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Fruits and Loops
by Alex Ciepley
It was nice to see the Cubs finally put their losing streak behind them last night, though I missed it entirely due to an ending of another sort.
Last night, the mighty Bearcats played their final game of the year.
For those not in the know, the Bearcats are the super-scrubby softball team to which I belonged this season. We had some valiant moments throughout the year, but still ended up with a miserable record of three wins, eight losses, and one tie.
Two of our victories were due to forfeit, and the third victory came against the local Hooters squad.
We lost our last game, but the team played well, as we have in our last five contests or so. Since my debut on the diamond at second base/right field, I'd been wisely relegated to DH duties. Ideally, your DH is a big thumper who sucks in the field. In my case, I was a nonthumper who sucks in the field--I hit last in the lineup in every game I played.
Still, I like to think of myself as the secret bottom-of-the-order-leadoff-man, a la Adam Kennedy. I didn't really get many at-bats throughout the season, but I did end up a nifty 8-for-9 with a walk, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBIs. All eight of my hits were singles, usually dribblers I legged out, but hey, they're screaming line drives in my memory.
In the field, I finished the season with zero putouts and two errors. I think I'm a shoo-in to begin my streak of Gold Gloves when awards are handed out during the offseason.
But while I had fun playing with the Bearcats this year, I think I'm gonna use my mighty free agent status to wander towards pinker pastures.
I'm going to try out for NYC's gay softball league next year. Yeah, that's right: I have to "try out", because these folks don't mess around. There are five "tiers" of play, with six or so teams in each tier. I hear most people get to join a team, but these days it's popular enough that not everyone makes the cut. Like, the guys who make zero putouts and two errors when they take the field.
Hopefully I'll get in. I think it'd be a hoot. Fruity Softball, any takers?