Player of the Week (Su12): Week 5 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2012-09-19 20:37 in POTW

Sam Johnson tosses a perfect game to get the automatic nomation, his second. He previously won a keychain Week 3 of the Spring 2011 season.

He joins his brother and teammate Andrew Johnson who earns his third nod the traditional way, but is still looking for his first win.

Nicholas DiCrosta gets his 19th nomination, to give him the all time record for nominations alone, besting Joe Thaman by one. He has won four times.

Tim Qua of Nasty Boys sneaks in his second nomination and Mark Tegethoff, who we’re pretty sure is a guest player, rounds out the five.






POTW Week 5 (Su12)
Andrew Johnson
Mark Tegethoff
Nicholas DiCrosta
Tim Qua
Sam Johnson
total_votes: 50

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

Week 6 Preview (Su12): Perfect Wiffleball

Written by - Posted 2012-09-14 10:04 in News

We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but this might be the best looking forecast in the history of the league.

If you’re not planning to play wiffleball at Gravelly Point on Sunday, we don’t even know what to say to you, but it wouldn’t be good. We aren’t going to get many more days like this, make sure you join us.

We’ve still got teams looking for free agents and guest players, so come on out and join us.

Just two weeks left for all but the six best teams. Some important games for postseason positioning as the Janitors get both Gumballers and DC Twits in a round robin of division leaders.

Week 6 Schedule (Su12)

Written by - Posted 2012-09-14 09:59 in News

Additions are in bold. Deletions are in strike through.


10:30 AMGreen  
10:30 AMBlueJanitorsGumballers
10:30 AMRedBlatzDC Twits
11:30 AMGreenGumballersCanvassers
11:30 AMBlueMaster BattersBlatz
11:30 AMRedJanitorsDC Twits
12:30 PMGreenHa'chi MountaineersDC Twits
12:30 PMBlueMoose KnucklesCanvassers
12:30 PMRedBlatzCrooked Gunsels
1:30 PMGreenNasty BoysHa'chi Mountaineers
1:30 PMBlueMoose KnucklesCrooked Gunsels
1:30 PMRedSuns Out Guns OutGarbage Plates
2:30 PMGreenSuns Out Guns OutDupont Circle Jerks
2:30 PMBlueNasty BoysHave Fun Out There's
2:30 PMRedScared HitlessGarbage Plates
3:30 PMGreenDupont Circle JerksScared Hitless
3:30 PMBlueGarbage PlatesSuns Out Guns Out
3:30 PMRedSuperman's WheelchairHave Fun Out There's

6 Innings with Jeffrey Nitto

Written by - Posted 2012-09-14 09:58 in Six Innings

Finally a profile of someone with some fresh blood who might be younger than 40.

The rookie Gumballers are owning the Eastern Division this season and Nitto’s pitching is a major factor for them. He leads the league in shutouts, is tied for Wins (though we all agree that’s a meaningless pitching stat, right?) and tops the leader board in most pitching categories. He also had a perfect game, but those are given out like candy this season thanks to the Have Fun Out Theres.

The first season is traditionally tough on rookie teams, but it looks like the Gumballers are playoff bound and with weak rosters on traditional powerhouse teams might have a shot at playing for the title.

Jeffrey Nitto
[ player profile page ]

Nickname: Nitto, Nitro, Ankle Braces
Age: 27
Hometown: Albany, NY
Resides: Arlington, VA
Employer: Department of Energy
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How did you find the PWL: Captain of our team Brennan Reif found it online and I knew I had to get in on the action.

Seasons: .75
Career Batting Avg: .469
Awards: Player of the Week SU 2012 WK4

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6 Innings with Zach Carter

Written by - Posted 2012-09-14 09:44 in Six Innings

Zach Carter continues our series of old, if not good, players in the PWL who have somehow escaped a 6 innings profile from us in the past.

The Master Batters haven’t been a good team since their ace pitcher moved away a few seasons ago. Carter himself isn’t that great at playing, but he excels at being a total stat-whore. For example, he might be the career leader in saves (we really need to get the old pitching stats into the database) because he basically only shows up each week hoping to get into the game in a save situation.

The guy has a knack for building up stats while watching all the other teams beat him. It’s also possible he’s never been pictured on the website with his eyes open.

Zach Carter
[ player profile page ]

Nickname: The Closer (because I am the closer)
Age: 29
Hometown: Omaha, NE and Kansas City, KS and St. Louis, MO and Detroit, MI…
Resides: Washington, DC
Employer: A DC area High School (But don’t tell anyone because I’m really embarassed by my team name)
Bats: Well
Throws: Slightly less well
How did you find the PWL: When I found myself with yet another jobless summer stretching out in front of me I was lucky enough to stumble across a Washington Post article on the beauty of PWL.

Seasons: 7
Career Batting Avg: .363
Awards: Player of the Week SP 2010 WK3, Gold Glove Award – Catcher SU 2010, Nominated for Rookie of the Year SU 2009

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Written by - Posted 2012-09-08 12:43 in News

Non-Wiffleball event closing roads around Gravelly on Sunday.

Week 5 Preview (Su12): March to Postseason

Written by - Posted 2012-09-07 10:52 in News

After a much needed week off for some teams to evaluate their rosters we return to Gravelly for Week 5, 18 games, and the march to the playoffs.

It looks like we might get lucky and stay dry this week for a change. But if you and your teammates were hoping to catch up in the home run race this Sunday is going to be a disappointment.

STRONG winds are predicted from a direction that doesn’t help anyone, a direction that causes things like five pitcher ejection forfeits in one week. But…it’s only a prediction.

Players have started updating their profile pages on the website over the last week. Every player should have received an email with instructions for submitting their info. For examples of what not to do, check out the Moose Knuckles.

You can reach the player profile pages by clicking on a hyperlinked player name anywhere on the website. The teams, leaders and stats pages all connect directly to both the team and player profile pages by clicking. Unfortunately, the box scores do not. The player profile pages have featured game stats, but now will contain bio information as well as other personal stats.

We’re also bringing back a fan favorite this week with our Six Questions for Six Innings profiles. We wish we were doing these once a week, but to help make up for our past failures, you’re getting TWO Six Innings the final three weeks of this season.

Check out the full list of past profile at Six Innings.

6 Innings with Nicholas DiCrosta

Written by - Posted 2012-09-07 10:50 in Six Innings

Obviously we haven’t opened the PWL Hall of Fame yet, but despite the desires of most everyone who’s ever met him, Nicholas DiCrosta is an automatic, no questions asked, first ballot member. He’s as unlikable off the field as he is on, but you can’t argue with his success. He’ll beat you most of the game on the mound and the whole game in the batters box.

You’d almost feel sorry for a player of his caliber spending his entire career playing for a team that always comes so close, and yet never wins a championship. Take solace in the fact that DiCrosta does have a World Series ring though. The one season, out of his nine, that he left Scared Hitless and was a free agent he did win the World Series. Would probably have been the MVP of that series if we gave out such honors. Take even more solace in the that he was a Canvasser that one season when he did it, we know the Commissioner does.

Nicholas DiCrosta
[ player profile page ]

Nickname: Chirp Back (As in, when I chirp shorty…)
Age: Starting to get gray hairs but I’m not like, Ragano old yet
Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ
Resides: Hoodley Park, DC
Employer: National Institutes of Health
Bats: Right
Throws: Switch
How did you find the PWL: Facebook ad, of all places. I thought it was a joke. This marks the first and last time Facebook advertising worked.

Seasons: 9
Career Batting Avg: .452
PWL Career Leader: Games Played, Doubles, Sac Flies (tied)
Awards: 4 Player of the Week Wins, 18 Nominations, Most Valuable Player (Sp10), Nominated for MVP and Cy Young five times, Rookie of the Year once.

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6 Innings with Kris Garcia

Written by - Posted 2012-09-07 10:28 in Six Innings

We’re probably long past due to feature Kris Garcia for Six Questions for Six Innings. A PWL lifer, Garcia has been around for 12 of our 15 seasons. He caused a little bit of a stir this off season listing himself as a free agent (never hurts to hear offers) before returning to his third franchise the Canvassers.

He has also represented the PWL in London, Ohio, as part of the all star team travelling to the London Tournament. He missed this year’s tournament though because his wife wouldn’t let him go.

Kris Garcia
[ player profile page ]

Nickname: k-gar, circle k, special k, or anything with the word “little” in it.
Age: an achy and creaky 34
Hometown: Taft, the friendliest cotton pickin’ town in Texas!
Resides: Thug Town, VA
Employer: National Education Association
Bats: Left
Throws: Switch
How did you find the PWL: 6 years ago someone told me that a bunch of unathletic beltway insiders were getting together at the airport to play a kids game organized by a professional political organizer. I knew it had to be something special.

Seasons: 12
Career Batting Avg: .440
PWL Career Leader: Plate Appearances, Fly Outs
Awards: 4 Player of the Week Wins, 12 Nominations, Gold Glove Award – Pitcher (Su09), Nominated for MVP twice and Cy Young once.

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Week 5 Scheudle

Written by - Posted 2012-09-04 13:03 in News

Additions are in bold. Deletions are in strike through.


10:30 AMGreenCanvassersScared Hitless
10:30 AMBlueSuperman's WheelchairMaster Batters
10:30 AMRedDC TwitsNasty Boys
11:30 AMGreenCrooked GunselsCanvassers
11:30 AMBlueSuns Out Guns OutMaster Batters
11:30 AMRedHave Fun Out There'sDC Twits
12:30 PMGreenHa'chi MountaineersHave Fun Out There's
12:30 PMBlueSuns Out Guns OutCrooked Gunsels
12:30 PMRedCanvassersDupont Circle Jerks
1:30 PMGreenDupont Circle JerksGarbage Plates
1:30 PMBlueMoose KnucklesScared Hitless
1:30 PMRedBlatzHa'chi Mountaineers
2:30 PMGreenGarbage PlatesMoose Knuckles
2:30 PMBlueScared HitlessGumballers
2:30 PMRedBlatzJanitors
3:30 PMGreenJanitorsScared Hitless
3:30 PMBlueGumballersSuperman's Wheelchair
3:30 PMRedGarbage PlatesBlatz