August 7, 2004
Game 1 - Gothams 20 - New York Knickerbockers 15
Game 2 - Gothams 13 - Flemington Neshanock 4
Although Bob Murphy was not quite old enough to have announced Gotham games via the bullhorn, in memory of the Mets Fables announcer I'd like to provide the "Happy Recap" of today's events at the Old Bethpage Vintage Base Ball Festival times 2.
Game 1 vs. the Knickerbockers:
The Gothams mighty offense recovered from a four-run deficit before our first at bat with 4 aces or our own in the bottom of the first on consecutive hits from Digits, Shoeless, and Coach (a 3 bagger) and singles by Slider and Homer. Shoeless has Runner (who may become "Mixer") to thank for his aces in this game as his hamstring would not yet allow his prancing (see game 2 highlights) around the bases, Runner ran all day for our hammy-hampered ballist. The real fireworks happened in the 2nd inning as the mighty Gothams tallied 12 aces! After one out we had 8 straight hits, a second out by Arnie (a knickerbocker helping us out), and 7 more consecutive hits before the Gothams were retired. Coach, Trolley, and Slider had the only extra base hits, although Trolley should have had 2 doubles, but the Captain was knocked off his feet by a mysterious gust of Wind while rounding 1st and had to settle for a single. The Gotham bats slowed down after that as we only added 2 aces in the 4th and 2 more aces in the 8th. More importantly Trolley had to work hard to slow the fleet running of Slider, who begged and pleaded to keep running.. With a large lead we displayed the proper gentlemanly behavior of not "rubbing it in" by stealing bases with such a large lead. The Knickerbockers tallied a single ace in the 3rd, 3 aces in both the 5th and 6th innings, and 2 more in the 7th and 9th to make the final score Gothams 20, Knickerbockers 15. Stacks hurled a fine game and has also learned during a failed run-down that the hurler must cover home rather than eat cracker jacks while watching the play in front of him. Overall, there was fine defense throughout including a hard line drive caught by Digits, a few foul tips caught by Trolley, and everything caught by Coach at shortstop.
Individual Stats are as follows:
Digits - 5-7, 1 2B, 4 Aces, 1 SB
Shoeless - 5-7, 4 Aces, 2 SB (thanks to Runner) Coach - 5-6, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 Aces, 1 SB Trolley - 3-6, 1 2B, 2 Aces, 1 SB Slider - 4-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 4 SB Stacks - 3-7, 1 Ace, 1 SB Homer - 4-6, 2 Aces, 2 SB Runner - 1-6, 1 Ace, 2 SB Arnie - 3-5, 1 Ace, 1 Caught by hidden ball trick
Game 2 vs. Flemington Neshanock:
Once again the Gothams fall behind in the 1st as the Neshanock tally 2 aces. The second inning was the Gothams big inning again as we tallied 8 times to take the lead and the spirit from our friends (and recent teammates) from New Jersey for good. Trolley, Slider, and Stacks got the ball rolling by each singling and stealing 2nd & 3rd before tallying an ace. Homer and Runner also followed with singles and stolen bases. Digits feared that he would have to steal bases as well, but he solved that problem by popping up to the hurler for the second out, thus avoiding running the bases. Shoeless finally felt man enough to run the bases for himself and promptly got caught up in a run-down between 1st and 2nd after hitting safely, and luckily scampered to 3rd on an overthrow. Apparently he did not remember how the running of the bases is accomplished, luckily, a gurney was not necessary this time. Coach, Trolley and Slider added additional hits to finish up the scoring. The Gothams were then Chicagoed for the next 4 innings. After tallying an ace in the 3rd the Neshanock were Chicagoed as well for 4 innings, highlighted by the Neshanock Captain Brooklyn throwing his bat in disgust after foul-tipping the ball to Trolley for the 2nd consecutive at bat (one of which was on a diving stab). The Gotham bats awoke again in the 7th with 3 aces on a string of hits and steals from Trolley, Slider, Runner, 2-Bag, and Digits. Slider, Stacks, Homer & Runner strung together 4 straight singles for 2 additional aces in the 8th to push the score to 13-3 in favor of the Gothams. The Neshanock added 1 ace in the bottom of the 8th, but were Chicagoed again in the 9th to record the final score to the Gothams of 13-4. For the second straight game a combination of a powerful 2nd inning, fine hurling by Stacks, and splendiferous defense, the Gothams were victorious.
Digits - 2-6, 2 SB
Shoeless - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace
Coach - 2-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB, 1 over-running of 1st base Trolley - 3-5, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 3 SB Slider - 4-5, 1 2B, 3 Aces, 4 SB Stacks - 3-5, 2 Aces, 2 SB Homer - 3-5, 1 Ace, 3 SB Runner - 3-6, 2 Aces, 3 SB 2-Bag - 1-6, 1 SB
Overall, a fine performance by the Gothams today as we claimed our first 2 victories without the founder of our team, the infamous and indubitable Drew "Wilkes Booth" Frady. Some inklings and rumblings of ballists believe the absence of Spike had something to do with it, but he will be welcomed back for the next match vs. the Atlantics on the 22nd
Milkmaids no more.