4/13/2005

Softball Is For Posers



I admit it, I play Wiffleball. Go ahead and laugh but you're probably just jealous.

What's that you say? You can't be jealous because you don't know what Wiffleball is? Well, you're not the only one with questions about Wiffleball. When I'm having a conversation with someone and they find out I play Wiffleball, I get many questions. Well, Okay, not many questions but there are a few, such as:

-You play what now?
-Is that the ball with the holes?
-Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, ya right...wait, you're serious?
-Hey, my five year old and I play that.
-Huh?
-Wiffleball, that's cool. (No idea what Wiffleball is.)

Actually the most common reaction I get is a polite smile and head nod. But I just know that they're thinking "I knew he was a dork but ,WOW, I had no idea".

Okay, I'll concede that an adult playing Wiffleball is a bit on the geek side, but it shouldn't be considered any worse than playing Softball.

Like Softball, Wiffleball is just a modified version of Baseball. But Wiffleball has the element of pitching that Softball (well slow pitch anyway) doesn't have. In Wiffleball, you have all of the types of pitches that Baseball has plus a couple extra ( the "Cadiwampus" is very popular). Softball just has the Toss-it-up-there-so-the-girl-from-Service-Deli-can-hit-it and the Huck-the-holy-hell-out-of-it under-arm pitch.

Softball does have the fact that the ball is close to being hard as a baseball and you need an aluminum bat, like college Baseball (ohhh yes, aluminum bats in college Baseball, I smell another column). Also, your not going to get hurt with a Wiffleball like you could a Softball. Although if you've been hit square in the 'junk' with a Wiffleball ,like most of us have, you wouldn't say that!

A major stumbling block for making Wiffleball considered a less dorky sport is the whole "played it as a kid and then I discovered there are these strange creatures called girls" thing.

Now that I have managed to fool a girl into marrying me, the fact that Wiffleball is considered a kids game, to me, is one of it's selling points. Every time we play I get a little flashback of when I played as a ten year old. Summer days of going from morning till dinner, no matter how damn hot it got (by the way, an August Fresno day feels like Heatmiser himself is lurking about). Threre are some moments, while playing, when it feels like no time has passed at all.

I hope that one day Wiffleball can break out of that kid/geek stigma and become a more respectable sport (yea, you know, like Bowling or Dodgeball). I will be waiting with ball and Banana Bat in hand.

Now are you jealous?


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8 comments:

Alan Garcia said...

You think its geeky to talk or play wiffle, imagine having your own podcast about the game and getting the blank stares 10 times over. Good stuff on the wiffle article. I too am a softball basher at times. Adult T-ball is what we call it here in Michigan. We love Wiffleball though and we do The Complex Podcast here at the WiffleHouse. I posted a link to your story on the Complex site located at http://www.wifflehouse.com/complex

Brock said...

So, is there something audible on here or am I just confused? Oakland in the house.

Mike Seay said...

Thanks for the post Alan. No Brock, there is nothing audible here...good one.

This is cool, the most reaction I've gotten from my blog writing is something about wiffleball. Who knew?

Steven said...

Hey man - good piece.

I know what you're talking about. Today in Central Park we got plenty of those "looks". But it does not bother us in the least, they're just jealous.

Happy to report that I saw 3 other games in progress. A very good sign.

Mike Seay said...

Holy shit! Four Wiffleball games going on in Central Park...nice.

Anonymous said...

thats probably because you suck at softball...pee wee

Mike Seay said...

Nobody really sucks at Softball (Rec Softball, not Womens Fastpitch). The rec game is set up so you can't suck. How much easier could softball be made? You can hit the ball anywhere you want. Its a joke!

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