Thursday, August 29, 2013
Nats Gay DayOUT 3 -- that is, the NAGAAA SoftBall World Series today (some games near Fairfax, VA)
I did make it to Braddock Park (directions) to see a little bit of the NAGAAA World Series.
The teams that seemed to be around included Minneapolis (the Titans), Boston (the Pink Sox), and I think Atlanta (the Southern).
I bought a jersey, and no, it wasn’t free; in fact, it cost $28.
Someone from Minneapolis updated me on the scene. The owners of the Gay 90’s apparently bought the Brass Rail and made it a “Martini Bar”. But the Saloon seems to be the favored dance spot, still, with one of the best floor views in the country. The Saloon now has a restaurant where there used to be an outdoor patio, which doesn’t work for seven months of the year.
I watched “Boston at Atlanta” (interleague play, maybe) and Boston scored six runs in the top of the first in the slow pitch game. There were lots of short line drive base hits and grounders. Only one long ball was hit, an opposite field “gapper” between the left and center fielders for a triple, from a left-handed hitter who was small and nimble.
Does slow-pitch softball have the infield fly rule? In one game, a runner was forced at second after a short fly landed in right center, which should have been a single. Remember the “infield fly game” in the MLB playoffs last year (St. Louis at Atlanta).
It appears that the championship rounds will be played Saturday Aug 31 at the Watkins softball fields in Upper Marlboro, MD (Prince George's County, East of the Beltway, south of Rt 50).
By the way, driving home, apparently I drove near a major police incident in Fairfax County late Thursday, according to station WJLA.