Opening Day is finally this Sunday and the weather looks perfect to kick off Commissioner Hudson’s first full year at the helm. We’ve got new faces on old teams and old faces on new teams. We’re suckers for tradition so we’re going to get a little help from an all-time great musician whose crowds are mostly twice the age of the average PWL player. Kick it off Billy Joel!
Still Rock and Roll to Me “Hot funk, cool punk, even if it’s old junk, it’s still rock and roll to me”
Janitors – Led by iron man Kerby Vallardes, they’re back for more and we love them for it. They’ve got some familiar faces and one new one but their success still hinges on how often Kevin Higman comes to town. We assume we’ll see him enough for him to qualify for NWLA but not much more. It wasn’t so long ago a Filides/Higman duo had this team contending but it must feel like a lifetime.
Master Batters – Second team we’re previewing and it’s already time to throw in disclaimers that we have no idea what to expect. They picked up Hall of Famer Jack Shannon in free agency, but how much will he show and how committed will he be? Two other new faces join this team and who knows; maybe they take the league by storm. We can’t put them in the playoffs until we see them play.
Just The Way You Are – “I took the good times; I’ll take the bad times…”
DC Twits – We’re a spiteful, bitter bunch and still stinging from both 2015 Twits performances. We know what we’re getting here don’t we? Solid pitching against most teams from Crawford and Hudson, terribly slow base running and a lack of consistent offense. They’ve got a new free agent but we don’t like him since he was supposed to form a team then backed out. Still, you never really WANT to play these guys right? We don’t like you DC Twits but we can’t quit you.
Piano Man – “Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star, if I could get out of this place…”
Besley Bashers – Bash-ers back, alright! (this thing on?). Picked up Jeff Nitto, who in tandem with former ROTY Sam Cable, should get these guys their first playoff berth. Another impressive name to join this team is someone named Brad Van Fetchmann, who we can only assume is the real life incarnation of one of the Germans from Beerfest. Don’t let us down.
Dupont Circle Jerks – Mysterious Master Batters aside, we’ve arrived at one of two teams we could see winning this thing. They’ve got a committed manager, a sort of committed Hall of Fame bat and some scrappy fielding prowess. Question here is does their new pitcher still have nightmares of playoffs past? They’ll need him to show some new stuff or we see this squad coming up just short.
We Didn’t Start the Fire – “It was always burning since the world’s been turning…”
Wolfpack – They’re back with their left handed opposite field hitting, two best pitchers in the league and those damn shirts. We know they can lose close games to teams with power hitters but you’ll have to earn every run. Nothing here is a surprise so we’d really like someone in the league to step up and knock them down a peg. But who? Until someone does they’re the clear favorites.
Encore! Encore! Encore!
River of Dreams “hope it doesn’t take the rest of my life until I find what it is that I’ve been looking for…”
*Jeff Nitto and Matt Gagnon*- Pour a little out for these veterans as they shuffle to new teams in search of that elusive title. They’re both upper echelon players and both have played in the World Series, will this be the year for either of them? Actually don’t pour anything out, that’s perfectly good beer you’re wasting.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday! Stay tuned for an update on Opening Day festivities and some vital information on the Moose Lodge. If you haven’t already, RSVP here