Wednesday, July 30, 2008
10. Love of Softball - Simple you want to keep the game alive. Noble but other things get in the way like ....
9. Cheat - Of course.
Let's be honest.
You want a good league but you also want to win.
You do what's to your advantage.
Corruption even in the most subtlest of forms is so easy and almost impossible to resist.
You make money running the league, umpire kick back, and most importantly you have the chance to
Stop the Money. Stop the Money means if you win the league you also get to keep the prize money and not have to pay it out to someone else. Stop the Money is key!!!
7. Attract/Retain Players - Like chicken heads some players go where the money is.
Other players go where the best chance to win is. As a commissioner with a team in the league you most likely fill both these 2 requirements. However, players that go where the best playing time opportunities or loyalty/friendships exist are out of your control,
6. Schedule. You play who you want, when you want, where you want.
What's better than that?
5. Power/Control - Power corrupts. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.
You love being in control - see points 8 & 6 above.
But like Ben Parker told Peter Parker in Spider Man "With Great Power comes Great Responsibility"
Don't let greed and wanting to win get in the way of running a competitive league
4.Controversy - You love controversy and you have the balls to deal with it.
Making the Tough calls on banning pitchers, throwing a player out of the league, overruling an umpire. reviewing a protest is a huge reason why you took the job. Warning: It's like walking around a shooting range with a Target on your back.
3. Softball Dominatrix Effect
You love abuse.
You love being called a cheater and shiesty.
You love it when people say "it's the commissioners team of course they get the calls".
P.S. That's not Me in that outfit above
Someone hasn't paid you yet?
Someone team blatantly cheats?
Some teams doesn't return your calls?
Some other teams tries to steal your players?
Well you the commissioners and you can pay them back where it hurts.
Give them a hard schedule in terms of starting time or competition, not return their phone calls when they have an issue or want prize money, remove a player from their team from the playoffs, throw them out of the league.
That's a commissioners why of say Fuck You Asshole.
and the Number One Reasons to run a team in your own league
1. Playing Time - you and your boys are always in the lineup, playing/batting where you want.
Monday, July 28, 2008
When I say dog days I don't mean take your pooch ( like my dog Jazzi below)
to the park, I mean the HOT Miserable Days of summer that lie just before the playoffs.
The days where it's hard to get motivated to play.
The days were it's freaking 150% humidity.
The days were your injuries hurt more and more as each days passes.
The days where your wife/girl give you shit for playing ball.
The days where other players don't show up and you have to do more.
The days were your friends/ family are off having fun at the beach, barbecues,etc while your playing.
The days were you don't actually mind a rain out ( Pray for rain)
The days where you don't mind playing 1B or Dhing.
The Dog Days wear you down man.
I consider myself I softball warrior, but I feel it.
More this year than any other year.
Throw in a slump, a losing streak, a bad economy, a bump and a bruise and you feel it more and more.
It's a battle of attrition.
Rest at this time of your is more important than ever.
Sometimes less is more.
Especially the older you get.
But what is the right balance between rest and hard work.
How much do you push yourself?
That's such a hard personal question.
Only you know.
Only you care.
Only you can decide.
Being mentally tough now is crucial as you can't quit on yourself no matter
how much you struggle or hurt.
The playoffs are coming.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I kind of lose respect for these game because spectators are required to remain silent.
I mean Tiger Woods yells at fans for answering their cell phones while he is trying to make a put. That's weak and wack.
Imagine AROD calling time out in a game at Fenway Park and telling some retard in the front row to stop singing/reciting the teachings of the KABBALAH to the tune of Madonna's Like a Virgin song.
In Baseball/Softball Trash Talking or Heckling is allowed and is part of the game.
They say hitting a ball consistently is the hardest thing to do in sports.
It gets even harder to do when people are heckling, screaming, yelling, and dissing you while your at the plate.
Heckling comes in all different forms.
Some is abusive. Some is good natured. Some is funny. Some is foul. Some is classless.
Menudo or Ricky Martin to your basic You Suck, Easy Out, etc etc.
The bottom line is in baseball/softball you have to deal with Heckler's.
It requires a thick skin and concentration.
Some guys get scared/intimated by Hecklers.
Other guys give in to Hecklers and yell back or get in fights.
Others love it and feed off of it.
While others ignore it.
In my opinion the best way to deal with a Heckler is Ignore Them.
Don't add fuel to the fire.
A Heckler wants attention.
They want you to lose concentration and most importantly To FAIL.
Ignoring them is the prefect payback b/c your not giving ATTENTION.
If you come through in the game they will look extra stupid and classless.
That being said it ain't easy Ignoring Hecklers, we are after all men with egos and pride.
Here are some my Top Ten Softball Hecklers
10. Willie Ferrer - Legendary Softball Knuckle ball pitcher.
Think of willie as the annoying Clown sitting above a pool of water at a Count Fair.
You pay a dollar for three throws to try and dunk him in the water.
As you throw the ball the Clown relentlessly heckles and makes fun of you.
You get madder and madder and try to dunk the Clown in the water by hitting the target, It's just hard to hit the target b/c your so mad.
That's what playing against Willie is/was like.
9. Little Lou the Manager of the Cardinals
( Seen standing directly to the right of the 2007 Gunn Sports championship trophy with his short open, clapping and hammered of course)
Nice guy who pumps up his team by yelling encouragement all day while
drinking Coors light and mixed drinks.
Doesn't stop yelling at opposing pitchers until he passes out.
8. O'Hanlons Softball team - It's harder to tell what is more natural for these guys - Yelling or breathing. It ain't easy umping their games.
7. Angelo Gonzalez - good ball player and master heckler.
Once he gets going there is no stopping him
6. Dio Jackson - Addicted to Heckling.
Even Heckles during pick up and exhibition games.
5. John Sheppard - Doesn't start talking shit until the other team begins.
Once he gets going it's no holds bar and almost nothing is off limits
4. George Colon - another West player? Like Billy Wagner would say "SHOCKER"!! George on the down low is a very witty heckler.
His best line of the year was when he called Franny the Sun when the rotund pitcher showed up to central Park wearing a full body yellow uniform one day this year.
3. Entire Chelsea League - You are not allowed to play in Chelsea unless you like to Talk
In fact the league would fold is trash talking was not permitted.
2. Willie Jommaron - Merrill Lynch - A unique Reverse Heckler - Most hecklers annoy/bother the other Team. Willie J gives it to his own team.
and the Number One Softball Heckler
Tie - I hate having Ties in the Top Ten but this one is too close to call
1.Edgar Sr. and Inwood ground Keeper Chelo
This one is like Godzilla Vs. King Kong of Heckling
Edgar Sr. is a NYC Softball legend considered one the best players of his era. He may be retired from softball, but he sure as well ain't retired from Heckling. He is funny, ruthless, relentless,and if you pay attention o him he will drive you INSANE. I'm used to him now, the only time he bothers me now is when he is silent.
As for Chelo - Simply does not care as he is 100% plastered drunk all the day.
He heckles in a dialect no one understands while listening to maddening bachata music. What is frustrating is that you can't say anything back to him b/c when he talks you don't understand and you get confused.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
20 Does he run out on the field to make calls to get a closer look? Hustle is important.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The problem actually started last Friday when I umped 4 games ending at 8:45PM in 90 plus degree weather.
Then the situation got worse on Saturday, when I umped another a doubleheader starting at 9 AM and then played 4 games ending at around 8:30 PM.
The 3rd game was a 90 degree 9 inning marathon on 54th street "Donde Caja La Vaca" - the hottest and worse field in NYC.
My team ,The Sox, lost a heart breaker.
Of Course we lost the nightcap as well.
Ironic Softball Punishment - more playing more suffering
As an aside, the extra inning game was played using international rules.
Meaning that each team began their half of an extra frame with a man on 2nd base.
This rule is put in place to try and get the game to come to an end quickly.
This rule is fine in a one day tournament, but does not belong in a regular season game.
Anyway, the Ironic Softball Punishment - more playing more suffering reached an exclamation point on Sunday.
I had a quick turn around as I play in a fun 9 AM morning league in Central Park.
Yeah Lot's of fun - we only had 8 guys one of which was a make shift pitcher
Oh man, suffering.
It was 95 degrees and we had to play a 3 man Outfield.
Ironic Softball Punishment - more playing more suffering
I was not happy.
Of course some guy hit a shot over my head that I misplayed in the 1st inning and my hitting was pathetic against some pitcher you looked like Red Fox from the classic TV show Sandford and Son
So now I was slumping.
I thought things couldn't get worse.
I was wrong.
As my game is going on, I see a lot of my Big Apple West teammates showing up to the park and I start thinking man they are here mighty early for a 1pm game.
Turns out our game was at 11 Am.
Oh man now I had to leave these poor guys.
At least we miraculously had a 3 run lead.
Being that Central Park on a Sunday is the forfeit avoiding capital of the world, I picked up a decent guy and I was on my way to the West game.
By now I was suffering total softball burnout and not too mention heat stroke from the weather and running around.
Luckily, The head umpire (not that idiot Mister Magoo - thank god) saw that I was woozy. He had a park's attendant turn on the sprinkler for me so that I could stand underneath it and cool off. Very nice of him. That idiot Mister Magoo wouldn't do that.
OK so now I was alive.
Running on empty I got asked to play Left Center b/c we were also short guys.
Ironic Softball Punishment - more playing more suffering
Whatever, things would get worse as we got waxed 10-3.
P.S. My morning team mates came by to tell my the guy I picked up made an error and cost them the game.
The next game was a MUST WIN as we were fighting for our playoff lives.
Our ace pitcher Tom "Shooter" Murphy arrived and we were winning 3-1 into the 6th, that's when things got worse.
The best last place team I have ever seen Excelsior ( I don't mean that as a diss they are truly better than their record) rallied to tie the game on clutch hits and errors on our part.
OK gut check time. At least we were the home team.
We rallied to score 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth and the 7th looked like a lock as they had the bottom of their order up.
Not so fast, IRONIC PUNISHMENT must continue.
Excelsior fought extremely hard to tie the game and nearly won it as their lead off batter almost hit a 3 run homer over my head.
The score was now 5-5.
Ironic Softball Punishment - more playing more suffering
Thankfully, I will spare you all the painful details, but the game went 12 long draining innings where both team blew several opportunities to Win
Yes 12 innings of Ironic Softball Punishment - more playing more suffering .
Of course my day long slump continued.
All that matters is that we won the damn game. Finally!!!!!!
This was softball HELL
Thursday, July 17, 2008
No Big Papi.
No Jose Reyes
No Ryan Howard.
No Johan Santana.
No Bonds or Clemens uh .. let's not get into them.
Well the same thing happened in my NYC Softball 1st Half All Star Team
Due to multitude of reasons ranging from work, injury, personal commitments, taking care of the kids, etc .... perennial Softball Studs like Castillo, Gubi, Lou 22, and Simon did not make my list.
While I have no doubt that these notable players and others not mentioned will play a significant role in propelling their team toward the Championship let's see who are the 1st Half Softball All Stars.
P.S. Before I begin I would like to say that Softball All Star games are a waste of time. Totally boring and meaningless.
Elvis - Cardinals - Should have been a Pro. Best CF in all of Softball.
Carlos Castro - Mariners - Not yet 21. Off the Chart Talent
Alex Goldman - Diesel - Only 25. Fundamentally sound with very good bat speed.
George Colon - West/Sox - When he's not going through ump rage, George solidifies the OF and is lethal Lefty bat.
Matt Wasowski - Working Class White Chocolate catches everything hit his way.
Aldo Lopez - has hit 4 Home Runs for West and no one knows about it.
Aaron Fernandez - wouldn't be as good if he played sober
Dusty Quinones - Combines with Elvis to give the Cardinals the strongest up the middle OF combination in 10 Man Softball.
Gilberto Gonzalez - Gilbert is more known for his pitching and 2nd base play.
But under the radar is an excellent 1st baseman and is a Professional Hitter.
Only downside is he can be a little high maintenance Divaish once in a while.
But when his game is on he is well worth it.
Berg - Sox - Incredible left handed extension in his swing and for a right handed fielder has no problem throwing to 2nd to get lead runners on double plays
Ray Ray - Sox - By far the best new player I have seen this year.
Massive Power and a very heads up defender.
Andy Santana - Tianos/Bombers.
Very solid, Good pull hitter stroke. Great kid.
Alex Vasquez - Hurricanes/Merrill Lynch - check him out. He's the real deal
Hector Hernandez - improved his ability to drive the ball combined with his game changing/saving defense makes him so valuable.
Sito - Tainos/Bombers - Easily one of the best young players in all of softball who can more than hold it down in the field.
Has one of the best power hitting mechanics I have seen all year.
Vic - Choice Parts - The guy is always in perpetual motion on the field. So good.
Eric "Cabezza" Espinal - Why is he playing 2nd on Sundays with the Parts when he could be the starting SS anywhere else? A joy to play with.
3rd base - It's been sort of a down year at 3B in softball.
I find that weird considering its such a key position, probably b/c of lot of top notch 3B's haven't been showing up.
I'll go with Larry "Tony Soprano " Trillo from Wall Street - The guy is tough.
Kip - Choice Parts - he's a class act and good player
Ricardo ( not me) - Merrill Lynch - good hitter who yells "Toma" (take that) after he hits a blast
Tommy Colon - more on him below
Edgar Jr. - Sox - has been incredibly focused and in control almost all year.
Reserve Starter : - Tough Call
I'll call it a 3 way tie between Franny from the 29's - risers all day
Gilberto - smart will keep you in game with knucklers
Manny from Working class - Who? When Manny has command he is filthy.
Please note the following 2 points :
(1) I have only seen Caquito pitch 1 inning - so he is not eligible
(2) Slingers like Mike Cueves etc are not eligible for consideration
All Star Manager
Rudy - Bombers - It's amazing how smart a manager gets when he has Cedric and Bobby Langer throwing for him.
John RosenMiller - say what you want but year in year out the Parts are serious contenders
All Start Forfeit Avoider
I'll go with my man Tommy Colon
Tommy's bat speed is easily one of the best kept secrets in softball.
An ultimate team player who can play 3b,2b,C, and even Pitch - he is a gamer
Good luck in the 2nd half everyone
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This begs me to ask the metro sexual question :
Top Ten NYC Softball Beauty Contestants
10. Dio Jackson - takes great pride in his hair.
But looks too much like Ozzie Guillen to ever win.
9. Andy Ayala - Good lefty hitter with the super model look.
The batting gloves.
"I'm a model you know what I mean And I do my little turn on the catwalk
John loves to walk around with his shirt off all the time, when in reality he should keep his shirt on. With his shirt off and hanging against the dugout fence he reminds me of a captive Charlton Heston from the original Planet of the Apes.
The missing teeth.
The drinking on the job.
The only reason Chelo could never be #1 is b/c when asked a question by the judges no one could understand his dialect of Spanish/English or whatever else he says
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Laverne and Shirley spun off from Happy Days.
From the people who gave you Citysoftball.com,
9am & 11:30am games
All games at Inwood Hill Park
(Isham Street. & Seaman Ave., near 207st Manhattan)
10 Game Season, plus playoffs
League Fee $800, includes umpires & balls for the entire season
Prizes for Champion & Runner-up
Starts Saturday, Sept 6th, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
On Christmas it is customary that you give family and fiends gifts.
Well Christmas came a little early in the Central Park Big Apple yesterday,
as Head Ump Mr. Johnson and his partner Mr. Washington
handed handed game 1 of the double header to Contact, and then embarrassed and disrespected the game in the nightcap with their blatant incompetence.
(I apologize if I got their names wrong even though they owe West an apology for their poor judgement, effort and performance in today's Championship rematch between West-Contact).
Before I go on, I hate arguing and blaming umps.
Repeat I hate it.
It's weak and childish.
As a part-time ump I give umps the benefit of the doubt. Especially when they hustle.
But Dumb and Dumber yesterday were a joke
The game 1 blotter for the dynamic duo of Johnson/Washington in Game One was as follows:
(1) Virgin tight strike zone - more on this later
(2) The Field Ump - Mr Johnson not being in position to call the tail end of a crucial 7th inning double play and saying "I didn't see it". What ump in his right mind would say that on a play he was responsible for??? Answer: Not a good one.
He pointed to the home plate umpire who was standing behind our catcher to make the call (nice hustle). He said safe of course b/c it was safe to do so and b/c he was too lazy to more from behind home plate.
I bet you Mister Magoo would have saw it.
Mr "Head Ump"Johnson is the worse and he is confrontational.
(3) 1 play later, with the tying tun about to score at home plate umpire - the Lovable Mr Washington does not call the contact batter out at home for not sliding. The contact runner ran directly into the catcher. He said "it was my judgement call".
Give me a break.
The rule is slide or give yourself up.
You have no heart or balls.
(4) Now with the Bases loaded and 1 out, our pitcher throws not 1 but 2 pitches right down the middle to a "Crouching Tiger" Mike Trenk.
Both pitches are called ball.
Then with the count 3-1 the worse non-call I have ever seen occurred.
Again "Crouching Tiger" Trenk takes a pitch down the middle and walks about 3/4 pf the way down to 1st, then the Lovable Mr. Washinton raises his arm and made the most unsure strike called I have ever seen to not only further provoke everyone but prolong the agony.
Needless to say "Crouching Tiger" Trenk then took another pitch right down the middle that spite full and moronic Washington called ball four.
Game 1 gift wrapped and a bow placed on it for Contact.
In that game I pooped up with the bases loaded.
Murphy pitched a gem.
We made errors.
But despite all that we had that game, but the umps took that away from us.
Players decide games not ump.
That bombastic idiot Washington cost us that game.
Now the situation had become goon heaven with everyone angry and upset.
To defuse the situation I asked commissioner Jeff Marcus to switch umpire Washington to another game.But Washington decided to stick around. Our loss, well almost, more on that later
Just when you think things were bad Gama 2 rolled around.
The game begins with Contact scoring 1 run and having a man on 3rd with one out ( 3 Batters have taken their turn), all of a sudden the game stops for well over 10 minutes.
Why b/c Contact cleanup batter was not there.
He was off on his bike somewhere.
Contact had not submitted a lineup.
And Mr Magoo umpire stands around and does nothing.
He stands their like officer Bar Brady from South Park "Nothing to see here people Nothing to see"
He doesn't tell the starter to pitch.
He doesn't say batter up.
Of course by this point West is mad.
Sorry I meant to say very fucking mad. With good reason.
Allegedly West starting pitcher Jimmy Meyers then asked Mr. Magoo to get the game going and Mr. Magoo told him to don't fing talk to me, Then Meyers cursed at him and Mister Magoo tossed him.
Are you Fing kidding me!!!?!?!??!
You and your incompetent partner blow game one and then you ejected our Starter in the 1st inning of game 2 without a warning after you instigated the situation
It's embarrassing and deplorable.
You Both Suck.
I asked my manager John Sheppard to vote Mr. Magoo out of the playoffs in umpire review. Now I will ask him to get rid of Washington as well.
Then again Mister Magoo is "The Head Ump" so it's tough for him to get a negative review.
P.S. We won game two salvaging our day and keeping our playoff hopes alive.
P.S.S. As a final act of protest we refused to hand the umpires their money and gave the funds to commissioner Jeff Marcus to disburse. They did not deserve any respect
Between game Wezst manager John Sheppard
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I can deal with them, heck at some point most players/teams "pray for rain" for one reason or another. But this year has been fucking horrible.
Not only has it rained like almost everyday, it rains driving to the game, or minutes before a game begins, or during games, or between games, it just rains.
One of the worse rain out I experienced was tonight when 2 hours before game time it rained enough to cancel the game, then when the game was postponed it all of a sudden got nice outside. damn
I'm fucking sick of it.
Top Ten Reasons it Rained so much this year
10. Rain goes perfectly with the recession, high gas prices, the real estate market crash and not to mention unemployment ( which I am still part of ).
9. Prevent me from coming up with new blog topics - OK that's a positive
8. George Bush - I don't know why I wrote that I just felt like blaming that moron again.
7. Softball Gods why have you forsaken us?!?!?!?!?!
We must sacrifice something to get the SB Gods back on our side.
Perhaps a commissioner .. maybe CJ??? from EMS http://www.emsleague.com/
hmmm . nah I'll pass, I don't like EMS but CJ can live.
6. Softball Gods testing to see which commissioners has the fairest and smartest remake schedule skills or at least the best schedule software to account for all the rain outs.
5. Patience is a Virtue - nice saying made up that is basically telling you to stop complaining - 3rd best corny cliche I can think of that applies to all this Rain
4. Life a Bitch and then you Die - 2nd best corny cliche I can think of that applies to all this Rain
3. Everything Happens for Reason - best corny cliche I can think of that applies to all this Rain
2. Global Warming - OK now I'm really stretching to get 10 items, I'm just stalling for number 1 and .....
and the #1 Reasons it Rained so much this year
1. Make the dry (hopefully) Fall season off the hook.
Citysoftball.com is coming soon plus a spin off Saturday CO-Ed league.
I know shameless plug, but all this rain has left me no choice
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well their is plenty of fun at he Robert Trillo Annual Softball game and more importantly it is a good cause as a bunch of guys who grew up above 96th street remember a friend who has passed away.
Read the details of the event below.
If you make it out one time this year this is the event - plenty of softball, food, liquor, prizes, and laughs all day long.
Host: Juan Moreiras
Location: Inwood Park (Field #3)Inwood Park (Field #3)
207th and Seaman Ave, New York, NY US
When: Saturday, July 12, 10:00AM
You are invited to the 4th Annual Robert Trillo Charity Softball game(s). This year, we're officially calling it a "Softball-Marathon" where you can play ball all day and raise money for a good cause.
We do this every year to contribute to the
AS USUAL, THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE AND PRIZES - In that past we've given away an IPOD and a fancy dinner. This year can anyone say IPHONE???
So come and hang out with us at
GET FRIENDS TO SPONSOR YOU FOR EACH INNING YOU PLAY AND HELP US RAISE MONEY.
We will also collect donations that day. If you can't make it, but would like to donate, please send a check payable to
77 Park Terrace East, D29
OR via PAYPAL, send donations to email@example.com.
DIRECTIONS TO INWOOD PARK:
A Train to 207st, walk two blocks west to Seaman Avenue. (you'll see the park).
1 Train to 207st, walk six blocks west to Seaman Avenue.
West Side Highway to Dyckman Street Exit, at 3rd light make left on Broadway. Proceed 4 lights to 207st, make left and go to blocks to Seaman Ave. Start looking for parking!
If you have any questions, call or write:
Freddy: 917-319-2023, firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan: 917-334-6081, email@example.com
Rick 646-337-3535 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick 646-337-3535 email@example.com
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
But what about those winning player that fly under the radar.
Talented players who most of you don't know about b/c they play in other boroughs or remote locations.
Here is my Top Ten List of Under the Radar Stud Players
10. Chucky Lamantia - Charter Fabric League and Staten Island - this is one fast white boy.
I call him The Flash b/c of his blazing speed.
Looks like a quiet little harmless guy, but when he plays the kid will literally run through a wall for you to win. Dead Pull hitter and an excellent outfielder who can play IF as well. Great Guy.
9. Larry Triollo - Wall Street/ Merrill Lynch - looks like Tony Soprano and is
just as tough as him.
Solid 3rd baseman.
Excellent and True 4-5 Hitter Power.
Not afraid of anyone.
If he is on you team you love him, if he's not you hate him.
8. Nicky Conesco/i - WHO??? - man this Staten Island player is so under the radar that I don't even know the true spelling of his last name. But what I do know is that he is a five tool stud lefty bat. Built like West Legend George Colon, Nicky can also serve as a sling pitcher.
This big little man is amazing in the field and at the plate.
Beautiful short compact power stroke makes him an impact bat in any lineup.
7. Enrique Perdomo - Actually is a Central Park legend. Excellent approach at the plate - can hit the ball with authority to all fields. The guy is in his 50's but defensively plays the field very intelligently. More importantly, as a pitcher has an absolutely filthy knuckle ball. Throws it hard, soft, medium speed, breaks in, out, up, and down and does not tip his pitches or pitch sequence. Unfortunately, does not like to play league games anymore.
It's a shame he's excellent and one of my favorites. I highly respect him.
6. Carlos Castro - Mariners Colgate - will only be 21 later this year.
He's not under the radar anymore as he plays everywhere.
I already have him listed as one of my favorite shortstops (see Classic Shortstop ranking blog)
Off the chart ability - speed, arm, power, instinct, bat speed, pitch recognition.
Should be playing baseball.
The type of player you build your team around.
5. Pito Rifokol - Plays close to home in the Bronx in goon 259th street league for the Maniacs. One of my all time favorite players/persons I've come across in softball.
Original Inwood player and Inwood Hall of Famer.
Is a 5 Tool player and extremely intelligent.
Only downside is that he listens to R&B music all the time, outside of R Kelly adventures I don't follow R&B much
4. Edgar Gonzalez Jr.
Edgar is definitely not under the radar b/c of lack of ability or exposure.
He has been playing NYC softball for years, but has cut back the amount of time he plays the last few years for different reasons.
His talent and ability as a pitcher is unquestionable.
He effectively changes speeds, throws a very good riser, has excellent speed/movement, highly intelligent, and has won numerous championships.
To top it off he is 100% Legal.
When I 1st started playing modified softball I think it took me like 3 years to finally get a clean hit against him.
When he is focused and committed he is a tremendous asset for any ball club.
3. Stevie Rodriguez - Highlanders/Sox/Broadway Stars/Tianos -
Stevie is a beast.
Not scared of anyone or anything.
The Man is indestructible, softball's version of Wolverine
He broke his wrist one season and came back to help lead the Highlanders to the Citysoftball.com 2005 Championship.
He is not exactly under the radar, but I threw him on the list b/c he isn't talked about as much as he should be. The guy has power and plays everywhere at a A+ level.
2. Alex Vasquez - Hurricanes/Merrill Lynch - My #1 Rated NYC Softball Shortstop
Incredible Raw Power.
The harder a pitcher throws the farther he hits it.
His quick hands and balance are the key to his power.
As a shortstop the man is simply Professional!!!
It's amazing to watch him play.
and the Number One Under the Radar Stud Players
1. Ray Ray - Sox Central Park
Such a good player we say his 1st name twice.
When I 1st saw this guy I thought he's OK.
But the more I see of him the more I believe.
Cleanup Hitter Raw Power.
Excellent Second Baseman and can fill in at other positions adequately as well.
Very smart player whose head is always in the game and works very well with his teammates.
A True Keeper.
The Other Lou Gonzalez from the Cardinals
- best drunk hitter in all of softball - sorry Aaron your 2nd
Issac "Gubi" Delgado - will never be under the radar b/c he likes to tell everyone how good he is