First things first…
We succumbed to the Tiger Power and lost last week to Tony’s Tigers 4-1 last week. They got 3 runs in the 3rd inning, and that was the deciding factor. A general observation is that—call me crazy here—is that it’s difficult to score runs getting runner on base. I know…I know…that’s cooky talk, but trust me here.
Action Item 1
Let me know whether you will be at tonight’s 7:15 game versus Kickin Balls and Takin Names.
KB&TN is a new team to the division this year, and I don’t know anything about them. Let’s welcome them to the division by getting our first victory of the year.
Captain’s Tip of the Day
· Sport Psychologists use a technical term called Self Fulfilling Prophecy. The idea is that if you see it coming true, then you increase your chances of it happening. In soccer you picture yourself kicking the perfect penalty kick. In hurdling you picture yourself going over each hurdle and the steps in between. Now repeat after me: “I will kick the ball on the ground. I will kick the ball on the ground.”
· Overthrows can kill a team. That is why we need the right fielder to back up all throws to 1st base and the left fielder to back up throws to 3rd base. I don’t put you out there to look pretty (though that helps).
· Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP. Runners can continue to run until the pitcher has the ball in control and on the mound area (around the pitching strip). As a runner, we can exploit this. As a fielder, we need to be aware of it.
· Kicking tip: a way to help keep your kicks on the ground is 1) to lean forward over top of the ball. If you lean back, I guarantee a pop fly; 2) try to kick the top half the ball. “But Ben, oh Master of all things kickball, how do I do this?” Simple. As you approach your kick, and as you are leaning forward, raise your foot off the ground. If you kick the bottom half you are likely to pop it up.
Action Item 2 is to create & post your identity this week: 80s musicians. This should be an easy one.
I need a volunteer to ref the 6:30 game. I haven’t made a 6:30 start all year, and I doubt I will today. Libations
I need 2 volunteers to bring beer/cups/ice. We have enough people that each person should only have to bring beer once.
We put it to a vote at the last game, and narrowly chose June 21 as the week for Metal Mania. That should give you plenty of time to get your costume together.
Legwarmers and Brewskies
WJFK is sponsoring this event at Chloe in Adams Morgan. This was the e-mail that I received:
We’re trying to get as many hot girls to show up as possible. I’d like you to send out information to your hot female friends – honestly, you know far more girls than I do at this point – because we’re trying to attract new female listeners.
Total open bar, EVERYTHING is free, no cover, drinks free (top shelf), the show is free (Legwarmers are performing)Tuesday, June 12th at Chloe. Party is from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Legwarmers show starts 10pm
I read the hot girls part and immediately thought of Footloose. Then I saw that the Legwarmers are playing (they are a phenomenal 80s cover band), and I knew it was destiny for us to go. You must be on the list to go. If you are interested, let me know.
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back
Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil
A little something about Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil was an Australian rock band active from the early 1970s until 2002. The band was known for its driving hard rock sound, intense live performances, and its overt left-wing political activism, particularly in aid of environmentalist causes. The oils, as they are known to their fans, began as a progressive rock band called Farm in the early 1970s, then under the Midnight Oil name developed into an aggressive, punk – hard rock group associated with the surfer community near Sydney. They built up an intensely dedicated fan base through constant touring and their blistering live performances, featuring the scorching twin-guitar attack of Moginie and Rotsey, the powerhouse drumming and soaring vocals of drummer Rob Hirst and the manic, whirling-dervish presence of their towering, bald lead singer Peter Garrett, who quickly earned a reputation as one of the most charismatic and outspoken musicians on the Australian music scene. In 1990 Midnight Oil played an impromptu lunch time set in front of Exxon head-quarters in New York with a banner reading, “Midnight Oil Makes You Dance, Exxon Oil Makes Us Sick”, in protest of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Get this…the spill occurred in 1989 and Exxon is STILL appealing the punitive damages: Exxon appealed again. On May 23, 2007, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Exxon Mobil Corp.’s request for another hearing, letting stand its ruling that Exxon owes $2.5 billion in punitive damages (down from $4.5 billion plus interest). Exxon’s only further option for appeal is the U.S. Supreme Court. Exxon has said it will make this final appeal. Think about that next time you fill up at Exxon or Mobil. Also think about the fact that last year Exxon had the highest single corporate profit EVER.
This disgusts me.