The DC Bullets softball squad is through with their spring training!
Coming on the heels of a successful 2007 season, in which they made the playoffs during the inaugural season of the New York Media softball league, the Bullets regressed during a frustrating 2008 season. Perhaps it was the managerial change, going from the calm hand of long-time head coach Joel “It’s easier to make pot shots at the coach when it’s not me” Press to the high energy antics of Adam “Stop picking on me” Schlagman. Perhaps it was a series of debilitating injuries, with stalwarts Fletcher “Switch-hitting” Chu-Fong and Dougie “Let’s test that pitcher’s fielding” Harrison both missing chunks of time. Or perhaps they’re simply not very good.
But it’s a new season, 2009, and the Bullets will unveil some new rookies, new uniforms (!), and a rejuvenated fun, yet winning attitude at the North Meadow, Field #2 in New York’s Central Park on Thursday, April 30, against the Paris Review.
For the 2009 season, the New York Media league will have six teams: defending champions BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, High Times, Daily Beast, WNYC and the Bullets, and at least another half dozen non-league games are scheduled to keep the team sharp during the long summer months.
As the Bullets prepare for 2009, here are some of the statistical leaders from last season’s 5-13 (1-9 in league, 4-4 non-league) finish:
Adam Schlagman = .635
Joe Hughes = .619
Nel Yomtov = .600
Adam Schlagman = 33
Michael Lorah = 25
Nel Yomtov = 24
Michael Lorah = 20
Patrick Brosseau = 17
Nel Yomtov = 11
Jay Kogan = 11
Andrew Arnold = 17
Adam Schlagman = 14
Jay Kogan = 14
Among the season’s big games: April 30, season opener against Paris Review; June 1, first League game against WNYC; June 11, first game against defending champion BusinessWeek; August 6, vs. Marvel Comics.
So if any fans are in the area, stop by Central Park’s North Meadow, Field #2 on Thursday, April 30, at 5:30 pm. The Bullets guarantee a spectacle, though hopefully the 2009 squad can avoid 2008′s comedy of errors.