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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 18:15

 

Who ya got!?

By: Josh Rhoton

 

Ah it is now 2015 and we are on the fast track to the newest installment of the drama that is the KWL. The holidays are over, the Lions were one and done (sorry guys) and Oregon is still scoring on Ol’ crab legs himself. In the first article of what will be a great year, I asked some long time KWL’ers who they would take in what situation. I’ll get right in to it, but as a heads up there might be some typo’s, Sam Ponder is on the TV…

 

I asked a series of pretty simple questions because we in the KWL aren’t the brightest bunch of bro’s.  Listed here are the questions that I asked the boys.

 

-If you had 3 outs to get in the last inning of the Championship Series, who do you hand the ball to and why?

-You need 1 batter to get you a hit to score a runner from second to win the whole damn thing, who do you want at the plate and why?

-Who is the batter you hate facing most and why?

-Who is the pitcher you hate facing most and why?

-If you had one player to build a KWL franchise around (other than yourself) who would it be and why?

-Lastly, How did you get your start with the greatest wiffle league on earth?

 

First I will give you my WWE buddy David Ayres answers. He still isn’t happy that the KWL trophy is sitting in my renovated basement right next to the TV. My bad man but she ain’t going anywhere…
-To get the final three outs of the championship I hand the ball to myself because in that moment I want to be the guy.
-The one batter I want when a hit is needed.  Bryan jennings because the moment never seems to be too big for him.
-BJ is also the hitter I hate facing the most for the same exact reason.
-The pitcher I hate facing the most would be Buckallew because he has so much movement on his pitches, it's hard to get solid contact.  I am also guaranteed to see him at least once a year.
-The one player I would build a franchise around....I have a tie Lee Vanstreain and Adam Kuzmin.  I think it's obvious why but both are complete players.
-I would see the league playing on Tuesday's on my way home from golf when I lived in Saddle Creek apartments.  I mentioned something to Lewis about it because we always loved playing and he did some investigating and got us signed up the next year.

 

Next we’ll get to what actually is probably the smartest guy in the KWL, Trey Junkins. I’ll give Trey a little plug, he does mine and the wife’s taxes and does a great job so contact him if you need a guy…

-If you had 3 outs to get in the last inning of the Championship Series, who do you hand the ball to and why? Kuzmin.  He's been there and done that.

-You need 1 batter to get you a hit to score a runner from second to win the whole damn thing, who do you want at the plate and why?  Rhoton.  Can't deny a guy who hits over .500 multiple times in his career.

-Who is the batter you hate facing most and why? Schug.  Out of all the batters I have faced, he is the only one who I never feel that I am gonna be able to get out.

-Who is the pitcher you hate facing most and why? Kuzmin.  If I want him on the mound to win me the game, then it would not make sense for me to like hitting against him...

-If you had one player to build a KWL franchise around (other than yourself) who would it be and why? Lee V. He does it all at a high level.

-Lastly, How did you get your start with the greatest wiffle league on earth? Heard from a friend that they were looking for teams to join, and could not help myself but to try and make it happen.  My summer revolves around wiffle!

 

Thirdly we visit what our league Commissioner Brian Lewis had to say. Congrats on the third kid as well Mr. Commish…

-David Ayres – He’s extremely accurate and doesn’t get frazzled by big game situations.  He pitches quickly so the nervous batter won’t have much time to get settled.

-Josh Rhoton – Doesn’t strike out much, hits a fair amount of doubles and HRs, will throw the bat wildly if he gets out in this situation

-Mike Hogan – His intense murder stare is pretty intimidating.

-Conor Barr – Until you faced him A LOT it’s tough to get your timing down.  He’s one of those pitchers who will have 15 strikeouts and 15 walks, either way you’re not doing much at the plate.

-Adam Kuzmin – He is a fundamentally sound ball player.  He is a dominant pitcher.  At the plate he will spread the ball around the field.

-I saw a bunch of nerds playing wiffleball at a park and thought ‘ugh jeez, how hard can that be I used to play it all the time.’ Literally 2 days later I had a strike board built in my backyard and I was hooked.

 

Lastly we take a look at the worst answers that were given because he was too lazy to give any reasoning behind his answers. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though as he is also expecting new little ones as well. That right “OneS.” Another congrats to you Lee Vanstreain…

-If you had 3 outs to get in the last inning of the Championship Series, who do you hand the ball to and why? -I assume this is other than yourself also....haha - so Hogan

-You need 1 batter to get you a hit to score a runner from second to win the whole damn thing, who do you want at the plate and why? - BJ

-Who is the batter you hate facing most and why? - Tie between Rhoton and Paul Wolf

-Who is the pitcher you hate facing most and why? - Hogan

-If you had one player to build a KWL franchise around (other than yourself) who would it be and why? Even though he's lacking leadership - Buckallew...haha

-Lastly, How did you get your start with the greatest wiffle league on earth? Matt Jennings asked me as he knew me through a mutual friend, thought it was a stupid idea at first and was obsessed with it after the 2nd week of my first year in 2012.

 

Well there you have it our first article of the new year. I wanted to end this with a smart ass comment or remark, but we all got some bad news yesterday that I will hit on instead. Stuart Scott was a much bigger part of our childhood as males then I think we ever knew until yesterday when we learned of his untimely passing. I reflect on the hours of back to back Sportscenters we all watched in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and he was a big fixture on those shows. Until you get older you do not realize how big of an influence even just broadcasters have on your life. As I watched all the tributes to Stu yesterday I had to fight back tears the whole time and at that time I realized how much he meant to all sports fans. I have some personal new years resolutions that I will not get in too, but watching all the kind words said and reflecting on Stu’s life will definitely help push me forward on those goals. RIP Stuart Scott, I will turn over my pillow to the cool side tonight, I will compliment my wife on dinner by telling her that she is like “Butta” because she was on a role tonight, and last but certainly not least…Booyow!

 

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