Loggers Loosen Up and Let Loose for Big Wiff VI Win

Game Date: 
October 13, 2012
Epicocity of Game: 
Rousing
Lagers: 
19
Loggers: 
28

As Hugh Wifflerton has not been into the LowPress office since Friday, we are running the photos for now.
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Wifftober VI: A Preview

For five consecutive years, the mighty wifflers of LowBall have gathered every October for one grueling 18 inning battle in variable conditions and across the breadth of LowBall fields. The victors receive the privilege of guzzling celebratory beverages from the sacred chalice of Lord Wiffle. It is said to be a one game season that can either haunt or delight the wiffler for the following 364 days.Read more

GapBridge Review

Head Groundsman: 
Tremendous Thompson
Construction History: 

What endears GapBridge to fans is its ability to remain virtually unchanged since the early days of LowBall. The strike zone was replaced shortly after El Guapo unleashed his legendary Belushi tirade upon it. In season IV, perhaps, a corner of the rightfield fence was reclaimed from fair territory to give the Commissioner a space away from the commoners to take note of his league. This is aptly known as "Commissioner's Corner". During the opening day of season IV, The Commish added a new throw-out zone called "The Thing". It is no longer used. There is continuous construction on the mound and batter's box and it is expected that this will continue forever.

Capacity: 
231
Leftfield: 
82'0"
Centerfield: 
87'10"
Rightfield: 
75'6"
Pitcher's Mound: 
38'10"
Field Rating: 
+1 Batter
Rating Explanation: 

GapBridge is a deceptive field. At first glance most would assume it to be a pitcher's park. The pitch slopes up from the batter to the centerfield. However, it drops off from the batter going to leftfield. For this reason, balls that would not make it out at other parks manage to drift out at Gap. The batter never has to deal with adverse lighting, while the pitcher will often have an odd combination of shadows and sun during afternoon games.

The Batter's View: 
GapBridge Review
The Pitcher's View: 
Overview: 

GapBridge is the granddaddy of all LowBall parks. A field so drenched in history and ritual that playing upon its hallowed grounds has been equated to a religious experience. The field itself it tucked into the side of a gorgeous Vermont hillside, sited far from the bustle of the Lincoln metropolis. Upon crossing the small bridge that separates the "Gap" from civilization, the wiffler is transported into an alternate reality in which worries evaporate. The beauty of GapBridge is its unchanging atmosphere, unencumbered any pomp, the field is raw and soulful in a way others struggle to match. The players and fans alike are treated to the only dugouts with actual benches in LowBall. The GapBridge fence is the shortest in height of any fence in the league, beckoning the crafty outfielder to rob a poor batter of their hopes and dreams. Both sides of this coin have been played, Lonichiro (the future hall of fame defenseman) dove over the fence keeping one foot inbounds to slay a homer from Chin Music while West Coast managed to botch a fairly routine catch and knock the ball over for a homerun.

Notable Games: 

Oddly enough, there are few games at GapBridge that stand out above the rest. Perhaps it is a testament to its enduring soul of the field that all games at the Gap are special. It has been a part of 4 out of 5 Wifftobers, sharing the honor with the much underrated HST. GapBridge is also the traditional home of the opening game of the season. One game does stand-out to this lowly writer. It was the first and only successful Belgian Wiffle to date, played during season I. Historians of wiffle contend that two great LowBall names originated during this battle. First, J-Mac's comment led to Dan Guy being known as "The Plastic Surgeon". Second the game, like Wiffmorial 2012, ended in a tie, leading the Commish to wave his hands and state, "classic". The entire league is built around this single moment.

The Marquee Series: Wifftober VI

The sixth and final poster in the Marquee Series has been released. In an effort to stir up some excitement for the league's sixth Wifftober, the LowPress made the decision to offer up the artwork well ahead of the big game. This piece strays a bit from the style of the previous five. The crest to the left combines antlers as a classic symbol of fall with a wiffle ball and the sacred chalice. This crest has smooth lines through-out and only uses two colors, making it ideal for merchandise, say a stein or a t-shirt.Read more

The Friendly Confines Review

Head Groundsman: 
El Guapo
Construction History: 

Following a positive settlement in the ruminant dispute of 2009, the owners sought to create the ultimate slightly sloping sheep/turkey pasture wiffle venue. The leftfield wall was added during season IV. Season VI brought the addition of the flagpole, scoreboard, and most notably the living legend, "sort-of" retired, jersey of Dan "The Plastic Surgeon" Guy.

Capacity: 
437
Leftfield: 
73'
Centerfield: 
92' 10"
Rightfield: 
71' 3"
Pitcher's Mound: 
41' 2"
Angle of Play: 
64.5 deg
Field Kite Image: 
Playable Area - kite calculation: 
3,573 sq ft
Field Rating: 
+2 Batter
Rating Explanation: 

No field offers a greater advantage to the batter than The Friendly Confines. The fences to the left and right are the shortest in the league. The grass is traditionally cut a bit longer which slows the ball rolling to fielders, allowing more "swinging" bunts than any other park. The throw-out zone is the narrowest of any in the league, allowing the batter to outrun the ground-out throw. In addition, the pitcher faces into a setting sun and must throw off a mound that has been notably difficult.

The Batter's View: 
The Friendly Confines Review
The Pitcher's View: 
Overview: 

The Friendly Confines is the Colosseum of LowBall, a tight, indention upon the Lincoln landscape that provides the wiffler with the finest in wiffling facilities. It is also the field with the most turbulent history in the league. Starting with a ruminant labor dispute, the field has been removed from active rotation a few times. Yet every time, the field comes back greener and fence morphs into more of a wall. It is said that El Guapo's ashes were scattered about the mound he so loved to bobble about on. While this theory is certainly in question, especially given the fact that El Guapo is playing this season, it is not disputed that the semi retired jersey of living legend Dan The Plastic Surgeon Guy keeps watch from the centerfield wall.

The field's most prominent feature is the expansive leftfield wall, spanning nearly 3/4 of the fence with a height of 7-ish feet. This wall was featured on the cover of both the Season V and Season VI calendars. The pitcher throws from the only true mound in LowBall. Previous to this season, either side of the mound was reinforced with timbers. These have been removed much to the delight of the pitching community. The pitcher faces a gorgeous wooden backstop with a recessed throw-out zone. As the Confines is often host to extremely long games, the owners have built in an innovative "situation" marking system to aid the slightly dazed and confused. The Confines is also the only venue in LowBall to host night games, playing home to the player favorite Wiffsolstice marathon every year.

Notable Games: 

Wiffle lovers the world over flock to the Friendly Confines, not simply for the majestic experience, but to gawk at the history of LowBall on display in the Hall of Fame barn. Besides holding the physical artifacts of plastic perfection, The Confines has proudly played host to some of the most epic games in the history of LowBall.

The Summer Classic rests among the greatest spectacles of LowBall extreme ridiculousness. Played during the first season, fans have rarely witnessed such elevated entertainment since. Not only was it one heck of a game, it also raised a pony load of cheese for the local pre school.

Season V's Wiffsolstice will always be remembered as one of the great finger nail biting slogs of wiffle. It was a grind of a match that many say brought the Ox back to prominence as a pitcher. The air was wet and cold, the hot dogs greasy and hot, and the play was as exception as any core fan could ever hope to see.

Marquee Series: The Church of Wiffle

The LowPress is proud to release the fifth of six marquee posters, The Church of Wiffle. Not only does this game represent a return to the hallowed grounds of GapBridge, but the simple soul that LowBall league is based upon. Despite a season of low attendance one can be sure that this will be a game to savior.

El Guapo is the 2012 Master of Wiffle

In a display of near wiffle perfection, El Guapo joins the sacred wearers of the green jacket
Game Date: 
August 11, 2012
Epicocity of Game: 
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On a fine Saturday morning upon the lush lawns of the Friendly Confines, El Guapo showed off his renewed focus, dominating all sides of the field. Despite a collection of wiffle vets and young upstarts, El Guapo easily separated himself. He crushed an early dinger off of the Western One and then added another off the Black Cloud in the late innings to buffer the lead. Finally, in his relished positioned as closer, El Guapo shut down the opposition and sealed the win and his first spin in the Green Jacket (if it can be located).

With the victory, it looks as if the turbulent times of the Guap are in the past and he is primed for a chance to guzzle from the sacred Chalice of LowBall.
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The Masters of Wiffle Image Leaked

Late last week it was brought to the attention of the LowPress that the official poster for the 2nd annual Masters of Wiffle had been spotted in various places in the country. The LowPress is currently investigating how such a leak could happen.

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MID6 - Return of LowBall

With all due respect to Season V, a fine year of wiffle by any measure, 2012 has marked the full and complete resurrection of the world famous LowBall league. Following the trainwreck of a season that was IV, fans have longed for the old days of LowBall. As we reach the mid point of the season, I, famed wiffle journalist Hugh Wifflerton, take a moment to reflect on what we have laid witness to so far. Play has been precise and competitive fueled by legends like the Surgeon, Commish, and Lonichiro but with new life from the rookies, Bad Science, The Show, and Bento Box.Read more

Wiffle Patriots Battle Out Wiffdependence

The surging Ox and Guap prove too much for the Cloud Show
Game Date: 
July 1, 2012
Epicocity of Game: 
Rousing
Lagers: 
6
Loggers: 
14

"We are few, but we play for many
We play for our brothers sitting in minivans in traffic on the way to the in-laws
We play for our brothers wandering the halls of Bed Bath and Beyond in search of curtains
Yes, we play for all the downtrodden middle age men who know not of ridiculous fun but only of bills and responsibility
Today, we make this Declaration of Wiffdependence and resolve to fight year after year, game after game. Yes, we shall fight, we shall fight for our right to wiffle
As you take this field of battle you shall not fear any Dark Clouds, nor an Ox and Show, you shall not fear any Ghosts of El GuapoRead more