they are bums no more. A lot of people think the quality of competition is low, but the reality is that the league is well run, plays one nine inning regular season game a week, games are early (9AM) and start on time, and has shown very good competitive balance/upside/enthusiasm the last couple of years thanks to addition of Big Apple veterans like Michael Peckins, Eric Zabarkas, Ralph Serrano, and Juan Parra (even though I hate to admit it when it comes to Juan). The league is fun.
You guys remember the word fun?
Some guys play in it because they can only play mornings, some guys play b/c they love to play all day, some guys play in it to get at bats, some guys play b/c they get to play positions they don't otherwise get to play (i.e. Michael Peckins pitches), while other guys play b/c they manage elsewhere like championship manager, and now championship Westies pitcher, John Rosenmiller.
One fair criticism is that the league does not allow leading until after the ball crosses the plate which leads to the "old man league" stigma. So you don't seen any Jackie Robinson
mad dashes to the plate, but I am confident the league will repeal this rule in 2010.
So instead of dissing the Bum Rush league why don't you get your drunk fat ass out of bed and come out and make it better?
PS Congrats again Westies .... A truly wonderful bunch of guys