Saturday, February 9, 2013

Season Review 9 of 11 " Pray for Rain" ... A Staten Island Tale

In 2012 I was committed to and played on 11 softball teams. Yes 11 you read that right. This is the ninth of an eleven part season review series that provides a review of their trials and tribulations
Season Review : Pray For Rain
Pray for Rain Manager Mike Morello
Regular Season Record : 8-4-2 - 2nd place
Final Standing: Disappointing Exit in the Semi-Finals

Insider Analysis: 
Even though the young ladies in the clip below are pretty fun/cool rappers    
Staten Island "SI" as a whole gets a bad wrap. Regardless of any "SI" stereotypes on every Saturday Morning in the fall I call it my softball home where  I play for "Pray For Rain"and games take place at the ASA Softball complex where every time you drive in you your reminded "The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of their Dreams"
The awesome field plus 
  • Convenient early morning start time
  • Exciting double elimination playoff structure,
  • Use of the clincher gold 
  • Competitive Saturday League action - rare
  • Tough opposition pitching (at times)
makes it an attractive league. On the negative side it is outright sling pitching and non ASA sanctioned Miken Ultra  II bats are not allowed.  You just have to be ready and deal with it as it is softball "buyer beware".

Our team was coming off a championship season

but the old saying "What a difference a year makes" went against us in 2012. We had a lot of talent, but taking a queue from its fellow borough most famous movie and quote - A Bronx Tale"Nothing is Worse in Life Than Wasted Talent " 

As a team we definitely underachieved in 2012. I knew we were in trouble by early October because we only showed glimpse of championship play, commitment  and desire. We were a bad team with a good record. Bad season

On an important side note, the team that defeated us "RAS" went on to win the league

were not only worthy undefeated champions, but were playing for a cause. Unfortunately they lost two team members during Hurricane Sandy. Crazy. No way the softball gods were letting them lose. The game was an escape and healing process for them ... It is more than just a game.

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