Obb's Bar Softball

August 4, 2011

Obb’s Bar Softball…An Above-Average Team.

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Obb’s Bar put on quite the show last week in front of a record number of the fans; and the fans rewarded the team this week by coming back and seeing this bipolar team at their best…and worst.  As an unbiased party in all of this all I can say is wow…. just wow.  It’s not often you can comment on how big the balls of a team are, but with the way Obb’s came back from a disappointing  first game, I’d say they hang pretty close to the ground.  Much of the credit has to go to Skip, to mentally prepare his team for a game against one of the league’s best and to intentionally make the last out of the first game so he would hit last in the second one!  In my personal opinion, he is right up along there with Jesus Christ, both as a martyr and a motivator.   It’s been a privilege to blog on this team and I know that some of you will be moving on to bigger and better things like family life, marriage and Virginia…as for the rest of you, there will be a full evaluation on your performance both on and off the field and you will be receiving something in the mail letting you know if you have been invited back to play or if the team has decided to go in a different direction.

A more lengthy season in review and awards post will be coming within a week.  I am heading up to the cabin this weekend and would like to put the time and effort the blog deserves into that post. 

Also, I have some good news and bad news.  Good News:  As of right now we have an extra $120ish from the season left over.  I collected it  because they were charging a non-resident fee for each team.  Since we have all but one person who was not a resident of West St Paul I assumed they would collect it.  I’m guessing since I have not turned the roster in as of yet, they do not know that and will not be collecting it.  Bad News:  They may not invite us back next year because we have not turned in a roster and I have not spoken to the guy in charge since about May.  So we will see how that plays out.  More Good News: Since we have that extra dough, I thought we could have a team kegger at Lars’ to spend that extra money.  Since a keg might be about $90 or so, that might leave us with about $30 for meat to grill.  You better bet that I will keep you updated on this situation.

Player of the Week:   Anyone who played the second game on field two.

It was another close battle this week; the fans put up quite the fight, not only did everyone return but we added Lewis’ sister!  But alas, the true heroes this week was the team.  The thing that stood out to me was the resilience of the team and how they fought back, and thats not even mentioning they ran out of beer 1 inning into the game.  Skip was quite happy with the effort, “It was great to end the season like that, the team really pulled together and I don’t even think Jared said anything stupid during that game.  We hit the ball pretty well and played good defense, other than a dropped fly ball and a muffed ground ball I felt we put a good effort in.  When history looks back on this season and this team, I think they’ll remember just how special this moment was…for everyone involved”.

Not-Player of the Week:   Anyone who played the first game on field one

There was some pretty good competition for this spot, even two guys who went 0-for…I won’t say who though (you can find out if you just check the stats from this week on the right).  Ultimately though, anyone who is involved in a 7-inning SLOW PITCH softball game against a team we 10-runned the first game of the year and then gets SHUT OUT by definitely takes the cake.  I honestly think that may have been one of the more embarrassing things I have gone through.  Sure you can blame a bit of it on the sun but seriously, a team can have two hits in a row and usually score a run on that (unless Lars is running).  Skip wasn’t the happiest, “You know, there is an old custom that some softball players do that I think is pretty stupid.  Sometimes on their last game, where they know they are not going to play anymore, they will walk out to the field, put their spikes on the pitching rubber and walk away for good.  I was thinking about doing that after this game; except for replace ‘spikes on the pitching rubber’ with ‘go buy a shotgun’ and ‘walk away for good’ with ‘walk to each of my players house’s and shoot them in the fucking face’…ultimately I decided against that…and I think it worked out ok for us”.

Player of the Week:   The Fans!

What a week for the fans to show up.  We had a wife, two fiancée’s, a girlfriend, a mom, a dad, and a dog show up to cheer is on this week – that’s 7 more people than I thought would show up.  Skip knew how much that meant to the team, “We play this game for one reason and one reason only, the fans.  That’s what we pay good money to play this game, so our friends and family can enjoy watching us play and watching Jared freak out over stupid shit”.

Not-Player of the Week:   Russell Depuydt (2-7, .286 BA, 1 Run, 2 RBI’s, 2 Total Bases)

Not a bad week from the middle infielder but compared to the rest of the team, Russell’s performance paled in comparison.  He did a good job defensively; turning a big double play in the first game pitcher’s duel, but could only muster two singles in seven at-bats.  Skip had some inspiring comments about his performance “I think Russ has done a good job for us this year, played some pretty good D but the rover got him in game two.  They knew exactly where Russ was going to hit it.  I just wish he could have hit from 2nd base, and then maybe he could have hit a ball to the fence.  But there is a silver lining, even with this sub-par performance he still has better stats than Nolan.  What, you don’t believe me?  Check out the stats”.

Motivational Video of the Week:

Music Video of the Week:

 

August 1, 2011

Last Games of the Year

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It is with a heavy heart that I sit here one last time and preview Obb’s Bar Softball team this summer.  It has been an up and down year for the boys, marked by consistent inconsistency.  Skip has thrown almost every lineup he could think of (even traveling to Ireland for a week) to light a fire and the team just has not responded.  Their defense has been shaky, at times not being able to field a ground ball.  Their offense has been enigmatic, at times spraying lasers all over the field and then flailing  at a ball traveling 10 MPH, grounding into 11 double-plays and striking out 3 times (one looking, one swinging and one foul-out).  But through all of this, Skip has been steadfast.  This team has had the luxury of a manager who provides statistical analysis, gives games previews, game recaps, opens their mind to new musical artists, gets them pumped up for the upcoming game, gives them inspiration (along with inspirational videos), provides an injury report, makes the lineup, finds reserve players (with a little help), sets up a schedule so there is beer, leads by example on the field, provides moral support, keeps things loose on the bench, defends his players from loud mouth outfielders and most importantly, is a friend.

Still through all of this, there is a question of whether this team will even be .500.  So at last, the responsibility lies on you, the players.  Skip has put you in a position to end the season with a positive experience and a chance…what you do with that chance is up to you.  I just hope you take this serious enough that when you lay your head down on that pillow tomorrow night, you can live with yourself.

We have the early games this week and since it is the last week, we will be going to Obb’s Bar after and everyone is invited so we hope you all come.  No one has told me they can not make it so it looks like we will have 11.

Injury Report:

  • Nolan Miller (Tummy Ache – Probable)
  • Justin Redman (Borderline Personality Disorder– Questionable)

Lineup:

  1. Patrick (RF)
  2. Jared (C/1B/2B)
  3. Schmiez (CF)
  4. Birch (P/C/2B)
  5. Lars (1B/2B)
  6. Lew (P/C/1B)
  7. Reds (SS)
  8. Stevens (3B)
  9. Penz (LF)
  10. Russ (MI)
  11. Nolan (C/2B/1B)

Bringer of Beer:  Penz

Inspirational Video of the Week:

Video to Get You Pumped Up:

Music Video of the Week:

July 28, 2011

More wins than losses

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Following the worst performance of the year, Obb’s Bar followed Skippers lead and played one of their most complete weeks of the year.  Their offense was hitting lasers all over the field, chatter in the dugout was at an all time high and I can count the amount of errors we had on Patrick’s bruised right hand.  More importantly, the 2-0 week pushed Obb’s overall record to 11-10-1 on the year, keeping the slim hope of an above .500 record alive.  Before we get to players 0′ the week, let’s give out a couple props:  Schmiez had a great week, hitting 2 home runs and 6 rbi (of the team’s 11 rbi) in the first game alone and extended his RBI, HR, Total bases and slugging percentage lead…he also moved into a three-way tie for the GIDP lead, it’s a close race going down to the last week of the season! 

Player of the Week:   The Fans!

What a week for the fans to show up.  We had a wife, two fiancée’s, a girlfriend, a mom, a dad, and a dog show up to cheer is on this week – that’s 7 more people than I thought would show up.  Skip knew how much that meant to the team, “We play this game for one reason and one reason only, the fans.  That’s what we pay good money to play this game, so our friends and family can enjoy watching us play and watching Jared freak out over stupid shit”.

Not-Player of the Week:   Russell Depuydt (2-7, .286 BA, 1 Run, 2 RBI’s, 2 Total Bases)

Not a bad week from the middle infielder but compared to the rest of the team, Russell’s performance paled in comparison.  He did a good job defensively; turning a big double play in the first game pitcher’s duel, but could only muster two singles in seven at-bats.  Skip had some inspiring comments about his performance “I think Russ has done a good job for us this year, played some pretty good D but the rover got him in game two.  They knew exactly where Russ was going to hit it.  I just wish he could have hit from 2nd base, and then maybe he could have hit a ball to the fence.  But there is a silver lining, even with this sub-par performance he still has better stats than Nolan.  What, you don’t believe me?  Check out the stats”.

Inspirational Video of the Week:

Music Video of the Week:

July 25, 2011

Games Preview

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As a manager, and a friend, I have always tried to be 100% real with all of you.  That is why I can honestly say that this game preview will not be up to my normal standard.  As much of you know, today the NFL players and owners agreed on a new CBA which effectively ended the lockout.  Therefore, I have spent the little extra time I have had today researching how this will affect my fantasy football team, my keepers, free agents and my draft strategy (and a little of the Twins being embarrassed).  I wish I could say I feel sorry about this, but I don’t, a team of underachievers like us really doesn’t garner that type of sympathy.

Schmiez will be making his triumphant return and hopefully now we will be able to get a hit with runners on base.  Sadly, Nolan will not be able to make it this week.  He attended a bachelor party in South Dakota this week and had one too many wine coolers and now his tummy hurts.  We will be playing the late games this week, first at 8:00 on field 1, then 9:00 on field 2.  As always, I hope you enjoy the great content below…

Fun Stat of the Week:  We have grounded into 10 double plays this year…in softball…slow-pitch softball…that’s an average of 1 per week…way to go guys!

Injury Report:

  • Nolan Miller (Tummy Ache – 1 Week)
  • Andrew Schmiesing (Sore back from carrying team on it – Questionable)

Lineup:

  1. Patrick (RF)
  2. Jared (C/1B/2B)
  3. Schmiez (CF)
  4. Birch (P/C/2B)
  5. Lars (1B/2B)
  6. Lew (P/C/1B)
  7. Reds (SS)
  8. Stevens (3B)
  9. Penz (LF)
  10. Russ (MI)

Bringer of Beer:  Stevens

Inspirational Video of the Week: 

Music Video of the Week:

July 21, 2011

Sub-Par Season Hits New Low

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My job on the blog here is to cover the happenings, season hijinx and, most importantly, keep the stats for Obb’s Bar Softball Team.  It’s hard not to get attached to the guys during the season because I am around them for 2 hours every Tuesday and most of them are decent human beings.  It was hard to watch the games on Tuesday, and not because of the outrageous heat, and it was very unfortunate that they had a season-high 3 fans in the audience.  The game was riddled with blown calls, most going against Obb’s, but the umpire was the least of the teams problems.  I really cannot point out one thing they did above-average; in the field they couldn’t field, throw or catch.  Offensively, they grounded into two double plays, could not get a clutch hit to save their life and only had 7 extra base hits in 78 plate appearances.  And the worst thing about it was they tied and lost to two teams that were not even close to as good as they were.  The last two weeks covering this team will be bittersweet for me; sad because there will be no more softball to play and happy because I won’t have to watch this below average team play anymore shitty than they already are.  

Player of the Week:   Patrick Swanson (6-7, .857 BA, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI’s, 3 Runs, 10 Total Bases, 1 GIDP)

Second time this year that A) a not player of the week is now player of the week and B) Player of the week grounded into a double play.  Patrick’s numbers weren’t amazing, but they were the best we had.  Skip added “It was nice to see Patrick rise to the occasion this week.  I challenged him personally by putting him last in the lineup and he responded well.  I’m not sure if moving him out of that spot would help him or not; decisions like that make me lose sleep at night”.  Side note, Patrick now has more home runs than Jared, Birch and Russ COMBINED!

Not-Player of the Week:   Caleb Stevens (2-8, .250 BA, 1 Run, 3 RBI’s, 2 Total Bases, 2 FC)

Another disappointing week from the third baseman, only being able to muster 2 total bases in 8 at-bats and countless foul tips over the backstop.  Skipper vented a little bit of frustration after the game about the performance “I spoke to Caleb before the games and congratulated him on the birth of his first daughter, I wanted to make sure his head was where it needed to be.  Unfortunately, it seems that he wasn’t 100% here this week and I put a little bit of the blame on myself.  Caleb already has a son and I thought that the previous experience with having him would have helped.  I just pray to god that his son isn’t able to ever read because if he stumbles upon this blog in the future and reads about how much of a failure his father has been…well let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.”

Inspirational Video of the Week:

Music Video of the Week:

July 18, 2011

Game Preview

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Hello all fans and players to another great week of softball with this great team I like to call Obb’s Bar.  I couldn’t have picked any better people to share this medicore year with.  This week is going to be really really hot and really really muggy, the mvp this week will have to be the Bringer of Beer or our whole team is going to die out there.  On the bright side, we do play the two late games at 8:00 and 9:00 on field 1 so it shouldn’t be THAT bad.  Everyone will be able to make it this week but Schmiez and he only leads the team in triples, home runs, RBI’s, sluggin percentage, OPS and total bases; so whatever. 

Injury Report:

  • Nolan Miller (Vaginoplasty – Probable)
  • Caleb Stevens (Bringer of a human life into this world – Questionable)
  • Andrew Schmiesing (Sore back from carrying team on it – 1 Week)

Lineup:

  1. Birch (P/C/2B)
  2. Jared (CF)
  3. Lars (1B/2B)
  4. Lew (P/C/1B)
  5. Reds (SS)
  6. Stevens (3B)
  7. Nolan (C/1B/2B)
  8. Penz (LF)
  9. Russ (MI)
  10. Patrick (RF)

Bringer of Beer:  Jared (From his strikeout week)

Motivational Video of the Week:

Music Video of the Week:

July 14, 2011

Same Ol’ Story, Same Ol’ Song & Dance

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There are only 3 things certain in life; death, taxes and Obb’s Softball Team going 1-1 every week.  Another week down and another mediocre performance.  In the first game, Obb’s came out a bit slow (weird, I know) and fell into an early hole against a bad bad team.  Luckily the other team was shitty enough that any ball Obb’s put in play was a hit and the game ended in a 10-run rule.  The second game I can only describe as frustrating.  Obb’s played a good team and actually hit and played defense with them (sans 1 inning).  The only problem Obb’s had is they could not find the clutch hit to push them over the top.  In 6 innings of at-bats, 13 men were left on base!  As a result, Obb’s was soon 10-runned themselves.

Some interesting observations and records from the games:  First, despite having some of their so called “big boppers” gone this week, Obb’s set a season-high in batting average for one week at .592.  Obb’s also had a season-high 5 walks, one drawn by Adam Lewis; this leaves Ryan Larson and Skipper Redman as the only two regulars that have not drawn a walk this year — stay strong guys!  Finally, probably the most impressive stat of the week, Obb’s also set a season-high in beers drank at 48 (and that’s not even including the beers consumed at the bar after!).

 

Player of the Week:   Skipper Redman (7-8, .875 BA, 3 2B’s, 1 HR, 5 RBI’s, 2 Runs, 13 Total Bases)

I don’t know if it is possible to put this performance into words; it’s like trying to describe color to a person who’s been blind since birth.  If you were to combine Michael Cuddyer’s grit, Jose Bautista’s power, Omar Vizquel’s defense, Derek Jeter’s ability to be captain and Albert Puljos’ everything, that still wouldn’t add up to HALF of the performance that we were all witness to.  I feel dirty trying to describe what I saw in words…lets just hear it straight from Skip : “Ya know, there’s a certain feelin you get when you’re real and you spit and people are feeling your shit.  I knew the team was looking up to me, i’ve known all year that I am the person, no…the MAN that they are expecting to see greatness from every week.  And i’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to take the spotlight every week, i’ll let Schmiez hit his home runs and get his press, i’ll let Lars and Jared have a good week and stand out of the spotlight so they can get theirs.  But I live for moments like this, I breath for moments like this, and when I feel the team needs me, I will deliver.  Here’s the deal, i’m the best there is, plain and simple, I wake up in the morning and piss excellence and nobody can hang with my stuff, i’m just a big hairy American winning machine.”

Not-Player of the Week:   Patrick Swanson (2-6, .333 BA, 1 BB, 1 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 Total Base)

Tough week to be not-player of the week, but somebody has to…and why not stick it with the youngest guy on the team (and the guy who is leading the team in strikeouts *cough*)  1 run and 1 rbi in slow pitch softball is pretty non-existent and Skip echoed that sentiment: “It was tough not having Pat there this week, he’s a solid defensive guy in the outfield and when he gets on base he can create some havoc with that speed and he really makes our team better.”  When reminded that Patrick was in fact there this week and had 7 plate appearances, Skip expanded on his comments; “Oh..well yeah I mean he did do a good job this week of…ya know catching the balls that he could and swinging…and when he was on base he definitely ran…so that’s a plus…and ya know at least he was there to drink some of the beer…wait he’s not 21?”  Skip declined further comment and an ongoing investigation into allegations of underage drinking is underway by the West St. Paul Police.

Motivational Music Video of the Week:

Bad Ass Music Video of the Week:

July 12, 2011

UPDATE

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Good news this morning as Birch will be able to make it to tonights games this gives us 10 guys (looks like that is our goal now every week). That obviously changes our lineup and defense even though we will be missing about 60% of our home runs this week.

Lineup:
1. Penz (LF)
2. Birch (P/RF)
3. Jared (LCF)
4. Lars (1B)
5. Lew (P/RF)
6. Reds (SS)
7. Russ (3B)
8. Patrick (RCF)
9. Andrew Swanson (2B)
10. Anthony (C)

July 11, 2011

Short-Handed Game Preview

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Hey everybody, we will be a little bit short-handed this week as 4 guys can not make it.  At the moment, we only have 9 people but we will hopefully get one more guy before the game.  The past couple weeks have run together a bit because all we do is go 1-1, lets see if we can’t change that this week. 

This week we have the early games, at 6 and 7.  We were going to head out to Obb’s Bar after the games since we will be done a bit early, as always, everyone is invited.  The injury list is a little long this week, so let’s get to it.

Injury Report:

  • Nolan Miller (Breast Reduction Surgery – 1 Week)
  • Caleb Stevens (Bringer of a human life into this world – 1 Week)
  • Andrew Schmiesing (Sore back from carrying team on it – 2 Weeks)
  • Andrew Birchem (Witness protection program participant – 2 – 6 Weeks)

Lineup:

  1. Penz (CF)
  2. Jared (LF)
  3. Lars (1B)
  4. Lew (P)
  5. Reds (SS)
  6. Russ (3B)
  7. Patrick (RF)
  8. Andrew Swanson (2B)
  9. Anthony (C)
  10. –None as of yet–

Bringer of Beer:  Lew

Motivational Video of the Week:

Music Video of the Week:

July 6, 2011

What Do You Want From Me?

Filed under: Uncategorized — redma032 @ 10:55 PM

I really don’t know what you all want from me.  You expect me to come up with timely, topical posts about our team and the same old shit happens every week.  Oh we played a team that we should have beat, played laxidasical defense, didn’t have any timely hitting and lost by a couple.  Then we played a better team, shored up our defense, came up with some timely hitting and won.  So, until we play differently either the first or second game, then I will keep saying the same stuff.  However, I will not put you through the horror of not being able to read the post-game stats and interviews.

There is one side note that I would like to mention.  Jared (who did NOT make Not-Player of the Week) got himself into the strikeout column…TWICE.  Not only does he have to deal with the embarrassment of doing that twice but he has to pay up –  Lets do the math together — One strikeout looking = a case of beer; One strikeout swinging = a 12-pack.  24+12=36 Beers…HOORAY FOR US!

Player of the Week:   Ryan Larson (7-9, .778 BA, 2 2B’s, 1 HR, 3 RBI’s, 3 Runs, 12 Total Bases)

Solid effect by Lars, not too flashy, not huge numbers but effective.  He is the first player to be the Player of the Week and Not-Player of the Week in one season, something that nobody can take away from him…ever!  All he needs to do now is find a bat that works.  Let’s hear what Skipper had to say, “You know, I’m not the type of manager that likes to pat himself on the back but I am taking full credit for Lars’ performance this week.  I often have to massage my players ego’s and I feel like when I called him out a few weeks back he took a step back and really examined the type of ballplayer he wants to be.”  Looking at Larson’s stats since Skip called him out (14-18, 7 RBI, 21 Total Bases) I would say that Skip has done it again!  

 Not-Player of the Week:   Nolan Miller (1-8, .125 BA, 1 BB, 0 Runs, 0 RBI, 1 Total Base, 1 GIDP)

Ugly performance, both offensively and defensively from Mr. Miller this week.  But I have been informed that he did pull into a tie for second place for a stat this week……Oh, it was for GIDP?  Yikes.  Skip spoke about Nolan after the game, “It’s been a tough year for Nolan, he had his nose broken up in Walker, then re-broken, then re-broken again, then finally had plastic surgery to get that all fixed, and now he looks just as bad as he did before it was broke in the first place.  He’s also been trying to adjust to the speed of this game; overall I think slowpitch softball is the game for him.  You don’t need to be athletic, the ball is coming in slow so you don’t need bat-speed, you can be fat, I mean this is the game for him.  Also, i’m sure he hears what the rest of the team says about him behind his back.  How the whole team makes fun of the way he looks/plays/fields/throws/sounds/talks/acts and not to mention what they say about his personality, that has to take a toll on him.”  When asked to get back onto topic about Nolan’s performance, Skip was brief, “Yeah he had a couple hard hit balls that were outs, but ya know what they say – ‘excuses are like balls, everyone’s got two’ – well except for Nolan.”

Inspirational Video of the Week:

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