Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wage-Slavery Organization Softball Update. Red Sox Update.

Wage-Slavery Organization Softball

Seeing as how I'm still otherly abled vis-a-vis my connection, and due to some recent family obligations I haven't had a lot of time to scroll through the news (stuff like NSA spy Nazi General Hayden becoming head of the CIA and whatnot) I figured I;d take the lazy way out and throw out a sample of my most recent wage-slavery organization softball team game recap in this early morning post. From Tuesday night's victory:

Hola Nighthawks,

We are now 2-0 on the young season after yesterday’s 8-4 victory over Vandelay Industries as the Medway VFW field. After giving up a single run in the top of the first inning, our bats answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a lead we would never relinquish.

Randy Pendexter led off the inning with a double and scored on Mike Rose’s hit. Rositi then scored when Dave Hall hit a slicing drive down the left field line for a two-run inside the park home run. Two more runs came across in the second inning on consecutive hits by John Barranco, Gary Bastarache and Brian Labossiere.

After a scoreless third, Vandelay came back with a single run in the top of the fourth to make it 5-2. We answered back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff single by yours truly, a double down the left field line by Kathy Cantara and base hits by John Barranco and Brian Labossiere to make it 7-2. Vandelay struck back with another run in the top of the fifth to make it 7-3. Our final run came in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of hits by Dan Glickman and Keith and Kathy Cantara. Vandelay scored another run in the top of the seventh for the 8-4 final score.

Fact: Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs won the National League batting title last year with a .335 batting average. Derrek also struck out 109 times while doing so. The 109 whiffs now place Lee as the batter with the most strikeouts ever for a player who led his league in batting average. Lee displaces Dave Parker who hit .338 with 107 strikeouts in 1977 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a side note, Babe Ruth is the only player who ever led his league in batting average and strikeouts in the same season. He accomplished this in 1924 when he hit .378 with 81 strikeouts as a member of the Yankees.

Offensive stars were Dave Hall with his inside the park homer, and Kathy Cantara who added a single to the big double she smacked in the second inning.

Gary "GB" Bastarache started on the mound and kept the Vandelay bats off balance for most of the game. The defensive play of the game came, when, at one point with Vandelay runners on first and third, a single to right ended up in Dan Glickman’s glove. Dan threw toward third to get the runner from first and his throw glanced off the runner and went right to Mike Rose at third, who applied the tag for the out. Just like they drew it up on the board!

Late in the game, GB, playing second base while Mike Rose took over on the mound, went out to shallow right for a popup, only to be greeted by a hard-charging Dan Glickman, also in hot pursuit of the ball. The two managed to avoid a catastrophic collision at the last second, as GB held on to the ball as he went to the ground, and reports only a slight bit of discomfort with his right thumb.

A special kudo goes to Eric Wornham who pulled double duty having also played in the early Knuckledraggers - Bar Tab Legends game to help out one of the short-handed teams.

View From The Bar: After the victory, we headed back to the friendlier confines of Cornell’s for some cold brews, pizza and chicken tenders. Dario "I’m not an effing school teacher" Palombo was at the side door to greet me after he apparently trudged through the woods to park his car, just as I pulled into one of the three easy access parking spaces that happened to be freed up.

Tovah was there to greet us as we made our entrances, and we soon spied the six-foot-two blonde from the Soccer Moms/Desperate Housewives from last season. We tried to nudge John Barranco to go back over to her for him to demonstrate his improved massage technique, but Johnny was pretending to be shy. Too bad John. The memory of Dario’s brother Paul stealing your thunder last summer must still be a stinging point. Maybe next week?

Ryan Deluca of the Blue Devils brought up what seems to be an emerging problem in the early part of the season. Apparently the youth soccer league has been running overtime and this caused Ryan’s game to begin late and the game ended in a tie. It seems that the guy running that show is a piece of rework, and I’ve been told that we had a hard time getting him to get his act off the field before our first game last week. It appears, from the tone of the conversation, that a Code Red is in store for this chump if he keeps this nonsense up.

Item! Mike Rose and Linda Picard are engaged to be married! Congratulations to the happy couple. Rumor has it that Dario has, once again, been asked to be a flower girl. Also, a late shout of congratulations to Brian Labossiere and his wife Nicole, who got married a few weeks ago and celebrated the nuptials with a trip to Cancun.

Wednesday Morning Random Ten:
Buried Alive By Love - H.I.M.
You Kill Me - Glenn Hughes
Sick of Myself - Matthew Sweet
Beautiful Emptiness - After Forever
Anger - Elis
Arcadia - Ten
Days of Confusion - Starbreaker
The Carpenter - Nightwish
Desecration of Souls - Mercyful Fate
Spirit World - John Norum

Well, that seems to be all for now. The next game is scheduled for Thursday June 1st at 5:45 at Cornell’s against the Berzerkers.



Red Sox Update

The Red Sox lost to the hated New York Yankees last night at Fenway Park 8-6 to drop two out of three in this series. The Sox knocked Randy Johnson around again, getting to him for five runs and nine hits in his five innings, including a two-run homer by Manny Ramirez (one of two he hit in the game). Unfortunately, Sox starter Matt Clement was plagued by his usual inconsistency as the Yanks got to him for all eight of their runs before manager Terry Francona woke up from his nap and removed Clement in the middle of the fifth inning.

The Sox are still in first place by 1/2 game over the Pinstripes. They welcome the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a four-game series that begins tonight and runs through the weekend.

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