Our last six innings of the season is going to surprise some of you, nauseate others, and cause five of you to hoot, holler and high five. We sit down with Matt Gagnon the manager of the Moose Knuckles, the current #1 seeds heading into the postseason.
As most of you know who have eyes, ears, a twitter account, or have talked to anyone who’s played, the Moose Knuckles and their manager are a little “intense” and have earned a little bit of a reputation in the league for being disliked. No matter, they’re not playing to win friends, they’re playing to in hopes that getting grass and dirt stains will dim the neon yellow color of those obnoxious jerseys.
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Hometown: Born in Methuen Massachusetts. Grew up in Leesburg, Va
Resides: Gaithersburg, MD
Employer: Global Facility Solutions
How did you find the PWL: The Moose Knuckles were actually first formed in college when we played in a tournament that the Wiffleball Club of Virginia Tech put on every semester. After I graduated and wiffleball was no longer a part of my life, I battled some pretty serious withdrawals. I was giving handies behind bars in DC in exchange for throwing me a few soft tosses. My life was spinning out of control until a friend of mine sent me a link to this league. We were so excited about playing again, I think we signed up our team the day Chris opened up registration for Spring 2012, and the rest is history.
Career Batting Avg: .327
Career ERA: 1.04
Awards: 3 Player of the Week Nominations, 1 Win
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
MG: Boston Red Sox. Favorite player of all time would have to be Manny Ramirez. Most people thought that he was just a clown…. But then he played OF with a water bottle in his pocket, gave a visiting fan a high five in the middle of catching a ball, got suspended for taking a women’s fertility drug… and those people were mostly proven right.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
MG: Winning. My least favorite thing: Losing. And the Gumballers.
TWIF: Andrew or Joseph?
MG: Depends which Andrew you mean, because there are two on our team. One is Joe’s brother, and the other is Joe’s master in a feudal serf arrangement. In either case I’ll probably take Andrew because Joe is easily the slowest guy in this league.
TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
MG: The Moose Knuckles have a bad history of misusing equipment – Joe Zarobila broke a strikeboard last season, Dan Stana breaks his bat about once a week.. Fortunately I’ve avoided any such mishaps. I use my bat for exactly what it is for – hitting weak grounders to short, watching it go through the fielder’s legs and then unsuccessfully submitting a stat correction to get it changed to a hit.
TWIF: If a plane crashed short of the runway at National Airport and one team at Gravelly could be wiped out forever, which team would you want that to be and why?
MG: C’mon Chris. I think we are hated enough in this league, now you want me to call out just one team? Gravelly Users Might Behave A Little Like Effeminate Ryan Seacrest
TWIF: Most of the league sees you and the Moose Knuckles as a bunch of jack ass, chest bumping, ass slapping kids that celebrate every tiny mediocre accomplishment you achieve during a game and cry about the most insignificant of details that don’t go your way. Have we misjudged the Moose Knuckles, and what can you tell us that would warm our hearts to you?
MG: Every Sunday, 70 or so grown ass adults drive to a field to video tape ourselves playing a kids game. Wiffleball is fun, so if you want to hate us for celebrating, yelling MGDK, or throwing up the ‘Moose Knuckle’ after every play, then you take yourself too seriously.