1999-08-07 / Sports

Waldheim Report On Softball

It was another boiler last Sunday. I am starting to lose all incentive when it comes to attending games in the sauna-like conditions that have been smothering us the last few weeks. Many teams had off last weekend. It seems more teams are dropping out than playing on a weekly basis. Last weekend also marked the first time in practically a decade that my Queens boys (the NY Mets) have reached the coveted position of first place in the National League East. Tuesday marks a clean slate for the Miracles, who hold a 65-43 record (one better than Atlanta and a better percentage than the Yankees, YA BABYYYY!) on their way to a Subway World Series with the Bronx Bums. Speaking of the Yankees, how about Derek’s 17 straight hitless appearances to the plate? How’s that for a rally buster!

On to softball: The Cardinals swept Healy’s to clinch the Division Two top spot. Tim Hanning, Matt Conklin and Kevin Harnischer each hit homers. Mooney had a great slide, while Meyer struck out three times! Bobby Gates also struck out for Healy’s. The Cardinals took the first game 11-0 and the second 8-5. In the first game they led by a small margin of 1-0 into the fifth inning, when they had eleven straight hits. Brian Chavanne and Tom O’Reilly were 8-9 and 7-8, respectively.

Meatball and the Assassins played the Muggers in an afternoon doubleheader. Diver promised not to throw the towering pitcher out.

Over in Rockaway, the Orioles lost 14-1 and 19-17. They scored 17 in the second game without the aid of former teammates and heavy-hitters Charlie and DJ Teddy, both quit. Obviously Ted must be fatigued from his heavy weekend party and turntable schedule. Whether he was released on waivers or free agency is yet to be determined. Den-Den, Bill Theis, Trooper, Gene Ritter (lost in Boston) and Roohan were also MIA. Since I was not there I am left wondering who was present? Ross hit the Orioles first ever grand slam, O'Neill had a Jamaica Bay League Softball homerun. I was told, by a most reliable source, this is a homer that bounces a few times...go figure.

This weekend is softball packed: On Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Field the Old Timers Softball Game will be played including teams from Rockaway and Broad Channel. The concession stand will be open, complete with oxygen masks, Flintstones vitamins and first aid kits! Maybe the old-timers, formerly known as the Pirates, should show up as well. Dicko that means you! I must say the Alternative report scribe did find lots to write about last weekend. Did he cut and paste a copy of the Rockaway white pages into his story or what.

Wild thing happened to mom (Pat Waldheim) last weekend. Before she found out that Dicko had compared her to Susan Sarandon (too bad he could not be as nice to me), she was told by a total stranger that she resembled the Bull Durham (best baseball movie ever) actress. I guess you can hit the nail on the head 1 percent of the time.

The festivities continue down at On the Waterfront where the band Blue Monday (a.k.a. Secret Service) will provide entertainment beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday night. In my opinion, this group is phenomenal! Totally worth the $5 cover charge.

Saturday morning, all teams interested in competing in the Fourth Annual John J. Monaghan Tournament should sign-up and be ready to play prior to 10 a.m. at the Broad Channel Sports Complex (the old day camp). The cost is $200 per team. Prizes will be awarded. All proceeds are to support the Broad Channel Athletic Club. That evening, the annual BARRmitsvah will be held at the Backhouse. It is $20 for beer, food and entertainment all night.

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