Gameday 1: Ducks vs Eagles

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (0-0)

vs

South Side Eagles (0-1)

9pm

Springview Field

South Oakland opens its the season tonight at the Duck Pond vs the winless South Side Eagles. I think there are six teams that have a legit chance to win the title this season, including the Eagles and Ducks. South Oakland will start last year’s workhorse, Randy Patton who earned the victory over the Eagles in the playoffs last year. The Eagles will have their full pitching staff at their disposal after a week off between their opening day loss to BIG OIL. It should be a good game.

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Ducks blog. I’m a novelist and professional writer, and I’ve been giving this content away for a decade. Thank you to the five of you who still read it. I’ll feature some greatest hits from the blog this season.

Historical notes

This will be the Ducks seventeenth season in the Pittsburgh NABA. The Eagles were an early expansion team, starting in 2005 when Whittaker and Jesse Jones starred for them. South Side used to beat us even though they had a lefty shortstop for a while there. South Oakland’s best lefty shortstop was Rob Swanger, who played the position for a few games in the pre-TC Jones era of 2005-06. I wish Rob would’ve been able to stick around for the revival. He wanted to win as much as anyone.

My favorite photoshop of all time. NBD, we just have grey uni’s and are called the Rebels

Above is Ray Finkle and the Rebels winning the ’07 title, lead by Jesse Jones, former Eagle. That Rebels team also had Matt Daulton, the first former minor leaguer in league history, I believe. They were an off-shoot of the Black Sox, one of several Black Sox splinter groups that formed over the years. Ex Sock, Dan Stell, who maybe hates me, played on that team. He left when they folded to join the Militia with Tremel. That Militia team featured a bunch of current Ducks.

Every off season, I look for pitching, and usually I just draft guys. This year we had a bunch of pitchers come our way, and how many of those guys pan out will likely dictate how our season goes. I think they are all high floor high ceiling guys, compared to the one kid who blew his arm out in his first outing in 2015, effectively ending that season and forcing Doc to pitch pretty much every game. That season the Eagles knocked us out of the playoffs. Never turn away pitching.

We also needed to get younger.

So we added a few arms that will hopefully hold up and a couple guys from the Express, another Black Sox off-shoot that folded last season. We will see how it all plays out.

 

Since the end of the first Fago era, I’ve tried to strike a balance between doing as much as I can to make the team better vs. fucking over guys who have been here for years. The best way to strike a balance was to bring back an old friend who played in South Oakland for years, and will make us better. Here’s to the second Fago era in South Oakland.

Bad News for the Eagles

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Gameday 2: Ducks vs Oilers

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side

vs

Hebrew Oilers

9pm

Spring View Field

It only took a week for the first player scandal of the season.

Apparently the Oilers brought in a former minor league player to pitch for them this summer. Seems surprising given their managers concern for the competitive balance of the league as expressed in the winter meetings when he complained about the prospect of the WOLFPACK! and the 2 Dirty 2 Birds: Return of the Bandidos rostering Division III college players.

Save the fucking sanctimony about how West View hurt your team’s feelings if you’re gonna bring in some dude who is obviously a ringer.

This is the most BIG OIL move I’ve ever seen. The fucking yuppie, white collar team brings in essentially a Dominican refugee, in an attempt to make up for the fact that their team is soft. Soft as cotton.

This explains why they wouldn’t play us on back to back nights. This dude can only pitch one of those days. I didn’t press the issue as the Pens were on last night.

The Oilers are scared.

Maybe three guys have any heart on that team, as much as I love them as human beings. Seriously though, just embrace being villains as far as the league is concerned because there’s no way around it. Get your fucking neoliberal councilman to throw out the first pitch across from Google in God awful Bakery Square and flout your Asian players and your nice unis, then he can go back to helping our mayor force Pittsburgh’s working poor into Penn Hills so ya’ll can bike to work without having to look at them.

So, where does that leave us?

I am excited for the opportunity. If you’re not pumped about the prospect of playing against a pitcher this good, you should go join PSL, or see if the Oilers will take you.

We have the opportunity to beat a team that thinks it’s going to cruise tonight because they networked their way into a stud pitcher. We are throwing an ex-Black Sox, ex-Oiler, and one time Duck junk baller who is already telling me he doesn’t want to come out of the game.

We haven’t seen live pitching yet, so should be a good test off the bat to see where we are hitting wise.

Here is  GIF in honor of the Undertaker.

Bad news for the Oilers

 

 

 

Gameday 18: Ducks vs. Devils

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (10-7)

vs.

South Hills Devils (5-11)

9PM

Springview Field

We are responsible for 40% of the Devils’ wins this season with a 1-2 overall record vs. South Hills. Pitching is thin for us tonight, but they’re coming off two games this weekend too, so it should even out. Who knows. We need someone to step up.

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Bad News for the Devils

 

Game Seven Recap. Strom Thurmond’s corpse: Ducks 14, Senators 5

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The Senators jumped out to an early lead after Joseph McCarthy led off the game with a double, stole third, exploited America’s fear of communism, and scored on a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom of the first, after a single and two walks loaded the bases, Brandon Culp struck a blow for America and took Jesse Helms deep.

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The Ducks scored another run in the inning on Bob Faust’s fielder’s choice.

5-1 Ducks after 1.

The Senators kept the game close for an inning, when they added two runs in the second off an error on a potential double play ball hit by Rick Santorum.

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Santorum supports the above slogan.

The score remained 5-3 until the bottom of the third when South Oakland blew it open.

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Iceberg doubled off the wall to start the inning, Dover singled the Ducks’ catcher to third then Faust walked, and Sorosky singled in a run to put the Ducks up 6-3. Gwin walked to load the bases with 2 outs for Ciccone who hit the Ducks’ second grand slam of the game and chased starting pitcher Ted Kennedy.

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10-3 Ducks after 3.

Riley made a diving catch in right in the fourth, then got lost on his way to center field in the fifth. Dorsek played an inning without his hat for some reason then pinch ran. Fetter threw a six-pitch inning in relief.

Alexander Daigle made an appearance. The Senators scored two more to make it 10-5 after 5.

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In the bottom of the sixth, the Ducks added three insurance runs on a double, two singles, an error, and a sac fly.

Ciccone retired the side in the seventh to end the game.

There was pizza and beer.

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Misc:

  • Lost in all the grand slamming was a solid outing by TC, and a pretty clean game by our starting defense.
  • Our smaller home field may have helped with one of the home runs, but it also kept a few really hard hit balls in the gap to singles. It’s also not very easy to see at the plate.
  • The strike zone has been really wide all year.
  • Swetz only hits with runners on base. Our three through seven hitters had the following stats:
  • Ciccone: 2 for 3, BB, HR, 2B, 4 RBI
  • Culp: 2 for 4, HR, 2SB, 5 RBI
  • Swetz: 0 for 4, RE, R, 0 LOB
  • Galvanek: 3 for 4, 2B, SB, RBI
  • Dover: 3 for 3, 2B, SF, RBI
  • If our two hitter would get on base more, we’d be in even better shape.

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Gameday [9] Ducks vs. Bulldogs

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (6-2)

vs.

Pittsburgh Bulldogs (9-3)

9pm

Springview Field.

South Oakland looks to overcome and early season defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs who couldn’t even do us the courtesy of beating the Black Sox last Saturday.

Thanks guys. Way to be even more hungover at 8:30 am on saturday morning than the Black Sox.

Ducks’ utility player and third base coach, Rick Whalen was hospitalized during the first matchup between the Ducks and Bulldogs, but figures to factor in to tonight’s game in some manner.

Coming in to tonight’s matchup, South Oakland is riding a six-game win streak while the Bulldogs have won nine of ten.

The biggest difference between these two teams over the past four seasons has been playoff success. Since TC took over and then relinquished the manager’s position for South Oakland, the Ducks have won a title and advanced to the conference semi’s for a 6-1-1 playoff record. The Bulldogs can’t make it out of the first round.

Maybe we’ll get our championship t-shirts tonight from the commish?

and where’s my trophy?

I wonder if Flip’s buddy still catches for them?

This blog has turned to crap. However,  the Bulldogs blog has proven to be even more racially insensitive and  hedonistic than Fred Phelps reading from a public high school history book in a battered women’s shelter, wearing a bathrobe made out of  Hustler back issues.

(I’m going the clothes made out of magazines route, it’s getting bad over here. Go read the bulldogs blog.)

Fightin’ words.

“I wanted to destroy something beautiful.”

Bad News for the Bulldogs

Ducks Set to Open Season Saturday

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South Oakland (0-0) will face the Bulldogs (0-1)

Saturday at 8:30am at John Herb Field.

We’re using our September call-ups in May to fill out our lineup while we wait for the college kids to show up.

The Bulldogs are gonna be tough to beat this year and will give the Fightin’s all they can handle in the Norris Division.

They’re my sleeper pick to win it all in a league exactly like ours but without Ducks.

With three games in three days, the Ducks look to get in shape and discover hidden pitching talent before Patrick Division play starts on May 7th with a game against the Pony Express.

We’re returning all our starters from our championship team, and have a couple new guys I haven’t met or seen play.

That’s about as good of a preview as I can offer right now.

Jesse Smith is a beast.

Quack.

Schedule

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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.

quack.

gameday nineteen: ducks vs. bulldogs

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Game 19:

South Oakland Ducks of the North Side(13-5)

vs.

Pittsburgh Bulldogs (14-3)

9pm

Spring View Field

Aside from RBI (9 for 28+ Dogs, to 4 for Ducks) I have better numbers for the Ducks than the over 28 Bulldogs in six more plate appearances. I don’t know what that means, you’d think with the tougher pitching, etc..So it goes.

Don’t forget to change your signs for the game tonight, BJ.

…and bring me my duck, you sons of bitches.

The Bulldogs lost to the Militia Saturday, I can’t imagine they put out the same lineup that beat the HURRICANES! the week before.

I’ve got inside info on the Bulldogs new fight song.

kind of depressing, but you can’t argue with a winner.

A South Oakland victory will put our franchise at 80-80-2 all time.

It would also be our ninth straight on-field W, as the Titans win was a forfeit.

the Ducks’ #9 is retired worn by Rob Swanger who, in three seasons, never played on a winning Ducks team.

Let’s get back to .500, and keep rolling into the battle of Monroeville this weekend.

A win also gets us recap rights on the Bulldogs site. Their blog actually gets read, so that’s huge.

Bad News for the Bulldogs

Quack.

Gameday 17: Ducks vs. Matadors

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side(11-5, 4-1)

vs.

Etna Matadors (9-8)

6:15pm

Etna Field

The Ducks beat the Matadors 4-3 in extra innings, when Ken Cool drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 8th.

the last time we were supposed to play the ‘Dors, God tried to wipe Etna off the face of the earth with repeated dispersion of lightning  bolts and torrential rain, leading to a cancellation and subsequent rescheduling for today.

All of the sudden we have a shit load of games in the next two weeks.

Let’s make it eight straight W’s.

Bad News for the Matadors