Archive for May, 2009

WAKA Live – Playoffs – Final Round

May 20, 2009

To see all the pictures taken at the playoffs, follow the link below. Thanks to Nicole:)

http://picasaweb.google.com/Nicolebree/KickballPlayoffsWinter2009?feat=email#

Thanks to everyone that came out for our last game of the season. It was a blast. And a special thanks to all the kickballers that got together and donated to Sarah’s Surgery Fund. We raised over $600 for her, and it is MUCH appreciated.

Great season everyone! Hope to see each and everyone of you back for the summer league!

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WAKA Live – WInter Season Champs… none other than:

Relax and Let It Happen

Another magical season came to a close last night at Gillis Park.  Thanks to the league for providing the keg behind the tree and I am proud to say we contributed to the jello shot cause.  It’s a real honor to now have a piece of the namesake of the league trophy, now referred to as the Relax Cup.  Special thanks to Lacy for playing with us, even though simply being forced to stand on our sideline seemed as though it was going to make her violently ill.  Initially I was worried that she thought we were all bad people but I learned she mostly means Jay.  After he barked at one of us for something I cannot even remember she turned to me and said, “I keep waiting for laser beams to shoot out of his eyes!”  So do the girls on our roster, Lacy.  And now for some game recaps.
First up for us was “You Like Like I Need a Drink” who absolutely believed they could beat us last night.  It was almost kind of cute.  Much respect for bringing your own music out.  We even threw the ball around enough to allow them in for a run.  Loso went down in a heap after a tag play at home with what appeared to be a hyperextended knee.  At first we of course made fun of her for not only being out by a mile but falling on her face immediately afterwards.  Then, when it was apparent she was in fact crying, we realized it was more serious than we all thought.  However, if you think Loso is going to let a wounded knee get between her and a championship you are dead wrong.  Not only did she come out in the field so that we could play our full compliment of dudes, but she even kicked strictly sacrifices which actually got her on base once or twice.  Other than Lindsey, and a beautiful relay to home between me, Jay and Justin, it was a very lackluster effort. We will just chalk it up to nerves as the three-peat was important to all of us.  YLLINAD’s catcher made repeated great plays on our bunts which kept a lot of runners off the basepaths, nice work out there.
Next up came our old arch rivals which go by a different name every season but always feature the same cast of characters.  A solid, veteran group but when they play us they might as well be the Washington Generals.  They did a remarkable job of limiting our explosive offense with smart fielding but we maintained a comfortable lead that lasted throughout.  Renee began a two game stretch of some of her best kickball of the season in this game (minus trying to field the ball with her feet).  Honestly all of our girls contributed mightily last night.  Nancy was a little gun-shy at first out there but once she realized the big red ball was the one we were playing with she worked out a nice little relay routine with Hunter.  Big Stacy also contributed a few clutch RKI’s in the last inning to push the final to 4-0.  Eliminate you next year, Rock!
Finally, the matchup we had all been waiting for…or the game where everyone hoped someone would finally beat us so they gathered around the field.  The Freebasers have no shortage of speed (I think this sentence could be a veiled drug reference looking at it but I am not all that familiar with what you can and cannot freebase.  I’ll do some extensive research in the offseason).  We knew our hands would be full but it did not take long to get some runs on the board.  Seemingly every inning the Freebasers applied pressure with their offense but we never cracked and managed to get through five innings allowing only one run.  In case no one has noticed yet here, we are fucking good.  We had pushed the lead to 4-1 when the lights literally went out on us, causing about a fifteen minute delay.  Once we got the lights up and running again (thanks Cameron) we recaptured our focus and then tacked on three more runs to push the final margin to 7-1.  There was bried pandemonium around the mound and we got to hoist our new trophy, one named for our accomplishments.
See you all in the summer where we might possibly be debuting a developmental team.
Now for a few closing words from Ron Artest:
“Uh, wow. I understand it’s the playoffs. I remember when I used to play back home in the neighborhood there were always games like that. I remember one time, one of my friends, he was playing basketball and they were winning the game. It was so competitive, they broke off a piece of leg from a table and they threw it and it went right through his heart and he died right on the court.”
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Kids in Rehab

Kids “bunted” in the end, barely miss the finals AND Andre’s still crying…

Having your ass handed to you before the start of the season.  Not so great.
Coming back with a vengence as the #11 seed.  Amazing.
Listening to Andre cry about the supposed “blindside of the year”. Priceless.
As of Tuesday, 5/19/09:
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Great season Kids in Rehab, we were the only true Live team standing in the top 4 teams.  We surprised Walk with our strategic move, gave Freebasers a run for their money and came out strong in the end.  We’ll miss Marc Dube, who will take off the summer season and prepare for the little guppie to arrive.
Have a great summer and don’t ever change.

P.S.  Did you know “Bunting is one step above communism”?

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walk-of-shame
Et tu Brute?
And the Walks sing….
*Should we give up, or should we just keep chasing pavements, even if it leads nowhere…*
We are sad. Rehab joined the dark side. Brutus. Iago. Benedict Arnold. Aaron Burr. Anakin Skywalker. Dube. Minnie. They’re all the same. Traitors. Our hearts hurt. I even briefly retired after the game. You blindsided pretty much our entire team, but you will pay. You’ll have to see us in the summer. And you can’t hide behind the b— ( I won’t even say the word).Even the Colts had to get by the Patriots at some point. You’ll see. And I still haven’t forgotten about your beer. Oh well, we still love you guys. You guys played great. And the game was amazing. Truly, it was everything a Walks-Rehab game should have been, minus the final score and the b—. And we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Technically Rehab leads the series 3-2…. But we are going to throw a little something to the end of that final tally… So Rehab leads the series 3-2*.
On to our team….
Slob – This was your best season yet. Next season try to stop working out, being big only slows you down. Ask me, I’ll tell you all about it.
KiKi – Playmaker. Keep that arm. Get new shoes. (MVP)
Kia –  Solid Outfielding. Can’t lie. Now about that reffing….
Louis – Self proclaimed, “best kicker, runner, thrower, and fastest on the team”, but look who the MVP is. (Most improved)
Jorge – No one will ever forget you baiting SuperDave into throwing the ball at you and letting Mizzy score. Most knowledgable player in the outfield by bar. Monster leg too.
Chris H.- Not bad for a rookie year. You fit right in this season, and everyone on the team was happy you were around. Expecting Big things in June.
Ethan – When it comes to speed, you could be the fastest on the team. You’re a mortal lock for the Most Improved in the summer.
Cindy – You saved us in the playoffs, and don’t you ever forget that. We won’t.
Mizzy – Your base running is awesome. You’ve got balls. (figuratively)
Miya – You turned into one of most clutch defensive players we had this season. What an amazing first season. You were robbed in the HR derby.
*Wouldn’t trade you guys for anything. Not even Relax…. (Maybe their catcher)*
All in all, great season! Here’s to great games with Red Rockets, Balls Deep, Sweat N Balls, and of course KIR (Twice). And congrats to Relax for beating almost every team in the league (not us though, of course).
Summer is coming… Ready to beat the hell out of any team which features current or former members of Kids in Rehab or Waka Shame!

WAKA Live – Playoffs Round 1

May 13, 2009
Pre Emergency Splint 1

kickball. clearly, only the strong survive.

Hell of a week.

Congrats to the teams that made it to the semi-finals! Everyone else, come out on Thursday, cheer on your favorites, boo and hiss the teams you can’t stand, and most importantly buy some jello shots for a great cause! No, not Austin’s kids, but one of our own: as you may have heard, Sarah from El Chupacabra was badly hurt last week (see charity..)

Bring some cash, enjoy a good time and watch to see who gets dubbed Champions–of kickball and flipcup!

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WOW! What a great first week of playoffs. I am really impressed with everyone’s effort in providing some of the best games I have seen all season. With a few upsets and the longest game EVER in kickball history, I could not of been more entertained. This week the games will be over and we will have a champion. I know the games determine your season, but PLEASE remember this is kickball and its all in fun. PLEASE don’t exhaust the refs with questioning every call made. If a bad call is made, one will probably be made equally in your favor. Also, remember your CAPTAIN is the only one allowed to discuss this with the ref. One last also: please don’t make the calls for the refs. It throws players off and makes the refs jobs harder (cause you yell at us afterwards). During the playoffs, please make sure to follow the jersey rules and player rules.

Ok, enough of that. Since the season is coming to an end, I would once again like to thank everyone for making this a great season. I truly hope you have enjoyed your experience with us and return in future seasons. Registration will open Friday. Also remember that next season we will have two divisions: Live and Capital. The divisions could be described like this: Capital = Drunk, Live = Drunker. If you have any questions, send me an email: rjlogue@gmail.com. Thanks guys and remember if you want to see pictures from this season check out our facebook group, 100’s are posted there.

Also, see below about raising money Thursday for Sarah who broke her leg last week.. and bring your dollars.

Yall take care and see you Thursday

PS: Beer will be at the fields this week. Take that as you like.

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PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!!! If you were eliminated in last week’s games, do not despair. We will have kegs at the fields for everyone and your team will still be able to participate in the flip cup tournament. I am not going to do the brackets until Thursday night when we see which teams show up. The last thing I want is for people to have to wait around forever while I restructure because someone (Freebasers) didn’t show. SO, someone from each team, please find me on Thursday and let me know if your team is going to play. Once I have that, I will figure out seeds and we will kick things off at Jovitas around 9:30pm.

I also take this opportunity to let you know that my lovely assistant Jen Hayes will be taking over this position for the summer while I take a little break and abuse my body for marathon training. It’s been awesome getting to know many of you and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.  Peace!

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~ Danielle

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Charity:

This week we are raising money for one of our own. I am sure that Lacy is covering this in depth in her write up, but Sarah’s on-going surgeries are going to cost a pretty penny and the breaking of a leg is likely not something that she planned for. We are making boat loads of shots this week to sell for ‘The Sarah Fund’. Please come thirsty and ready to party. One of the best parts of WAKA is the amazing community of ballers that we have and our willingness to help each other out. Love and thanks in advance.

~ Danielle

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WAKA Live Playoff Brackett

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Let’s start things off with…

Team Baby Jesus

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I’ve got a confession to make.  WAKA just isn’t enough for me.  Y’all are all great, don’t get me wrong.  But I want to share the glory and majesty that we have with other people.  And what better way than to enter a tournament and kick the crap out of other people with their rules?  Five times I’ve played in tournaments and five times I’ve come away with 3rd place.  Literally, every finish, 3rd.  Not this time though.  On Saturday in Kyle, Baby Jesus dropped our first game 3-2 due to some bad luck and a ball landing on the chalk fair.  After that we went 5-0, outscoring the other teams 29-3.  We didn’t give up a run our final 22 innings, spanning the entire playoff tournament.  And I have to give it up to the 13 valiant warriors who helped me make it possible.

Jay pitching his ass and his arm off and driving in the ultimate winning run.  Joey covering 1st base/2nd base/right field and never again playing 3rd.  Justin setting the tone on offense and making every catch.  Clay resetting the tone on offense and making every catch, that last run was awesome.  Jonah providing the lefty pop.  Ryan, catching and throwing machine, I don’t think you missed a single throw.  Next time you’re up with the bases loaded and one out and great speed on the bases, get the damn ball out of the infield!  Josh making plays all over and helping me exploit the rules at the bottom of the lineup.

For the ladies, Anne, you were amazing.  On base all the time, didn’t miss a single ball.  Allie was on base all the time too, and set the fashion trend.  Lauren made great catches, cheerled AND harassed the crap out of Jay (get ahead of the hitters!)  We’ll forget about the (multiple) strikeouts.  Erin was all over the bases and kept everyone’s spirits up.  Bonus points for Erin and Lauren both wiping out at 1st base and rubbing some dirt on it and getting back in the game.  Whitney had some great self defense plays and some wicked kicks to boot.  And last but not least Danielle.  Got robbed all day with some awesome kicks that happened to get caught, scored the one and only run in the Championship game that won it all.

I couldn’t have done it without y’all, obviously.  Thanks for giving this old man something to smile about and letting me scratch something off of my bucket list, and I absolutely look forward to doing it again.

I like the Baby Jesus the best!

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Relax & Let It Happen

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Our two week journey to be crowned champions for the third straight season got off to a bit of a rocky start.  Jay, obviously working to confuse the opposing teams’ advanced scouting departments, threw out a lineup we had never used before.  Some might call it brilliant tactical craft, but I would suggest it had to do with a volatile mixture of Kamchatka and purple G2.  It was essentially reverse batting order and yours truly spitting fire from the mound.  Ty and I proved why we so often man the bottom of the order by quickly going down in order before Loso sparked a five run two out rally nearly scorching the Earth as she sprinted for the first time in her career.  We rode that first inning to a 7-1 victory.  We had wondered all season where WAKA fixture Wendell was and thankfully we got to play him.  Lord knows I have seen my fair share of FUPA’s but none were as friendly and sportsmanlike as this crew.

Did anyone go to flip cup?  Does anyone go to flip cup?  Even Danielle was complaining about it after playing as a guest (Isn’t winning fun?  I still owe you for jello shots) for our team.  We will for sure be fielding a team this week looking to defend our championship from last fall that was actually given by default for our regular season performance.  Get your popcorn ready.

Finally in other news, Renee Francese’s whereabouts remain unknown.  The only place the authorities have ruled out as a possible location is Gillis Park on any given Thursday.

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FreeBasers

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“Playoffs! You talkin’ about playoffs!”

This is what Freebasers all around the world dream of. A year’s worth of dedicated fiending all tied up like a belt around your vein in preparation for the ultimate satisfaction – a championship.
The ecstatic rush of a clean hit. The clouds of smoke as you round the bases. The immaculate high of scoring a run.
Yessir, it’s that time of year, or season, or whatever. When every game counts – it’s playoff time.

Our round 1 opponents were the lovely ladies (and lads) in pink – Sex in the City. We started the game slow, and Sexin jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Feeling the heat of the flame a little bit, the Freebasers buckled down and got focused. We piled people on base a couple innings in a row, and after Marc completely choked on a heavy hit of bases loaded, Alex came through a couple innings later with a grand slam (or an “all around” as Katie likes to call it). Alex’s clutch kick with two strikes was the hit that put us over the top. The Freebasers were kicking on cloud nine for the rest of the game, as a six run deficit proved to be too much for a Sex in the City comeback.

Great kicking from all the ladies. Solid pitching by Mr. Testa. And fantastic field play all around (with the exception of Katie’s “spatial awareness” meltdown on one play). Another awesome outing.

One week left. One trophy to claim. Freebasers are on a mission from God. Now who got the lighta’!

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Dear Sweat N Balls,

WTF?!?!

Love,
Walk of Shame

Now that takes care of that. I never want to see that yellow team ever again. That was not a #14 seed we played. No matter what that record says.

Kids In Rehab…. We love you guys. We really do. You guys are our best friends in this league but don’t let the last week’s game fool you. We have your number, and you know it.  We are not the Chupas. AND we play by your rules. Oh! Scary, scary…. De-Facto Live Championship right here…

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But seriously best of luck to all the teams remaining, and we’ll see you at fields. And a couple of us will see you at the bar…

*Speedy Recovery to Sarah from Chupas.*

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WAKA Shame

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DUNNNNNNDERRRRR!!!

My lord she is loud…but damnit, they were fun to play. I would like to thank the cats for playing a fun game. I tried to get my team to not bunt, but you know, cant teach an old dog new tricks.

To my team:  So I am writing this Tuesday at 6:30pm because my write ups are never on time.. And was thinking that all of you should be stretching right now and getting ready to go to the gym to do your “kickball” exercises. Oh, wait, only I would do that. But nonetheless, I look forward to beating up on Sara and her Sugarlumps and getting some revenge…after that its Relax. And shit, don’t worry, Uncle Rock is going to keep them to their lowest score of the year and hopefully pull us in a W. After that, probably Freebasers…but first lets just beat Relax…I want Joey to cry.

Rock

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Kids in Rehab

Kids have a bittersweet victory to advance to the semi-finals

This week’s write up is dedicated to Sarah.  We hope you have a speedy recovery.  You are one trooper!!!!

Get well soon!!!!

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You Look Like I Need A Drink

Thanks for the great game, Cereal Killers.  We had a blast.

The girls really pulled it out for us and, in case you were wondering, I just laughed when I wrote that.   We owe most of our runs to them. Well done ladies.

Our defense was great and hustled big time.  Mason was all over, Grant made catches using his ass, and Ashlee’s pitching was awesome as usual.

Followed it up with a complete win, taking home the W in flip cup.  Again, I like winning.  We should do that more.

Looking forward to this week and RELAX.  They handed us a big 5-0 loss in our first game, but we feel like we’re just about to reach our prime.  I can’t promise you a victory quite yet, but I can assure you it will be one for the ages.  Everyone who’s looking for someone to cheer on in this round of playoffs, I’ll give you a beer if you come and support the YLLINAD crew.  Then a hug, probably…

Good kickin’ balls with all of you.

-Adieu

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Cereal Killers

Tale of two seasons, no?  We were 3-1-1 heading into the turn.  Then we got Red Rocketed, Balled Deep, tied up Toward the Wall and last week, well, we did need a Drink.  Several, in fact.  Credit where it’s due, you guys beat us like a rented mule.

But since Cereal Killers was infinitely more successful than Tourettes (anything is better than 0 wins after all) I’m writing this with a smile on my face.  Gotta give the kudos to everyone.

Pugs and Josh, welcome back, we missed you.  Missed you even more when you were gone, and as always, you make us the most freakishly tattooed team in the league.  Jen, Jenn and Jen:  Indefatigable on the field and at the Flip Cup table.  Brought enthusiasm, Fruit Loops and Leo to the team.  Rick was back after a season off, and even though we only played two games together, it was awesome.  Danielle, we’ll miss you as you leave to train for your marathon.  I’d offer to help, but running the bases is about all I’m good for.  Speaking of leaving, thanks to Whitney for bringing Amy in and y’all better not leave me for the hot Asian girl next season (narrows eyes.)  Vivek will also be missed as he heads back to Michigan, I’ll have to find someone else to catch everything on the left side of the field.  Zach’s been with me the longest, all the way back to Schieze days.  Lisa nearly as long, she’s gone from Bohica to Tourettes to a Cereal Killer.  Neil and Daniel joined us late and made a huge difference.

It was a blast y’all, and Baby Jesus has big (figurative) shoes to fill this summer.  The name is already a champion outside of WAKA, now it’s time to bring it home.

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Where to start… We didn’t know it at the time, but Thursday’s game was our last of the season. And a shocker at that.

After a nasty collision in the outfield between Sarah and myself, we had to call the game off. Me: perfectly fine.. maybe a bruise and a joggled, confused brain. Sarah: clean broken fibia and tibula.

"YOUR MOM made it in the gmot.."

"YOUR MOM made it in the gmot.."

In-freaking-sane. I don’t want to go into all of it as i hope Sarah can come out on Thursday and speak for herself, but I do want to thank everyone in this league for their concern. (I’ve gotten MANY messages from kickballers saying the nicest things about you, Steinbacher!) But by the time you all read this she will have gone through one external surgery and (on Wednesday) one internal surgery. Although insured, she’s going to have a lot of uncovered surgical fees. WAKA Live has been nice enough to allow proceeds from jello shots this Thursday to go towards a “Sarah Fund.” So if you feel like giving, come on out and through back some tasty jello for a dedicated kickballer. Tell your work you’re hungover Friday morning because you had to support one good cause 🙂

My Team: it’s been a seriously great season. Starting from the beginning we had our first team chant of “Chupa! Chupa!” with Raul pointing out, “Uh you know you’re yelling ‘suck?'” But we learned, got better and even chupa’d the fupa. Being a random team we really pulled together, made some great friends and looked forward to every Thursday. That’s what this all should be about. And seeing Chupacabra come together during a serious injury was amazing. And touching. Damnit I cried. I blame you all. And the seemingly full moon. Either way, all that matters during the playoffs is that we won flipcup in the end, and in the name of Sarah. Let’s continue our “one and done” routine! I hope to see everyone come back out for the summer season. I swear I wont hurt you. (Unless you bail on Chupa..)

xoxo to all my Chups, see yall Thursday,

–Lacy

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Schedule is as follows:

Good luck to all!!

6:30 Tree

Freebasers (2) v. Balls Toward the Wall (10)


6:30 Power

Walk of Shame (3) v. Kids in Rehab (6)

7:15 Tree

Relax and Let it Happen (1) v. You Look Like I Need a Drink (9)


7:15 Power

WAKA Shame (5) v. Sugarlumps (13)

8:00 Tree Semifinal

8:00 Power Semifinal

8:45 Tree Finals

WAKA Live – Last week of games

May 6, 2009

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With playoffs upon us, this season of WAKA Kickball in Austin in winding down. Thanks to all that made it out to our Sunday Funday. Everyone had a blast… clearly, everyone. Check out the Facebook page for more pictures.. And many thanks to Lisa from FUPA, Kari from WAKA, and Minnie the KID for submitting most of the photos this time. Nothin’s better than blasphemous “did that really happen???…” documentation 🙂

Good luck to everyone during playoffs.. party’s not over yet!

–Lacy, GhostWomanOnThird

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Live President Rock
What’s happenin kickballers? Everyone doing ok? Still hungover from Sunday? Good to hear. Between last weeks’ games, the second kickballer to puke at Jovita’s, and the midseason party, it was one hell of a great week for WAKA Austin. If you missed the midseason party, well sucks for you. Between the great turn out, beer, the long ball contest, great weather and bbq it turned out to be a hell of a good time. I want to personally thank everyone who did come out and hope yall had as much fun I did. I haven’t received the official numbers from accounting, but it looks like we raised nearly $100 for the kids. Thats 5 more kids with some pretty sweet sneaks thanks to us. Congratulations to Rich from Sweat N’ Balls and Erika from Sex N` the City in winning the long ball contest. Everyone get ready for the end of season party June 6th downtown doing a combination scavenger hunt/ bar crawl/race. Emails will be sent with specifics on the event.
Get ready for the playoffs this week and fight for your right to play next week. Good luck to everyone. The tournament is single elimination, so everyone bring your A game, maybe replace the beer with Gatorade before hand (vodka optional) or just stretch for the first time and hope to see you out there in the second round of games. The schedule will be listed later in the GMOT.
Hope to see some upsets, taken down rivalry and quality (not yelling at me when I ref) kickball. Have a good one guys and take care.
Rock

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FlipCuppers,

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This week was awesome, thank you to everyone for coming to the bar and being ready to crush each other on the flip cup table. I think this was one of the best weeks to date in terms of people showing up and being ready to play. I really appreciate your enthusiasm as we wind down the season!

Here are your stats:

Cereal Killers vs Balls Toward

Cereal Killers struggled this week and Balls Toward the wall capitalized on the missing Jen. Time to put the peddle to the metal CK’s only one week left to secure your seed!

Balls Deep vs El Chupacabra

I am thinking that El Chu might be a favorite for the tournament this season. These people are unafraid and have smashed almost all of their competitors. They also sealed it up at King of The Hill. Good work guys!

Relax vs Red Rockets

Red Rockets beat up on some Relax and Let it Happen. I think Relax better step up their drinking before next week, just sayin.

Dunder vs Kids in Rehab

DUNDER. I am loving this team more and more each week. Great work guys (and chupa!)

WAKA vs Walk of Shame

Dre, you put up a mean fight, but you can stop talking shit right about now! Ryan got us in the mood with a chug off at the fields and the party continued at Jovitas. Nice work!

Sex in the City vs FUPAs

FUPAs are another favorite each week and can everyone please give Lisa some love? Girl has been playing with a broken finger and is still schooling you all at Flip Cup!

YLLINAD vs Freebasers

YLLINAD wins… I mean, look who they were up against. Duh.

Sugarlumps vs Sweat

Sugarlumps has been one of those sleeper teams that as the season closes up has started bringing some serious heat. I love it and I am excited to see what yall can do at the tournament.

Great work guys! Please check GMOT next week for your Flip Cup seeds and bracket.

Love ya, mean it.

~ Danielle

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Great work this week guys!!! We are rapidly closing in on our NEW goal. You all have been so generous that our new goal is double what we originally set and we are only about $100 away from hitting it. You should all feel really proud of yourselves because you are making a huge difference in the lives of kids here in Austin. With the economy in the tank, those who were on the edge before now have even less and through your generosity, we are going to be able to make a whole bunch of kids super excited.

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A special thank you to everyone who came out for the mid-season party and to those who participated in the Home Run Derby. Big congrats to our winners (pictured above), yall rocked it out. If anyone owes us money for shots or HR Derby, please find me on Thursday. I am taking the money in on the 15th so I need to be sure that we are all squared away.

Thanks again to everyone for all of your support, I really appreciate it!!

~ Danielle

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Standings going into playoffs:

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Relax and Let It Happen

I’ll first address our controversial forfeit loss to finally put the issue to bed.  We had non-roster girls in town from Seattle playing with us in order to field a full lineup.  By no means were these girls ringers, neither of them had even brought tennis shoes and they were playing in clothes they brought down as pajamas.  Very early on it was repeatedly suggested to El Chupacabra the different ways they could force us to forfeit by President Logue, who was serving as the home plate umpire.  They were not interested in forfeiting even when our own teammate joined the cause and practically begged them to make us forfeit, a mystifying reverse psychology tactic carried out by our extremely inebriated gentle giant, Joey(let’s be honest here, the league could form an all star team and pick out four sweet little ladies from a local retirement community and we would win…comfortably).  However, as it became apparent we were absolutely going to win, the forfeit idea really seemed to pick up steam.  The last straw happened when one of our girls who was supposed to just watch got onto the field for a half inning and never batted.  Nevermind the fact that she and a dead body could have performed the same function in that inning, that was of little importance.  While impacting the game itself in no way whatsoever, she did have a dramatic impact on the outcome.  Still not sure why we were forced to retroactively forfeit after the offer was repeatedly refused during the game, but news came down from the top and we were forced to accept a semi-defeat.  You will all pay dearly for their transgressions in the playoffs.

Now to the game we played last night.  Look, Red Rockets, it was nothing personal.  We really felt like a team who had been burned the week before and had a lot to prove.  We even let the power poll rankings get into our heads, conveniently forgetting that our own teammate is responsible for those polls.  Joey’s motivational ploy worked almost too well really for a team full of college graduates.  From the first pitch until the last inning we were taking no prisoners and making no friends.  In fact Jay was so fired up that he wasn’t even really that nice to his own teammates last night.  Chris Miller set the tone in the first inning with a bases clearing laser beam down the right field line and there was no let up from there.  Our pitching and defense was not stellar, although it was sharp enough to never allow a runner past second base for the entire night.  The Red Rockets featured one WAKA league t-shirt in a full lineup.  We of course did not care to raise any sort of fuss as we were winning handily but in the playoffs they may run into a team who questions the integrity of their roster.

As far as I know we did not make the trip to Jovita’s because of various levels of lameness inside the team, me included.  However as I type this I am realizing I owe Danielle money for jello shots.  My donation this coming week will feature interest, I promise.

Finally I would like to use the end of the season to give out our first edition of team awards:

MVP: Justin Grady – Using a lethal combination of speed, quickness and relative sobriety Justin terrorized the league on a weekly basis both as a table setter for the most potent offense since the ’05 Longhorns but also as the best defensive catcher in Austin WAKA history.  Go ahead and bunt, you will be out by three steps.  We ended the season with 50 runs and I would be willing to bet Justin had his fair share of them.  By the way, Hunter still thinks he should be hitting leadoff.

Gold Glove: Hunter Coleman
– Playing a hybrid position I like to call “steal anything and everything from being fielded by a girl,” Hunter used his ball-hawking safety skills to track down balls all over the left side of the infield every week.  Still needs some work on the phrase “I got it!” but that will come in due time.

Silver Slugger: Joey Thomas – There were times this year when Joey kicked balls that weren’t so much soaring into the sky as they were orbiting the Earth.  Seriously, I did not see another player kick a ball within 75 feet of the balls Joey could put out there.  His ability to punish a kickball is not completely about his sheer size, but if we were in little league Joey would need to show his birth certificate in every game, maybe every inning.

Spirit Award: Lindsey Loso – She may seem like she is somewhere off in a galaxy far, far away while roaming the outfield and for someone who claims to have never lost a race in high school her stride is a bit more of a frolic than a sprint.  However, Loso never missed a game and entertained us endlessly with her nearly biographical walk-up song as well as constantly positive attitude while facing no shortage of negative reinforcement from the guys on the team, especially the one who pitches.

Now it is time to 3-peat, see you all in the playoffs.

(does this make anyone else so NOT relaxed?)

(does this make anyone else so NOT relaxed? count to ten...)

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And now, the “shameful” battle…

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Walk of Shame’s conclusions from this past week….

*We don’t like to bunt.

*Bunting is for teams with Napoleon’s Syndrome (Relax, Thieves, and anyone else who bunts…)

*The Thieves aren’t much better at bunting than we are.

*The Thieves uniforms are still the ugliest in the league, right in front of DUNDEEEEERRRRR.

*I should have never agreed to chug a beer against Rock. (Although it was close)

*Our pitcher was sexier than theirs.

*The thieves would lose that game 9 out of 10 times.

*We are SO ready for the playoffs.

*We are still the Original Walk of Shame.

*If it wasn’t for the blunder of the year: a throw to an empty 2nd base in the first inning, the thieves would have lost!!!

*We finished as the Live team with the best record. Where is our cup?!!?

MVP: Congrats to Ethan for finally doing SOMETHING this season and scoring. We are expecting greatness out of you, son. Keep it up.
Honorable Mention: Cindy. Only the best 2nd baseman all season long.

Playoff Predictions for this week…

Walk of Shame – 7

Sweat n Balls – 0

Also….Upset alert.

DUNDEEEEERR!!! – 2

Thieves – 1

Vegas says Walk of Shame is 5-1 odds to win the whole thing. Do you believe in miracles?! YES!

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WAKA Shame Bunt Pirates

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Hmmmm….Where to begin? What to say? I mean, its hard…I want to be nice. I really do. Between the facebook posts, GMOT write ups, and very not so subtle comments on the field and elsewhere..  So I am going to try and do this as subtle as possible. We won. Andre lost at the chug off to decide if we bunted. Do NOT let him try to tell you differently. Watch it and be the judge.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/video/video.php?v=108640244304&ref=mf
He will say that they had us the other 4 innings, they lost. It was good play by both teams, however when my team scores more than your team we get the “W” and yall get the letter after “K.”
Since this was a game for the name/ages, whats yalls plan? Negotiations? I can work something out that has to do with the bar. Hmmm…hmmm…?
See you thursday, bring a contract.
By the way, good job my team. I love you all like a mother fucker. lets win this thing.

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Kids in Rehab

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Kids beat Dunders in a (bee) stinging 6th inning

First of all, we like to thank Andre for reffing our game.  We love ya, man!  And for all of you out there, if you get stung by a bee, don’t let this man near you. I kid.

Dunders take a quick but short lead.  Drew and Jeff must have taken some speed as for some reason, they decided to outrun Kim & Jennifer on the bases.  It caused Jennifer to take a dive into 3rd, leaving her nothing but a grassy ass.

We finally woke up and took the 3rd and 4th innings – 3 up, 3 down style.  We probably could have had the game but the Kids were pushing to get Minnie a homerun.  Man!  She was just A STEP away from touching the plate!!!  Her dream of a homerun is dead.  Game: Tied 1-1….with time remaining, we agreed on another inning.

Kids allow no runs in the 6th.  We’re up on deck, bottom of the 6th, one man on base, 2 outs….what could happen??? It’s like the Celtic vs. Bulls game in the 3rd OT.  Ok, may be not.  All we need to do is score!!!  No one wants to kiss their freakin’ sister!  Drew kicks it low, Jon kicks it to the sweet spot in RC then Carrie “I’m a pirate” Gilson follows suit creating the run for Jeff.  Gilson, you go girl!!!!  ARRRRGGHHH!!!!

Thanks to all for the remedies for a bee sting.  I am surprised to find out that urine is also.  Interesting.

Next up again, El Chupacubra.  Everyone remember the curvy pitcher, touch the base and don’t kick it to SuperDave. 🙂

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Freebasers

Tupac always used to tell me, “revenge is the sweetest thing next to getting <insert expletive inappropriate for WAKA>.”

Not sure it beats boiling up your first for the day, but it definitely is sweet! Why we played You Look Like I Need a Drink for the second time instead of one of the many teams we have not played yet is unbeknown to us, but that’s cool, because it gave us the opportunity to seek that sweet nectar called revenge.

In case you forgot, we gave YLLIND their first victory of the season in an ugly display of buntless kickball a few weeks back. We claimed we would have our revenge, and sure enough we did. Our opponents played well, but they were no match for our love of speed, stellar pitching and Alex’s impeccable ability to hug the ball before it hit the ground. A solid game all around.

And what better way to celebrate a revengeful victory? How about a dominating performance by the Houston Rockets to advance to the second round of the playoffs! To that, I say…who got the lighta’!

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el-chupacabraLast game, and we tied. Down a couple players, enduring some sketchy plays, and going against our own Super Dave..

Player with the Most ❤ = Kate Talbot herself. Never afraid to “do what you gotta do.” Sliding into 2nd, without a 2nd thought, she reopened some nasty wounds from the costumed game 3 weeks ago and was bleeding everywhere. Seriously, looks as if her leg was ravaged by a Chupacabra!

Most Surprising Player to (finally) Show in the Outfield = Lusto, the legend. That was a fantastic catch you made and you shocked everyone by taking the field and not, i dunno, boozing on the sideline and losing chugoffs. Wait..

Best Survivor Player = Amanda Van Ast. Blocked by an orange player on her run to home (yes, she made it THAT far!!) she blew past him seemingly uninjured…but pissed. Sick ’em, sick ’em!

Good playing guys, even considering SuperDave got most of us out, there were some awesome plays made, namely the Steinbacher sibling teamwork catch, and not my “throw” to second…  But as always, one-and-done! Flip those cups!

See ya on the field KIDS!

p.s. no comment about the hot air above (see Relax writeup). We didn’t want it to be like that. But decision made. Old news, Puke-meister.

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Cereal Killers

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Man, Thursday was a long ass time ago.  I know we were playing against 8 and a half members of Balls Towards the Wall.  I remember that we graciously gave them three runs to tie the game hoping for more kickball, since we had time left and we’d played so fast.  I recall their acting Captain rudely refused our overture for more kickball.  Ingrate.  I mean, who DOESN’T want more kickball?  And I have the vivid recollection of Danielle hitting her knees at 2nd base in an effort to persuade the other team to uh, you know…

Congrats on Jen McNabb scoring again, that’s like three times you’ve scored this year.  Hussy.

Playoffs start this week and we’ve definitely been saving our best for then.  Our best socks.  Best alcohol.  Most inappropriate chants.  Best everything.  You Look Like You’ll need several drinks when we’re through with you.

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YLLINAD

you can figure out who's who..

you can figure out who's who..

I really hate writing the GMOT when we’ve lost.  It’s like writing those “mediators” in junior high.  You know, at lunch detention, you’d be in the room with your teacher eating something that smells like cat vomit… She turns the lights off so you can’t see just to be a huge you know what… you’re writing “I’m a dumbass, I shouldn’t talk in class” a thousand times and it makes you want to hurt puppies or bunnies or something….  That’s how I feel.

Freebasers exacted their revenge on us by bunting their selves to victory.  For some reason our legs must be stuck on 11 and we can only a) kick fouls or b) kick sky balls.  That was not beneficial.

Krystel was badass and got on base, making the momentum for our 1 run.  I have no idea who kicked that run, but I know I like them.  Oh ya.. we were short some players?  Can I use that as an excuse know?  Some over thrown balls and a lack of coordination from us (maybe the getting too drunk thing has lost its nostalgia) and we lost the game.

Freebasers + flip cup =  a world of hate.  Therefore we played Chupa and beat them.  That was nice.  Because they’re all huge losers.  And who doesn’t like beating up a loser?  I know everyone at my high school did, bc this guy got beat up like he was a punching bag.  Kicked like a hacky sack, dropped like a sack of rotten tomatoes… and the list goes on.  I kid… kind of.

Hope that was random enough for all of you kickballers.  See ya in the playoffs BIAAATCHES!!

-Adieu

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DUNDER!!!!!!!!!

…’nuff said.

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SugarLumps

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Ok last week You look like I need a drink had their way with us on GMOT even though they “officially” lost at flip cup.  So we are not letting another team bully us on GMOT…Sugar Lumps is striking back. Sweat n Balls…no we did not want to play another scoreless inning..no this does not mean we forfeit or that we don’t believe in our team…this just means we were done with you and were more interested in moving on to the bar where we could destroy you in flip cup. Yes I said it destroy.

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Sex and the City

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We are now officially winners!!! Because it was our last game of the season we had multiple reasons for wanting to win: 1) Bernie tore his acl the previous game, so we wanted a win for all his effort – and the pain he will be enduring for while 2) We had not won a game yet 3) Make the fact that the entire team has become babysitters for Jaden during the game justified.

This past Thursday, April 30th, the moon aligned just right, the wind blew in the right direction and our team full of first time kickballers got it all together.  We communicated, we kicked, we bunted, and most importantly scored some runs.  We had a solid defense.  Yael make a great catch near second, Rachael played an outstanding game at first while Rob made bullet like throws from shortstop, even stopping to play a basketball for a minute.  Everyone came out to win – Mary (even though she was sick), Tara as a first time catcher, Cassie, Mark, Crystal, Carlos, Sara, Aida playing the field like pro’s.  Overall it was a great game against the FUPA’s – great sportsmanship on both teams.

Now – with a win under our belt – we are ready for the playoffs!!!

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FUPAs

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After losing to Sex in the City, our only braggin’ can come from beating them in Flip Cup..oh well!  See ya’ll thursday!

–Lisa, Capt. of the… drum roll please… this week’s team name is… Swine FLUpas!!!

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Playoffs – Week 1

Schedule:

6:30

Freebasers(2) vs Sex & the City(15) – Tree Field

WAKA Shame(5) vs Dunder resERECTION(12) – Power Field

7:15

Walk of Shame(3) vs Sweat n Balls(14) – Tree Field

El Chupacabra(6) vs Kids in Rehab(11) – Power Field

8:00

Relax & Let It Happen(1) vs FUPAs(16) – Tree Field

Red Rockets(4) vs SugarLumps(13) – Power Field

8:45

Balls Deep(7) vs Balls Toward the Wall(10 – Tree Field

Cereal Killers(8) vs YLLINAD(9) – Power Field