The Classic Novel Moby Dick begins with one of the most recognizable opening lines "Call Me Ishmael" which tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific ferocious whale, Moby Dick. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. Ahab intends to take Revenge. When he joined the ship, Ishmael didn't know that Ahab was a psycho maniac. Ultimately Ahab's obsession with Revenge would doom himself and the crew of the Pequod (save for Ishmael) to death.
My favorite revenge line in the book is during the final chase where Ahab hurls his final harpoon and yells "to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it."
OK now that we took a walk down 10th grade English class, a good question to ask is : Why am I bringing up "Moby Dick" in softball? Well, in sports REVENGE is a common/classic theme. You want to stick it to an old team, opponent, manager, friend, etc b/c they have done something to you in the past that hurt you. Whether it be losing, getting released, benched, or disrespected you have been wronged and now it's payback time and nothing is sweeter than making a great play, hitting up a storm,or throwing a gem against them and hurting them where it truly hurts the most-on the field!
Well this year I was softball version of Ishmael as I was recruited to play on Bravery in the Broadway show league by Dave "L.D." Bergman. unknown to me, like Ahab, L.D. was on a win at all costs revenge mission against his former team and defending champion RJKHe wanted to beat them bad. Real Bad. But our team started out terribly with an 0-4 and 2-6 record, I honestly thought we wouldn't win a game at one point. But our manager Jack "Bandanna Man" Cutler kept hustling and our top players like Anthonystarted showing up and we won 8 in a row and made it all the way to the finals only to lose a heart breaking 4-3 single elimination game in the bottom of the 7th to RJKCongrats RJK well deserved
It should be noted L.D. made a legitimate brilliant diving catch in LCF to keep us in the game and set up 7th inning dramatics via Ralph Serrano clutch two out RBI hit. But it was all for not, as we lost on a walk-off dribbler. Tough loss.
L.D. may have not gotten his revenge, but he got something more - our team's respect for playing his heart out all year. Funny I've played on 4 championship teams this year, but I am so much more proud of this team than all those others combined b/c of the adversity we overcame. It was an honor serving aboard the Pequod with captain Ahab, I uh mean playing on Bravery with L.D. - we have nothing to be ashamed of. Also, remember revenge is a dish best served cold, Dave you will get another chance