Home Runs & Season Perspectives
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Boy, has the RJSL come a long way. It wasnít that long ago that Sam Wainhaus, I and many of the original core RJSL players would meet every Sunday morning at the Colton Elementary School on Grandview Avenue for a softball game. In those days, anyone hitting a home run over the left field tree line had to personally retrieve the ball sitting in the next door neighborís yard. Those were heady days when hitting a Clincher over the fence separated the men from the boys.
Today, the fence at the Eugene Levy Park ball field appears so far away. Every time that I come up to bat I wonder if I can ever put it over the fence. My next door neighbor, Moshe Lehmann, will of course tell me ďNo way!Ē Plus, Elchanan Tenembaum has done it. Menachem Landwirt has been gunning for it for years. Aaron Cohen has come close and so has Yonah Rothman, among others. It will certainly be a very proud day if one of us good ole boys actually hits one over. That will permit bragging rights for years to come. Well, hereís to the pursuit of the dream of hitting one over. May the best man win.
So, whatís going on with Merockdim? Have they stolen the wind from the sails of the Samet Team? Just a few weeks ago, everyone was concerned that Samet was unbeatable. Well, as of today, Samet is tied with Sterling for last place and my dear friend Effy is walking tall with three wins. So Effy, can you keep it up? We will certainly see. I get to take a poke at you on Sunday, May 10th. Iím going to try to have my A-team present but that may be tuff seeing that we are playing a 9:15 a.m. game.
Framing, Jada and Westrock are all battling for second place; no surprise there. Framing seems to have some guts, and luck!, having stolen the game from Westrock-Chai at the bottom of the 9th inning, trailing 8-4. I donít think that I was able to speak to anyone for at least 15 minutes after that loss. To make matters worse, I receive a text message from Avi Katz (who hears of the game while visiting family in Canada) which states: ďU couldnít hold 4 run lead in the bottom of 9th, and 2 Shimon, of all people. U should be ashamed!Ē Some days, itís just not worth getting out of bed.
I have high hopes for the Marvíles team. Itís true that we recently defeated them 17-6. However, the ten runs that we scored during the first inning were probably more of a frustrated reaction to our 9th inning loss to the Framers. Take away the anomaly of our scoring 10 runs on an exhausted pitcher (Rabbi Rudman) who just two days earlier pitched a significant 16-1 win against Bubbas and we have the makings of a very competitive game.
I still canít tell if the Bubbas team is coming or going. At the end of last season they were a force to be reckoned with. However, theyíve lost the first two out of three games so their schizophrenia continues.
But, the season is still young and anything can still happen. If my instincts are correct, this may be the most competitive year in the history of the RJSL. I look forward to doing battle with all of you on the diamond. It happens to be one of the highlights of my week. Itís a great game which I get to play with and against wonderful people. What a life!