So, it is with great, great sadness, that I am announcing the closure
of the Hudson Valley WBL Summer League. This website will cease to
exist as of March 24, though do not worry, Kris Morse, I will save the
article about Lucas and Geller conspiring to kidnap Tom Oster and sign
him to the Yankees ... in the middle of a game. Our new website,
which will be used for our indoor season, will be announced later this
The good news is, despite how bad I’ve looked against top-notch
pitching, we have no plans to disband the Winter Ball indoor league at
this time ... though I do plan to bribe some of the better pitchers to
lob me the ball so I can pick it up without bifocals.
I want to specifically thank the Barn Yard Originals: Paul Rivera, Chad
and Cliff Fordham, Robin Deutsch, Mike Salerno, Fred Lynch, Brian
Quirk, Bond Brungard, Tommy Berton...
you guys don’t decide to spend
your weekends at my house playing pick-up wiffle ball, this league
never happens. I also want to thank Brett, the Commish at Palisades
WBL, who I emailed about wiffle ball leagues in 2010 and who provided
me with tons and tons of great advice (including, “get the games out of
your front yard if you want people to take you seriously…”). There was
an innocence about that first year that I'm not sure can ever be
that was right about this league was due to input from players and
other league commissioners. Its failures were mine and mine alone.
The number of people who volunteered
their time and efforts to help this league are simply ridiculous, and I
cannot thank them enough: The yeoman efforts of
guys like Tom Oster, Kris Morse, Drew van der Poel, Joe Curbelo, Jeff
White, Tom Resso, Paul Thorpe, Corey Kain, Steve Tozzi, The Gel Man, the list goes on ... guys who dedicated
hours to this league for little reward. (And special mention
to the outfield-wall-rolling prowess of Nicky “Biggs” Warren. Months
from now, when I am an old, old man, I will regale everyone in the old
folks home with tales of the perfection with which Biggs rolled up the
vinyl outfield wall so that it actually fit in the backseat of my
And then there is High School John Geller. Nuf said.
We were never the biggest or best league, but I am proud of the summer
league. We had some great players, many of who will do great in other
I appreciate everyone I met through this league and will miss the
camaraderie and the daily emails about rules, umpiring and how I am
ruining this league from my avid critics, Eddie Martinez Sr. and Billy
On the bright side, I do
plan on organizing some impromptu games at the refurbished Barn Yards
this summer, where it is not only legal, but recommended, that you play
while drinking a beer lol.
Thanks for playing. I miss summer ball already.