And We Start Again…

South Oakland Ducks Baseball, who names their team the Rebels?

James Fago is our manager this season, and he’s in the best shape of his life.

Get in touch with him (or me, if you must) if you plan on playing this season. As always, roster spots go to returning Ducks before we fill in the gaps with Dominican League players Rob Cool knows through some ex-AAU coach, who used to play DII ball in Eastern Ohio, and sells sneakers out of the back of a truck at Waynesburg away games.

We owe the league our first $500 in the next few weeks, and Nike is sending people to my home trying to shake me down for the money we didn’t raise to cover our unis last year.

We’ll get it figured out soon.

We run a tight ship in South Oakland.



Ducks Extend Win Streak to Six, Sweep Militia.

2011 Ducks Baseball, who names their team the Rebels?

James Tessyier had a perfect game through 3. Following a leadoff  walk in the bottom of the fourth, with the Ducks (6-2, 2-1) leading 12-0, South Oakland’s center fielder misplayed a fly ball that allowed a run to score, blowing both the no-hitter and the shutout.

The Ducks went on to win 12-1.

To their credit Monroeville came back strong in game 2, however the Ducks won 4-2.

James Fago pitched 5 strong innings allowing 2 runs before Garret Mack picked up a 2-inning save in his first official pitching appearance for the Ducks.

Mack also went 2 for 2 with a sac fly.

The game ended on a bases loaded fly out to Nick Berdine who made a phenomenal running catch on what would have been an extra base hit


Note: The Militia have only played Elliot once. For whatever reason i misread the league site and thought they’d lost to Elliot twice.

South Oakland is 6-1 in its last seven games against the Militia including last season’s semi-final victory.

South Oakland plays the Pittsburgh Bulldogs Wednesday night at 9pm.

Black Sox at Moore Park on Saturday.


Ducks win 11-3. Militia defeat HURRICANES!!! in Extras: Matchup Wednsday

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Our Game is Wednesday at 9pm at SpringView, not Monday as I originally thought.

This is the first time South Oakland has reached the league semifinals since 2004.

Congrats to the Militia for running over the Canes.

Barchie is a beast.

guest post from militia55 on the way

more later



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The Ducks will play a double header vs. the Michigan Militia at Gateway Middle School Saturday at 10am.

These games will determine seeding in the end of season tournament. Finishing ahead of the Militia is important and will allow us to play only A teams in the first two rounds, or potentially the Eagles who are barred from playoff participation due to forfeits [4].

We’re playing for the 5 seed – the top two teams in A and AA will get the 1-4 seeds.

If you are bored at a job that grants you access to the internet, and you want to learn about a really offensive militia group, check out this link to a “Rocky Mountain Militia” video – Terrifying, but includes an incredible she-mullet at the 7:40 mark.

“Militia” indeed.

John and Dan keep shitting the bed with new team names, poor guys.

Anthony DeFilippo will join Jesse Smith as team Captain through the remainder of his contract, which runs through the 2030 season.

read this book

We miss you, Kirk.


Game [12] Recap. Tessyier Saves America: Ducks 11, Militia 1 (6)

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After the storm, and three rain outs since a 10-5 win over division bird rival South Side Eagles, the South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (7-5, 2-1) claimed an early hold on first place in the Wales Conference with a brutal, 11-1 disarming of the Michigan Militia Monday night at Springview Field.

Ducks pitcher, James Tessyier  earned a complete game victory, striking out 7 in six innings of work.


The Baseball gods shit on the Militia for not using this sweet “M”  logo on their caps,

allowing the natural bad-ass spin-off of these uni’s and bathing in the delicious irony of using a non-existing Canadian team’s design as a template for their American Patriotic team of Awesomeness while paying backhanded homage to the two dissolved teams from whence the Militia came and the twilight of Pete Roses’ career.


The Militia bombed the post office in the first inning, scrapping out a 1-0 lead off a lead-off double, an error, a past ball, a ground out and a homemade proximity mine made of roofing nails and propane.

The Ducks answered in the bottom half of the frame, with some excellent base runnig by center fielder Rob Cool.who walked, and stole third after a Tony Casale single, then Cool took home on a wild pitch.

Despite being the last player on the team without a hit, Cool finds ways to help the team.

1-1 after 1.

Tessyier retired the side in order in the top of the second, then the Ducks scored two when Gwin adn Murphy led off the inning with HBP, followed by a FC by Duffy.

Mike Cinefra drove in two with a two out single.

3-1 Ducks after 2.

Things got tricky in the 3rd.

The plate ump’s strike zone was tighter than any number of inappropriate metaphors.

The Militia’s fierce brand of urban guerilla warfare, had the Ducks cornered, lookng down the barrell of a homemade, plastic gun which can be smuggled through customs undetected – like in In the Line of Fire. They had those things, it was terrifying.

Militia Leutenant, and former Braves prospect, John Tremel was up with the bases loaded, and bazooka-ed a shot, ear-marked for the rightfield corner, but 1B Nick Berdine had other ideas.

Great hands.

The oh-my-gosh snag led to a double play to end the inning.

hands that heal…

The militia only had one more baserunner past first for the rest of the game. Berdine’s catch was pivotal.

Sorosky struck out on a high fastball and was hit in the sack like five times at second.

This pic came up when i googled "militia."

Berdine added two RBI and a stolen base in the bottom of the 3rd.

5-1 after 3

in the fourth, the Ducks scored four more, putting the game into blow-out territory.

Tim Lipp, Anthony DeFilippo and Rob Cool had RBI.

Mark Guthrie scored in the fifth.

Alex Harsh singled, stole second and scored on Tony Casale’s game-ending single in the sixth.

11-1 Ducks.


South Oakland plays the Eagles at 9pm, Monday night at Springview.


Gameday Twelve.4: Ducks vs. Militia

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (6-5, 1-1)


Michigan Militia (6-2, 1-0)


Spring View Field.

Lost in the buzzzzz surrounding the Ducks absorbing players fromthe team that lost to the Black Sox in the Whales Conference Final last season, the cheating machine known as Big Oil, the Bulldogs and HURRICANES!!! battling for the top spot in the Campbell Conference, the Michigan Militia has quietly pipe-bombed  its way to a 6-2 start, and, after a dramatic win over Kenny Powers, they are atop the Whales Conference as the Pgh NABA dives into Divisional play.

Two of the Ducks Blog’s all timem favorite teams, the Gray Bats and the Confederacy, have combined their resources, stockpiled weapons and canned goods and, after spending the off-season literally underground contriving ways to undermine the government and the bleeding heart homos in Washington and their big government welfare machine, they are back with a vengeance, invoking their 2nd amendment rights while assembling a solid roster for their “Patrioticly”-themed baseball squad which has been funded by by an unnamed group of jingoist, hyper-nationalist fundamentalists who will shoot first and ask questions later, the shadowy organization is using the team as a front for money laundering the profits from gun running, heroin distribution, and the show Jersey Shore.

This is a battle for first place in the division.

Rumor has it the Militia  wear star-spangled uni’s.

Jeremy Barchie, seen here after a night of blackout drinking, high stakes black jack and horseback riding, models the new Militia uniforms.

We’ll need the White Stripes.

Bad News for the Militia.

Rebels Week: Day III

2009 Ducks Baseball, NABA, pittsburgh NABA, who names their team the Rebels?
Which do you most associate with the term, “rebels”?

A message from The Commish:

Its funny that LarryZ voted for the crew of Perry and company at the winter meetings. So did the ducks, and every other team present. There was another option on the table… but we went with perry by a 11-0 manager vote. The suggestion of one ump was never brought up, but it is a welcome topic for next year. As for this year, we have a contract with Perry… if you know of another association willing to send one ump to every game for $50, email

As for scheduling? Talk to your managers. they had the schedule a week before it was released to the public, and were welcome to make any changes themselves. Very few did. Agreed upon league No play dates? Memorial Day Weekend and fourth of July. Hence, the long layoff for most teams in may. As for teams starting later? The Owlz and Matadors could not have physically fielded a team, the majority (not 2-5 players), were still in college. I tried making them last year, and they each forfieted games.

There was a proposition to split them into a separate division… but it was tabled by the managers without even being brought to vote. Them starting later, and having more doubleheaders and 4 games in a three day span seemed liek the only fair comprimise. They could not have fielded teams.

Divisions/Realignment? I’ll take the heat on that. I forgot to put it to a vote after the draft. I will say that the Top teams in the Monogahela have appeared to improve thier teams significantly, while most other teams have made more modest improvements. However, the current configuration was established to maintain some existing rivalies (Warriors/Oilers/Bulldogs & Ducks/Black Sox/Rebels), and try to minimize travel for most teams. That is difficult since there are three guys responsible for getting all the permits (Cool=Findlay, Finkel=Gateway, Graff=everything else)!

The managers make the final decision on everything that happens before the season starts. During the season I make decisions based on what I think is best for the league. I’m not always going to make everyone happy, but I’m trying to do what’s fair and in the best interests of the league.

In short, I spend hours of time trying to make the league run smoothly, with very few offers of assistance. We would not have a league presently if I was not securing umpires, and getting the field permits that I have. I don’t think its perfect, but its the best I can do with the time and resources I have. Want change? Simply talk to your managers, show up at winter meeting where they decide these things… or better yet, offer to help! I’m all for improving the league any way we can!


A special “thank you” to Gala, Gwin, Strom, Martin, Shukla, Boley, Finkel, Cool, and all managers… all of whom have assisted the league in some form this year. Your time and effort is appreciated.

As always, Don Henley is on the money.
We’d probably be forced to vote the same way again on the umpires.
I just wish they would hold up their end of the contract.
The “Bluez” are going to be unreal this Labor Day.

Thank you all for reading and leaving comments.

It is greatly appreciated.


Rebels Week: Day 2.

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Wikipedia Definition of “Rebels

“One who resists authority”
No wonder they don’t get along with The Commish.

South Park Civil War Episode.

Fantastic Discussion thread a couple posts back.
Thanks for reading.

Larry think the owlz take it too seriously, The Owlz will probably throw their ace at the Gray (0-5) Bats and hurt Larry’s feelings, if his aging mind doesn’t forget about their game.
Black Sox and the Owlz hate each other.
some guy was drafted by the red sox.

I’ve heard viscious comments from members of each team directed at one another, nothing to repeat, but there is a real dislike there.

(logo of the Denver Black Sox NABA team.)

Rebels (1-3) beat the Eagles (2-3), the 7-0 score would indicate forfeit perhaps?
This is a big divisional game sunday, followed by the Ole’s on Sunday, and Team Consipracy at the Duck Pond Monday night.

All hands on deck.
We have great depth, but lack a minor league system to call up players when we’re missing two thirds of the roster.


18A Allegheny Division – Wood Bat

18A Monongahela Division – Wood Bat

The Black Sox have righted the ship, and stand at 4-2, after a rough 0-2 start.
B-Sox pitcher JT Slavicek is having an OK start to the season.

The Owlz defeated the Matadors, 7-0, probably another forfeit, and are 3-0 after trouncing the Ducks over the weekend.
I recommedn not having a mid-day double header on Mothers Day in the future.
I doubt it was intenional, but that is clearly why we lost – the scheduling, not the 8 errors.

The Gray Bats will be better than their 0-5 record thus far. The have reinforcements on the way.

What ever happened to Pittsburgh NABA legend Mike “Playmaker” Pleva?
The Gray bats could use a player of his caliber, someone put them in touch, it would be for the benefit of all involved.

Confederacy blah blah, rebels, civil war, Jefferson Davis, blah, etc….

This cartoon was banned.
I had nothing to do with the removal of the Rebels blog post, I was actually joking when i said the commisioner removed it as part of The Conspiracy.

Dicey situation brewing perhaps.

Jim Perry could at least pretend to give a shit about our league.
As an insider and a role player in The Conspiracy, I can say for a fact this is not the Commissioner’s fault. The increase in cost for another association is astronomical.
The fact is we don’t know the alternatives to many of the problems that arise during our season, therefore we can’t say they’d be better if some hypothetical solution were in place, there would just be other hypothetical problems.
I don’t agree with every decision made by Joe, (Stacking our division, games three days in a row then a ten-day layoff, woo-hoo) but when i approach him he gives me answers, and the logic behind his “controversial” decisions.


We need fields, if anyone knows of any fields our league can obtain, email

Baseball is fun.


Game 3 Recap: The "Northern Agression". Ducks 9, Rebels 5

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We fight for those whose poetry has not yet been written.

In a Ulysses S. Grant-esque move, Dr. Jones started Captain America in left field, and gave The Invisible Hand the nod on the mound.

(knows what he’s doing.)

Adam Smith responded with 4 scoreless innings, to help propel the South Oakland Ducks to a 9-5 victory over the Confederacy(0-2), securing the Ducks first 3-0 start in team history, and ensuring the sate of the Union.

MVP candidate Jesse Smith led the way offensively, going 2-3 with a double and and RBI.
The Ducks led 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth when, Les is more ripped a double to left center that was misplayed by CF, Jefferson Davis.

(Mars would have had it)

Mars followed with a walk, then after two failed bunt attempts, Ben Gwin doubled to right giving the Ducks a 4-0 lead. J. Smith selflessly moved Gwin over to third, and Novak, Kirk Gibosn, Watson, Wojoton, Depo, and Cheese, all reached base safely in some manner.
That inning got a little out of hand.

When the dust settled South Oakland led 9-0, after 4 innings.

Both teams left runners in scoring position in the game’s early going, Feathers and Smith both pitched out of trouble.

Ray Finkle’s single in the third inning was the first hit of the year for Monroeville.

(laces out, Dan)

The Rebels can cry and talk shit all they want, but through two weeks of the season, Wojoton, and Gwin each have as many RBI (5) as their team has runs scored.

That almost wasn’t the case, in the top of the second with South Oakland nursing a 1-0 lead, Former MVP John Tremmel hit a ball to the wall with the bases loaded, but CF, Mars made a tough running catch to keep the game close.
Mars proceeded to drive in the Ducks second run with a sac fly, and
would later throw out a Rebel at second who foolishly tried to take second on a hit to right center in the seventh inning.

Captain took the mound in garbage time, the Rebels battled back, but their supply lines were cut, and they were drastically outnumbered.

The Ducks closed the door in the bottom of the seventh.

The Rebels really wanted this one.
What a shame.
That’s what you get for naming your team after the greatest atrocity in American history.

Abe Lincoln would not name his amateur baseball team the “Rebels”

  • Thank you to the fans who showed up to support both teams.
  • Les Gies will be a factor this season, solid game at 3rd, clutch hit to start the 7 run rally.
  • Everyone contributed to another solid team win.
  • Lots of HBP.
  • Depo had a fantastic infield hit.
  • Coby has not recorded a hit since he cut his hair.
  • The season debut of Novak and Mars was welcomed.
  • We were 3-9 at one point last year, this is better.
  • We still haven’t had all our players show up at the same time, good luck with that, skip.
  • Who better to get the W for South Oakland’s first 3-0 win that A. Smith (1-0) who has suffered through some tough times, and has embraced a reduced, but key role on a better team.
  • Adam Smith has seven K’s in five innings pitched to lead the team.
  • Since losing to the Rebels last season we’ve gone 10-2-1 in regular season games.

More later, maybe.

Quack, Quack, Quack.