inspiring his team to the title. Well yesterday (and as reported on the insider 3 years ago http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2008/04/are-we-not-warriors.html ) Softball version of Willis Reed, Lou 22 " The Commish" Gonzalez
fought through pain and injury to help lead and inspire LAWYERTIME "LT"
to the NY Fast Pitch Championship!!!!!!!!! I knew we were going to win when I got to the park extra early at 4:30 pm (for a 5:30 pm game) and already saw him running sprints in the outfield. No doubt - sheer bruto strength. That's what winners do - Mind over Matter.
I was his drug dealer as he popped two ibubrofen's, was good to go, and with the deciding game three in the balance, Lou 22 blasted a massive triple. As he rounded the bases he grabbed his hamstring which stirred memories of another great post season hero
That hit set the stage for a three run inning that gave LT an insurmountable 4-0 lead to bring home the title, wipe away 2 years of underachieving and put us back on top. Lou 22 had the following to say afterwards " Thanks. It is now worth it, pain and all. Season Over and a Championship to get us through the winter. Just feels so good"
A key part of the victory was the unique and an unorthodox 5 man infield, 3 man outfield requested by ace John Brown
anchored by LT's 2011 championship difference maker Sito
who defense was flawless, amazing, masterful, marvelous, add any superlative you want b/c he deserves it. He was truly fantastic and worthy of the LT co-championship player of the game (and oh yeah you know I'm gonna do everything I can to stop him from playing on the Evil Empire next year - fuck that)
Backed by this excellent defense, John Brown had a no hitter until the 7th, but that's when things got dramatic as the Master Batters loaded the bases with one out, but an exciting game ending double play sealed the victory and set off a wild and fun post game celebration
as the Champagne was cold
and the moment sweet and well deserved
A big part of the improved team chemistry and focus this year was the LT Championship Belt that team co-captain and leader Anthony Peterson thought up. Like myself, http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2011/05/sad-insider-loses-childhood-hero.html Anthony was a big wrestling fan growing up, and he gave a special shout out to the late great wrestler Randy Macho Man Savage
after the game - LOL.
More importantly, the insider would like to salute Anthony Peterson for not only being clutch and a great team player, but for organizing and putting his heart and soul into this team all season. He loved this team. Congrats Brother, you and everyone else on this squad deserve to sing the greatest corniest sports song ever - We Are the Champions by the flamboyant but utterly brilliant Freddy Mercury b/c
"its has been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise , but we ain't gonna lose - We are the Champions my friends"
A memorable season of Recovery and Redemption, very meaningful on so many levels