Greg started for the homers, and since Greg is playing with a injured knee, there is no catching, but only pitching for him these days. Which is both a testament to his fortitude and the overall spirit of the MBC. We all play hurt, its just a matter of whether the injuries out-weigh the ability. So unless you can't walk or see, you have no excuses....
Satch started for the visitors, and felt lively as usual since I get to rehab my arm for four weeks after every game. We both were hampered a bit by Doc's "strike zone" but got through with enough strikes to make the game interesting. I struck out looking on my first at bat, on a perfectly placed inside fastball, in the one location I knew I couldn't get to. Not auspicious. But my team picked me up and we scored a few in the first.
We kept the game within reason for the first few innings, and the homers roared back to score a few. By the middle innings, it was close and by the end of the sixth when I departed from the bump, the homers had taken the lead, to the tune of 8-6. They were assisted by some tough grounders, a number of well-placed singles, interspersed with about 5 doubles.
Greg had mentioned before that he was in danger of losing a fourth consecutive MBC game, so I guess I was heartened by the fact that I had put him in a good position to break that cycle. Brian Phelps came in for one inning of work, followed by another Brian, resplendent in a early 70's Joe Rudi A's jersey.
Greg kept pumping for the homers and finished us off with little effort, for a 11-6 complete game win. Enjoy that stay-cation, Greg!
* The homers were a lot more focused on the game than we.
* For only having 15, the teams were both stocked with power.
* Adam definitely gets the MVP, he smoked the ball all day, had about 5 RBI's and was not fooled once.
* Jay, who was the one respondent to my email plea, showed up in the second, and was more than a little off-kilter. Somewhere between too much tequila and/or not enough Seroquel is how I would affectionately describe it. He managed to get some hits and was 100% in caught pop fly balls, but his bizarre warm-up batting routine and base-running left some of us a bit rankled. In his defense, when he showed up he warned me, in response to my email plea, that I needed to "be careful what [ I ] wished for...." Point taken. Hope you are doing alright, Mr. Cellini.
* I had a slider as the one pitch that worked for me all day. I managed to strike out Greg with it, who was too frozen to realize that it had been the third strike.
* Brian Phelps had the ugliest first hit of recent memory, he jumped backwards, then half chopped with the bat, to poke it over third base.
* Elvin played well, came through with some big at-bats, and appears to juicing, or wearing tighter t-shirts
* I took a page from Tony's playbook and started yelling cautioning base-coach instructions to the other team's runners from the mound
* Loren was inquiring about the parameters of getting a AOY 2015 nomination. I said the first thing is you got to show up regularly. Nice to see some interest.
* Brian Phelps made 2 spectacular catches in center, one to rob his best friend of an extra base hit....nice work asshole.
* Far too much talk about football in the dugout.
* Bob showed off the range at SS. He also reported that he was hit four times in one at bat last week. Pretty amazing.
* Thanks to Bob, Gaspar, Adam and Duane for catching.
* Gaspar had a quintessential gaspar hit to left, no way to really defend it.
* I would describe the weather as the coldest, hot muggy day I have seen in SF in quite a while.
Much needed rain this week, sunny on the weekend. Quit watching sports and start playing sports.