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”.
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