You know this rookie for his one handed diving catches in the web gems. The only standout on an otherwise forgettable Besley Bashers team, Cohn can bat, pitch, and field, a triple threat. It wasn’t a diving catch that may have sidelined Cohn for the season though. While trying to stretch a single into a double he dislocated his thumb, and may have eliminated the need for Besley to even show up the next couple of weeks to try and add on to their three wins. (“How did we even win three?” manager Colton Turner says as he shakes his head in disgust.)
The number of at bats needed to qualify for the year end awards varies based on the number of forfeits. But, if we don’t have any more forfeits, it will take 42 at bats to qualify. Cohn is sitting at 38 right now. So, if his season is over, he won’t even be on the ballot for Rookie of the Year. But, if he can take a few more hacks, even one-handed, (allowed only in case of disability) even if he goes 0-for-3, he’s in the discussion.
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Nickname: Big Al. This was never really a nickname but someone was yelling it from the bench in Week 1.
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Resides: Arlington, VA
Employer: Student. I’m going back to school so I can wear my hat backwards again.
Throws: Right, If my hand doesn’t heal maybe Left.
How did you find the PWL
: My girlfriend and fellow Basher (not Colton), her brother and his buddies were signing up and knew I played. I was living in Wisconsin at the time so I quit my job and moved to DC to be on the team.
Career Batting Avg: .500
Awards: 1 Player of the Week Nomination, 3 Web Gem Nominations, 2 Wins (though 1 was a tie)
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
AC: The Rays. Andy Sonnanstine was the man. He was a very mediocre pitcher, losing his starting spot in the rotation, then losing a spot in the pen. I think he’s in the Cubs’ farm system now. But he seemed like the kind of guy I would be good friends with. He would vandalize the ballpark and was usually the one putting seeds on guys’ heads during in-game interviews. I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping the clubhouse light.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
AC: I think my favorite thing about wiffle is that there is absolutely no age limit. You play as a kid, you play with your drunk friends in college, you join a highly managed rule-stickling league in your 20s, and then you have a kid of your own and have an excuse to pick up that banana-yellow bat again. I feel confident my kid won’t get a hit off me until he’s a grown-ass man.
TWIF: Old logo or new logo?
AC: New. I’m not sure what the old logo was. It looked like a bunch of bugs crawling around. I think they were supposed to be syringes or crushed beer cans or something. Presumably to advertise and encourage how many drugs our team uses? We’re clean, just horrendous artists.
TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
AC: My last year of college I lived in a decrepit old house (RIP The Rock) with no locks on the doors. In fact, there was no front door for a brief period. It wasn’t in a terrible neighborhood, but it was right on the edge of where the rough area of town began. After a summer of vacancy we returned to school in the Fall to find a homeless man asleep in the bathtub. Anyway, I kept my wiffleball bat by my bed for self-defense. Only had to use it once.
TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
AC: Since it’s my first season I don’t have any grudges yet. I also don’t want to start any because of a 6 innings profile. That said, Chris Smyth for robbing me of sole possession of a week three web gem. I suppose drowning my manager would also work for blocking the camera on the play.
TWIF: Before your thumb injury, you were off to a strong individual rookie season. Like all new teams, it’s taking you guys a while to figure things out as a group, but you seem to have all the tools to be a solid hitter, pitcher and fielder, the stats and the awards show that. What makes you the best Besley Basher, and are you going to be a Basher for life?
AC: I think it’s obvious what makes me the best Besley Basher: strongest beard in the lineup. Although Neil is giving me a run for my money. Shannon’s beard sucks. No contracts have been signed and I was waiting for an ESPN exclusive to make an announcement but…I will be keeping my talents on Besley Road.