April 9, 2011
Game 1 - Gothams 16 - New York Mutuals 3
Game 2 - Gothams 25 - New York Mutuals 12
Old Bethpage, NY - 4/19/2011
In very suspicious circumstances, that are still being investigated by higher powers, the New York Mutuals retain control of the NY-NJ Cup. Apparently, the Flemington Neshanock "made a scheduling mistake, and they could not make the trip to Old Bethpage." Conveniently, since Flemington did not show up the Mutuals keep the cup. One has to wonder if they heard the accounts about how much the Gotham BBC improved and were too afraid to put the cup on the line. Well as we shall see, their fears were justified.
April 9, 2011 was one of the first beautiful days of the year, with perfect weather for the Gotham BBC of New York to play base ball against the New York Mutuals at Old Bethpage Restoration Village.
The Gotham BBC began the match as strikers and Collector, Monk and Scratch could not get away from 4th base. In the bottom of the 1st frame, the Gotham BBC manufactured 2 aces for the Mutuals with Stacks expecting Monk to have a 4 foot vertical leap and catch Stacks' throw from 3rd to 1st.
In the top of the 2nd frame, Keystone began his torrid offense by making it around the bases with a one base hit, stolen base and one base hit by Flytrap. Flytrap would eventually come home on Stacks' one base hit.
In the bottom of the 2nd frame the Gotham BBC had its first 1-2-3 inning of the season with Scratch making a superb out behind the 4th base. Remarkably, the Gotham BBC held the Mutuals scoreless until the 7th frame with Scratch making some more impressive outs.
In the top of the 3rd frame, Wickets hit a 1 base hit and stole 2 bases. However, the vaunted Gotham thundersticks of Collector, Monk and Scratch failed to bring him home. This did not deter the rest of the team who continued to add aces to the Gotham tally. In the top of the 4th frame, Keystone hit the Gotham BBC's first 2 base hit of the season and scored on Flytraps 1 base hit. Again in the top of the 5th frame, Wickets got to 3rd base but Collector, Monk and Scratch failed to bring him home. In the top of the 7th frame, finally Collector, Monk and Scratch proved their ability to score aces. By the end of the 7th frame the score was Gotham BBC 12 Mutuals 3.
In the 8th and 9th frames the Gotham BBC scored 4 more aces and Scratch made some more very impressive outs behind 4th base. The final score was Gotham BBC 16 NY Mutuals 3.
Collector, lf 2-5, 4 sb, 2 a, 3 o
Monk, 1b 2-5, 2 sb, 1 a, 4 o
Scrach, c 2-5, 1 2b, 1 sb, 1 a, 4 o
Sleepy, 2b 3-6, 1 2b, 2 sb, 3 a, 3 o
Keystone, ss 5-5, 2 2b, 4 sb, 5 a, 0 o
Flytrap, cf 5-5, 1 2b, 6 sb, 4 a, 0 o
Bugs, rf 0-5, 0 a, 5 o
Stacks, 3b 2-5, 1 sb, 0 a, 3 o
Hanky, 2b 2-5, 2 sb, 0 a, 3 o
Wickets, p 2-4, 4 sb, 0 a, 2 o
After a 20 minute break the Gotham BBC ran onto the field to play the second game on this glorious day. This game began the same as the first with the Mutuals scoring two in their half of the frame and the top of the Gotham order - Collector, Wickets and Scratch getting outs. In the 2nd frame the Mutuals were held scoreless and the Gotham BBC scored 3 aces. During that half of the frame, Collector pointed out the unmanliness of catching balls off the first bound. Ladd of the Mutuals realized Collectors issues were debatable and countered with his own pithy arguments. Needless to say, the two engaged in a serious discussion about the merits of their side and both teams enjoyed the witty repartee for the next few innings.
In the top of the 3rd frame the Mutuals scored 2 more aces and the Gotham BBC responded with 7 of their own. Wickets started off with a 2 base hit, a stolen base and came home on Scratch's 2 base hit. Scratch would eventually come home on Sleepy's 1 base hit. Sleepy selfishly took it upon himself to get himself an ace by stealing every base, Huzzah! Bugs collected the first 3 base hit of the season and scored on Hanky's 1 base hit. Stacks got the Gotham's first base on balls and scored on Collector's 1 base hit. By the end of the 3rd frame the score was Gotham BBC 10 Mutuals 4.
2 more frames of debate without a clear winner of the unmanliness debate Mutuals' Captain Big Bat decided to end it with a draw. Fortunately Ladd and Collector agreed that their side was the winner and kept their peace.
In the top of the 5 frame, Scratch threw a clean throw to 2nd base tender Hanky to catch a Mutual trying to steal Hanky's base. That's the way to own it Hanky!
For the rest of the match, the Gotham BBC scored more aces eventually scoring 26 of them with every Gotham participating in the hit parade. In the top of the 9th, the Gotham BBC made the game a bit interesting. Every Gotham either did not catch the ball or threw it to the cranks, except for Sleepy because he was sitting on the bench (Well that's an exaggeration but it sure seemed like it.) We allowed the Mutuals to score a number of runs. Fortunately, Scratch put an end to our misery by making the final out.
For the second match the score was Gotham BBC 28 Mutuals 12.
Collector, lf 4-6, 1 2b, 2 sb, 1 a, 2 o
Wickets, p 2-6, 1 2b, 2 sb, 2 a, 4 o
Scratch, c 4-6, 2 2b, 2 sb, 4 a, 2 o
Sleepy, 2b 5-6, 2 2b, 8 sb, 5 a, 2 o
Keystone, ss 5-6, 5 sb, 4 a, 2 o
Flytrap, cf 3-6, 1 2b, 1 sb, 2 a, 3 o
Monk, 1b 2-6, 1 sb, 1 a, 4 o
Bugs, rf 4-6, 1 3b, 2 a, 2 o
Hanky, 2b 4-6, 1 2b, 1 sb, 2 a, 3 o
Stacks, 3b 3-4, 1 bb, 1 2b, 2 sb, 2 a, 2 o
Heroes of the day:
Gotham teammate the team is happiest to see return - Scratch
Professor of the day (read: nerd) - Collector (for his erudition regarding manliness and base ball)
Players with the most Gotham practices (1) this off season who still can't play defense - Stacks and Monk
Impressive offensive outburst - Hanky
1st game Offense - Keystone
1st game Defense - Scratch
2nd game Offense - Sleepy
2nd game Defense - Scratch