Monday, November 23, 2009


Yesterday's all in one day Semi-Final and Championship day experience backfired big time on Knockout "KO" and The Trojans as they were crushed by Bonao and the Westlanders. Knockout did their best J Lo at the AMA's imitation,

as they completely fell on their ass. The only difference is J Lo's ass is a hell of a lot nicer too look at. KO is most likely done unless legendary captain Johnny Castillo, who celebrated his birthday Sunday, returns to live in Manhattan and save the team, otherwise we're done. Translation, KO is done.

Much more importantly, after easily deposing of the #1 seed Trojans, the Westlanders clearly Defined their Dynasty, as the team of the decade for , by completely dominating Bonao in a 8-1 and 4-0 series sweep.
(Writer's Note: has spelling issue, but thanks for the picture brother)
The Westlanders consist of two teams - West and Highlanders, and in the last 10 years they have won 7 championships.
Well earned and deserved gentleman. Their victory made the normally cranky Champions smile
and ready to celebrate
the conclusion of a truly fantastic 2009 softball campaign.
Westlander accomplishments in 2009 included:
(1) Making the Finals in the highly competitive Chelsea league
(2) Winning the Saturday Central Park Softball League Championship
(4) Standing up to cancer in another Jersey City Tournament
(5) Winning for the second season in a row where in game one of the finals, Westlanders Ace Franny Donovan went the distance and was backed up by battery mate Bobby Thompson who blasted a game clinching home run.
In game two, Andy Muldando (shown left below enjoying a beer) teamed with his brother Nellieto throw a complete game shutout and earn Series MVP honors. salutes Andy who used to run a team called La Familia in the league as he patiently waited his turn on the talented WL staff
and when he got his opportunity he was brilliant.
The League would also like to thank the Westlanders for reestablishing the fun and picture friendly Championship Belt tradition by creating/providing a new belt.
Again, congratulations gentleman.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mama Knows Best

I'm sorry Mother Nature. I've learned my lesson a few blogs ago when I dissed Mama Nature I should have known better from those old school 70's commercials
that it is not nice to fool with Mother Nature and she let me know it by answering back with more rain outs. Never again Ma. Never again. As Tupac so eloquently sang
"You are appreciated"
Please forgive your prodigal softball sons at and let us forge ahead and complete the season this Sunday. We will be humbly checking
all week in hopes you grant us forgiveness.
Speaking of this Sunday, "all good things must come to an end (maybe Inwood will end??)", and in a effort to bring the season to a fair conculsion we have taken a que from the Great Heath Ledger's Joker character and injected a little softball anarchy into the Championship.
The championship Schedule is as follows:
The Semi-Finals will consist of one 9-inning elimination game starting at 9:30 am.
Westlanders (4) vs Trojans (1), Field 3, 9:30am
Knockout (3) vs Bonao (2) , Field 2 , 9:30am
The winners will immediately proceed to a best of 3 championship series. The higher seed chooses the field and is home game 1st and 3rd game.
Not exactly normal and "according to plan", but the potential for drama and excitement is very much there if you choose to embrace this final Sunday.
As a final note, this decision was not easy, but when considering the time of year, permits, weather, field conditions, maintaining the quality of play, and competitive fairness to our customers it was in out best judgement that this decision was fair to all teams involved. Good Luck to All

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fantastic Four

Thankfully this Blog isn't only about the moderately successful nerdy superhero flick
The Fantastic Four
rather it's more about how the Fantastic Four SB teams Westlanders vs Trojans and
Bonao vs. Knockout, that will square off in the semi-finals this upcoming Sunday in Inwood Hill Park, relate to the powers of these legendary fictional Marvel characters. OK I lied, I couldn't resist the nerdy superhero softball connection.. throw me a bone it's November.
Key Fantastic Four Superhero Power #1 Needed to Succeed in the Inwood Semi-Finals
In the Fantastic Four movie, I could never quite understand why they cast Jessica Alba as a brilliant scientist with the power of Invisibility
I mean who the hell would want her to disappear.
OK being the pervert that I am I got distracted from softball again... sorry. More importantly (sort of) it's the final four and you want as many of your players to show up as possible, as Vince Lombardi said "Talent is Important but reliability is critical". If you want to make your opponents disappear you need a strong turnout. So get that damn cell phone out and start getting people to appear.

Key Fantastic Four Super Power #2 needed to succeed in the Inwood semi-finals:
If something is not working be open to new ideas and thinking outside of the box. There is no tomorrow. New lineup, new defensive alignment, whatever it takes to get the job done right.

Key Fantastic Four Super Power #3 needed to succeed in the Inwood semi-finals
Composure : Controlling you Temper
The fire of the playoff intensity can burn you up if you let your emotions get the better of you.
Key Fantastic Four Super Power #4 needed to succeed in the Inwood semi-finals
Bruto Strength

It's Clobbering Time!!!!!!!!!!
Wining ugly is a lot better than losing pretty.
Enjoy the SB action this Sunday
Comic Book Nerd out

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You Have To

It's rained 6 out of the 8 weeks this fall which has resulted in numerous late starts and rain outs. Wha!!! Wha!!! Wha!!! Yeah, I know it's brutal. Yeah, I know it sucks. So all the precipitation has drained your softball anticipation. OK that's normal. So now what? How the Hell do you get your swagger, energy, and enthusiasm back for the playoffs?

Top Ten Reasons to get your Swagger, Energy, and Enthusiasm back for the Inwood playoffs.

10. Pot Committed Approach - Too late to fold now, gotta play it to the end so that you can minimize the impact of the
9. Recession - you don't make that much money by winning, but at least you get your $$$$$$$$$ back. In the economy, the mantra "better than nothing applies" so you mimic a gambler who is chasing his wagers
8. On NFL games. Ask yourself what's better : Playing playoff softball or staying home all day and watching the Same Old
7. Jets torture you for three hours. As your team has a better chance of winning than they do of winning the
6. Superbowl - is your version of the Superbowl as you only have to be better than someone for one day. A golden opportunity for teams that have flown under the radar all fall now to
5. Capre Diem - "seize the day" - Now will never come again, and the
4. Winter - is almost here this is your last chance to embrace your
3. Love for Softball b/c
2. For a few hours at least it is more than just a game, you escape reality as the rest of the world doesn't exist/matter, and you put your talent, heart, and soul into it b/c

the #1 Reason to get your swagger, enthusiasm, and energy for the Inwood playoffs

1. YOU HAVE TO - You can't be like former Philly Ace Cole Hammels
and "Wish the season is over". Whether your having a great or terrible personal year it doesn't matter anymore. You can't quit. This is it. You owe it to yourself to try and finish out strong as anything else would be cheating yourself, your team, and the league.