Opening Night

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FALL BALL is Underway

Schlitz Gusto Guy awardsWe wrapped up the Schlitz Gusto Guy summer league a few weeks ago with a successful “Processed Food Night.”  A big shout out to our friends at Schlitz for donating the batting title awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.  Hooray Gusto Guys!

We took that success and brought it to Schlitz Gusto Guy Fall Ball.  It was a 78 degree semi-humid evening for two!

Sans put together some pivot tables to figure out when we won and lost based on opponent, field, time, number of players, number of runs scored, etc.  Based on those numbers Game #2 at 7pm on Lac Lavon Field E is the difference between finishing 9-5 and 10-4. 

The bad news of the evening was Brain pulling a hammy.  Let’s hope some time in a canoe heals that wound (not a largecanoe for what it’s worth).  I’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of a particular SGG for arriving a bit late, getting some work in, and leaving a bit early….all whilst leaving his tracking device stationary.  Good work.

Schlitz Gusto Guy signageGame #1 vs. Eddy’s Bar and Grill

The Schlitz Gusto Guys battled and fought and scratched and clawed for seven solid innings.  The game was back and forth.  One team would score seven runs, the other would come back with eight.  Luckily for the Schlitz Gusto Guys, we practice 12 months out of the year and we are prepared for anything.  We are so prepared, we refuse to have our timing thrown off by a pitcher “fake-pitching,” “doing the windmill,” or pretending to throw out of a full windup.  And better yet, we don’t have to go to bed at night knowing the “windmill pitch” fooled someone into hitting a triple.  As a former SGG would say, “Good things happen to good people, and Bob Huggins broke some ribs in a fall in Las Vegas.

Everyone took a turn watching the ball come out of the clowns paw and roped it somewhere.  We beat them up for 19 runs and played enough defense to hold them to 16 runs.  It was a good start to the Fall League.

Final Score: Schlitz Gusto Guys 19 – Eddy’s Bar and Grill 16

Last out: ?

Game #2 vs. Moose Knucklers

The Schlitz Gusto Guys tied for 1st Place with Moose Knucklers in the summer league.  We played a few competitive / close games against them in the summer and this first night of fall ball was no different.  Moose Knucklers jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but the Schlitz Gusto Guys came back with a few of their own.  We also locked down the defense with nice plays being made by Niehaus (your 2009 Schlitz Gusto Guy Sportsman of the Year), Ryan, Pint, CW and Pauly, who made a nice catch on a knuckleball with the bases loaded and two outs.  In fact, the Gusto Guys locked down the defense so well, we didn’t give an another run, winning a close one 5-2.

It’s worth mentioning, for an inning or two we had almost two centuries worth of experience in the outfield.  From left to right we went 55 years old, 51 years old, 51 years old, 26 years old.  I doubt anyone in this league can boast such stats. 

Final Score: Schlitz Gusto Guys 5 – Moose Knucklers 2

Last out: Mac

Fan of the night: Patsy and Bob (per the norm). 

There were some good Schlitz Gusto Guy laughs after the games as we remained at the fields until well after the final out.  There were some great phrases added to our QUOTES page.

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