Hey there. So, I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately — and I think I’ll stop now — about how much time I’ve wasted in my life. I’ve given an extraordinary amount of time over to people, events, thoughts, etc. that were just not productive uses of time. If the goal is joy in life — and it is — the worst thing you can do is give your time to those things that spread apathy and cynicism as a rule and, in extreme circumstances, actually actively work toward misery (man, those are the worst because most of the time these people don’t even know they’re doing it). Bleah. No more. When I was younger I used to see these older women who had “mean wrinkles,” the ones you get from frowning and being angry all the time. And I also noticed the “fun wrinkles” (yes, these were my childhood designations for these things) which were the laugh lines around the eyes and mouth. And I resolved then — as much as I was self-aware enough to realize that I was prone to these things — that I would have the fun wrinkles. So, mean-wrinkle makers, be on your way. I’ve no use for you. I mean I hope you get happy and all so you can actually really enjoy your lives and not just give that appearance. You know most people can tell the difference, right? And when you think you can contribute to the creation of fun wrinkles, I’ll be around.
Can’t. Stop. Playing. (h/t Mr. Brown)
I’ll be down by the Washington Monument tomorrow playing in a charity softball tournament so I’ll miss this.
But you should go…
Speaking of softball, the coach’s recap follows. Because I’m proud of my team, that’s why…But first, your weekend music. I’m feeling this song. It’s been a while but I’m glad the feeling’s back.
Congratulations, you are now a member of the Major League Division champion DC Dawgs. With our rout of LSU last night, we guarantee ourselves at least a 5-1 record in the division, with the only possible tie being with Ohio, who we beat earlier this season. So no matter what happens the rest of the season, we’re guaranteed no worse than the 9th seed in the tournament and a first-round bye. Which means no 8:00 games on the first day of the tournament (unless they screw around with the schedule) and the possibility of playing one of the teams that had a play-in game. Which is a roundabout way of saying that we’re in pretty good shape going into the tournament. Now, on to the actual recap.
They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. But we all know that’s pretty much bullshit. Especially when the other dog is much, much bigger and has years more experience. That’s about how it went down.
LSU has been chomping at the bit to get into the league, and you could tell they were excited to get the chance to play. I got to the field around 5:45 and started setting up the bases when the entire LSU team comes strolling up at like 5:50. I was immediately impressed, because we’re lucky if most of you slackers are there by 6:45. They started warming up, taking batting practice, doing infield drills, and various other things to make it look like they knew what they were doing. But then the game started.
We put up a couple of runs early on a two-run homer by Marieo, but their defense locked us down for the next couple of innings. And while they weren’t scoring runs, they managed to make it feel like they were hanging with us through the first two.
But then in the third, our bats heated up and we hung eight runs on them thanks to a two-run single by Michael “I be strokin’, that’s what I be doin'” Strok, a Grand Slam by Marieo, and a double-turned-homer by Austen.
We held them scoreless through the first four innings thanks to some solid defense. In fact, they only had six hits in the whole game. And they were all singles. Sarah had first base locked down like it was a job, our outfielders — all seven of them — always seemed to be in the right place, and Scott handled some tricky plays at third.
Special thanks to Dan and Don for supplying us with our two other starting females. In addition to solid defense, our ladies combined for six runs and three RBIs.
It was a solid night at the plate for pretty much everyone. We had 12 different people score a run, 10 different people get an RBI, and eight people do both.
We scored a season-high 21 runs, and gave up a season-low two.
But our performance at the bar was even more impressive. The Tigers were good sports about the drubbing we’d just laid on them, and we played flip cup with them for a good three and a half hours. We split the Last Team Standing award, mostly because the bar staff wanted to go home. So we represented ourselves well both on and off the field. It was a solid night all around.
Our next games are this Saturday against American and JMU. If you haven’t RSVP’d for that yet, please do so here: http://go.teamsnap.com/26467/availability/list
It looks like we have a light crowd right now, so everyone should get plenty of playing time. They’re only exhibition games, but it would be nice to make a strong showing against two of the better teams in the league.