Friday, February 3, 2017

Central Park Softball Next Generation.. Insider 2.0

I saw this picture on Facebook and it made me smile


as 2017 has been off to a volatile start. It also reminded me of my nerdy love for Star Trek. You see as a kid I was a big Original Star Trek fan


as I watched the reruns every Saturday at 5pm on Channel 11 (Channel 13 was the highest back then).

As a teenager, at first I didn't even wanna watch or accept the Next Generation Series


because I so badly wanted to hold onto the past, the old cast.

Eventually I finally came around to the new series took the principals of the Original series
  • Exploration - both of other worlds and within ourselves
  • A Future where making yourself a better person was the goal, not making more money
  • Equality 
  • Building Relationships. 
and made them better by using Fantasy and Drama to

  • Build New Modern Relationships
  • Meeting New Races
  • Learning what it means to be Human


  • Exploring Modern issues - racism, oppression , assimilation


and now 23 years after the Next Generation a New Series Star Trek Discovery begins to build off the Legacy, forge it's own identity, and explore what it means to be Human.



This is the normal progression in life where one generation passes the Baton/Torch to the next and yes this is also true in Softball.

Unfortunately, it's not happening enough in softball especially in the
Central Park Big Apple Men's Softball League.

This is the league membership the last 4 years
  • 2013 - 12 - Peak.
  • 2014 - 6 teams, all good at least; but down 50% people sick of open pitching bias.
  • 2015 - 8 Teams - 3 really good teams, 2 competitive teams, 3 horrible teams
  • 2016  - 5 teams - 3 Good, 1 Solid, 1 pathetic
The trend is undeniable, but this situation is salvageable if everyone admits and accepts the following:

The original series... original cast.. AKA the Old days ...are over
  • About 75%-80% of Contact is retired
  • Cardinals - Ralph wants play for money and sick of driving guys around. 
  • Rangers - Longtime loyal Core BASL team has players still in park playing elsewhere.
  • West - John Shepard retired. Players also scattered throughout the BASL universe.
  • Gotham/Revolution  - Ironically, knocked out by open pitching and when league went to modified quit. Bad space time continuum timing I guess.
In Star Trek many original series characters like Spock, Scotty made appearances in the new series and embraced the future. However, it was clear the Past was the Past and it was time to move forward. In the BASL many original players like Mike Trenk, Chucky R, Bennett, Marty, and Jack Oppenheimer will make appearance in the new generation league, but it is clear the old days are over, EMBRACE AND HELP THE FUTURE.

As for longtime BASL powerhouse and reigning champion, Choice Parts, the question they should ask themselves Is there No Country for Old Men?. When I say that I do not mean that the team is old; Since the league switched to modified the Parts Won the 2016 Championship and appeared in the 2015 finals. Hardly signs of on field decay. 

What I mean is there enthusiasm for the league is old and stale. As a former Parts player I understand:

  • Rosenmiller not around as much. He's not playing mornings either. Team apathy starts with him. He needs to move either move forward or retire, It's just a Choice.
  • John Brown banned. Heart of team for many years. Guys liked open fast pitching style too.
  • Other legacy players Artie , Eddie Brown, Doc, Lou 22, Mickey Peckins not around or on different teams. Different Vibe
  • Mercenary players replaced long time guys mentioned above. Different vibe thing again
  • Above competition and rivals no longer around. No real threats.

In the Next Generation of BASL, will they fit or will they be simply lost in space? Again the Choice is theirs.

The Truth is for the league to survive a new generation (new blood) of Central Park teams


must rise to Discover what makes Softball special in Central Park



So far Softball's Star Fleet academy has 2 new cadet teams. We need more valuable crew members to join as it is Time for a New Softball Generation to Boldly Go to go play on the best place on earth Central Park

Here are the 2017 Details:

Central Park Big Apple Softball League


The 2017 league fee is only $850

This represents tremendous value as teams get:

  • To play on the nicest fields/venue in all NYC in front of a live atmosphere full of fans, tourists and true New Yorkers







The Value can also be seen as the league provides: 
  • Permits, 
  • Doubleheaders every Sunday
  • Guarantee approx. 22-28 regular season game schedule plus Playoffs 
Forget about all those greedy leagues that sucker you in with small money prizes and make you play in terrible fields under inhumane conditions with no competitive balance.

If you love softball this is the league for you as this league will pay off tremendous softball dividends and growth in the form of:
  • Competition
  • Rivalries
  • Effort
  • Passion. 
This is where softball is at:
  • Invest in softball. 
  • Invest in yourself. 
Holler back at rickysoftball2@yahoo.com for more details.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Central Park Men's Softball League New York... Big Apple Softball League 2017 : Excellent Entry Point : SBI Analyst Coverage BUY; Market OUTPERFORM

League Insider Rating: Market Out Perform


When buying a stock the most common advice people get is "buy low sell high"


















and timing the right Entry Point is the Key to investing as it is the lowest cost right before the stock you like takes off. As a Softball Insider I have a major softball "Buy Low" opportunity it's the Big Apple Softball League

The 2017 league fee is only $850

This represents tremendous value as teams get:

  • To play on the nicest fields/venue in all NYC in front of a live atmosphere full of fans, tourists and true New Yorkers







The Value can also be seen as the league provides: 
  • Permits, 
  • Doubleheaders every Sunday
  • Guarantee approx. 22-28 regular season game schedule plus Playoffs 
Forget about all those greedy leagues that sucker you in with small money prizes and make you play in terrible fields under inhumane conditions with no competitive balance.

If you love softball this is the league for you as this league will pay off tremendous softball dividends and growth in the form of:

  • Competition
  • Rivalries
  • Effort
  • Passion. 


This is where softball is at:

  • Invest in softball. 
  • Invest in yourself. 

Holler back at rickysoftball2@yahoo.com for more details.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Malo Pa Fuera.. que siga la tradicion..... Bueno Pa Dentro

and now a new generation



helps the Malo Pa Fuera SB tradicion continue

Top Ten 2016 sb Malo Pa Fuera

10. Anonymous Quote 

"I guess stealing players from other teams to defend last years championship didn't work out for u Ricky. 
"KARMA" "

Insider Analysis:
I never give a damn about a hater, but I ain't letting this Malo Pa Fuera go. I'm gonna turn it into a positive as I will post your bitch ass disillusion narcissistic anonymous quote in my dugout ever game next year. I will make it a personal goal to out play you myself all the time. Thank you for the fuel. Stay anonymous b/c I don't wanna know you.

9. Drama - I ain't no Saint had like at least 3 or 4 fights with enemies, friends, etc last year.
Softball too much of a sacrifice to get to and play to have so such drama. Malo Pa Fuera

8- 5. Tough Losses - Lost 4 championships in 16'. "losing hurts more than winning feels good"
In order of pain:
  • 8. Big Apple League - Old School blew 0-2 lead. This one hurt me the least. I saw it coming in March as we had a more talented younger team but were vulnerable in pitching and experience. Old adage  "those who have not been humbled will soon be humbled". Good guys. good team. We will be back.
  • 7. NY Fast pitch League - Weintraub team was ripped apart by injury, family commitments, work, and apathy. Miracle we made it to finals. Wasn't meant to be as in game one an outfielder saved the day for the Mashers by laying out and catching my liner attempt at a walk off. Lost in three
  • 6. Charter Fabric Wednesday's - Armando blew us away. We had our chances but "live by the sling die by the sling". Lost in three
  • 5. Sandlot - This was my last year I could commit to playing on Saturday's. 

it didn't end well
Heart breaker



















Blown and rain soaked swept away in finals. 

3. Scary Eye Injuries. - Almost shattered my face in my very first 2016 game



 

















I wasn't alone. Eric Wu also suffered an even worse eye injury. Luckily he also recovered

Hell Petey "Mr Bill" Shayne barely avoided an eye injury as well.

Better Health in 17' and beyond

2. Diminished Softball League Membership - Without New blood and good leadership softball is entering a dark time. Selfishness, hypocrisy, and greed are ruining softball. Stop pointing fingers, whining, and complaining and starting offering feasible solutions. This isn't Donald Trump promising to waive a magic wand and solve everything. This is real. As JFK stated "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." .. what can each one of us do to make things better?

and the Number One 2016 Malo Pa Fuera

1. Cancer - Fuck Cancer.

















We all need to fight cancer


Sick of losing to it.

Malo Pa Fuera, ... Bueno Pa Dentro

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Insider 2.0 SB ... Day Time Dramas

New Years Eve is 10 days away but I ain't waiting for the New Year to launch a 2.0 (two point oh)better version of the insider.To get better, it's simple. time to write again.. and squash the rumors that the insider is finished. I'm going to write till the big game is over and seeing that I'm writing this blog in the middle of a workday when many daytime soap operas are playing it seems appropriate that I write about another form of daytime drama.

During the spring and summer weekday 9-5 working hours softball is played in Central park that closely resembles 2 all time Soap Operas


Press League Wednesday afternoons: Theme: Days of our Lives




Like Sands in the Hour glass, 4 time champion New York Times Softball Club has dominated.  Until 2016. 

In the Championship,  Times pitcher Michael Peckins would escape from early trouble and then in the ensuing bottom of the the 1st inning the Times would be the beneficiary of a 4 runs--- thanks to a few egregious defense lapses by a usually sound Equity News Team. 

Equity's Manager Jonathan Libman would keep his cool and repeatedly remind the team that "we were going to give up runs today - better to do so early than late - let's keep the pressure on them and we'll go for the late round knockout. Oh yeah, and If you are having doubts then just focus on how good it'll feel at the end when we win, cause that's all I wanna hear."

Equity News later scratched a run with their signature aggressive base running and then in the top of the 7th inning Equity News would plate 2 more runs on a opposite field frozen rope off of Cano's bat but the Times were able to escape still with the slimmest of 4-3 leads.  

In the 8th Inning the veterans who had tasted victory against the Times as members of The New York Post were due up. Key singles by Joel Ortiz and Jonathan "Jesus" Libman 













and a walk by Isaac Woofter loaded the bases for Ryan Montgomery who had popped up to the pitcher in his previous at bat.

But those of you who know Ryan...
Baller



























he never shies away from the moment. BOOOYAAAA! 
Ryan would electrify the entire park as he would hit a no doubt about it Grand Slam and the comeback was complete.



























Equity News dethroned the 4 time champion NY Times with 8 unanswered runs in dramatic fashion.MVP honors would go to pitcher Frank Usamanont who who gutted out the hard earned victory against such a formidable opponent.This a defining moment for every player who has ever played for Equity News


The insider gives a special shout out to manager John Libman. He puts his heart into softball for himself, teammates, and friends. He's even rooted for me in years where he's lost to me in earlier rounds of the playoffs. True Class

P.S. Been waiting years to put the Jesus joke on teh blog.

We continue with the Daytime drama theme with:
The Broadway Show League: Daytime Drama Theme: All My Children



Old School Tuesday has been a very good team that for many years thst just couldn't win a championship:

2012 - Crushed by Peckins Team - I missed that for work
2013 - Crushed by Fireman - I missed that for work
2014 - Imploded vs Fireman - Brutal Loss Fucking Brutal
2015 - Heart breaker to McHales - Pathetic

Good thing this team played in the Broadway Show league as it always had drama and I usually was caught in the middle of it (Drama Queen, better than drag queen I guess). The drama continued until the bottom of the 8th of the championship where with 2 outs and the bases loaded we took advantage of an error to score 4 runs out of nowhere to take a 8-7 lead that we hung on to.

Like a Proud parent All my Children











  had finally brought the championship home.

Afterwards, I had to Show the Old School some love also
video

Who says Soap Operas are garbage? Not in Softball. Weekday Softball is so much fun.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Top Ten Top 10th

Five years ago I asked for a lifetime extension and five years later (damn that went Quick.. Real Quick)
I'm still under contract and going stronger than ever as December 9th marks my 10 Year Wedding Anniversary 











so what better day for the Return of the Top Ten

Top Ten Top 10th Wedding Anniversary Memories I have with Astrid

10. You loving me for all my flaws. I ain't exactly a Saint. Far from it. Thank you for putting up with all my shit.

9. Massive Support given to me during unemployment, slumps, and sickness. Especially Slumps. "For Better or Worse". You Never got our of dodge. Like Method Man and Mary sang "You're All I Need"



8. Halloween  - Ronda Favorite Holiday is Halloween - We weird like that





















































7. When you got sick just before Girls baptism in June 2014. That was Scary ... can't do this without you



Need a little luck sometimes


6. Letting me play softball.


Softball has saved our marriage ...lol.. sometimes

5. Moving to NY to be with me. Huge Sacrifice .. True Love.....Not easy for a Patriot fan

Hope They Still lose


 4a. The News that you were pregnant.


, but was still very surprised about Twins


 and of course, pumped up



How happy we all were

























4b and how you tricked me teh 2nd time around about having a boy... RESPECT!




3/2/1 The Kids.. duhhhh ...Alexandra Caley and Julian 













Amazing Mom


10 years! Crazy.. goes quick, Real Quick,,,, Best Move I ever made