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The Toronto Bauxite Baseball League had their championship game on Saturday night; what follows is twenty-seven photographs that I took at the game. When the fog rolled in and obscured centre field... well, see for yourself.

I've presented these without naming the participants or describing the game -- Bauxites who were there, feel free to name and shame yourselves and tell stories of being hit by pitches or being cracked up by inappropriate striding-to-the-plate music. Personally, I have to thank Jobu for his inspired choice of the theme from Family Ties. What would we do baby, without you?

Enough blather -- on to the photographs!

If any of you want prints of these, feel free to click on my name, click contact and send me an e-mail.

Aaron Reynolds uses Pentax cameras and lenses.
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Jobu - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 02:37 AM EDT (#155562) #
Though a victory wasn't in the cards for the Reds, Saturday night was a fantastic day in the celebration of baseball.  The baseball gods knew this and chose to reward us with a spectacular rolling outfield fog that we kept expecting Ray Liotta to walk out of halfway through the game. The working scoreboard, the announcing and the (oft hilariously inappropriate) entrance music were the stuff that pretend-major-leaguers dream of.

A special thanks to all those who helped make the first season of the TBBL possible and such a resounding success, and have already begun planning for our second season next year, this time involving FOUR teams.

Firstly thanks to Aaron for volunteering his time (and incredibly expensive equipment) to capturing all the amazing sights of the TBBL and helping make the fantasy more of a reality for us. The fence shot of me looks so wonderfuly dramatic and the closeup lip curl actually makes me look like a baseball-type-person.

Thanks to Lady Jobu, aka Amanda, and my good friend Dave for manning the control booth all night updating the scoreboard, announcing players, and playing everything from Shakira to Shawn Michael's entrance music.

Thanks to Kent Williams, Joe Drew, Rob Pettapiece and all of the Batter's Box crew for volunteering their time and bandwith to help make the TBBL possible.

Thanks to Jim Turner and the people at York Baseball for the use of the field and all their help which made the whole thing possible.

Thanks to anyone I'm forgetting.

Thanks to Mike Kolaric and all the White Sox for helping to make this season so much fun and for your support and coming out to play.

And of course, huge thanks to your 2006 Reds:

  • Ishai, our Cy Young winner who was a key to so many wins and had to go back to Nova Scotia and miss the championship.

  • Paul, our team MVP who when not busy hitting homers was a lights out closer for our league despite pitching in another league.

  • Andrew,  our  funky delivery pitcher and  all around utility player who was always first at the park and last to leave

  • Sanjay, Lowell, and Jason: We didn't see much of you, but  you'll always be a Red, thanks for coming

  • Gazo, for finding out halfway through the season that you have one hell of a fastball, can't wait to see you pitch a full season

  • Pete, though you retired from pitching halfway through the season, few were more valueable than you with your bat, defense, and team spirit

  • Richie, our gold glove first basemen who pitched and hit big, kept the bench loose, helped put away the gear and had great entrance music. What didn't he do?

  • Orin, our man behind the plate and great teammate who always had helpful words when people needed to pick up their game

  • Steve Hall, who put up with me calling him Steve Hyland for 4 weeks and always had a smile on his face

  • Chris Bennet, who carried a big bat and shorts to show us his tattoo

  • Fredo, for giving us his all everygame and who hit his first career homerun to show us what the TBBL's all about

  • Greg, our crafty lefty, we could always count on your solid D and hope to see more of your arm next year

  • John, our team dubbed Tom Selleck. In the field, at the plate and on the bench you were a team leader and you had a fantastic exit line last night. See you next year Mr. Baseball

  • John N, you joined our team mid-season and quickly became part of the team and our on base machine

  • Steve Hyland, our cleanup hitter and captain, your spirt kept us going and your water cooler showers were....great

  • Rick, I guess you were "OK", but thanks for lending all your gear and rides, coaching when I couldn't make it, helping me get the whole thing started and being part of a team you didn't really have time for

Now let's hear all of you post some of your favourite moments.

Thank you everyone for helping make such a wonderful thing possible and see you all next year!!

-Coach Joe "Jobu" Buscemi, Reds.
zeppelinkm - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#155579) #

Although the Red's lost, they sure look like a much happier bunch then the winning team! What's up with that guys? Sell your soul for the victory.. ?

Aaron: Some truly awesome photos in this collection. Thanks for the posting. I particularly liked the lineup card photo, the photo of the outfield fence framed by the two light's,  the photo of the catcher dude with his mask off, and the photo of the two ppl (you see 1/2 their face) in the book. Great work!



Pepper Moffatt - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#155580) #
Seconded.. these are some *awesome* photographs.

Forget millionaire players and billionaire owners.  THIS is what the sport is all about.

Andrew - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#155582) #

These are grand photos, Aaron. I never even knew that my delivery was so funky!

Could you post a color image of that outfield fog, though? I'd really like to see that next to the black-and-white.

The Reds seem to have quite a lot of kudos in this thread, so I feel I have to be diplomatic and begrudgingly congratulate the White Sox on their win. Really though, well done. I think all of us Reds agreed that you guys played your very best game Saturday night.

And thanks to Jobu, of course, for organizing this supercalifragilisticexpialodocious league. I'm already thinking about next year.

Named For Hank - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#155583) #
I'm preparing a colour panorama of the field with the fog rolling in -- I'll put it up in the next couple of days.
Named For Hank - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#155584) #
Oh, and Andrew -- your delivery is NUTS.
VBF - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 02:34 PM EDT (#155592) #

Andrew is Brandon League II.

Andrew - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 03:38 PM EDT (#155602) #
Now just let me work on getting that fastball up another 30 miles an hour...
Jobu - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 04:02 PM EDT (#155607) #

That's what the off season's for!

So you've made your goal, I fully expect to see you report to TBBL Camp in the 90's.

Mick Doherty - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 04:04 PM EDT (#155608) #

So you've made your goal, I fully expect to see you report to TBBL Camp in the 90's.

Jobu, you've perfected time travel now, too?

Jobu - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#155609) #

2090's naturally....

When you're a Red, you're a Red for life.

John Northey - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#155613) #
Gotta say the few games I made it to were great fun.  Wish I could've made the grand finale but those Saturday night games were hard to make (wedding for a friend of my wifes this last week, given I want to stay married I went to that instead of the championship).  Any chance of a different night next year, or at least Saturday morning?

Thanks to all the organizers and to all the other players. Hopefully next year I'll make it to more than 3 or 4 games.
Jobu - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#155615) #

Yes John,

Not to turn this thread into an ad for next year, but one of the first things on my agenda is to get a more universally convinient timeslot. Hope to see you next year.



Kieran - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 05:07 PM EDT (#155617) #
To everyone (especially Joe and Mike) thanks for putting together a very fun, competitive and well-organized league. I had an absolute blast playing. It was good for my ego to know that despite my um...seniority...I can still play with the young kids! Who said 30 was old?!
laketrout - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 05:39 PM EDT (#155622) #
Did anyone keep stats for the league?  It would be really interesting to see them.
Kieran - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 05:55 PM EDT (#155623) #
Yes stats were kept...fairly accurate, but no accounting for errors or wild pitches, passed balls, etc. Same thing if someone advanced to second on a single + missed cut-off man. That's a double in our league :) Basically every run was earned, etc.
SmP - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#155624) #

Hey guys!

I agree with you all, it was a great season.  Major "props" go to Joe who started a baseball league where some of us older guys could relive our pasts. Thanks to Joe for also giving me a VP title, since it will be the closest I will ever be to becoming a VP of anything since I will have a career in academia.

A shout out goes to the Reds, who had a a great season. Congrats to all.

As for us White Sox being somewhat subdued with our win – We are a classy team who went out in the field with one goal in mind – to win. And we did. Everyone on the team was focused. I think that kept us from rubbing the win in anyone’s face. I was proud of how the team handled the win, especially in light of how some players from the Reds made the win feel tainted, when they ran around the field muttering “That should have been mine [the trophy]”.

I want to thank all the White Sox players who made my first year as coach enjoyable:

Paul Hoffman, Jon Purdy, Phil Orr, and Albert Park, who although missed some games, were still a huge part of the team.
Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, who was one of our better pitchers but got injured early in the season, and became the quiet leader of the team, who kept everyone, especially me, composed. 

Liam McIlroy
, who worked his butt off to improve his play and was one of the first people willing to attend practices and develop his game.

Brandon Parlette whose passion and attitude inspired me.

Evan Williams who became one of our better pitchers after taking the time out to learn and perfect his slurve.

Kieran Roy, our CY Young and MVP. By far the classiest player I have ever had the privilege to play with. It was an honor.

Thomas Ayers
, who always took my instruction and actually made me feel like a coach – your glove and ability to get on base helped us gain home field advantage for the championship game.

Chris Ayers
, whose defense greatly approved midway through the season and always came to play hard.

Jeffrey Cappellano, the man who never pitched before this league, and became one of the most dominant pitchers, and hitters, in the second half of the season.

Ken Bennett, who kept the dugout loose and hit the first homerun in White Sox history, and inspired me to hit one 3 batters later.

Grant Ashizama, our utility man. This guy can play any position and may be the most coach friendly player on the Sox. Dubbed Ichiro, he never once slapped any of us for the nickname given to him.

Jason Karp
, who was always the first person wanting to come out to practices. I appreciated your love and commitment to the game and this team

Max Blanco, who at times gave me heart palpations, thanks for coming out and playing hard, and listening to me scream and taking it all with a smile. You were by far the most underrated player on our team, both in the field and at the plate.

Filipe Ganhao, thanks for all your hard work and great glove in the later part of the season, and especially in the championship game. He was our mid-season acquisition, and the first ever player involved in a trade in the TBBL. You may be part a trivia question one day!

Robert H, who came out and played extremely well when called upon when our roster was depleted. This kid plays harder than anyone I know.

Lastly, to Daniel Kolaric, who also came out and played extremely well when our roster was depleted, helped me coach, kept stats, and became our official mascot, thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

And, let’s not forget the friends, family, and girlfriends who came out to support us. Though they were quiet, they always made us play that much harder (after all, we are men with egos.)

Hope to see you all next year!



Thomas - Monday, September 18 2006 @ 10:00 PM EDT (#155628) #

I'd like to echo Kieran's comments and thank Joe and Mike and everyone else involved from the organisational end for putting together such a fine league, particularly considering that it was the inaugural season. I didn’t think I could be a bigger fan of Jobu after reading his Game Reports, but when I look back at the league he organised, I’m very wrong. It sucked a lot to miss the championship, but at least these photos seem to capture the game well; thanks Aaron.

It was an honour to play with and against such a great group of guys. The Reds were classy opponents and everyone on the White Sox was a great teammate. I had an absolute fantastic time playing and it made me question why I gave up playing league baseball about eight years ago.

 If you’re reading this thread and at all intrigued by the photos and chatter I encourage you to come out next year. Like Andrew and I’m sure many others, I’m already looking forward to next year.

Kieran - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#155641) #
Yeah, I'm still talking to my friends about how much fun our league was!

Besides Joe and Mike, thanks to everyone who gave up their Saturday nights to show up regularly and make the league a success.

I'm already excited for next year. When do pitchers and catchers report :)
Jobu - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#155644) #
By the way: Does anyone know of any baseball "schools" around here?  Even though it may be too late as most real players begin thier big league careers at my age, I'd be really interested in possibly finding a professional who could take a look at my swing and help point out it's MANY flaws and if possible, start from scratch and turn me into a poor-mediocre pitcher.

Please feel free to click on my name and email me so this thread doesn't turn into a big ad, heh.

VBF - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#155648) #

I'll post it here since I imagine there's probaby other bauxites interested in such a clinic.

It's called The Baseball Zone and it's in Mississauga near the Hershey Centre. I haven't been there personally, but I've heard that the place is absolutely huge.

They offer clinics on hitting, fielding, catching, and pitching however I don't know if they have adult programs for players beyond Midget level, but considering how many adult leagues exist in the GTA, I would hope that they would.


Jobu - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#155650) #
Hey thanks Jeff,

That place looks really cool though I'll probably have to save up for a while before I can go, heh. That and I REALLY hope based on my little experience I'm not going to be a 23 year old in a class of 13 year olds....sigh.

SmP - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#155651) #

I plan on pitching next year (depending on when the season starts). God help you all.


Named For Hank - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#155665) #
You'll note that I only posted two photographs of people ducking out of the way of pitches -- I have a lot more of those.
A - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 04:05 PM EDT (#155672) #

You'll note that I only posted two photographs of people ducking out of the way of pitches -- I have a lot more of those

...And Mike wasn't even pitching ;-)

In all seriousness, it was a helluva time going out every week to play with a group of guys who were just happy to be there -- especially the newer guys who were eager to learn and demonstrated significant improvements in their respective games over the course of the season. Hopefully eight months will allow me to once again throw without wincing.

Joe, I couldn't write a post in this thread without expressing my sincere appreciation for all the work you put in to getting the league off the ground. The success of the league is a credit to your passion for the game and leadership.

Aaron, any chance you got a shot of Pete dancing to Shakira? Easily the most hilarious AB in TBBL history.


Named For Hank - Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 04:48 PM EDT (#155677) #
Aaron, any chance you got a shot of Pete dancing to Shakira? Easily the most hilarious AB in TBBL history.

The pitcher wearing the "Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn" t-shirt is cracking up because of Pete dancing to Shakira, I think.

I wish I had a shot of the catcher during that entrance music -- he almost fell down he was laughing so hard.
Magpie - Wednesday, September 20 2006 @ 12:31 AM EDT (#155710) #
I only posted two photographs of people ducking out of the way of pitches

And had you been there on the right night, one of them could have been me, and I was only able to make it to one game and three at bats... I sure hope my own schedule is more favourable next year.

Hmmm. I guess that means I'd have to finally start taking care of myself, get into some semblance of playing shape... this getting old business really sucks.
Jobu - Wednesday, September 20 2006 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#155739) #
Some other great moments in TBBL entrance music history:

  • Paul Digiandomenico coming up to "Million Dollar Man" and Ted DiBiase's evil laughter

  • Liam's (at least i think it was him, I was in RF at the time and I don't wear my glasses to games) coming to Shawn Michael's "Sexy Boy"

  • Rick's entrance recieving no reaction at all as he chose a little known Peter Gabriel song that he thought would go over huge

  • And of course, Gazo's "Thong Song" entrance

Dj_S_Teutonic - Monday, September 25 2006 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#155939) #
Evan Williams Here:

Wanted to also express my sincere thanks to all the organizers.
Joe, Thanks for sharing  your passion with all of us.  I still can't believe Toronto doesn't have a baseball league for Adults.  SHAME

I was wondering if women might be interested i something like this too!

Most importantly -  the dedicated and always competitive players - thank you for your comradery, sportsmanship and the level of play throughout the season.  I will definately be back next year

Mike thanks for making that point about our graceful and hard fought victory - also thanks for inspiring us to improve through the season - To go from "come-back Kids" to champions is definately a reflection of your efforts.

To the Reds - Thanks for being there every week :)
Seriously you guys are great and next year when there are 4 teams or more - It'll be an honour to see you in the championship game against us for the rematch....

Who ever thought I'd be a White Sox fan?

Ken  What about that POKER night??



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