Commentary

Signs You May Have a Wiffle Problem

9. You started mowing your field (lawn) to exacting standards in March even though the first game isn't until May.

8. You cite "the beerman" defense while arguing with your wife about where to go on vacation.

7. The greatest moments in your life have been the birth of your children, your wedding, and the first time you drank from Lord Wiffle's chalice. Not necessarily in that order.

6. You claimed your newborn's middle name was wiffle and everyone believed you.

5. You have a large collection of socks that you pull up to your knees as part of a uniform and not an outfit.

4. Kids around town know you only by your wiffle nickname.Read more

A Fifth of LowBall

Fear not parched fans of LowBall, your thirst for hard nosed wiffle is about to be quenched. As the wintery white recedes to the green of summer, LowBallers slowly wake from their winter wiffle slumber, shaking the dust off bits yellow and white plastic in anticipation of epic battles to come. It is the grandest of times; a clean slate, a fresh start, arguments forgiven and forgotten, friendships renewed and strengthened.Read more

Reflections on the Dawn of a New Season

Ah Spring! The mud is axle deep on Ripton Road, and there is still snow in the Lincoln woods. Down in the Banana Belt of Waltham, the turkeys are mating and a strange call is sounding over the grass at Burnham field, "Play Ball!"

That's right fellows, a new season of Wiffle is on the verge of becoming, and it is time for a look back at what has come before. Last year, I think marked the move of Low Ball from its infancy to something more like tortured adolescence. The novelty of grown men engaging in child's play has worn off, especially for my wife, and now we are looking at a summer that has as many pitfalls as it does potential.Read more

The Black Cloud Speaks (to himself?)

Over the years the Black Cloud has been at once a gleaming star of LowBall and the hated villain of over exuberant wiffle geekdom. He is at times misunderstood and despised and at others triumphant and unifying. He has two Wifftobers and an asterisked Summer Classic and seems to be in his prime.

The Cloud has traditionally turned away from interviews, preferring an appropriate cloak of mystique. By pulling many favors I, celebrated wiffle journalist Hugh Wifflerton, was able to gain unprecedented access to the dark sheep of LowBall following his rise to Wifftober IV. Some would say that I got too close, that I was him, however it was the only way to obtain this interview. Enjoy - HughRead more

Closer By Committee N'est Pas Magnifique

Lowballers pay attention. The style of closing a game known as Closer-By-Committee has become much heralded in the press lately. In a recent article by the renown journalist Hugh Wifflerton he stated "the Lagers were down by one and facing the most feared pitching rotation in LowBall, closer by committee, winner stays on." This designation of the controversial practice as "the most feared" deserves some closer (pardon the pun) examination.Read more

RIP Sparky

February 22, 1934 – November 4, 2010

LowBall reigns in Frozen epic

The snow storm that blown in mid-summer continued into Saturday morning as teams lined for the annual Championship celebration. After for trailing for most of the season to the Naysayers, LowBall came back with 6 runs in the 9th to win 25-23 in Wifftober IV, and claimed it's fourth title is as many years.

The Naysayers matched and exceeded every LowBall rally throughout the game prior the last inning comeback and lead for most the contest. The relentless Naysayers brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, but B. Cloud's perfectly fielded slow roller closed out 2010 with a well deserved but improbable LowBall victory.

The Weight of Wifftober

I pulled into Lincoln, socks were well past the calf;
I just need some place where I can swing my bat.
"Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a game?"
He just grinned and shook my hand, "Gotta throw", he exclaimed.

Take LowBall off Lagers, take LowBall for free;Read more

Lowball still missing after Canoe Mishap

While the wiffle world still grieves and struggles to accept the untimely death of El Guapo Moriarty and the (apparent) kidnapping or suicide of Black Cloud Beck, it is thrown another nasty inside curve that few will understand, and fewer will empathize with. The LowPress has learned that many of the surviving LowBall players have scheduled a canoe trip on the sacred Championship weekend, thus assuring that Wifftober, and perhaps LowBall itself, have joined the list of the mourned.Read more

A Savage Journey

Strange memories on this nervous night in Bristol. Five games later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. Addison County in the middle of Summer 2010 was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run...but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant....Read more