We just signed our latest Standards of Certification for Wiffle Inc…basically telling us that we can use the name, logos, etc and that we’re a sanctioned tournament (wow-wee!!, a real Wiffle Inc sanctioned tournament!!!). Anyway, they sent us a CD of artwork such as logos, the sanctioned tournament symbol, etc to use on the site. We personally thought the logo from 1956 was sick. Ill if you will. Nasty. check it out
Lou Levesque and crew have done it again! They brought their professional wiffleball player body the Holy Grail of wiffleball sites. The GSWL players now have their own digital baseball card. The first of it’s kind…GSWL SITE
A site with team info, player info, pitching leaders, batting leaders and more importantly…integrated statistics! I can even be found making a cameo with the C-Notes in the Mass Pro Division, click here. (under Benas, N.)
Tournament Director, Brian Blinn, approached the Reds several years ago with this idea and through a lot of hard work and dedication to the game of Wiffle, has been able to convince the Reds that this is a fun and unique event worth hosting.
The tournament is set up as a Round Robin in the morning and a single elimination tournament in the afternoon (seeded from the round robin play). 50+ teams play in this annual event and it seems to grow every year. What started out as a “local draw” has turned into a regional and NATIONAL draw now. Teams from as far away as North Carolina and Arizona come to play!
The top 4 teams from the Summer Classic are invited to the indoor tournament at Redsfest in December! Also, the winning team receives trophies and they get to throw out the coveted “first pitch” at a Reds Game the day after the tournament! All teams that enter get a T-shirt and ticket to the Reds game the following day as well (among other freebies).
The event is a fundraiser for the Reds Community Fund (the non-profit arm of the Cincinnati Reds) which has dedicated itself to at-risk youth throughout greater Cincinnati. Whether it’s renovating baseball fields, providing opportunities to kids with disabilities, underwriting expenses for inner-city teams or hosting a “Reds Rookie Success League”, the Reds Community Fund finds a way to connect kids with the game of baseball. More than 30,000 kids will benefit from the Reds Community Fund in 2010.
This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my favorite baseball stadium…Fenway Park. I sat in one of the grandstand sections behind homeplate. Nostalgic, historic, beautiful. And old. Opened in 1912, I have a feeling that the seating still looks and feels much like it did back then. Now, for me, this is not a problem at all. I’m 5ft 11in, 165 lbs. Really not an issue for me to turn sideways and slide by people as I side-step my way to my seat. In fact I had to do this about 3 times during the course of the game, as I felt the desire to consume more and more beer. I feel like this is probably the average number of times a fan comes and goes from his/her seat over the course of the game. Food, beer, restrooms, etc. People are up and down.
It was about 5 mins into the game when I arrived at my seat for the first time. Figures, right in the center of the row. So I had to squeeze by 10 people to get to seat number 11. I think people were a little upset at the fact that they had just taken their seats and already, my date and I were forcing them to stand up again. God forbid. A few innings into the game…need some more beer…let’s go. Out of the row and back in. This time I got a look of disdain from the people in the first 3 or 4 seats. Let me describe them to you in one word: obese. There are a few more words that I could have also used, just as accurately. Anyway, I let it go. Whatever, they’re fat, I feel sorry for them. A few more innings go by. It was the 7th inning, beer sales were about to stop, but we wanted a few more. Up again, down the row, and back with a few more cold brews. Delicious. Another courageous slide past the behemoths at the beginning of the row. This time I get the look of death. How could I possibly make them get up out of their seats…again??? They may actually lose 1/4 lb with all the exercise they were getting. I’ll give them the argument that the seats are a little small. People were a lot smaller back in the early 1900s. BUT, to have the nerve to be upset with me, because they were so fat they literally had to squeeze themselves into the seats…that’s BS. Obesity takes enough of a toll on society, without having to deal with it on a beautiful afternoon, with a beautiful girl at the most beautiful ballpark in the country. So, if you go to a Sox game, and you’re fat, be prepared to get up and down a few times, out of a seat that you probably wouldn’t have fit in when you were 6 years old. If you don’t mind that, then by all means, get out there and support your team. However, it bothers you to have to do the equivalent of 3 or 4 squats, in and out of a tiny seat, with people sliding by just inches away (or less), then please…park yourself in front of your TV, like you do every other day, and let me enjoy my time at the ballpark without having to worry if I’m bothering you. Or just lose a few hundred pounds.
Awesome game by the way. Great to see Manny. Also, Pedroia hit a walk-off single, bottom of the 9th…intense.
Cool name. Not really my type of music. Kind of spacey, new wave stuff. I believe this is how one member of the band describes Wiffle: “I’m a watermelon man with a flamingo friend, and unicorn ghost who flies the indigo skies.”
That’s pretty much what they sound like. I wonder if they have any clue what wiffle ball is? Or are they just so creative to come up with such a catchy name?? We’ll probably never know. I’m guessing it’s a coincidence, since they’re from Europe/Australia. If you want to check out their music: http://www.myspace.com/wiffleband