Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Nowadays I work from home and I've been able to check out some weekday day softball leagues in Central Park (show league) and Inwood (taxi driver league) and have been shockingly surprised at the organization, competitiveness, intensity, and enthusiasm it has to offer. In fact, I feel like a corporate snob/asshole for always thinking that weekday softball wasn't news worthy. I was dead wrong.
Top Ten Positives About Weekday Day Time Softball
10. It gives people who work nights a chance to play during the week - duh
9. You avoid tight corporate goons who play at night
8. Guys who show up really want to play, they work later in the day and are motivated to get their swerve on
7. It's in the day - you still have all night to do something else
6. If your lucky you can sneak out of work and play and then go back (Hopefully you have a shower)
5. Softball is like a box of chocolates you never know what your gonna get
4. Solves a Softball problem for people with bad night vision
3. Unemployed & Self-Employed friendly on many levels
2. It's a NY thing - check that in Miami senior citizens play in a daytime ARC league in Coral Gables called "Los Veijos" as well - very cool
and the Number One Positives About Weekday Day Time Softball
1. Who the hell wants to work for "The Man" anyway.. Play Ball
Sunday, June 27, 2010
and one of his more serious duties is collecting all Final rosters !!!!!!!
all Rosters are final!!!!!!!
Here's a breakdown of which Big Apple teams are most likely to make shiesty waiver wire moves in reverse order
12 Contact - Never Never Never - No fucking way - loyalty. legacy, and honor is the Contact way
11 Bombers - non applicable - in fact classy manager Teddy deserves to do whatever he wants to keep his team going
10 Skins - No way - classy manager and sportsman of the year winner Jay G has a good loyal crew that comes out and competes each and every week
9 Revolution - same as skins - solid group of regulars
8 Saphire - are you kidding me ??? Jeff Marcus would rather listen to hip hop than steal another teams players or lie about eligibility
7 Empire - good young crew - not enough information or history to say anything about them
6 Brother Jimmy's - another good loyal crew, I know them well they might not steal another player but if they had to tweak the number of times a guy showed up to sneak them into the playoffs they would. That's the softball way
The above teams are mostly on the up and up but the final shiesty 5 all follow the Nororious B.IG's philosophy of "On the road to riches and diamond rings. Real **** do real things"
5. Diesel - c'mon I'm on the team you know I've always got something diabolical up my sleeve
4. O'Hanlons - Honest as the day is long, that is if the day is the dead of winter and in Alaska - MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR Shiesty alert
3 Choice Parts - They ain't called the evil empire b/c the show mercy
2. Working Class - Ruthless and hungry to make playoffs
and by far the shiesty most cut throat team of them all
1 Mayaguez - Are you fucking kidding me? Their roster is a fucking joke they have new guys each and every week. I would bet my mortgage that the Mayaguez Mount Rushmore
http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2010/05/softball-mount-rushmore.html brian trust couldn't even name 3/4 of the players on their rosters. It's a joke
In addition, speaking of shiesty, my senior softball analyst John Sheppard gives him opinion on the Big Apple's shiesty "grandfather rule" which allows a player who has played in the league 3+ years (non-pitcher) to only show up 2 weeks to qualify for the playoffs
nuff said as I got to get back to making calls and shore up our roster
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Special Thanks to loyal insider reader Fran Levitt for this clip
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- Your having a great season - very fun
- Having a bad season - maybe make adjustments/changes?
- Want to see how your performing vs. other players
- Historical Analysis
Lead Softballinsider.Net Analyst John Sheppard feels the following way about statistics:
He is right they can be very useful, but before you accept your MVP I would like to take a Que from rude rappers like
and Old Dirty Bastard
and interrupt your award ceremony and remind you that softball numbers can lie:
Some necessarily Ride Softball Statistics Interruptions
- No Stat for hitting in hard luck - How many times do you center a ball up and get nothing to show for it while someone else hits a bloop or dribbler and gets a hit. John Carter on Diesel has hit in ridiculously bad luck this year. Their is no statistics for solid contact/centering a ball up, which is every hitter's goal b/c that is what gives you the best opportunity to succeed over a long season. A hit is a hit and an out is an out, but you still go to try and go about hitting the right way
- Softball is made up of many mini-season. For example, Sunday league, Tuesday League, several off days, or 6 games in one day, so statistics can very very skewed at times. One hot or not day can really taint statistics
- Level of Competition - Are you hitting against top pitching or beating up on
I could go on and on about other important things like defensive ability/savvy, walks, fields, lineup protection factor, advancing runners, clutch hitting, working counts, chemistry, but the fact remains that when judging a player, managing, or making a lineup numbers can be deceiving.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
While I love baseball/softball as I get older I realize that life is all about development, stages, and how important it is too always trying to take the very best of what's inside of you and progress forward - "It's all about Progression".
One of my favorite most inspiring songs "It's My Life", is a remake
Cool 80s Version
Excellent No Doubt Remake
That's Progression, then again anything with one of my favorites Gwen Stefani in it is bound to have progression :))))))))
Going forward I promise that when I stop having the desire to progress I will simply Fade to Black, but until then I promise to follow/keep the spirit another one of my favorites Eminem songs "My Daddy's Gone Crazy "
as I promise that "My BLOGS can make you cry, take you by surprise And at the same time, make you dry your eyes with the same line See what you're seeing is a genius at work Which to me isn't work, so it's easy to misinterpret it at first, Cuz when i speak, it's tongue in cheek I'd yank my fuckin teeth before id ever bite my tongue I'd slice my gums, get struck by fuckin' lightning twice at once And die and come back as MR Johnson's son And walk around the rest of my life spit on And kicked and hit with shit, every time i sung Like R Kelly as soon as "bump n' grind" comes on More pain inside of my brain, than the eyes of a little girl inside of a plane Aimed at the World Trade, till clouds gather and that's pretty much the gist of it, control freaks, umpires, leagues, managers, commissioners are pissed, but the players love it ..... I don't blame you, i wouldn't let Yorkoff read me neither"
Friday, June 18, 2010
the smart, sure handed, steady, line drive machine hitting second basemen (not a catcher) of Diesel Express. Jeff has helped the land of misfit toys Diesel Express players from falling off the softball ledge for years and I would like to commend/recognize him for his playing ability and leadership.
A true under the radar Softball Warrior and never a phony
Besides being one of the better all around players in the game, Morgan is Never Boring and is one of true characters of the game
Today, June 18th, is Morgan's Birthday and I just want to give him a real life and softball shout out. So in honor of his birthday and softball here is Morgan performing the song "the Game"
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Somewhere out there I can hear bat aficionado/expert Johnny Castillo snickering about composite bats, but if you play in a league that does not have a national affiliation, this is the bat for you! We all know it's the Indian, not the arrow, that makes the hitter but http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2010/06/indian-who-invented-arrow.html but still the Miken II is the hottest bat on the market;
- 100% Composite Construction
- Excellent Sweet Spot
- 13/16 Inch Handle
- Approved for SSUSA, SPA, and LVSSA Play
- Carbon -X Shell Technology
- E-Flex Ultra Technology
- NO WARRANTY - translation IT BREAKS!!!!!!
- Non-ASA Approved
- Non-USSSA Approved
- Ultra Bond Grip
- Perfectly Balanced
- Vacuum Transfer Technology
- Never use in under 50 degree weather - Why? It Breaks - duh
- Never use in batting practice - as get this "It Breaks"
As a side note, for you end loaded bat lovers out there a max-loaded version is also available.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
http://www.eteamz.com/wssl/index.cfm? I homered at the Mary Benson ("MB") Complex Field in Jersey City. MB is a very cool small field under the lights in Jersey City, NJ (I will post a picture at a later date) that I highly recommend everyone play at some point in their softball careers. The Westlanders have played tournaments http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2009/10/westlaners-stand-up-against-cancer.html there in the past and have had an amazing time.
The infield is immaculate and so much fun to play on as the outfield dimensions are small and it is completely fenced in (you didn't think I ran around the bases for the homer did you?). No lead is truly safe.
As I ran around the bases, I felt like Mike Tyson in the instant comedy classic Hangover as "I still got it"
Monday, June 14, 2010
In response to that blog, Eric Brown (he signed his comment) who pitched a gem and lost 1-0 in the nightcap of the doubleheader wrote probably one of the fairest comments I've come across on my blog:
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
but that's so much easier said than done as certain losses make you sick to your stomach and as the saying goes "sticks in your craw".
- Angry !!!!!!!!
That night I woke up at 4:30 in the morning with an unpleasant feeling in my whole body. But the Harsh reality is that some losses hurt/bother me than others. Why? I mean it's only early June. Shit happens. I could go on and Top Ten why certain losses or this loss in particular hurts more than others, but it all really comes down to 3 things:
- I EXPECT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!! so much more.
- My main mission with this team is to make the Playoffs for Jimmy
- Remove the stigma attached to Diesel that everyone thinks but only a few people say out loud : "It's a Pickup Team full of Pickup Players"
Sunday was an unacceptable step in the wrong direction on all three accounts. This was a total team failure. My favorite NFL team The Jets has had to deal with the "same old Jets" stigma and disappointment for years. Until they had a nice little late January run they didn't get any respect. It's the same way with Diesel, time to move forward. No excuses. Either become a winning team together or lose alone.
but this time I gotta recognize Central Park ump Bobby (left below)
- A solid knowledge of the game
- Is fair/impartial
- Is respected
- Excellent personality - totally non confrontational
It's always a pleasure to see him in the park.
A few days ago, he made a rare but correct call in a game when he called a batter out for not taking a full swing (AKA chop/bunt) during an at bat. It showed he has a clue and is aware of nuances and ebb and flow of the game. Good Job Blue - is now a sequel
Monday, June 7, 2010
http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2010/02/softball-injustice-fight-power.html Meaning The Sutton East Tennis Bubble had procured a signed contract with the City to keep the area under the 59TH Street Bridge as a Pay-to-Play Tennis Facility year round. Meaning: No more softball field.
The following is Andre account of the ensuing saga and his honorable victory:
"Now we all know that the field there is a bit of an eye sore and proportioned "uniquely" but the real issue was this was a public park and since when do we have a surplus of parks that we can just be selling them off? More importantly (and possibly selfishly) they're plenty of leagues and players that would be displaced and the ripple effect would more than likely bring more crowding to nearby Heckscher and Dewitt's fields. So during and after the meeting Andre and his brother began to realize that this contract the bubble had with the city wasn't as binding as they had feared and that if the Parks Department Commissioner (Adrien Benepe) wanted to throw it away due to public opinion - They could!!!
Following the initial Board Meeting some of the more "feisty" members of the public started gathering and meeting in preparation for the next meeting where the entire situation would be revisited. Andre told District Board Member Judith Schneider, in his closing comments, that "you're going to need a bigger room for the next meeting." Their were a total of three official meetings and he was right as each meeting got bigger and bigger. NY1 covered it along with The Post and The Daily News. A lot of players attended in softball jerseys. Andre even counted a couple of Empire jerseys. I think the final, and largest, meeting was on St. Patty's Day and was a complete slam dunk for the softball community.
Approximately 97% of attending board members, for District 8, voted on behalf of the ball players. Two days later Andre got the shortest and sweetest email in recent memory from a reliable insider: "Bubble coming down." And just like that- after all the months of meetings, emails, flyer's and the like. It was over. We had WON!!!!!
A lot of people helped right this wrong. From his perspective they were: Geoffrey Croft from the "NYC Parks Advocates" who gave them the legal perspective and gave his side some bite.
Ryan Donn from the (defending Champion) Cornell Alumni team-who got the word out to a large alumni audience.
Lee Morgenroth- Empire pitcher.
Graham Naud- who pounded the pavement with Andre hitting up what must have been every single bar/supermarket/boutique up and down the East Side pressing the flesh and passing out flyer's.
Ricky -who kept the story current on his blog. (I didn't do shit)
And Jessica Bondy and Bradley Cohen who maintained such a passion for the cause that they'd be out there right now dismantling the bubble with their bare hands if they could. But they won't have to.
The bubble comes down and goes into storage this Sunday, June 13TH.
2 related links at bottom for verification
Again Andre congrats - well done
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Well lately I have been coming-of-age as an Umpire working exclusively in the up and coming Red Hook and amazing Prospect Park Brooklyn neighborhoods. Where the nice people, park, fields, and brownstones pictured above can't but help remind me of beautiful Central Park and make me feel at home.
Excellent Wall Street umpire John Smith
has been a tremendous help in developing my umpiring skills, professionalism, and confidence.
An ump grows in Brooklyn
Friday, June 4, 2010
and it got me to thinking what music would most softball players play when it was their turn to hit (Let's not get into how many people would get arrested if large speakers were ever brought into a below 96th street field).
So thanks to some research and my disturbing imagination here is what I think what songs certain softball players would play when it was their turn at bat:
so I think he would pick "Encore" which is a song that Jay-Z's collaborated on with Linkin Park's hit single "Numb" . Nice Mix.
Moving on to a Movie theme, Edgar "the Natural" Gonzalez would pick the Theme song from the movie "The Natural," while of course John Rosenmiller leader of the Choice Parts would make the no brainer selection of the Evil Empire
Never Shy Championship Stud Pitcher Franny
While Frequent nightlife Aaron "Harroo" Fernandez
both our wedding songs:
(1) Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight" and
(2) Fabolous - Young'n (Holla Back)
yeah I know those sound like 2 pussy whipped choices but she deserves props for many reasons, and as a side note, she came up with the idea for this blog at the subway series Much Love and Kudos!!!!