Friday, July 8, 2016

7/3/16 Fourth of July Doubleheader

What a day for a couple of ballgames.  It was sunny when we started and frigid by the time we ended.  Game started promptly at 11, first pitch.   Elvin and his friends brought out the big guns, canopy, reclining chairs, all the necessities to help us make it a great day.
The teams fell out, approximately 15 on each side, and in attendance were several of the old guard, including Mr Johnny Bartlett, who took the third sack and brought Boudin sausages, natch.

Most of the specifics escape me, so I will try to do a recap and highlights as I remember them.  First and foremost, the final scores.

Game 1: Final Score: Visitors- 15-8

Game 2: Final Score Visitors- 10-8

The first game was a well contested affair until the end when the wheels came off for the homers.  Greg started for the homers and Lattig for the visitors.  Some great defense, and not too many problems with the constant change of players, to allow for everyone to play the same amount. Though on the losing squad, Brian Phelps got the hit of the game, with an the in-the-park home run, to deep right.  Apparently he was mocked at the plate by Bob about getting a real hit, rather than another chickenshit opposite field hit.  Way to kick the hive, Bob.

The BBQ was great as usual, helped in part by the families that came out to support their players and helps organize things.  Elvin's friends, as I mentioned were also very helpful with a range of things.  Mike Lattig gave  very nice speech to welcome the newest AOY to the club, Mr. Mitchell Burnham.  True to his laid back (off the diamond, at least) nature, Mitch's speech consisted of, "Thank you, guys."

We started the second game, Satch going for the visitors and Tony for the homers.  I threw 5 innings, gave up two runs, had a few strikeouts, felt good, got a K on a knuckleball, which is always fun.  I bowed out to John Carey and Mitch took over for the homers.

Going into the last few innings of the second game, the score was 10-3 and the homers mounted a huge comeback that almost worked, John Carey was on the mound, and the homers were taking their walks.  However, someone forgot to tell the high school kid that everyone was taking walks, and with the tying run was on 2nd, he chose not to walk, thinking that he would be the hero.  Instead, the final out was recorded and the visitors had won both games.


* JT brought his family out, and then had the best day of his life at the plate, putting on a hitting clinic, going 5-5 in the first game, and nearly the same in the second.

* Mitch was duped by Milo, who made him throw 38 pitches on a batting practice before the 6th inning, entirely ruining Mitch's ability to throw strikes from 60 feet.  Milo, amazingly, had the gall to tell Mitch afterwards that he would have swung sooner if he had thrown him anything worth hitting.  We all got a little nervous that Mt. St. Burnham would erupt, but luckily, he kept his cool.

* Sean rung up Milo with an extreme "YERRR out" call at third on a pick off play, sending Milo into a huge funk.  Sometimes we need to remember that kids take this stuff more seriously than we do....

* I managed to hit the ball to the same place almost every time, luckily that place was deep left center.  Finally, the outfielders started playing me at 390

* This is about where Phelp's HR landed

*  John Nero came home, I don't know if it is for good or not.

* In addtion to the AOY awarding, other awards given: Sean received the Best Dressed award, and Elvin (left-handed) was awarded his second Rookie of the Year,.  Most Improved was not awarded, as no one improved.  The Deserter trophy should have gone to everyone who ever moved to Portland.

* Chris Powell stole every base he could

* There were a lot of bad throws to first, including several from the outfield  courtesy of James who was trying to throw everyone out at first

* The soundtrack for this year's game included: Django Reinhardt, Lester Young, Bill Evans, The Stooges, and Vince Guaraldi.

* Some broken bats, including Bob's which broke completely off at the handle.

* Elvin had quite a few hits

* The food was a step up this year, seaweed salad,  several types of sausages.
   * The food was a step up this year, seaweed salad,  several types of sausages.

* Bob was hit his first at bat.  And then again.  And then John got grazed. its a family affair

* Thanks to all the catchers of the day

* And the weirdest part of the game, a man in a Technicolor trench coat led a goat across the outfield in the latter part of the second game.  If you don't believe me, here is the evidence....Freedom!!!!

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