The night was warm as the black and pinks faced off on the dirt field at Cambridge Common. Many of the Spaceballs sported a gold-ringed sock on their right legs to commemorate the Boston Bruin’s historic Stanley Cup victory (though the “Bruin Fan Award” goes to Munt & Flip Vet JP who brought his replica Stanley Cup to the field and bar).
With bases loaded, Brennan then laced a sac fly into left field scoring fleet-footed Chris from third.
“Well at the time I got up there,” said Brennan. “I had just realized that the bases were loaded which didn't leave me a ton of room to bunt. So true to form I said, ‘Well, let’s just shoe the SOB and see where she lands.’ No fly is better than a fly with a sac behind it.”
While it wasn’t a blow out, it never felt particularly close as the Spaceballs’ defense was sparkling, their only allowed run coming on an overthrow by Big to first.
Game MVP and “Hero for a Day” Chris had the catch of the day in left field saving at least one run.
“It felt nice to make that catch, awkward as it may have been,” said Chris. “I used my big fat head to clamp the ball against it. I’m a big damn hero.”
Other players on the team stepped up, as well, as the Spaceballs were faced with an unprecedented number of absent fielders, leading to a stretched depth chart. Rookie Matty played his first game at third base and excelled despite the pressure.
Many of Gone to Plaid then made their way to the bar where they, once again, dominated rivals Blue Steel at the flip cup table, led by the plucky Angel, who was unmatched in first flip landings.
The Spaceballs look forward to their next game against the Fresh Kicks of BallAir.
Because of their passion for the sport, however, both teams decided to give the crowd a show and play for nothing but honor and bragging rights.
With a final score of 4-0, Gone to Plaid was blanked for the first time in six seasons of kickball, but Captain Big was optimistic.
“It’s tough to take a rec team up against a squad like Pitch Intense and expect to put up crooked numbers,” said the captain. “It’s like triple-A against the Major League. That said, I’m really happy with our team’s defense tonight. We showed a lot of pluck and tenacity to stay after it despite being the overwhelming underdogs.”
“It was wonderful to have kickball back in my life,” said Leigh. “I learned that it is better to catch the ball instead of trying to direct it to the second basewoman with your eye socket. But I still hope to bring that same aggression to the base paths next week. I also learned that it is hard to hear cute guys make fun of your outfit when you are wearing a hollowed-out kickball on your head.”
The other outfielder to come up huge making use of both arms and face on a run-stealing catch was rookie Shelby. Shelby missed last week with a nasty case of Dengue Fever, so most sources were doubtful of her match fitness. However, the gutsy fielder took her spot in left field and came up big with a tough catch on a hard-kicked ball that she did will to hold onto.
When asked about her technique, Shelby quipped, “All I know is that, for most of us, the kickball field isn't the first or last place we'll be getting hit in the face by a ball.”
The Spaceballs learned lessons all night, on the field and off.
“I learned a valuable lesson last night,” said Seamus. “A personal 2 liters of rum & coke are a bad idea unless you are planning to pick up an order of Crab Rangoon from the Mexican Chinese place and a chicken parm calzone from a pizza shop on the walk home from the T.”
Words to live by.
Gone to Plaid is looking forward to a return to form the second half of the season with an eye on a rematch against Intense in the Finals.
“We’ll be ready,” said Big. “Our strategy may include the addition of fast-acting laxatives to their Gatorade or itching powder in their jock straps, but we’ll be ready.”