I tried a new position this year at John's request, trading third base for pitcher, and I was very pleased with the move. For one thing, while I can throw straight during warm-ups, I throw like a wild baboon when there is pressure (you know, when it counts), so easy outs thrown from third to first typically went 8 feet wide in any direction. Even as pitcher I botched a few 10 foot throws to first. I don't know what my deal is. But as far as pitching went, I did pretty well. Struck a few people out, could throw strikes fairly consistently, and was backed up by a great bunch of fielders.
Here are a few pictures taken after the final game:
We had a great team this year. We had so many fun people, so many great personalities. Not pictured above are my brothers and Aaron Klett, who played with us for a few games and also contributed the the richness of the experience.
Here's the logo I drew for our shirts a few years ago. John Tiffin made them all up for each player with our names on the back and everything.
The idea for Pirate Monkeys came from a brainstorming session that I sent in an email to John. Here is the original list of ideas:
- The Pirate Monkeys!
- The Cadavers!
- The Federal Duck! (stolen from Dave Barry)
- Bon Apetite!
- The Shawshank Redemption!
- Schindler's List!
- The Ox-Cows!
- The Defeaters!
- Duty Calls!