Our goal this season was to profile the three freshmen leading the charge for Rookie of the Year, statistically anyway, if not popularity wise. Jack Rems was supposed to be the third of those, but with the revelation that Ty Fletcher is still a rookie, makes him our fourth.
Rems probably has the best hitting numbers of the rookies that will qualify, matched with decent numbers from the mound, but has a lot fewer IP’s than Cohn and Brunk. Wiffleball is all about hitting right? The pitchers have their own award, and separate restrooms. The other problem with Rems is he’s stuck on a team that’s awful. So he doesn’t get much exposure, or a chance to drive in runs. The Brohs traditionally have only played the Spring season, which means Rems could be a highly sought after free agent for the summer.
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Nickname: The Mexican
Hometown: Metuchen, NJ
Resides: Washington, DC
Employer: Clark Construction
Throws: Only when I have to
How did you find the PWL: The first time I heard about the league was from David Bransfield, (aka Lois Goodman). He told me about the league and how the Natty Brohs had a rough season but that they were determined to come back with a vengence. I helped him keep his skills up during the offseason. It first started as just a few simple rounds of BP, but after hearing one great thing after the next, I began to realize that I was destined to join the Broh’s. As luck would have it, two years later I was granted an opportunity to work in the DMV area and I seized the opportunity.
Career Batting Avg: .509
Awards: Two player of the week nominations, no wins.
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
JR: For as long as I can remember Ken Griffey Jr has been my main man. He won Gold gloves, home run derbies, MVP awards, and even had his own video game where he would hit a home run every at bat (as long as you entered the code correctly [Left, Left, Right, Right, Right, Left, Left]). Unfortunately, with one of the greatest players of all time comes one of the worst franchises, the Seattle Mariners. Upon my arrival to DC, I immediately jumped on the Nats bandwagon.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
JR: I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that my favorite thing about wiffleball is pretending to be all of my favorite players. Prime example: video.
TWIF: Brohs or hoes?
JR: Brohs fo sho. Unless we’re talking about Lois Goodman, in which case I’d have to say hoes.
TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
JR: Only if you consider it to be an unintended purpose of a wiffleball bat to chug a beer through it, spin around repeatedly, and inevitably fall on your butt while attempting to hit the crushed beer can with the wiffleball bat. Because I sure don’t.
TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
JR: It would have to be that guy on the Moose Knuckles who keeps throwing his bat. What’d the bat ever do to you, man?
TWIF: As a rookie you’re hitting over .500. You played in the third longest game in league history, 28 innings. You broke the single game record for hits and singles in that game, including having 4 doubles. You have scored 8 times, and hit 4 home runs in your short career. Why, oh why, did you somehow lose the ability to find home plate in that game, and what are you doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
JR: Yes, the game was long and probably could have ended sooner, especially if Brian Burrell would have taken one for the team and dove head first into home. And yes, it was miserable to watch. Matt Gagnon of the Moose Knuckles even had this to tweet during the game, “3 hours without a run. Give them both a loss and move on @potomacwiffle #pathetic.” I feel your pain Matt. There were even jokes (more like plots) between the Brohs and the Circle Jerks about ending the game any way possible. Looking back there were only two ways to remedy the situation: 1) “accidentally” drop the next fly ball to me allowing the winning run to score or 2) put me in to pitch because I can’t throw strikes and will just get ejected a few batters later. Unfortunately for our playoff chances, we opted for the latter.