Empty Pitchers




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Additions: Ted and Melissa
Departures: Tim (temporary injury) and Anne-Marie (moved to Florida)
How could we forget?: Amy, Annette, Casie, Connie, Jason, Kyle, Lisa and Theresa

Back left-right:    Ted, Keith, Scott, Ryan, Jamie, Melissa, Andrew, Jessica
Front left-right:    Courtney, Anne Marie, Sarah, Ruthie and Jami


Regular Season Results
W 18-11
Final Round Ram Rod
L 21-10
GT Bombers
W 12-11
Arizona Devils
W 17-16
Churchills
W 15-1
Massage Envy
L 11-9
Plan B
L 17-11
The Band-Aids
Playoff
W 14-4
Churchills
L 11-9
GT Bombers
7-0  ( 19 / 5  )    GT Bombers
6-1  ( 16 / 10 )   The Band Aids
4-3  ( 13 / 13 )   Empty Pitchers
4-3  ( 15 / 9 )     Arizona Devils
3-4  ( 11 / 13 )   Plan B
2-5  (  9 / 17 )     FR RamRod
1-6  (  7 / 14 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-7  (  5 / 16 )    Massage Envy

Season Awards
MVP: Andrew Gattuso
Most Improved Player (must have one full season): Tie: Courtney, Jessica and Ryan
Asst GM Award: Courtney for having a hand in bringing Amy, Casie, Connie Jason, Kyle
Most Sensitive Player: Keith
Co-Rookies of the season: Melissa and Ted
Most Not Named Raoul: Jami


New Season: League of Champions
Location: Play leaves Kiwanis Park and returns to Dawson Field, located on Warner & Hardy just east of I-10. You can't miss it with all the bright lights on the north side of the road. If you can't find it, just head to Half Moon Sports Grill at Elliot & Kyrene and we'll meet up with you after the game.

Fresh Faces: Ted replaces Tim, who is having thumb surgery. Melissa replaces AM, who is moving to Florida. Casie will make her debut as a sub in Week 2. I'm also searching hard for someone to don a large beer pitcher costume with arms as our mascot.

Unfamiliar Teams: GT Bombers went 7-0 last season in D-League. Not much is known about Churchills Bubbles N Squeak, Arizona Devils nor Massage Envy, but I'm sure we'll ground, pop, douse and buff all four of 'em.

Time-Tested Teams: Rematches with Final Round Ram Rod and The Band-Aids highlight our schedule. We will also face Plan B by Atomic Pools for the first time in a real game, not a Daley scrimmage from seasons past. The only team from our past seasons that would truly initimidate me would be a mirror team of ourselves.

Same Ol' Attitude: Patience at the plate taking a first pitch, good basecoaching/running, hitting cutoffs, avoiding throws allowing baserunners to advance, having fun and emptying pitchers!


Standings  [Runs For/Against]
1-0  [18/11]  Empty Pitchers
1-0  [15/4]     GT Bombers
1-0  [15/5]     Churchill's B'n'S
1-0  [14/9]     The Band Aids
0-1  [11/18]   FR RamRod
0-1  [4/15]     Arizona Devils
0-1  [5/14]     Massage Envy
0-1  [9/14]     Plan B by Atomic Pools


Concessions at Dawson
Sept 3rd  - Load up on dogs, chips and soda before and after games. $5 combo for all the above-mentioned!

Band-Aid Scrimmage Roundup
Sept 3rd  - Band-Aids did a great job bringing music and cupcakes for us. Short a few players, we loaned 'em a ringer and all got plenty of at-bats and positions played. Like youth sports of today, there were no losers...

On Deck

Final Round RamRod

0-0 9pm

AWOL: Jami (no sub), Ted?

Last season, the RamRods opened an 8-1 lead thanks to Jamie's booted grounders at SS. This time, EP will feature its strongest lineup yet. Ted, who made his EP sub debut against FRRR, makes his fulltime debut against FRRR.

Ted was instrumental to our 15-9 comeback win. Scott tossed curveballs to the FRRR ringers. EP played fundemental ball holding runners by not forcing plays which allowed runners to advance.

Defensively, FRRR plays solid D so it'll be shots over the infield that carry us to victory. The leftside of their infield has some former college ballplayers so best to minimize their opportunities.

Lastly, and most importantly, this'll be Anne-Marie's last game before she moves to Florida. Let's send her out a winner with a full belly of hotdogs and soda!

Pregame Party - Dogs & sodas at 8pm at the concession stands with Anne-Marie. There are no batting cages here so we'll watch Churchills swap errors with Massage Envy whilest we eat light chow. Should be a perfect weather (written without checking a single weather report).


Game Recap: Hoorahs & Hits for Anne Marie
Sept 7th,'08 - 4 innings:
Empty Pitchers 18, Final Round Ram Rod 11

Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field. Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field. Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field. Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field. Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field.

Other than Scott's leadoff HR, we won with small ball and errors by their team. Pregame swings and a firm batters box allowed the O to shift into cruise control. Or was it magic via Anne Marie? Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field.

After two matchups we now know FRRR to be a competitive and spirited team. A couple of their guys and girls can mash. However, aside from one attempt, their righties and lefties avoided RF all night. Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field.

Without mentioning Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field this paragraph, EP scored seven runs in the 1st with the potential for more had Jamie not thought AM's magic would get her home safely, especially with Scott fresh off a homer coming to bat with bases loaded. It wasn't until EP had a double-digit lead that FRRR strung, weaved and knitted together good hits. However, our strength - the lord of softball: defense - flexed its muscle, mind and might to unravel any stitchings of a meaningful rally sweater.

Notables: 3 dogs in the dugout; dogs before the game; Melissa made her EP debut, went 2 for 3 and covered 1B for Jami; the team presented Anne Marie with a signed ball for her mantle in Florida (see pics below); Anne Marie will be missed on and off the field

Gone/Subs: Jami (DNP - no sub)

Standings  [Avg Runs For/Against]
1-0  [18/11]  Empty Pitchers
1-0  [15/4]     GT Bombers
1-0  [15/5]     Churchill's B'n'S
1-0  [14/9]     The Band Aids
0-1  [11/18]   FR RamRod
0-1  [4/15]     Arizona Devils
0-1  [5/14]     Massage Envy
0-1  [9/14]     Plan B by Atomic Pools


Brawls mar early games
Sept 9th  - One game suspensions were handed out by city of Tempe early this week as opening week featured two old bitter rivals: the Band-Aids and Plan B.

GT Bombers 15, AZ Devils 4
Band-Aids 14, Plan B 9
Churchills 15, Massage Envy 5
EPs 18, FR RamRod 11

Teammate links
Sept 8th  - Bored? Check em out:
On Deck

GT Bombers (15/4)

0-0 9pm

AWOL: Jessica (Casie), Ruthie (Shannon), Jami (no sub), Andrew (no sub)

Casie makes an EP debut while the Gattuso's tour Spain and Ruthie presents her case to our country's Supreme Court.

Little's known about GT Bombers except they went 7-0 in their D division last season. Since their opponent last week, Arizona Devils, is also foreign to us, advanced scouting and breakdown of any data will not lead to victory dances and/or jigs. Hence, we will rely on patience and execution to warrant victory moves worthy of an award on Soul Train.

GT Get Down - Warm up throwing and swinging at 8:30pm. Anything prior is for supporting the concession stand. Value alert: $1 snow cones; $1 gummybears; $5 jumbo dog + chips + drink.


Game Recap: Jami Juggles RF for AM
Sept 7th,'08 - 5 innings:
GT Bombers 21, Empty Pitchers 10

Team manager emailed league director, Richard King, informing him the Bombers belong in the next division up. The team's worst hitter was able to crack a double late in the game to save himself from team ridicule (they were a noisy bunch within themselves but didn't put much effort in to engage us).

In the first inning, after Scott scored the only run, Jamie tested the 1B's arm on a 6-3 fielder's choice running from 2B to 3B. She gunned the ball in time for the tag getting the 3rd out and double play, which could have been avoided if Jamie was tough enough to slide.

GT was solid in all 10 spots on the field. Their pitcher threw low strikes on most pitches. We had a couple ok innings at the plate but the lack of errors by GT kept rallies to a minimum.

Defensively, Scott fielded not dodged lasers up the middle. Casie did a fine job in her debut working 2B, though Melissa got little work at 1B since few grounders were playable for the left side of the infield. Jami did a great job in RF as she rehabs away from 1B, but the rest of the OF may choose to forget this game. If an OF were determined/stuck remembering something, let it be the solid relay throws all night.

Keith's Unsensitive Spin:: "Not too much to say about it, except that when the EPs get mercy-ruled, we're not playing a D-league team!"

Notables: Courtney was tough enough to slide in for a double;

Gone/Subs: Andrew (none), Jessica (Casie), Ruthie (none)

Standings  (Run differential)
2-0  ( +22 )    GT Bombers
2-0  ( +21 )    The Band Aids
1-1  (  +5  )     Arizona Devils
1-1  (  -1  )     FR RamRod
1-1  (  -4  )     Empty Pitchers
1-1  (  -6  )     Churchill's B'n'S
0-2  ( -16 )    Massage Envy
0-2  ( -21 )    Plan B by Atomic Pools


Weekend scores
Sept 16th  - AZ Devils rebounded from a 4 run effort to unload 27 runs against Plan B.

Band-Aids 22, Churchills 6
FR RamRod 16, Massage Envy 10
AZ Devils 27, Plan B 11
GT Bombers 21, EPs 10,

From the ER
Sept 16th   - Scott's wrist is unbruised from last week and Jami's thumb is coming along nicely. She experienced minor discomfort batting but t'was expected.

From the Autobahn
Sept 16th   - Shannon suffered no injuries, her vehicle only slight damage on the way to the game. It's unsure how much her presence would have slowed the GT Bombers. If only she had crashed into one of their players on the way to the game.

On Deck

Arizona Devils ( +5 )

1-1 7pm

AWOL: Sarah (Casie)

After two weeks, both EP and AzD have played GTB. They lost 15-4, we lost 21-10. Both teams gave up 11 runs in their other game and both scored 18+ runs. This should be a good matchup.

Watching AzD play Plan B before our game, they got in good grooves and took advantage of mistakes in the outfield to sustain innings.

Paraphrasing one of our players, last week's game was really needed practice for our outfield. Our outfield doesn't get as much play as our infield, so think of it as a learning experience to gain good tidbits for future games, such as this week.

Lauren says our opponent the following week, Churchill's, is "easy-peasy" so let's pterodactyl claw out a win this week to position ourselves for a 3-1 start.

Down and Devil Dirty - Warmup at 6:30pm. Quick bite and a drink after the game?


Game Recap: Rightous Rally to Dump Devils
Sept 21st,'08 - 5 innings:
Empty Pitchers 12, Arizona Devils 11

Andrew and Jessica arrived at Tempe Sports Complex and with grande grins said "Es bueno estar columpiando en béisbol otra vez!" That means it's good to be swinging at softballs again.

AZ Devils feature a quick pitching machine with good control. Their SS has good range with a strong yet not always accurate arm. Just ask Melissa's leg. Offensively, a couple of their girls have pull and a couple guys have power to drive the ball. But their men spent the night popping the ball up shallow enough for our infield to record outs.

Both teams took advantage of infield errors for the first four innings but neither team created much separation because neither team could hit the OF gaps.

The winning rally in the bottom of the 5th-inning featured nothing but singles and errors. The first five batters: Andrew, Courtney, Jamie, Melissa and Ted all scored. When Ryan, hitless for the the night, approached the plate, EP had a runner on 3B with 2 outs. Ryan worked the pitcher for the perfect pitch and crushed it hard down the 3rd base line.

Aside from the Band-Aids, it appears the Empty Pitchers have faced the top teams in the division and come away 2-1. Everyone on the team should be happy (but not more than happy because psychologically that sounds unhealthy) and use the next few games to tune itself for a strong playoff run.

Notables: The team recorded it's first 6-4-3 double play with Andrew, Melissa and Jami making the turn; one fan and one dog in the stands; Jamie has reached base safely in every at-bat this season, though he was aided this game by two errors at 2B; Keith's new glove scared the ball from coming anywhere close to RC on the fly; PLAY OF THE GAME: In a game featuring double-plays and game-winnng hits, Andrew's deep snare at short and long throw to 1B in-time was one of his finest; the team is 2-0 when Jamie eats a $5 jumbo dog combo from the concession stand before games.

Gone/Subs: None

Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
3-0  ( 18 / 7  )    GT Bombers
2-1  ( 14 / 11 )   The Band Aids
2-1  ( 14 / 15 )   Empty Pitchers
2-1  ( 12 / 12 )   FR RamRod
1-2  ( 14 / 13 )   Arizona Devils
1-2  (  9 / 12 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-3  (  8 / 16 )    Massage Envy
0-3  ( 10 / 21 )   Plan B


Around the league
Sept 22nd  - Plan B, short three players, forfeits while Bombers bash The Band-Aids, short a girl in the OF.

Massage Envy 7, Plan B 0
EP 13, AZ Devils 12
FR RamRod 8, Churchills 7
GT Bombers 17, Band-Aids 6

Around other divisions
Sept 22nd  - Remember the Rounders and elderly Cytec Patriots from last season sitting in the cellar? Cytec is 3-0 and Rounders 2-1 at Kiwanis' SE field.

Mark your calendars
Sept 22nd  - On Oct 12th at 6pm we play Plan B, our friends from numerous Daley scrimmages. Their manager, Lee, asked us last night if we'd like to all get drinks after the game.

On Oct 19th, The Band-Aids would like to play a "theme" game with us. Lauren is thinking a prom theme with prom music thoughout. It may cost ~$10 at a thrift store for a funny outfit but it'll likely be worth the $10 for the lifetime memory... because we likely won't remember any other games when we're sitting on a rocker at age 85.

From the ER
Sept 22nd   - Jami experienced no pain in her thumb while Melissa took a throw from SS into her calf as she reached 1st safely.

On Deck

Churchills Bubbles n Squeek ( 9/12 )

1-2    7pm

AWOL: Sarah (Casie)

Churchill’s is a full service restaurant and bar situated in Chandler, Arizona. Excellent food, good pints of beer and a friendly, atmosphere in the great British pub tradition. Churchill’s is broadcasting all the live sport from Setanta sports channel!

Watch the 6 Nations, England Home matches (including the Wallabies & All Blacks), the English Premiership, Gaelic Football matches, Scottish Premier League, Serie A, GAA, FA Cup, English Super League, Celtic League Rugby & much more.

Oh yes, they have a softball team. Churchills unloaded 15 runs on Massage Envy in their first game but have since dropped only 6 and 7 runs against the RamRods and BandAids respectively. Now that both our outfield and infield have each had a game to shake out rust, a clean game should burst their bubbles and end their horrid squeeking.

Modern glove - gets me to the church on time - Warmup at 6:30pm. Jamie will eat a jumbo dog combo before the game loaded with tomatoes and jalepenos from the condiment tray.


Game Recap: Rally Revision 2.0
Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
4-0  ( 17 / 6  )    GT Bombers
3-1  ( 15 / 10 )   The Band Aids
3-1  ( 15 / 15 )   Empty Pitchers
2-2  ( 14 / 11 )   Arizona Devils
2-2  ( 11 / 13 )   FR RamRod
1-3  ( 11 / 13 )   Churchill's B'n'S
1-4  (  6 / 15 )    Massage Envy
0-4  (  7 / 18 )     Plan B


Around the league
Sept 29th  - No surprises this week except for Churchill's near-win.

Band-Aids 17, FR RamRod 7
EP 17, Churchills 16
GT Bombers 14 Plan B 2
AZ Devils 13, Massage Envy 3

Dog days behind team?
Sept 29th  - The concession stand was gone. No more combo dog deals for $5? The team was 2-0 when concession items were purchased.

If you can take 34"
Sept 29th  - Jami b(r)ought a Miken Nemesis. Learn more about this bat.
Brand new when it arrived, about 20 practice pop-ups were hit to break it in. Would it be enough?

Jami says:
I'm very happy with it and expect continued high performance as it is broken in.


Keith says:
Ohhhhhhhhh! Haha! I really like the new bat. It's got lots of pop, and it's lightweight, super-vacu-formed aluminum, and it looks pretty.

On Deck
6pm:  Band-Aids @ AZ Devils
7pm:  Churchills @ Bombers
9pm:  Plan B @ FR RamRod

Massage Envy ( 6/15 )

1-2    8pm - Away

AWOL: Sarah, Ted

After Massage Envy finishes their first inning in the field, just remember: not all of them likely washed their hands.

Have those players just handled the softball? By softball, I mean the one the blues toss into play. Did I need to call 'em blues and not umps? I wasn't trying to be dirty.

If we can play defense like we did the first four innings last week, this game shouldn't be difficult. We'll practice at 5pm next week before our 6pm game vs Plan B.

As Andrew spins it:  "As long as we don't pop up or strike out, we challenge the other team to make plays. That's how errors occur and we score more runs."

If anybody needs a good massage therapist who is not just buff n' fluff, Jamie recommends Carol Segelke at 602-330-7636. She is in downtown Gilbert and is a medical masseuse. She is excellent at removing knots.

Getting touchy / feely - Warmup at 7:30pm. It's highly unlikely we'll be getting free rubdowns before or after the game. Same goes for food and drinks. Food and drinks next week after our 6pm game with Plan B.


Game Recap: Massage Empty
Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
5-0  ( 18 / 5  )    GT Bombers
4-1  ( 15 / 10 )   The Band Aids
4-1  ( 15 / 12 )   Empty Pitchers
2-3  ( 13 / 11 )   Arizona Devils
2-3  ( 10 / 13 )   FR RamRod
1-4  (  9 / 13 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-4  (  9 / 16 )    Plan B
1-4  (  5 / 15 )    Massage Envy


EP MadLibs #1:
Oct 5th  - Rules: Use all lowercase and make nouns plural.
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Social Calendar
Oct 11th  - Jessica's bday @ the Gattuso's Bar & Country Kitchen
Oct 12th: Post-game w/Plan B
Oct 31st: Ruthie's Halloween Party

Around the league
Oct 5th  - BUSTED! GT Bombers have been using illegal bats but no word on punishment.

Band-Aids 15, AZ Devils 11
GT Bombers 21, Churchills 3
EP 15, Massage Envy 1
Plan B 15, FR RamRod 10

On Deck
7pm:  Massage Envy @ Band-Aids
8pm:  FR RamRod @ Bombers
9pm:  AZ Devils @ Churchills

Plan B - 9 RF / 16 RA

1-4    6pm - Home

AWOL: Ruthie (?), Jami (Casie), Sarah (Amy)

Get ready for our first regular game against our scrimmage partner. After dropping their first four games and getting behind early against FR RamRod, Plan B busted out a gutty 15 run performance for their first victory.

Their guys, such as Lee and Isaac, have plenty of experience and danger in their bats. Unfortunately, they lost most of their females due to pregnancies and have all new girls. Only Courtney provides real pop at the plate.

Plan B's pitcher, Kory, is tall, lanky, accurate and talkative. Scouting hasn't seen any curves so we should have good pitches to launch over their infield.

Amy, from Keith's and Courtney's Friday night team, Free Agents, will be making her EP debut.

Plan A - Warmup at 5:00pm. We'll have the field to practice grounders and long flies.
Plan C - Food and drinks with Plan B afterwards at the nearby Tilted Kilt, Half Moon or Dos Gringos.


Mad Libs #1 - Why Ruthie Missed Last Week

Can you pick the real reason Ruthie missed the game?

My experience at a Rubber Factory watching football..... Well.... first of all.... who seriously goes to a Rubber Factory for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to the Rubber Factory at noon and did not leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old Doorknob Peckinpaws start buying you limes at noon. I really do not remember watching much football at all. It is really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and lowly grunts all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 hacksaws throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is a Short Sheeter. 8 hours and $0 later... I find myself flimsy and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It is actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.

My experience at a Children's Hospital watching football..... Well.... first of all.... who seriously goes to a Children's Hospital for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to the Children's Hospital at noon and did not leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old pockets start buying you fudgesickles at noon. I really do not remember watching much football at all. It is really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and ORCHIDS all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 glass eyes throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is a janitor. 8 hours and $215 later... I find myself scruffy and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It is actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.

My experience at a school watching football..... Well.... first of all.... who seriously goes to a school for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to the school at noon and did not leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old trees start buying you butterflies at noon. I really do not remember watching much football at all. It is really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and STUDENTS all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 dogs throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is a teacher. 8 hours and $1 later... I find myself pretty and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It is actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.

My experience at my junk watching football..... Well.... first of all.... who seriously goes to my junk for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to my junk at noon and did not leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old Palin brain cells start buying you herpes sores at noon. I really do not remember watching much football at all. It is really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and MCLOVINS all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 gay pandas throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is a sex machine. 8 hours and $1/2 later... I find myself grade A sexified and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It is actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.

My experience at a retirement home watching football..... Well.... first of all.... who seriously goes to a retirement home for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to the retirement home at noon and did not leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old cats start buying you trucks at noon. I really do not remember watching much football at all. It is really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and GEESE all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 trees throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is a plumber. 8 hours and $19 later... I find myself happy and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It is actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.

My experience at a strip club watching football.....Well.... First of all.... Who seriously goes to a strip club for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to the bar at noon and didn't leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old men start buying you shots at noon. I really don't remember watching much football at all. Its really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and NAKED GIRLS all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 lap dances throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is the bartender. 8 hours and $6 later... I find myself drunk and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It's actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.

My experience at a airplane watching football..... Well.... first of all.... who seriously goes to a airplane for 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP!!! Thats right 8 hours!!!!!!!!! I got to the airplane at noon and did not leave til 8:00 P.M. This is what happens when old cups start buying you barf bags at noon. I really do not remember watching much football at all. It is really hard to watch when you have NO sound on the TV... REALLY loud music and PEOPLE all over the place. LOL... I think my friends had 9 papers throughout the day. What a waste of money... I only went there to hang out with my friend who is a wild animal trainer. 8 hours and $12 later... I find myself hot and with no way to get to my softball game at 7:00. I think this is a DAM GOOD EXCUSE!!! It is actually the only excuse that will work from now on if you want to be a TRUE Empty Pitcher. I definitely emptied plenty of pitchers on Sunday.


Game Recap: Power Outage, Architects at Fault
Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
6-0  ( 19 / 5  )    GT Bombers
5-1  ( 15 / 9 )   The Band Aids
4-2  ( 14 / 12 )   Empty Pitchers
3-3  ( 13 / 10 )   Arizona Devils
2-4  ( 10 / 15 )    Plan B
2-4  (  9 / 15 )   FR RamRod
1-5  (  8 / 14 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-5  (  5 / 15 )    Massage Envy


Real Rockers
Oct 17th  - In preparation against The Band Aids, the team jammed with jack & cokes at the Gattuso's party on Rock Band. Jessica thrashed 100% on guitar while Courtney belted lead vocals. Jamie dabbled on the drums while Flea (Andrew) ambidextrously worked the bass and rhythm guitar.

Around the league
Oct 16th  - Bomber's legal bats produce big runs while Churchills are blanked.

Plan B 11, EP 9
Band-Aids 18, Massage Envy 6
GT Bombers, 25, RamRod 4
AZ Devils 12, Churchills 0

On Deck
6pm:  Massage Envy @ Bombers
7pm:  AZ Devils @ FR RamRod
9pm:  Plan B @ Churchills

The Band-Aids

5-1    8pm - Home

AWOL: Courtney (Connie), Melissa (Connie), Sarah (?)

The Band-Aids have been dealing with roster issues as well but have continued to play well. Should both teams win their opening playoff game, this week will be a preview of the 2nd round.

For the third consecutive week we'll be playing short 3 players but with a good supply of subs. Courtney will be in SF running her 1st half-marathon while Melissa will be visiting her sister as an aunt now!

We'll be playing for the inaugural Band-Aid Pitcher Trophy. Let's get the first win engraved on the trophy... err written on a giant bandaid with a felt tip marker and slapped on the plastic pitcher.

Band-Aid Breakdown: Arrive at 7:30pm for warm-up and stick around for a few minutes after for the trophy awarding. Is "awarding" an actual verb? "Rewarding" is often used as both an adjective and an adverb.

Plan B / Empty Pitcher softball pics - Old West Style


Game Recap: Ripped Off Band-Aid Exposes Unhealed Wound
Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
7-0  ( 19 / 5  )    GT Bombers
6-1  ( 16 / 10 )   The Band Aids
4-3  ( 13 / 13 )   Empty Pitchers
4-3  ( 15 / 9 )   Arizona Devils
3-4  ( 11 / 13 )    Plan B
2-5  (  9 / 17 )   FR RamRod
1-6  (  7 / 14 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-7  (  5 / 16 )    Massage Envy


Playoffs
Oct 21st  - GT Bombers has been "relocated" to another division's tourney, bumping The Band-Aids to a #1 seed and Empty Pitchers to a #2 seed. Our first round opponent will be Churchill's.

Plan B, who started 0-4, won their final three games and snagged the #4 seed. They play Jet Action, an 0-7 team from another division, setting up a potential 2nd round rematch with The Band-Aids.

If we win, next week we play the AZ Devil/FRRR winner at 7pm. The winner of that game will immediately play at 8pm for the championship, likely against the Band Aids.

Offseason Scrimmages
Oct 22nd  - Three teams: Plan B, Free Agents (Courtney, Keith, Amy and Connie's team) and Victorious Secret (in Free Agents' Friday night league) have all expressed interest in double-header scrimmages this offseason. Likely do 2 games from 4pm-6pm at Daley using both fields once each in Nov, Dec and Jan.

Around the league
Oct 16th  - Bomber's legal bats produce big runs while Churchills are blanked.

GT Bombers 18, Massage Envy 6
AZ Devils 27, FR RamRod 8
BandAids 17, EP 11
Plan B 14, Churchills 4

Playoff Schedule

(#1) The Band Aids  (16/10)
(#8) Massage Envy  (5/16)

(#4) Plan B  (11/13)
(#5) Jet Action  (0-7 record) 

(#3) Arizona Devils  (15/9)
(#6) Final Round Ram Rod (9/17)

(#2) Empty Pitchers  (13/13)
(#7) Churchills Bubbles N Squeak  (7/14) 

Churchills Bubbles N Squeak

1-6    9pm - Home

AWOL: Nobody !

Basics - on offense: take your first pitch and use smart baserunning. Everyone should set a goal of each seeing 8-10 pitches this game. If you take your first pitch, swing at your second pitch and bat 4 times, you'll see at least 8 pitches. We've historically batted much better taking first pitches.

Defensively, OF's keep the ball in front and hit cutoffs; IF's know before the pitch where the play is but don't force anything uncomfortable - go for the safest play.

Only two teams have given up more than 7 runs to Churchill's: Massage Envy (15) and Empty Pitchers (16). When not at the plate, our team goal is keeping 'em from scoring 9 runs. That'll be our team goal for each of our playoff games.

From our past game: #88, their catcher loves to grab and hand us our bats because the team has little faith throwing to her and it's her only action; their female at 3B is their best infielder; their pitcher is decent; they got only one ball past our OF; their SS has good range but a wild arm; overall this team has potential but they seem to doom themselves.

Andrew and Jamie will both wear pants for the remaining games to eliminate any hesitance to slide.

Churchills Chalk-up: 7:15pm -- light food and maybe one round of sodas at The Tilted Kilt before the game? Otherwise, warmup at 8:30pm at the field.


Game Recap: Team Finds Gems at Pitcher's Mound and in Outfield
Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
7-0  ( 19 / 5  )    GT Bombers
6-1  ( 16 / 10 )   The Band Aids
4-3  ( 13 / 13 )   Empty Pitchers
4-3  ( 15 / 9 )   Arizona Devils
3-4  ( 11 / 13 )    Plan B
2-5  (  9 / 17 )   FR RamRod
1-6  (  7 / 14 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-7  (  5 / 16 )    Massage Envy


Ruthie's Halloween Party
Oct 27th  - This Friday night and supposedly costumes are not to be something your grandma would approve of. Contact Ruthie or Jamie if you need more information. You should easily find her email in the team emails.

Pizza w/ Band-Aids
Oct 27th  - Jamie misspoke. The party is Nov 8th at 4pm at Peter Piper on McClintock and Baseline.

Offseason Scrimmages
Oct 27th  - Plan B, Free Agents (Keith's & Court's team) and Victorious Secret have committed - word is being awaited from Massage Envy about playing a once/month scrimmage doubleheader on Sundays from 4pm-6pm at Daley Park. The first scrimmages will be held tentatively on Nov 23rd.

Playoff Performances
Oct 27th  - No surprises but Plan B won with only 8 players after digging an early deficit.

Band-Aids 15, Massage Envy 7
Plan B 15, Jet Action 9
AZ Devils 24, FR RamRod 3
Empty Pitchers 14, Churchills 4

Playoff Schedule

6pm - Semifinal
(#1) The Band Aids  (16/10)
(#4) Plan B  (11/13)

7pm - Semifinal
(#3) Arizona Devils  (15/9)
(#2) Empty Pitchers  (13/13)

8pm - Championship Game

Arizona Devils

4-3    7pm - Home

AWOL:

Our semifinal game replays a 12-11 EP victory. AZ Devils seems to have hit their stride the past few games, mercy-ruling our friends, Final Round Ram Rod, in the first round.

Notes from our previous game: AZ Devils feature a quick pitching machine with good control. Their SS has good range with a strong yet not always accurate arm. Just ask Melissa's leg. Offensively, a couple of their girls have pull and a couple guys have power to drive the ball. But their men spent the night popping the ball up shallow enough for our infield to record outs.

AZ Devils has a guy with a belly and mustache who crushed one over the fence this past weekend. He'll need to be jammed inside with pitches. The rest of the team should hit catchable flies. Their girls are slow so if OF's quickly hit cutoffs, we should maintain easy forceouts.

Should we win, we will immediately play the championship game after our game at 8pm against the Band-Aid/Plan B winner. Plan B's pitcher, Cory, crushed a RF homerun but can hit all directions while Noel of The Band-Aids should be played every pitch back at the fence.

Final weekend fun - It all begins with the Band-Aids / Plan B rematch at 6pm. Last time Noel took out Lee at 3B. These teams purely hate each other. League director, Richard King, will be on-hand to ensure no fights break out!


Game Recap: Last Inning Clutch Hitting Clogs Empty Pitcher Championship Hopes
Standings  (Avg Runs For/Against)
7-0  ( 19 / 5  )    GT Bombers
6-1  ( 16 / 10 )   The Band Aids
4-3  ( 13 / 13 )   Empty Pitchers
4-3  ( 15 / 9 )   Arizona Devils
3-4  ( 11 / 13 )    Plan B
2-5  (  9 / 17 )   FR RamRod
1-6  (  7 / 14 )    Churchill's B'n'S
1-7  (  5 / 16 )    Massage Envy


Playoff Performances
Oct 27th  - No surprises but Plan B won with only 8 players after digging an early deficit.

Semifinals:
Band-Aids 15, Plan B 7
GT Bombers 11, Empty Pitchers 9

Championship: GT Bombers 17, Band-Aids 9

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