Season Recap

South Oakland Ducks Baseball
This is going to be youtube and photoshop-less.

We’ll start with the big picture:

Once again Commish was unable to rig the league well enough to have the Bulldogs win a championship.
Try as he might.
I love you, Joe.

The story of the season is the Owlz not winning the title, Cool and the gang lost to the Brookline Bullies in the Conference Semis.
Then the Hurricanes stepped in and beat Brookline.
Kenny Powers is still thinking about it I’m sure.
I know I would be.

Now more than ever teams win more based on who they can recruit than anything else.
The off season is a big deal.

I predicted there would be a bench clearing brawl this year, and we (as a league) were close a few times.
the umpires repeatedly lost control of games.
I think the only team that is satisfied with the umpires in the Hurricanes.

The Blues put our league on the map in AC (Scoscia is a beast), and then the four teams who played in Butler almost took it back off. see the bulldogs blog for the run-down.

I am one of few guys who can say they have played on a team with Rob Cool and on a team with Kenny Powers.
they are both honored i’m sure. quack.

me and alex warren and Rob Swanger and a couple other guys.
The Sox could have used Warren in the playoffs, he’s a workhorse and a competitor.
he’s also level-headed.

There is talk of radical realignment.
rookie, A, and AA.

I’m an anti-gambling baseball purist, and would rather have a just rookie league, then split up the rest of the teams into Wales and Campbell, and then have all but the 3 or 4 worst teams in the league make the playoffs.
However Joe proposes it, the new alignment will be voted on and we will make a decision collectively that we will all bitch about later.

He likes brackets and the tourney he has drafted will be great fun.
Come up with your own ideas to present to him at the winter meetings if you think you can do better.

The Ducks may split, we may not. We may play in the top division, we may stay down since we don’t have any college players on our roster and are eligable as we are currently constructed to dominate the A division before we make the jump in 2011.

I stand behind whatever decision our coach makes.

This is a crucial off season, as Dr. Jones and I are old and have to find real jobs and all that other real life bullshit that hits when you get past 25 and still don’t have a career or any real structure in your life.

We need two or three guys to do the uniform work, find a sponsor or two, and get us a field.
someone talk to the city about getting Mellon Park which is getting lights installed.

I am absolutely done doing extra shit. Sorry, I don’t have time anymore. I am sad.
I won’t be able to maintain the blog as consistently as i have and certainly don’t have time to run around the city taking care of all the minutia i have for the past 7 seasons.
I put myself in this position because I’m too neurotic to trust others to do it, so I’m accountable, but whatever.
I’ll still play next year if coach needs me.

The blog was absolutely ridiculous this season, and I took some liberties that maybe I shouldn’t have, but mostly people need to lighten up.
If you don’t want the Ducks to have the loudest voice in the league start your own blog, homos.
or at least leave nasty anonymous comments.
Overall it was great fun, and Larry is a crybaby who sucks.

Coby has been in touch with Al Gore about getting the internet and will have his thoughts sometime in October. Skip will post some individual awards in the next week or so, so I won’t mention any individual accolades, of which there were many.
ok just one, and that was Squints’ uniform heist.
#7 is a beast.

2009 South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (16-8, 3rd in Wales Conference, 4th overall) Season in Review.

Our season ended unceremoniously, with a crushing 10 inning defeat at the hands of the hated black sox. While I’m not one for moral victories, to call the season a failure is too simple.
This was the best Ducks team I’ve ever play on, and in any other season we would have probably been one of the last two teams standing.
We did it all without a true ace ( i think we were the only team in the top 3 or 4 in the league who could not boast a “Guy Who Throws 90”), or a natural center fielder or lead-off hitter.

It should be a point of pride among all of us that we were a tough team to play against this season. We never showed up at the park not having a chance to win (except the mother’s day massacre).
No one saw South Oakland on the schedule and set their rotation so we’d get their third guy who only pitched once in little league.

We straight out-classed the Gray Bats on all levels.
We defeated the league champion Fightin’s 2-0.
Only two teams posted better than a .500 record against us this year: The Owlz and Black Sox – the tow best teams in the regular season record wise.

My only team regrets are not giving the owlz a better game, even when we had our starters, and the Eagles game.
that shit will happen over a 24 game season.
shit like only beating the bulldogs by one run twice, our most unconvincing season sweep.
It also sucks a few guys bailed on us who had been contributing.
We won two of every three games we played.
We were five and oooooooh.
Then 12-3 before wrapping up the 3 seed and ducking around down the stretch.

We played inspired baseball in the post season beating the Gray Bats for the 4th time in 2009, before we came up 1 run short against the Sox in probably the most exciting game any team played during the 2009 season. Extras in the playoffs, can’t beat that shit.
Fucking Black Sox.

We represented the league well in Erie, but not so much in Butler. What a shit show.
let’s never talk about that again.
fuck that whole junkie infested town.
(note, the teams we played in the tourney were gracious in victory, and most likely don’t live in Butler, except for that one guy in the dugout who kept nodding-out and itching himself and drooling all over the place.)

Going in to 2010 we have 10 roster spots open, half our pitching staff, and a bunch of guys are moving away or maybe won’t be back. There is a lot up in the air.

Luckily, Ducks fly together.

Bad News since 2003.



3 thoughts on “Season Recap

  1. Great season Ducks. I really enjoyed the rivalry the Gray Bats had with the Ducks this summer, even though you outscored us 38-3.I believe I have played my last game in the Pittsburgh NABA. Like Gwin, I just have way too much going on. I will turn 33 years old on October 3. I have been going through a divorce for 2 and 1/2 years with a woman more delusional than somebody who will remain nameless (and that is a major accomplishment). My 10 year old autistic son was diagnosed with anxiety, OCD and Tourette's Syndrome last week, and he needs me more than ever now. I could go on and on.I know Mike Martin is going to be pissed off that he will be losing a pitcher this fall on the Red Tide, but I just can't do it. I am fighting a fierce illness, and I would be surprised if I ended up in the hospital again.Hats off to Joe Graff. This is the best run amateur baseball league I have ever played in. I know how much work goes on behind the scenes, and nobody gives a damn how much he does.I just couldn't have quit on a game when I gave up a 400 foot home run to Andrew McCray to end the season. Even if it was against a bunch of Has-Beens, I went 2 for 3 at the plate with 3 RBIs and pitched an inning of scoreless relief striking out 2 with the bases loaded. I know I can still play. I know I have a nasty curveball. I am no where in the same galaxy as Barry Sanders was, but I know when its time to quit.I wish everybody a great fall season and good luck in 2010. I'll be around sometime to check out some games.


  2. yo dude. don't sweat's fall ball… the red tide will survive.. you handle your business.and on that note, if anyone wants to come pitch for the red tide, get at me… YODA – where you at bitch?the blog must be back for next season. i think it was great for the league. i'll hold it down on our blog, but the Duck's blog was king.and for all you old folks.. the bulldogs are starting a 28 and over team next season, and we have some spots to fill. myself and scott kramer will be running that team.


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