B, Team B beat Team C while Team C beat Team A the best division records will decide playoff positioning. In the event all three of these teams have the same division record, run differential will be the deciding factor.
Run differential is determined by subtracting the number of runs your team has allowed from the number of runs your team has scored. The number you are left with is your run differential. If there is any confusion and you would like further explanation, please call me.
 
4)      THE ALL STAR GAME IS APPROACHING: The all-star festivities will be held on Friday July 18th on Redhook Baseball Field #9 (the lighted field across from softball fields on Bay St.). We will once again have food and refreshments, pre-game competitions and one nine inning game between the East and West all-stars. Each team is asked to send three participants for the activities. Of the three there must be at least one woman. Pre-game activities will include long ball competition, out field accuracy and fastest feet. Please get your all-stars to me as soon as possible. And please nominate people that are going to show up. The pre game festivities will start at 5:45.
 
5)      Finally in the event of bad weather this week or next, we will be doing anything in our power to get the games in. Be prepared to work on the fields to get the games in. If there are any rain outs of games that don't effect the playoffs they will not be made up.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

 

Last week's writeup

Getting a little more organized....

Here is last week's writeup:

http://www.redhooksoftball.com/b61/writeups.php


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

 

Playoff analysis from Alyce

we've got royale next week. they are 2 and 6
and then our last two weeks are tough- BNS and then Mucho Gusto

Gallery's remaining games are Royale, Mucho Gusto and then Brooklyn Public Defenders. The only tough game for them is Mucho Gusto.

Our record is 5 and 3
Gallery is 4 and 4
if we lose two and they win two, and only the top 4 teams make the
playoffs, then we are out, because we are tied with Gallery, and they
beat us in the reg season.

In our division, Brooklyn Bread is first, obv
Magnetic Field is 2nd at 6 and 3. they still have to play The Anchors and Brooklyn Bread.

Mucho Gusto is currently 5 and 1 they playedFats, whoever the hell they are, last night, but i don't think it's posted yet, and then they play Gallery and us.

anyhow
that's my little recap of the playoff schedule.
basically we need to make sure we win at least 2 of our last 3 games,
that way when/if Magnetic Field loses to brooklyn bread, we are tied with them record-wise and we beat them last night.
or hope that that
Either the royale or public defenders can take it to Gallery

if we can only win 1 of our games, we may be out of the playoff running--- assuming only the top 4 teams get in.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

 

June 12th Game vs. Anchors

It's Not Raining
When It's Sunny
June 12th vs. Anchors


It's funny. We had a very
different game last week. Anchors is a
good team – strong players, friendly but with an edge. That's ok because we showed up to play.

It
shouldn't matter who we play. One of my
favorite compliments is when an opposing team says, "Teams hate playing you
because it looks like you're having so much fun and don't care." Even in this game, the catcher told me that
she wanted to play for our team. We'll
still have hours of debates of what we should do better, but I like it when we
play with ourselves and not worry about the other team. Well, I know I like playing with myself, and
I like playing with you guys too.

I know it's
always easier to be happier with each other when we're winning and doing well,
but the best would be to be happy no matter what.

The B61 Lineup
pitcher: "Everybody
needs a knee" Jamie
catcher: "Lettuce
entertain you" Sarah and "I Rock" Alyce
1st: "I always look
like this" Rob
2nd: "Don't stop
believing" Tamara
ss: "Boots" Matt
3rd: "Put me in
coach. I can do it" Brendan
left: "I am the
cleanup, coo coo kachoo" Steve
center: "I am" Capone
floater: "Float
like a butterfly" Amy
right: "Choo Choo!"
Amtrak Jonathan
pinch hitter: Brendon
Coach: Elvis
Spiritual Advisor:
McWhippit
Our loyal fans: "I'm
too sexy for this bench" Tracey, "Let's not make Neptune angry" Stef, "Looking
for a nickname" Aubrey, "I'm wearing my kick-ass B61 socks" Jim, "I can stop
play with one walk of my stroller" Rachel/Cooper/Cali, Gary

The Game
Something was different. We were pumped and ready to play. Was it the writeup, the beer, the day? We were just fired up, B61 old school. "No pep talks. Let's play ball." "Let's be in it from the Geico. 15% more runs." We had chatter, high fives, some ass grabs,
laughter and a quickly emptying cooler.

We start out slow though. Jonathan leads us off with a crappy fly ball to 2nd base. Ain't no way that's happening
again. Matt picks us up with a base hit
past the pitcher. Jamie follows and hits
a pop fly to left field which gets called back as an "illegal pitch"?? Apparently, there was no arc on the
pitch. "7 years in this league, I've
never heard of that before." "Well,
you've never met Blue before." Definitely odd, but we're willing to take the free chance. Unfortunately, Jamie hits another pop fly, so
now he's 0 for 2, and it's only the first inning. Steve reliably hits a base hit to advance
Matt, but it's not enough. A quick out
at first, and we're done. Not the strong
start we wanted, but we haven't turned on ourselves yet.

Our defense kicks strong. Tam starts by stopping a grounder and making the play to 1st look easy. Capone runs for a dramatic
sliding catch but can't hold it. I like
his moxie. Brendan, testing his mettle
at 3rd, makes his first out with a pick up and throw to Rob. Matt catches a quick popup, and we're
good. That's the way it should be.

Capone leads the 2nd with a blooper out to center
field. "Stay on the bag!" Steve gives Ant a little extra coaching from
3rd base. "Hey, Anthony. Listen to me. I'm on 3rd. I have a
red shirt on." It was really Capone's
wheels that helped as Tam hits a grounder to shortstop who can't convert the
out at 2nd. Rob advances the
runner with a grounder to 1st – "I can't believe the big guy got
down for that." Sarah advances the
runners as well, and Capone puts the first mark on the board.

Some quick outs, and we're at bat again.

Czar leads B61 off with a ball out to right field. The fielder misjudges it, and it goes over
his head. Jonathan uses the opportunity to
round the bases. HR! Choo choo! Then again, Matt said, 'That's an error, right? You're not counting that as a HR." It's a home run in my book.

Matt then gets a typical weak ass hit and luckily makes it to first
(That's the way I remember it!) Jamie
lines one past 3rd base. Jamie
disses Amy and decides not to bring her in as his pinch runner. Rhino hits a sac fly to advance Matt to 3rd,
and Brendan does the same to bring Matt home. 3-0. In a questionable call,
Capone is called out at 1st though I'm sure he beat the play.

Our defense holds them again in the 3rd inning,
including a good play by the rookie on 3rd and a textbook Matt ->
Tamara toss for the 3rd out.

Tam starts the 4th by booking for a base hit to 1st. "Were you on track in high school?!" McLovin spices it up with a perfect opposite
field hit to bring Tam to 2nd. The shortstop uses Sarah's grounder to make the play at 2nd,
but leaves runners at 1st and 3rd for an Adam pinch
hit. His sac fly doesn't have the
distance, so it's time for a 2 out rally. Jonathan hits a nice base knock between 1st and 2nd sending Tam home and Sarah to 3rd. 4-0. Matt hits a line drive to
left to bring Sarah in and Czar to 2nd. Jamie and Steve keep the rally alive with base hits to bring Czar
and Boots home. 7-0. What a rally.

Anchors comes alive with a base hit to center and a bobbled blooper
to right field. Brendan converts a
grounder to 3rd by tagging the runner. Yet, Anchors keeps coming strong. A few more base hits and Anchors scores two
runs until Steve makes the final out with a pretty basket catch running full
speed towards the infield.

In the top of the 5th, Colin takes the mound as
pitcher. It's good to see him there with
his distinctive wind up pitch. Capone
gets a single, and Tam walks. A missed
catch by Colin (not high enough for an infield fly rule??) still gives him
enough time to get Capone out at 3rd. The Colin switch does them good as Anchors
quickly gets the next 2 outs to shut us down.

Jonathan starts the 6th with another base hit. Matt hits a line
drive directly at Colin, leaving Jon stranded between 1st and 2nd. Fortunately, the throw to 1st is
missed, and Amtrak runs to 3rd! "Look at the dust!" Jamie aims and
hits a grounder right into Jon's foot on the 3rd base bag. He sets up again and this time hits an RBI
single to make it 8-2. Matt pinch runs
for Jamie and advances to 2nd on Steve's base knock. A good catch by the 2nd basewoman
gives us 2 outs, and in a surprising event, Anthony strikes out to end the
side. "That last pitch was
horrible. If I had swung at it, you guys
would have yelled at me."

Anchors comes alive as it hits a base hit and then a long home run
out to deep left. They cry, "Korean Power!"
as their bomber goes back to the dugout. It must have rubbed off, because Anchors quickly hits another base hit
between 2nd and 3rd. Jim catches a foul ball off the fence, but unfortunately, he's not
playing, so it doesn't count. A deep
ball to left bounces to Steve, and Anchors puts runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Capone makes a great catch
running in, sees the 3rd base runner tagging up and rockets a
perfect throw to home. Alyce throws off
the mask, makes a perfect catch and covers the plate as she waits for the
runner to finally reach her for the tag. Denied! I love watching that play
in my mind over and over!

Leading 8-4 in the 7th, Tam gets called out with a
questionable call at 1st, but Rob makes up for it with a base hit
past 2nd. Lettuce hits a
SWEET line drive past the left fielder to drive Rob home and get a double for
the day. Alyce follows with another
SWEET drive over the left fielder's head! With Sarah on 3rd and Alyce on 1st, Jonathan hits
another long ball to right field that the fielder underestimates. Don't they see the guns on that guy? It's a triple, and B61 goes ahead 11-4. This time, Matt takes a pot shot at Jon on 3rd but misses. He follows with a RBI
single to deep left. Jamie smacks a long
ball. As he limps around the bases, 3rd base coach Capone tells him, "Well, you have to make a decision," as he
approaches 3rd. A triple is
good enough for now. Especially as
Brendan hits a single past the shortstop to bring in the run. 14-4.

Our defense remains cool – an easy Reinert catch, a Tam -> Rob conversion
and a Matt-> Tam gives us an easy 3 outs to end a good game.

Memorable Moments
· Jamie: "Can I get a pinch runner? Who made last out?"
Adam:
"Amy."
Jamie: "
Never mind."
· Blue stopping the game every time Rachel walked
outside the dugout with Cooper and the stroller
· That great Capone-Alyce double play at the plate
· Colin's comment after the game, "I still love
you guys. I don't like Blue, but I love
you guys." We love Anchors too.
· Adam told me I hit a cycle (single, double,
triple and HR), but I don't remember a double
· Every time I scored, the catcher would say,
"Welcome back," "Good to see you," or "Right this way." I love a good attitude and sense of humor.
· Anchors' catcher, "I want to play for you
guys. You bring beer, and we're too
serious."
· Jamie going 0 for 2 in one at bat
· "Well, Jamie, you have to a make a decision."

Player of the Game
One MVP goes to the rookie Brendan. He stepped up to playing 3rd and made some key defensive outs
and had 2 RBIs for the day. I have to
give Alyce the co-MVP nod. For only
playing a few innings, she got the team on fire. Batting 1000 with a powerful knock to left
field and that beautiful play at home – that's the Lady Bus Stops personified.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

 

Different but the same

They used to be Schnack, but now, they're Element.  Different name, same team.  Instead of the glaring yellow shirts of yore, they now have obnoxious green ones.  Different season, but they still have the same great players – Johnny the shortstop who's wicked fast, the great pitcher who's a little too intense for me and the center fielder with the old school leggings.  Surprisingly, they only showed up with 8 players, but they still knew how to play every position and hit where we weren't.
Then, there's B-61.  We're the same, but different.   Same name, same logo, different t-shirts, 1 or 2 new expensive bats that Jamie swears will improve his batting average.  We even have most of the same die-hard players.  On the surface, everything seems the same, but we have to be honest that something is different.  Sure, we get hits, and we make some good plays.  It's not even that we fall apart like we used to do.  There isn't the B61 magic, love, heart and dare I say loyalty that we've had in the past. 
I used to live for softball - couldn't wait for the next game, was willing to talk about it forever.  Tracey never understood why I would get so passionate over co-ed slow pitch softball.  Let's be honest, that's all it is at the end of the day.  Nevertheless, B61 put a fire in my heart.   I would practice pitching for hours, and I wrote social commentary of almost every game for 3 seasons.  It didn't matter that it was hard work, and nobody seemed to appreciate it.  I did it because I loved the team.  Now, I'm wavering.  I might just be grumpy because Jamie stood me up again, but am I the only one thinking this?
I suppose I could use my pulpit to describe what I think is wrong or how to fix it.  Everyone already has their theories and rationales.  Change the batting order, put this person here, make Willy wear gold lame underwear, replace this person, don't do the 4th inning switch if it's a close game.  For all these theories, the results are still the same if not worse.  So, I'm not going to add to them.  I don't care if we win or lose.  At this rate, we might not even make the playoffs.  Let me just say that out loud for the people who don't want to think about it.  I just want everyone to enjoy themselves playing CO-ED SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL for inflexible people.  At the end of the day, we should happy being a team, even if we don't always win.

 

June 5th Team

pitcher: Matt

catcher: Tamara and Laura

1st: Jamie

2nd: Laura and Tamara

ss: Willy

3rd: Henry

left: Steve

center: Capone and Rob

floater: Sarah and Alison

right: Jonathan

pinch hitter: Brendon

Coach: Elvis

Our loyal fans: Whippit, Alyce, Amy, Tracey, Stef, Aubrey, Piece, Johanna, Stella


 

June 5th Team

The B61 Lineup

pitcher: Matt

catcher: Tamara and Laura

1st: Jamie

2nd: Laura and Tamara

ss: Willy

3rd: Henry

left: Steve

center: Capone and Rob

floater: Sarah and Alison

right: Jonathan

pinch hitter: Brendon

Coach: Elvis

Our loyal fans: Whippit, Alyce, Amy, Tracey, Stef, Aubrey, Piece, Johanna, Stella


 
Different but the Same
June 5th vs. Element


They used to be Schnack, but now, they're Element. Different name, same team. Instead of the glaring yellow shirts of yore, they now have obnoxious
green ones. Different season, but they
still have the same great players – Johnny the shortstop who's wicked fast, the
great pitcher who's a little too intense for me and the center fielder with the
old school leggings. Surprisingly, they
only showed up with 8 players, but they still knew how to play every position
and hit where we weren't.

Then,there's B-61. We're the same, but
different. Same name, same logo,
different t-shirts, 1 or 2 new expensive bats that Jamie swears will improve
his batting average. We even have most
of the same die-hard players. On the
surface, everything seems the same, but we have to be honest that something is
different. Sure, we get hits, and we
make some good plays. It's not even that
we fall apart like we used to do. There
isn't the B61 magic, love, heart and dare I say loyalty that we've had in the
past.

I
used to live for softball - couldn't wait for the next game, was willing to
talk about it forever. Tracey never
understood why I would get so passionate over co-ed slow pitch softball. Let's be honest, that's all it is at the end
of the day. Nevertheless, B61 put a fire
in my heart. I would practice pitching
for hours, and I wrote social commentary of almost every game for 3 seasons. It didn't matter that it was hard work, and
nobody seemed to appreciate it. I did it
because I loved the team. Now, I'm
wavering. I might just be grumpy because
Jamie stood me up again, but am I the only one thinking this?

I
suppose I could use my pulpit to describe what I think is wrong or how to fix
it. Everyone already has their theories
and rationales. Change the batting order,
put this person here, make Willy wear gold lame underwear, replace this person,
don't do the 4th inning switch if it's a close game. For all these theories, the results are still
the same if not worse. So, I'm not going
to add to them. I don't care if we win
or lose. At this rate, we might not even
make the playoffs. Let me just say that
out loud for the people who don't want to think about it. I just want everyone to enjoy themselves
playing CO-ED SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL for inflexible people. At the end of the day, we should happy being
a team, even if we don't always win.

The B61 Lineup
pitcher: Matt
catcher: Tamara
and Laura
1st: Jamie
2nd: Laura
and Tamara
ss: Willy
3rd: Henry
left: Steve
center: Capone
and Rob
floater: Sarah
and Alison
right: Jonathan
pinch
hitter: Brendon
Coach: Elvis
Our loyal
fans: Whippit, Alyce, Amy, Tracey, Stef, Aubrey, Piece, Johanna, Stella

The Game
I wish the game were more memorable, but we'll keep it
short. Element took the field with 8 players, leaving a gap in the
infield and out. Base hits by Jon, Jamie and Steve in the surprise
cleanup position set us ahead 1-0. Not a powerhouse start, but we struck
first.
B61 took the field, and it looked like a game of musical chairs. I
haven't seen that many new positions since I bought the Kama Sutra. Jamie
at 1st, Laura at 2nd, Will at SS, Henry at 3rd, Matt pitching, Tam as catcher,
Elvis as coach. Whew. Nonetheless, we were ready to go. Or
were we?
A bobbled ball at 2nd and a walk put Element's first runners on 1st and 2nd,
and they took it from there. A series of shitty hits and some bad
fielding sent Element through their condensed lineup with 6 runs.
Capone's plea, "Can we just get a third out?" voiced what we were all
thinking. Matt finally caught a line drive to end the pain.
We would never bounce back. Despite some good defensive innings, we could
never convert our hits, and Element marched ahead 12-3. In the bottom of
the 7th, we had a brief rally, but it was too little and too late.
Final score: 12-6.


Player of the Game
Player of the game is hard. Steve had two great
running catches in the left, but I think it has to go to Matt. He's
unflappable. Pitched cool and calm under pressure, 2 for 4 on the day,
made some key defensive plays and never got his boots dirty. Perhaps we
should all follow his lead and get loaded on Wild Turkey before the next
game. Gobble gobble.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

 

it's that time again

so dream a little dream for making it through the 1st round of the playoffs against Gallery

let's see it

xo
alyce

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