League Meeting Update
March 15, 2008
3 inning exhibition vs. Fog
March 16, 2008
Opening Day Victory
March 31, 2008
On Sunday March 30, 2008 the San Francisco Diablos took field for the first time as complete team. It all started with a golden effort from Sir Whitey on the hill, pitching a gem of game and keeping his compsure throughout the contest, despite annoyances from the opposing team's bench. The Diablos played solid defense for the entire game with Fedrico making a nice play at first to secure a crucial out late in the game. The dynamic duo of Kimo & Brooks up the middle for the Diablo's turned a gracefull double play to stop a potential big inning for the Dirtbag's. Dennis Shanahan's debut in the 3 hole looks promising for the Diablo's lineup. Brian Baduske continues to impress with his prowess at the plate. Justin didn't get tossed and pitched a solid inning for Diablos to set up Joe for the save and bring home a win for Diablos's. Good job to everyone, it was team effort for the whole game, let's keep it going next week, so ice up.
Tough two weeks...
April 13, 2008
It has been a rough couple of weeks for the Diablos, dropping 2 in a row to sub-par teams. There has been a few highlights to mention. Sir Whitey threw another gem of a game, a complete 9 inning game of the highest quality. A "FEW" errors in the game created hole to deep for Diablo bats to climb out of. Week 3 started off on a better note with a beautiful day for baseball & beer. Pitcher Joe Shakira pitched a great game, dazzling the Artichoke hitters with an array of pitches and uncanny command. An early bunt by Gabe "Aluminum Cans" Sanchez got the Diablos off to a good start. However the Diablos's bats fell silent and would not produce too many more hits or runs. Defensivly the Diablos tightened up and played good ball with Ryan "The Dude" Brooks turning a graceful double play. The outfield draft picks, Dennis "Sombreo" Shanahan and Don "Still Finding it" Kreppin getting on the same page and starting to look like lifelong teamates. A lefty prospect was brought in the 7th and got in to some early trouble and the game was put out of reach for the Diablos. Kimo "1000 Milligrams" Lary's stolen base added to his team leading totals. Justin "Chill" McFawn pinch ran and killed an inncoent garbage can, that happened to be black. I'm just saying. Next week the Diablos need to right the ship and get back on the goodside of the scoreboard, and pick up their pitching staff. KOOL AID!!!!!!!!!!!!!OH YEAH!!!!!
April 28, 2008
On Sunday the Diablos took the field and began to play like the veteran team they are. An early injury to Kemo "Now it's 2,000 Milligrams" Lary opened the door for Joe Shakira to put on a hitting clinic for us all to enjoy. Sir Whitey tossed another gem of a game against the overmatched Dirtbags, throwing a complete game with some clutch late inning strikeouts. Defensivly the Diablos tightend up the game with no major errors to mention. Dennis Shanahan continued to glove everything in centerfield and Fedrico stepping up to play first base like he never had a 7 error game. Gabe "Aluminum Cans" Sanchez continued smash the ball like it owed him money, professing his love for the weight bat every step of the way. Quality teamwork was the theme that emerged on Sunday. The post game shenangins were a sponsored by "Kool Aid" and raised the bar for post game drinking and debauchy. I'm sure we all enjoyed the beer, booze, food and finally some tits to look at! The Diablos face off with the Blue Claws next week, with Don and the Diablos ready to continue their win streak. Good Luck next week, I have front office duties to handle in Puerto Rico, hopefully returning with Puerto Rican talent for the Diablos minor league system.
Diablos boil the Blue Claws
May 3, 2008 – 09:30 PM
May 13, 2008
Diablos come up Aces against Artichoke Joes
May 19, 2008
10 o'clock News
May 28, 2008
- Dennis Richmond
Diablos extend Memorial Day Holiday thru game vs. Super Stars
June 1, 2008
June 10, 2008
The Diablo's are still giving away wins like they are going out of style. Despite an all-star performance for Sir Whitey on the hill, the Diablo's bats went limp after the 3rd inning except for Ronaldo "The Kid" going 4-4 and showing some great hustle on the bases and nice leather in the field. The Wipeout was an appropiate place for the Diablo's to drink their issues away. We need to get back on track next week, so ice up and be ready!
June 18, 2008
The Diablo's took the field on Sunday with an eye on getting back in the win column. Sir Whitey's performance was an all out effort for 9 innings! "The Kid" continued to make a claim for better contract next season with a dazzling diplay of defense and offense! It was all out effort for the Diablos with everyone pulling together and getting a win. A double play by Kool-Aid was a feat unto itself and probaly won't be seen again for awhile. Forest getting back to third was great but his reception at third was even better, with the ugly finder zeroed in on him. Ebony put on a wonderful hitting display, lazering the ball all over the yard. Dennis "dumbass" Shanahan got on base, then got off base, enough said. Get ready for next week as we take on the Benders, who according to sources, play really good baseball, so ice up! oh yeah, I got hit twice for being late!
Looooong day in Alameda..
June 23, 2008
Under the lights...
June 27, 2008
Diablos see victory thru the Fog
June 30, 2008
Playoffs? Are you talking Play-----Playoffs!?!!
July 3, 2008
Last 2 Games
July 25, 2008
Well 2 weeks ago, 17 was number for the day. And we lost. Last week, we lost. We need to get our collective shit together and get a win on Sunday. The Kid did a hell of job at the "All-Star" game last week as well. See you Sunday.
The Great Debacle
July 28, 2008
July 29, 2008
Diablos weather the Storm
August 4, 2008
August 11, 2008
Well, there is not much to say about Friday's loss. Eric pitched his second beautiful game,. however the Diablo's offense couldn't help him out. Great party at Gabes house. Got to win the next 2 if we want to continue the season.
Eight Men Out
August 19, 2008
Hot Stove Report
December 22, 2008
Let's get it on
January 19, 2009
Winter meeting has been concluded. Coach Trejo has spoken. All Diablo's are to report to the first practice February 8th. Time and location will be determined. So get those livers ready with a good lather during the Super Bowl because the weekend after that "Brother" is running our asses. UPDATE: FEB 8th practice will be held at Balboa Park. Feb 15th first preseason game @ Balboa Park.
***Location change for season opener - Flood Park***
March 26, 2009
Season opener against the SuperStars has been moved to Flood Park 3pm on 3/29/09. Please plan accordingly for rides and bring your beer money. McFawn has been put in charge of providing post-game orange slices and lettuce. Received a warning email from the league office regarding the behavior of an "unidentified league team" in San Leandro last week. The letter specified beer drinking and "legal and illegal" smoking as the infractions. It also mentioned leaving trash and not maintaining the field after use. The summary statement in the email threatened to re-schedule games from San Leandro Park to Big Rec for any teams breaking the "rules". Ummmm ok. Since we signed up to play in the SFNABA I don't see how not having to travel across a bridge to play is punishment. As for the complaint of garbage we have "Aluminum Cans" Sanchez living by the motto of 'No empty beer can is left behind'. We don't leave any food trash since eating keeps you from getting buzzed quickly. I am fully aware the complaint was not about us since we played in SF this past weekend, but I am sure that at some point this season we will have a complaint against us. Oh well. That will not effect the Diablos post-game ritual of alcohol consumption, smoke inhalation(legal and illegal) and game review. We went a perfect 20-0 last year in after game theatrics and we strive to keep that record intact. Play Ball!
Diablos pound SuperStars 14-4 on Opening Day
March 30, 2009
Diablos edge Benders 3-2 in Alameda
What a day for baseball. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping(where is a shotgun when you need it) and the pitchers showed up to play. For the Diablos it started and ended with 'Fresh Fish' Gardella. Earning his second win he went the distance on the hill and begged(like a woman)for runs in the dug out. In true Diablo fashion we waited until the last possible moment to score those runs. Returning from his expensive Vegas vacation 'PR' Sainz got himself a batting average, had a $1 strikeout and scored the game winning run. Not a bad '09 debut. 'Mad Dawg' McFawn scored the first run of the day for the Diablos and had some nifty glove work at the hot corner(That ump totally screwed you). The outfield was solid as usual. Led by CF Marcus Reed who squashed a couple of Bender rallies all by himself. 'Flat tire' Escobar and Brian Baduske-Smith locked down the corner spots respectively. Oh and B also wanted me to add he is the most feared 8th hitter in the league. Behind the dish 'Aluminum Cans' Sanchez showed the energy of a teenager(or maybe someone who mixes stimulants with his crystal light). After he flexed his muscle in gunning down the first Bender who attempted to steal nobody even considered that idea for the rest of the game. He played the part so well that he over threw Gardella regularly to show he couldn't control his cannon. 'FundaMENTALs' Narvaez found new and amazing ways of parting himself from his hard earned dollars. Whether it's striking out looking or calling his own infield fly rule from the batters box I can't wait to see what he does next. Punch and cookies were served post-game, but the bridge traffic cut the festivities short. Props to Kemo 'get away from the grill' Lary for feeding the animals @ Gabe's house.
R.I.P. Nick Adenhart
Two losses in a row put Diablos at .500
A tough two weeks for the Diablos has sent them down the standings to 2-2. Last week 9 players showed up and we lost to the Blazers 4-2. Injuries limited Sweet Lou to only 4 innings or work, but Justin picked up the slack and carried the Diablos the rest of the way. Highlights from that defeat were 1)Gabe bronzing on the 3rd level of hell @ Alfredo's place 2)Lou proving to us why we DH for him. This week it was a familiar foe the Blue Claws(who wear red jerseys). With injuries and swine flu keeping key players out of the line-up the Diablos battled back from a 9-2 deficit with a 6-run seventh inning highlighted by a 3-run triple from Naldo(no doubt trying to impress his lady). Amidst chirps about the time limit from the home team the umpires allowed play to resume. In the top of the 9th a towering solo home run by Marcus Reed tied it up at 9-9. Unfortunately a run was plated on a sacrifice fly by teh Blue Claws in the bottom of the 9th and the game was over. Post game attendance was considerably light, but when you only have 7.5 players ont he roster that is to be expected. This week we got screwed by the powers that be and are playing in San Leandro @ 715pm on Sunday. Wow. Good thing we signed up to play in the SLNABA.....oh wait it was the SFNABA. Hopefully we'll get a game in San Francisco before the season is over.
Schedule updated thru 7/11
Read the headline fool!
Diablos drown in rare Hayward Tsunami
Wow is the only description for Saturday @ Hayward High School. The host schools mascot is the Farmers and thats what we should have been doing instead of playing ball. That is if we could find the field we need to plow with AC Sanchez at the wheel. Figuring we had plenty of time to sight see before 1st pitch the Diablo party bus hit up a few fast food joints, visited some of Haywards finer neighborhoods and even had time to shop a few garage sales for the perfect mothers day gift. I think PR even got a screaming deal on a knock-off designer hand bag. After pre-game warm ups(ha) Joe Ponson took the hill for your Diablos. Making his 1st start of the season fresh off the DL he gave us everything we needed. Six innings later he departed with an enlarged nut sack and the Diablos trailing 2-1. Not much to chat about from that point on. Final score was 8-1 in the Tsunamis favor. Other highlights involved Track coach Kemo legging out his first triple since the Reagan administration and AC Sanchez taking the term "getting treatment" to the next level by playing 8 innings with a bag of ice in his sock. Conversations of where to get the best crab and who left what in the car back on our side of the bay dominated the post game. The Diablo heads(livers) are definitely in "mid-season" form as we reach the quarter pole of the 2009 season. Also just to keep our cry baby reputation shining bright the trek across the bay for that field is a joke. Not because of traffic or gas prices. Because we can find a field like that anywhere in the SF area(HNABA). That is all.
Baseball gods smite Diablos in 6-5 loss to AJ's
For anyone in attendance Sunday evening a full refund of your time and money should be expected. The Diablos decided to put on a little show of what not to do in most situations. Never make the first or third out at third base. We did. Don't walk the lead off batter with a 3-run lead in the 9th inning. We did. Don't lose track of how many outs there are in an inning. We did. Dont drink in the park after hours. We did. For most of Sunday the Diablos looked like they would pull this one out even while committing so many baseball sins. Fugeddaboutit! Gardella threw a solid game. Gabe ripped a sweet RBI-double. And our overweight line-up caused havoc on the base paths all night. In the end a strong 4 run rally by AJ's in the top of the 9th extended the Diablos losing streak to five. Post game consisted of 5 guys drinking in the dark and throwing cans in the garbage(where were you AC Sanchez?).
8 and counting...
Epic, Colossal, Mountainous. These are just a few words that can describe the current 8-game losing skid the Diablos are riding. After a demoralizing 13-5 extra inning loss to the Sea Lions a double header against the 1st place Storm was just what the doctor ordered. Making his Diablo debut Phil Lonsdale tossed 7 solid innings, but the Diablo offense couldn't get across the plate enough to help him out in a 5-4 loss. Post game odds on Phil being able to wipe his ass Monday were rumored to be around 10-1. After a 30 minute lunch break spent getting ice for the post game sodas and rocking out to Kemo's greatest hits the Diablos sent Sweet Lou to the hill. His 6 innings kept the Diablos in the game, but once again the offense stalled and the final score was 6-4. Joe Ponson ripped a 2-RBI double in he 9th inning to keep things interesting and extend his hitting streak to every game he makes the line-up. AC Sanchez was injured on a hustle play at first base in which the Storm 1B thought he was playing soccer and gave Gabe's hand a kick. Since this weeks absence from post-game activities was not his choice the cans were recycled and brought to Gabes house. That should cover the co-pay big guy. To end the losing streak virgin sacrifice was mentioned during the drinking session, but quickly forgotten after Frank aired the latest episode of Dragon Slayer for the team. The new guys were introduced to a memorable roast of Alfredo by none other than Kemo "Shut the fuck up. You can't say nuthin'" Lary. The Diablos return to SF this week and play the Tsunami @ West Sunset.
Signs of the Apocalypse
Diablos piss off Gods one more time in 11-10 loss
Who knew ritual sacrifice worked so well
Diablos win despite fortune tellers warning
Win Beers Taste Way Better Than Tie Beers
11 Diablos - 7 Dirtbags - 2 Umpires - 1 Ice Cream Man
"Error free baseball wins games"...What a concept
Diablos come out FLAT and still beat Rebels 12-4
How on earth did we finish 10-10?
2009 Season : A reflection through BBQ smoke...
Diablos wrap up Winter Meeting
First order of business was to arrange a sit down with Tim Lincecum and see if the numbers could be worked out. After a few hours of listening to some Pink Floyd, staring at Timmy's collection of blacklight art and watching him polish his Cy Youngs it seemed that the only logical course of action was to pop in The Big Lebowski and enjoy. Unfortunately Diablo management noticed that the fabulous hookah we had been using during negotiations was autographed by none other than Barry Zito. Suddenly visions of a 7 year/$126 million nightmare filled our collective heads and negotiations stalled. The official statement put out by our PR group indicated we did NOT end negotiations because of his citation for marijuana possession and we are sticking to it despite the rumors to the contrary. (Between you and me I would take that kind of publicity with one our players much better than say having his wife beat him with a golf club after finding out he was putting from the rough if you know what I mean). Since those negotiations little has been cooking on the hot stove. A bid for Marco Scutaro was beaten out by the Red Sox(Damn you Theo Epstein!).
This past week the brain trust(using that term loosely) for the Diablos met up at a fine establishment in Westlake. Only a team of this caliber plans a meet @ a place located in a shopping mall during the holiday season. After tearing through a few sampler platters like wild hyenas and wetting our whistles the meeting was called to order. Everyone aired their thoughts on last season and what was needed to get over the hump in 2010. McFawn and Forrest picked up right where they left off and got back to their marital bliss. Nieves showed up late as usual and took care of the bill(Coach you will always be a champion). PR Sainz vowed to halt his nomadic existence and bring his glove on game days. AC Sanchez showed disappointment throughout the meeting since the weather and state law barred him from drinking shirtless.
The main topic of discussion turned to a serious allegation of poaching going on for the second year in a row. After two years in the league it is clear to all that play against the Diablos we enjoy the game AND post-game. A good team in our eyes enjoys giving it all between the lines and ripping each other a new one after it's all said and done. Nobody is on this team because they went to some try-out and had Lloyd from Entourage pat their ass and offer them a hand job. We certainly don't call players and disparage their current teams in an effort to lure them to our squad. This type of behavior is for guys who are still bitter about being picked last and/or having a strong resemblance to the above picture. This part of the update is for only one person so most of you out there don't need to read any further...Knock that shit off
1st adult beverage induced bet of the season
Guess who's coming to dinner
March 28, 2010
The picture accompanying today's update is a re-enactment of what should've been the final out of the game. Brooksy is showing excellent form for the flip to second. Kemo looks EXACTLY how he did during the play...minus the Bud Light.
Diablos dominate in 8-0 victory
This weeks picture is PR Sainz after a long day of signing prospects and telling people what to do.
Sunday Double Header scheduled for Balboa-Shit field
Diablos lose, win and create new dance to finish off April
Diablos win and picked up a homeless guy to play left...
Double Header sweep over Divisional opponent
Diablos shit the bed in Hayward
11 inning loss renews Diablo hatred for Hayward
Diablos get wood at West Sunset
R.I.P. Lou Brown
Diablos pimp slap the Isotopes
Can you believe douche is spelled with only three letters...LOU
Explanation of the picture above: We have titled this one "Deal with the Devil". From the drunken fog I believe the wager was that Lou couldn't strike out Alfredo. Can't remember what the stakes were(probably beer, reefer or gold bricks).
The thought bubbles from left to right:
Pacheco: "I can't believe you shook his hand...You know Lou doesn't wipe properly!"
Kemo: "Look at this dumb muthafucka right here. I will NEVER field another one of his grounders."
Alfredo: "I don't know if I'm excited about this bet or Raul's hand up my ass!"
Raul: "Hey Fredo wheres your wallet?"
Justin: "Should I steal Lou's soul through his mouth or eyes?"
Lou: "Oh Wow Fredo uses the same moisturizer as me."
Like all great works of art there may have been some things you missed in your first viewing of the picture.
1. Kemo is flipping Lou off from the table
2. Alfredo's neck vein is bulging which is usually a tell tale sign of ass play
3. Even the Birds of Paradise behind Lou are mocking him.
1st practice of the year
Picture above is untitled. We had to wait until Kemo started snoring to get him to pose with the A's Championship trophy. I am pretty sure he is still unaware of the assault.
This muthafucka won't shut up
Diablos lay Opening Day egg
Diablos salvage a split in DH with the Blazers
Diablos all Abbottabad it at Stenzel Park
Hecho En San Francisco
Diablos head butt Wood in 11-6 victory
Diablos slay Titans 8-1
Diablos take two from Red Giants
Record crowd witness Diablos (kind of) sweep Double Header
Diablos drop back to back games
Diablos split Double Header with offensively named Tsunami
Diablos edge Phitans in extra innings
Diablos play 9 against 11 and beat the Black Sox 10-0
“Rooftop” Gardella actually had to bat. Thanks Justin. It’s been about 12 years since I’ve seen someone swing at a pitch that hit ‘em. We were treated to that and a couple of dribblers that 3B couldn’t handle. His claims of OBP mastery actually made me throw up in my mouth a little. His 8-inning CG shutout victory was sprinkled with laser beam singles, but hey his mind was on hitting. Did I mention he swung at a pitch that hit him? His shotgunning of only 2 beers this week was appreciated most of all by Kemo's lighter.
“Aluminum Cans” Sanchez didn’t start any altercations with the other team this week. His Crystal Light was mixed with some bammer so he was a little less agitated. It still didn’t keep him from being warned for using the “F” word behind the plate too much. He also contributed to Junkyard getting ejected because he couldn’t throw the runner out HA. His post-game attire screamed “Is it cold in here?”
“PR” Sainz showed up with the energy of a thousand tweakers. His pre-game pep talk consisted of telling the guys to play like Diablos(multiple warnings from the umps, an ejection and no offense until the third trip through the order) and that’s just what happened. He seemed to be having an enjoyable afternoon until he crumbled to the ground after a breaking pitch squared up his elbow. His vow to never drop to the fetal position on a baseball diamond again will haunt him the rest of his playing days.
“Junkyard” McFawn totally dictated how his day would go when his first words to me in the dugout were “I’m in the mood to talk shit today”. True to his word he got himself ejected in the 2nd inning by an umpire who showed up looking for a fight. Unbelievable stat of the day: This is Justin’s 1st SFNABA ejection. Junkyard later was ejected from the stands and played “Where’s Waldo?” for the remainder of the day around Balboa Park.
“Squirrel Cheeks” Lary showed up hurting. I thought he was either dead or sleeping in his car when I arrived in the morning. He planned on having a nice easy day keeping book and strong arming walks. Instead he was called into service and performed the following feats in this order: K’d, missed a looping line drive by jumping like a white man and burned the CF ass with a bomb that cleared the bases. Not bad for an old guy who probably had every painkiller known to man coursing through his system.
Brooksy knew the Diablos were in for a long day when the umps didn’t even respond to his “Hello” in the parking lot. Assholes. He spent his first two at-bats plotting where he was going to bloop one when he came up with runners on base. Rooftop asked for a “Brooks Special” and he delivered by driving in the first run of the game with a double/triple/snowball fight texas leaguer.
“Brothers Love Child” Rodriguez made his papa proud by going the other way with runners on. He also decided to make the LF look good by hitting one just far enough for him to catch it. Muscle up Ho! His defense was solid except for when Rooftop yelled at him to catch a foul ball and he didn’t. The fact that the ball was only 13 ½ feet away from home plate is irrelevant.
“I only do that on vacation” Miller came back from his trip and immediately made an impact on the line-up. That impact was pushing Brooksy to the 3 hole and stealing his helmet every goddamn time he came up. He also sold a HBP by gazing in the umpires 4-eyes and saying with his mind “That grazed my jersey kind sir”. He scored the 1st and eventual winning run after that Jedi mind shit. His defense was tested not by any plays(not a single ball went his way), but by the man child who was using his beer can like a prisoner in a cell down the LF line.
“Coltrane” Reed made his triumphant return to the line-up after a little “vacation” provided by the NABA. I’d like to tell you he went 4 for 4 and had 8 rbi’s. That didn’t happen. His timing is a little better than it was last week and his presence at the top of the line-up had a strong effect on the rest of the squad. His CF lockdown defense was present as always. Do teams avoid hitting it to center much like teams don’t throw towards Revis island when he is playing? Survey says Yes.
“Where’s my taco?” Imbody was given the player of the week award by this website. It entitles him to a nasty case of the runs and a hangover provided by the postgame BBQ. Upon hearing the Yeti would not be in the line-up he decided to try and drive in as many Diablos as possible. The bullets he peppered throughout the yard were only matched by the Howitzer blast he unleashed from RF to nail the unsuspecting runner. His only misstep was the GI Joe tank top.
Today's picture is titled "Wears Alfredo's shit better than he does". This is Olive who is cute as a button and probably scarred for life after attending a Diablo post game.
Diablos get back to it
Sunday marked the first practice game of the 2012 season for your SF Diablos. The score of the game was not important(17-2 victory!)since Brother told us to "work on stuff" during his pre-game speech. Pacheco started on the mound and worked through some early arm stiffness. Typical Yeti. He also ripped the shit out of a couple balls so he looks ready to go. Nico climbed the hill for a three inning stint that could only be described as solid. The internment of his mentor seems to have not effected his game. Ivan made a triumphant return after spending 2011 on the shelf. His leaning into a 37mph fastball was the stuff of champions. His awkward bat toss and retrieval were not. Joe decided to rip a titty before he left early. Of course he used the handle to display his hitting prowess so the out was expected. Imbo came in determined to pick up where he left off last year. The swing looked good, but that pop up dropping to the infield left something to be desired. His FB status update should read "The infield is difficult and I shall never speak ill of it again." Alfredo showed up all Zen and shit. He then proceeded to hose a runner. No seriously. The guy had two legs and was of normal weight and mental capacity. The league has already begun the investigation into his off season arm procedure done in Europe. Kemo decided to stay this week instead of flipping a U-turn and getting back on the freeway. Thankfully he delighted us with a solid inning on the mound. The half swing with RISP was also entertaining. Lou was Lou. Whether it's stroking his own on base percentage or walking his first batter of the season he never fails to put on a show. The post-game vow of silence was broken within 3 minutes. Newcomer Bird was welcomed to the squad. His work behind the plate was impressive. His start-stop-start-stop swing for strike three....not so much. All in all a solid effort to open the 2012 season. I have been informed that we will not be heading to Napa this coming weekend. Details will be sent out this weekend.
Opening Day victory ends with a race for the ages
Welcome back Diablo faithful. The 2012 season has begun and your minions of the underworld are 1-0 after a 6-3 victory over Yucatan. Being kicked out of their last league by a group of whining bitches disguised as baseball players the Diablos entered this season ready for a fresh start. Returning to the friendly confines of Crocker Park offered the Diablos a chance at getting back to the basics of playing ball, battling old foes and having adult beverages without looking out for Narcs. Despite the 9am start time most Diablos found their way to the park on time. I'm looking at you Yeti! With the smells of grass, dirt and urine wafting through the dugout it was apparent the boys in red had found their way home. Toeing the slab was none other than Rooftop Gardella. His Spring Training boasts of striking out every person on Earth in his first three starts had built an anticipation that couldn't be matched. Of course his first inning went just the way you would expect. A shitload of walks and a 3-1 deficit that led to everyone including birthday boy Imbody telling him to "Forget about the damn bet!". This was obviously what the young lad needed since his final line read 9 innings, 5 walks, 1 laser beam hit and 17 strike outs. Sunday also marked the debut of several new Diablos. Bird Nielsen showed solid ball blocking skills in saving Rooftops ass on several occasions. He also chipped in a couple of hits, but is now guaranteed to get shit every time he gets on base after forgetting how many outs there were. Jeff "I haven't done anything stupid to earn a nickname YET" Ramirez manned shortstop and showed a slick glove. Luis "Banksy" Bermudez got his first official at-bat and roamed LF. Imbo showed up to let us know he would be celebrating his birthday later at the Doghouse. He also chipped in 3 RBI's and caught his only chance in RF. Olive Garden Hidalgo made his triumphant return to the Diablos after spending last season on the DL. In typical fashion he was beaned in his first AB and then went all Wild Horses and ran free when he should have froze on a line drive. Kemo drove in a run with situational hitting. He also spent the day writing in every K that Lou got. How screwed up is that? Pacheco worked hard behind the plate and also worked a walk...OH WAIT sorry that was the other teams Pacheco. Ours couldn't be risen from his hibernation. That'll cost ya big guy!
Pitching and Defense reign supreme in Diablo victory
Last Sunday your Diablos faced off against an old foe Mexico. It turned out to be a solid pitching match up. Rooftop Gardella always thinking about "The Bet" decided to use his defense in pitching a complete game shutout. Defensive gems were turned in by SS Jeff Ramirez, 2B Ryan Brooks and LF Alfredo "Cannon" Sainz. Not much to talk about regarding the offense in this one. With a total of four hits the Diablos weren't exactly raking the ball. The first run was driven in by Jeff after hitting the ball off the starting pitcher (actually it hit his glove, thanks Joe). The insurance run was scored on a sac fly by none other than Mad Hatter Bermudez. His signature moment in a Diablo uniform. Cowboy Rpdriguez finally awoke from his stupor and chipped in some stolen bases en route to scoring in the 7th inning.
Diablos win the ugliest 13-3 game ever
This past weekend the Diablos offense finally came together(somewhat) in a 13-3 victory over Venados. I say somewhat because the unofficial count is 1,643 runners were left on base. Getting the start was Yeti Pacheco who graced us with his presence. His 5 innings of shutout ball was the first gem turned in this season by the Diablo staff (Right Rooftop?). Mad hatter Bermudez made his Diablo mound debut in relief pitching 2 solid innings and getting zero help from his defense. No joke. You couldn't throw a rock without hitting an offensive hero for the Diablos on Sunday. It all started with Marcus "Battleship" Reed lobbing balls anywhere the LF couldn't catch it. Including his glove! E9.....HIT! Imbo decided to rob an elderly person at an estate sale of their 1942 war club fashioned from a rare endangered species of Redwood tree. Seriously the handle on this thing is the size of a rhinoceros penis. Believe me I know. Obviously this theft was a wise move since it banged out 4 hits for him. Unfortunately the bat couldn't help him run the bases. At least that's what PR thinks. Jeff "Video room" Ramirez did some in game work on his swing and banged out a pair of doubles. Cowboy Rodriguez continued his march for the stolen base title with a pair of swipes. He also proved the theory that residents of Liberty Court can't tag up for shit. Nico made his debut at 1B for the Diablos this Sunday and immediately showed he is middle infielder. BUT when the moment presented itself to end the game early and send us to the parking lot he was more than ready. With the bases loaded and two outs he unleashed a game winning cue shot that absolutely ate the first baseman up. Dude tried to lay down in front of it and it still found a hole. Not sure if it counts as a "walk off", but it was definitely Diablo style.
Diablos win streak at four
Several firsts happened this past week for the Diablos en route to a 5-2 victory over San Luis. We had our first warning from an umpire about not killing our own players. PR got his first stand up triple since the Clinton administration. There was an RBI Sac Fly to the second baseman, possibly a first in recorded history. We also had our first bat branding of the season. All in all an eventful week in the Diablo universe.
Diablos slapdick Marlins
Diablos defeat the Marlins 16-1...
Hero dies during Diablos victory
I'm baaaaaaaaack. After a few weeks off your faithful scribe has returned from the rocky depths of hell(or was it just LA?). In my absence the Diablos have run their record to 7-0. A no-hitter(Couldn?t toss a perfecto) by Rooftop against the Nicoyas a few weeks back put the league on notice. What that notice said is a mystery to me since it was written in Spanish. This past week your minions of Satan faced off with the Black Sox. With boatloads of confidence and the usual cornucopia of pharmaceuticals a 14-2 victory was secured. Here are some of the days highlights:
Diablos reach 10-0
Yeti smash runs Diablos record to 11-0
Alternate translations for this photo:
Diablos shit show improves to 12-0
Today's photo is of Fredo and Jager fresh off their work doing base running drills at the Liberty Court camp. Now being offered by the fine folks of Liberty Court is an introductory class on Equipment Management 101.
Win streak runs to 13
Judging by the Diablos record this must be what Lou looks like from the mound this year.
Walk off E6 propels Diablos to 11-10 victory over Mexico
Kemo dusts off the wing and goes the distance for Diablos 16th victory
Diablos family increases by one
Was this picture foreshadowing events to come?
Imbo doppelganger sighted at the Bulls game
Couldn't have been Imbo. This guy sprang for expensive seats near the glass.
2013 Diablos Spring Training
Welcome back! It's been a long offseason full of hangovers and Super Dome power outtages. The Diablos spent this past Sunday firming up their rather ample beer guts. A solid BP round followed what could only be described as an abortion of an infield. Brother was in fine mid-season form while rapid firing grounders at unsuspecting infielders. A lengthy meeting was held after practice (pictured above) where many offseason transactions were discussed. Coach has ordered immediate sensitivity training for any Diablo who doesn't APPRECIATE the efforts of his fellow teammates. This was met with a solid crotch grab and "That shits for the NABA". Key additions this season include a sick ass baby seat in the back of Fredo's jalopy, actual left overs at the post game spread and a Yellow Emperor twitter account. Key subtractions include any and all spray painted accessories and whiny turncoats. Today's picture is titled "All growns up" and features our fearless PR leader wearing protection after a flying bat incident. Don't laugh. He's got dependents to think about.
Also a Diablo shout out to Ms. Yeti who has been under the weather as of late. Get well soon girl! Without you in the stands are attendance is inthe low single digits.
Opening Day victory recap in photos
Holy shit that form should be taught to every child in America
Look at Imbo trying to be the Panda
I'm sure Lou tried to pimp this foul ball too
I looked at this pic and all I could come up with was What...The...Fuck
"I hope that thing is loaded." - Fredo
How hard is Jeff staring at my dick.....and why does he have hearts in his eyes?
Joe, a fake ring and Zitos crotch = Diablos victory
Diablos storm out of the gates 2-0
This past Sunday your Diablos got back to it under the bright blue skies at Balboa Park. The opponent was San Luis which meant the 13-2 mercy killing was inevitable. The tone of the game was set when Marcus was landed on by a first baseman with all the gracefulness of an ACME piano. That lead to every infielder for SL running there mouth and a 5 run 1st inning that effectively put the game on ice. Thanks for the motivation. Cheddar Gardella started the game, but only gave an abbreviated effort since he had other places to be later in the day. Liberty Court ended up bringing the offense with them on this day. Robbie Trejo chipped in a 4 for 4 day along with another web gem at 3B. Taking over the clean up spot was Imbo since Yeti (pictured above) was a little preoccupied. PT Ramirez dropped in a couple of doubles (luckily he didn't use the Matty Williams autographed bat this week) and finished the game on the mound without injuring any batters. Papi Sainz continued his streak of getting grass stains on his uniform. Brooksie continued his streak of stopping pitches with his body. Congratulations to newbies "Backstop" Jimenes and "Ultimate Warrior" Ayala who got their first hits as Diablos. We are actively seeking volunteers to roam 280 in search of any foul balls Marcus deposited there on Sunday. One was seen nestled on the on-ramp, but Joe wasn't willing to tuck and roll for it.
Diablos make it interesting in 12-6 victory
This past Sunday your Diablos sputtered to a 12-6 victory over Venados. With several players missing for various reasons the Diablos only had 8 players ready to step between the lines hours before first pitch. Then riding in from centerfield on a large white horse disguised as an electric wheelchair came Gabe “PPFM” Sanchez throwing aside retirement for one more day of baseball with the fellas. Rumors have it Diablo management caved in to his demand of having every aluminum can in the world crushed and delivered to his house. Climbing the bump for the bad guys this week was Yeti. With his new glove that he fashioned himself from a baby calf near his cave he tossed 5 solid innings only allowing 2 runs. After an offseason of studying local cave scratchings and watching Congo we knew that Yeti(tap chest) was finished(throat slash). Unfortunately his efforts would not lead to a victory since the bullpen promptly gave up the lead in the 6th inning. Luckily Imbo decided to stop fucking around and just throw it over the plate. He said it. He did it. He got the victory with 3.1 innings of relief. The offense took a while to warm up this weekend. Leading the charge once again was Imbo smacking doubles and triples all over the place and running his RBI total up to 962. Possible typo. Getting his first start of the season Danny Harper did not disappoint. With a solid opposite field approach he collected 4 hits and reached base all 5 times he stepped to the plate. The one blemish on his day was the fact that he wears a hat with the sticker still on the bill. C’mon kid! If you want to prove you bought it just show us the receipt. Speaking of kids Junior got his first taste of Diablo ball and didn’t disappoint making a fine defensive snag in the 9th inning. Now all we gotta do is draw some facial hair on him and nobody will know he’s 9 years old. Papi Sainz put on a clinic only Jack Nicklaus or Tiger could appreciate. He dropped in 3 of the ugliest lob wedge pop ups you’ll ever see. This was only mentioned because in the book it looks like he hit 3 line drives. Bird was back this week and hit a triple no less. Lovely Melissa was keeping book(Official grade B-, see me after class). Robbie Trejo made it back from his fishing trip at Brokeback Lake and kept up his hitting stroke. He also added his usual Liberty Court shenanigans on the base paths. Gabe did not disappoint in his triumphant return to the diamond. He hit a double, almost broke his hip while powering down on the base paths, fielded a grounder at second, botched a grounder at second, sported an amazing father Christmas beard, hit into a spectacular double play and drank shit beer after the game. This was all accomplished before the early bird special at Sizzler expired so that’s a bonus. Overall it was a solid victory for your local sinners. Also spotted in the stands was a local scout named Skippy(pictured below). He mainly looks for athletes. Oh hey does anyone know how the Black Sox did? UPDATE Nobody gives a fuck.
Diablos grind out 9-3 victory
Ugly. That is the only term that could describe the Diablo offense on Sunday. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know we won the game 9-3, but how would you describe leaving 16 runners on base(BARF)? Taking the bump for his first Diablo start was Danny Harper. An elaborate deal had been struck to have the umpire instruct him to remove the sticker from his hat before first pitch, but the more effective strategy of having Jeff say “Take that shit off your hat” worked just as well. Danny fixed the wardrobe malfunction and went forth tossing a complete game victory. He also continued his torrid hitting and Liberty Court base running clinic. All this earned him his first Diablo golden shower(pictured above). This weeks winner of “First one to the field” was Yeti. I was able to witness his warm up routine of running down gophers and scratching his back on a tree. This all lead to him flashing some serious leather at 1B. The other side effect was he swung at every first pitch thrown. I am almost positive he swung at one during my at-bat. Rumors of an early morning psych out text are completely false. Robbie Trejo made it on time this week and chipped in 3 RBI’s. He has now officially entered himself as the dark horse in the Diablo RBI challenge. He also let a ball get by him this week. When you are the coach’s son little facts like he was fully extended in a backhand dive don’t matter. Imbo dropped in a few more hits to bring his average up to a cool .684. Not a typo. He also air mailed the hell out of a throw home. Sometimes the steroids kick in at the wrong time. Papi Sainz continued performing his best impression of Brooksie by dropping in another bleeder. Watch yourself Bro. That shit is trademarked. He also had to cut out early for work so he rushed everyone to get one more at-bat. Nobody was surprised when he wore the first pitch HAHAHAHA. PT Ramirez decided to fill the void left by Kemo’s retirement and swing at a 3-0 pitch. The resulting pop out earned him the “3-0 Ho of the Day” award. He was also called the 3-zero Ho by the Diablo faithful so either way is acceptable for the remainder of the week. Overall it was a grind it out victory and we’ll take it.
Nieves shows he's "Still Got it, Brother!"
Nieves found a helmet that fit and showed the Diablos how to do it in their Mothers Day victory.
The last few weeks summed up in one picture
Diablos try to avoid their first losing streak in years. Crap.
Diablos enter Twilight Zone and leave with a 3 game losing streak
Black gatos crossing your path, using broken mirrors for lil bumps, walking under ladders, opening an umbrella indoors and dancing an irish jig on the foul line with spikes full of tails up pennies. All of these things MUST HAVE been done by the Diablos in the past month. Nothing else can explain the strange happenings that have befallen this snake bitten squad. Yesterdays 9-8 loss to USA's little biaatch Puerto Rico was as excruciating as a swift kick to the nuts. There are no words to describe the end of this game. This writer has been watching baseball for almost 3 decades and has never seen or been a part of an ending quite like it. Everything leading up to the 9th inning was standard for the past three games. Batters having zero approach at the plate, baserunning that would make a tee-baller puke and ridiculous mound antics from starting pitchers. With all this the Diablos were still in the game! Tied 3-3 in the top of the 9th your Diablos scored 5 runs capped by a HUGE 2-out 2-rbi double by Joltin' Joe Chaika(When found for comment after the game his only response was "The fuck just happened"...it was a sentiment shared by many). Looking up the entire history of baseball the odds of winning the game with a 5 run lead in the 9th inning are 99.999999999%. Well guess what side of that equation the Diablos ended up on yesterday? If you guessed win obviously you haven't been watching recently. Leading 8-3 going into the bottom of the 9th a mushroom cloud rose above Crocker 1 and when it had cleared the first 6 batters sent to the plate scored for Puerto Rico. Not a single out was recorded. A few errors were made. 1 grand slam was hit. That was longest any Diablo team has ever taken to clear out of a dugout. Heading into the All-Star break the Diablos sit at 6-3. Sacrifice has been suggested. Blah.
Offensive explosion ends 4 game slide
2013 SFLABL Champions
Title defense begins..
Welcome back Diablo faithful. The long dry winter is over and spring is ready to blossom. Some red tape held up our getting the permits for a Market street parade so the championship celebrations have yet to commence. Once the location is set please plan to attend if you have ever contributed to the Diablo "experience". Memories of your favortite plays or insults during the season NEED to be shared. This past weekend your Diablos got back to it with their first practice. Braving hamstring tweaks and beer gut pulls we made it through without any injuries. Any physical injuries that is. Lou's ego may be bruised after needing AAA assistance, but he'll get over it. Brother came in with a plan to burn grounders past anyone who dared to stand on his diamond. The tall grass had different plans and his usual 11mph "heaters" were cut down in their prime. It was a great practice for charging the ball. BP was solid with a few line drives sprayed here and there. Overall it was a success with no injuries and a few cobb webs wiped away. The offseason review had tales of living situations, new jobs and plenty of debauchery. Nieves' fresh recruits said all of 5 words the entire practice so they're already off on the right foot. Pacheco had a skateboarding session end with a new Yeti gameday shirt. Joltin' Joe brought the other half of the Eiffel Tower and damn if that isn't going to improve the roster on off-field skills alone. Notable absences were PR Sainz(Somebody has to run the Zoo), Nieves illegitmate son(Something about wedding plans) and PT Ramirez(directions to the field were hazey).
Diablos drop Season Opener to Mexico 3-1
Not much positive to say about this one. To say the Diablos lacked focus would be the gentle way to put it. Others might say they need to pull their fucking heads out. Bright spots were as follows: the bullpen gave 7 1/3 solid innings including Bird shedding the tools of ignorance and tossing five scroeless, Yeti smashed a nice opposite field double, Fredo put on a clinic with the bat even Tony Gwynn could be proud of and the crowd was energetic. Yep that was it. Defense was good at times and pure bollocks at others. Pretty sure the Diablos left 10+ runners on base. No book to confirm so at least I can keep my lunch down. We even let McNab make solid contact...WTF! Shout out to Melissa Romo for her efforts in documenting this atrocity of an opener. Hopefully we can put on a better effort for the paying crowd next week.
Diablos offensive sputters to 0-2 on the season
The headline says it all. We were crap. We couldn't get any offense going against a pitcher hurling 37mph. Yeti and Bird pitched well enough to win this game 1-0, but our defense crapped out at the exact right time. To make matters worse the SF Park Rangers decided to make it rain parking tickets. Bastards. Hopefully we can get it going next week against the Reds.
Diablos blank Reds 6-0 for their first win of the season
Happy Mothers day to all you mothers out there! This week your Diablos played like the team who hoisted the hardware in 2013. Solid pitching and defense....CHECK. Scored more than 1 run...YOU BETCHA. Turned the strangest triple play in Diablo history...OF COURSE. It all started with everyone's favorite mythical creature Yeti Pacheco tossing six shutout innings. His efficient pitch count led to a quicker exit to the parking lot which is always appreciated by the Diablo faithful. Bird Nielsen came in for relief and oh what a relief he was. Shutting down the Reds offense for the final three innings and preserving the shutout. Tweet, tweet muthafucka. The offense was ignited by 10 stolen bases! That is not a typo. Who knew these old, fat slobs could still motor around the bases when they needed to. Leading the way was Cowboy Rodriguez(expected)with 3 SB's and PR Sainz(totally unexpected) with 3 SB's. Of course Cowboy could have had more, but his leg was injured from a Saturday night brisket incident so he settled for three. PR channeled his gopher cousin to help him get a double in the 1st inning(Should we call you beastmaster?). Bird in addition to gunning down a would be base stealer and pitching his (non existent)ass off added an RBI double for good measure in the 8th inning. Now about that triple play. Let me set the stage for you. Yeti ran into a jam in the bottom of the 6th. He walked the leadoff batter and gave up singles to the next two to load the bases. The following batter hit a one hopper back to Yeti. In his infinite kindness he lobbed the ball to Bird at the plate fearing a stronger throw may hurt the poor chap. Bird quickly snatched it like a leftover garlic fry in the bleachers and hurled to PR waiting at 1B for the second out. After catching the ball PR forgot to use his "infield arm" and fired the ball into LF trying to get the runner going from first to second. Fortunately during this chain of events the runner on first had decided to not run to second(huh) and drop his head and walk off the field(double huh) eventhough there was only 2 outs. After the umpires inital shock and bewilderment at what the hell just happened the base runner was called out and the triple play was complete. As I pore over the scorebook the final official scoring for that play is 1-2-3-???. Beautfiul. Next week your Diablos try to continue their winning ways against the Black Sox 1230pm @ Crocker #2.
DIABLO PRACTICE THURSDAY 6PM @ BALBOA SUNDBERG(BY THE 5-0 STATION)
Diablos roll into Memorial Day break with 11-1 win
On Sunday your Diablos continued their winning ways beating the Black Sox 11-1. Bird Nielsen made his first career start for the Diablos and it turned out victorious. Inducing a double play in each of the first three innings on his way to five shutout innings. Yeti Pacheco fought through some arm stiffness (Doing the windmill with your throwing arm after each pitch usually gets the bullpen up......NOT WITH THE DIABLOS, PUSSY) and held the shutout in check thru the final four innings. The offense was led by Nick "I go to practice" Imbody knocking out three hits (Nieves said it was more like a romantic day in the park not practice). Rocking Robin Nielsen also continued his torried hitting adding three hits of his own. PR Sainz showed no mercy and took advantage of Precious on the infield for a 2 hit day of his own. New comers Mike "Greybush" DeLaCruz and Niko 'Ive got a batting average" Vukasin added their first hits as Diablos (They also donated their first funds to the Kangaroo Court). After the dust settled the Diablos had 17 total hits and the beers tasted better in the parking lot. It's a solid turn around from the crap these guys were producing to start the season. Following the Memorial Day break your Diablos get back to it with a 6/1/14 1230 game against Yucatan. See you at the yard.
Diablos crush Yucatan 11-0
This past weekend your Diablos won their third in a row with an 11-0 trouncing of Yucatan. Did Yucatan have 37 players suit up...YOU BET! Were the Diablos intimidated...NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST! The Diablos warm ups consisted of taking some hacks with Brother, Trying to avoid the three ring circus that was occuring on the other side of the field and watching Fredo (In honor of the World Cup) show his futbol skills with a sweet header in the on-deck circle. Yeti "Back end of the rotation" Pacheco continued his "decent" season on the mound by tossing five more shutout innings. Bird Nielsen went the rest of the way preserving the victory. Ivan "Breadsticks" Hidalgo had another solid showing behind the plate while adding a couple hits. He even gunned down a runner with a little flash of leather from Brooksy. Joltin Joe Chaika squared up a couple pitches and showed management he's still got it. Obviously the closed door meeting in the Crocker parking lot made all the difference. PR Sainz continued his assault on the leagues pitching. Treating every at-bat like it's last call at the Riptide. Jeff "Eyrie" Ramirez hit an absolute BOMB to cap the scoring in the 8th inning. Next week the Diablos get to it early 9AM at Crocker #1.
RIP Tony Gwynn
A great hitter. A better man.
2014 LABL All-Star Game MVP
Willie Mays, Carl Yastrzemski, Dave Parker, Bo Jackson, Kirby Puckett, Frank Robinson and Tim Raines. These are just some of the ball players that Marcus "Turn Back the Clock" Reed has etched his name along side while earning All-Star game MVP honors this past Sunday. Luckily he didn't waste any of his homeruns during the game. So give him a pat on the back the next time you see him.
Diablos steal win from the Reds
This past Sunday your Diablos choked out the Reds 13-3 in 7 innings. It was a day of firsts for the ball club and every one of them helped lead to victory. We had one of our newest Diablos earn his first victory. We had our first on field prayer to the baseball gods while making a catch. And last but not least we had the first steal of home in Diablos franchise history. Scooby Noyes got his first start of the season. He cruised for most of the day minus one crap inning. Along with earning his first victory as a Diablo he also earned the coveted "Elephant Bar/Trader Joes" shirt given to the batter with the most strikeouts for the game. HAVE A DAY, KID! The defense behind him was solid. Nick "Ginger Flash" imbody made a full out diving catch that included a bounce. Concussion tests were inconclusive. PR Sainz made the catch of the day out in LF. From where I was standing the geometry concluded that there was no way he was getting to the ball. All of a sudden "Like a Prayer" could be heard in the trees and he made a sliding/kneeling catch. "You're supposed to slide NOT stick" was the post game quote given by umpire Kemmith Lary on the effort. Either way the catch earned uproarious applause from the tens of people in attendance. On the other side of the ball the Diablos rapped out 14 hits. Hitters 1-4 scored 10 runs on the day. Finally the top of the order all produced in the same game. Many guys contributed, but all of that was forgotten when Ginger Flash Imbo stole home for the 13th and final run of the day. After lollygagging earlier in the game Imbo decided he had heard enough guff from the bench. He reached 3rd with 1 out in the 7th and tested the pitcher. He ran about half way down the line on the first two pitches and figured it was time. On the next pitch he broke for home. With his + speed and a sly "don't swing Ivan" he beat the catcher and slide through the Grand Canyon that was the RH batters box. The runners on 1st and 2nd were so shocked that they didnt even advance on the play. After taking a seat and receiving oxygen Imbo was able to bask in the glow of his accomplishment. Rod Carew, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb and now Nick Imbody. Many may attempt it again, but nobody will ever be the first Diablo to do it. Good on ya.
Diablos take Black Sox to the cleaner
If you were anywhere near Crocker park last Sunday you witnessed the ugliest 16-6 victory in the history of organized baseball. Did your Diablos get the win? Sure. Was it a slog of epic proportion? YOU BET! It was so ugly even Swami Fredo (pictured above) was short of any positives other than "Hey...ya know..a win is a win". On to the recap. Pre-game was as eventful as it gets. Red Dot Rob reminded Nieves not to leave him out of the lineup by peeling out the length of Geneva Avenue(Man his tires must hate him). Warm-up circle was treated to tasteful tales of coitus and debauchery. Nieves shelled out some bread for a new soft toss screen (sans huge flapping holes) and we still hit the fence behind it more than the screen. Bravo Diablos. Starting on the hill was Bird Nielsen. It was clear he left his good stuff in the bullpen while the 3-Run BIZZ-OMB soared over Fredo's head (Props for not injuring himself on a jack). Of course in true Diablo fashion his defense didn't help him one iota. After working his way thru 3 innings he gave way to Yeti Pacheco(To thunderous applause from the Pacheco cheering section, Happy Birthday Mama!). He routinely shut down the Black Sox bats like a true 5-starter. On offense the Diablos got off to a quick start scoring 7 runs in the first inning. But much like a teenager on prom night that didn't last long. Fortunately the Diablos gathered themselves and scored some runs in the late innings to end things early. Jeff "Meow-Meow" Ramirez found his stroke and slashed 4 hits on the day. Ginger Flash Imbody decided to put the running game on the shelf this week much to the fans disappointment. Ivan "Fuck that hurts!" Hidalgo survived another game and scored 3 times. He looks like Hector Sanchez more and more each week. Niko "Top spin" Vukasin had his best day as a Diablo showing off some warning track power. He also stole "The shirt" from Brooksy at the very last moment. A thousand thank you's. PR Sainz showed great patience at the plate walking 3 times and stole something like 200 bases. He also tried to make some magic happen on the bases, but it didn't happen. Save it for the bedroom my man. The Post-game was well attended and damn if the female to male ratio was almost even. The Diablos will play next Sunday 1230pm @ Crocker 1. As always bring a friend....Hell bring two of 'em.
Separated at birth?
Oh mercy, mercy me
Another Sunday in the city. Another mercy rule victory. A 10-0 win over Yucatan makes it four in a row for your Diablos. The boys definitely gave a team effort on a day when they were missing 2/3's of the starting outfield, the third baseman and the 1B/team pharmacist. With Brother confused during lineup creation this situation called for reinforcements. In stepped Yeti to declare himself starter at four different positions. No seriously. He was going to play LF, CF, 1B and 3B at the same time. After throwing him some tree bark to calm him down he settled on LF. That didn't stop Yeti from trying to hit the ball "clear over them mountains". With the opposing OF playing about 390' away the results were typical. Brooksy settled in to play the hot corner saying "If Red Dot can play here how hard can it actually be." He then proceeded to go out and flash more leather than the Exotic Erotic Ball. His agent is negotiating an extension as we speak. Making his infield debut at 2B was none other than Greybush DeLaCruz. Turning double plays...He can handle. Throwing around the horn....not so much. We'll work on it. He also contributed to the 5th inning rally that started the scoring. Making his Diablo debut in RF was Aasdin Mistry. He hit a screaming 8 hopper back to the pitcher AND attempted a Kevin Mitchell barehand play in the outfield. Lou "Porn Stache" Gardella climbed the hill and pitched to contact. The results were a quick, dominant shut-out that was masterful. Of course he added a few roid rage yells and a hit to "Up the OBP". Bird Nielsen rolled into Balboa doing his best Long Duck Dong impersonation. The over/under for pass balls was set at 10. He only had 3. Pretty sure Kemo wished he only had 2 since the last one broke whatever toe he still has left. Niko "You have no idea how to say it" Vukasin finished the game with a "laser beam" oppo hit. He also had a sweet pick at 1B which he immediately sat down to admire. Meow Meow Ramirez had a fine day at the plate until he decided to go up left handed. The results were exactly what Brooksy expected....shitty. His range up the middle showed shades of Omar Vizquel. That should come in handy during the playoffs. Somewhere around the 3rd inning Ivan Hidalgo Armstrong rolled up to the game. With his Schwinn in one hand and his pud in the other he wasted no time making a diving catch in CF. He also showed a little on offense scoring twice. Hopefully he doesn't get bit by a rattlesnake on the Oregon trail next week. Finally we get to Ginger Flash Imbody. This guy fought long and hard for CF only to be moved to RF in the 4th inning. Either way it wasn't his defense that all 16 fans will be talking about for years to come. It will be his SECOND steal of home this season. Was it a balk? TECHINICALLY. Was he still safe even though the other pitcher is a cheaterface? UMM HELL YEAH! Also if any of you know a good chiropractor please forward that information to Imbo. His body bounced in a most unnatural manor thru the RH batters box. The Diablos also broke a streak of three games without fines by collecting $5(Thanks Kemo). Next week the regular season wraps up with a 1230pm game @ Crocker Park. Come one, Come all.
RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)
Diablos win UGLIEST game ever
Pictured above is a what not to do while putting a tarp on a field. The Diablos 11-10 victory on Sunday was just as ugly. A win is a win I guess, but hot damn it was ugly. It was Sloth from Goonies ugly. There were physical errors. There were mental errors. There were tons of runners left on base. At several points during the afternoon the Diablos didn't know the inning or how many outs there were. I mean Chelsea Clinton ugly. The good things from the game were....uhhhh....Nico hit his first jack as a Diablo.....annnnd......The 1-2 hitters scored seven runs between them.....annnnd.....let me think.......Joe got a million walks(possible exaggeration)......and finally nobody got hurt. Like I said ugly. The Diablos finished the season 11-3 in second place. As we all know second place is the first loser. This position has the Diablos playing this Sunday 1230pm at Balboa Park. They will face the winner of the morning game between somebody we just mercy ruled a few weeks back and a team we have yet to give up a run against in 2014. Come on out and support your Diablos as they continue their journey towards a repeat.
One game to decide it all...
...this Sunday is the final game of the season. A championship will be decided. Possibly by the players. Possibly by outside factors beyond our control. Find a way to make it out to Crocker Park @ 10am. It promises to be a spirited contest with lots of emotion.
Pictured above is Alan. No not the umpire who decided to take matters into his own hands last week. Surprisingly the Alan above is more competent. Yeah I know he drugs his friends, does bumps with Chow and kills giraffes. He is still a better umpire than what we had last week.
Diablos celebrate Ass 2 Ass championships in epic fashion
I really don't remember this part of the evening
Brother spouting wisdom and useful techniques for lineup creation
How this guy didn't get shot on Mission Street is beyond me
Brother covering all the times Imbo got out, Imbo not giving a damn and the trophy hovering above them
The recaps on these scorecards were the absolute best. Someday we'll have a reunion just to read those again.
The only word that comes to mind is sex
Marcus reminding us all why we play this game
Pacheco Bumgarner....nuff said
FACT: Never have so many balloons been used as make shift penises
I don't know how, but that hat made it home with Brooksy
Oldie but goodie titled Deal with the Devil
RIP Ernie Banks 1931-2015
We should all strive to have as much fun playing the game as he did.
Spring has sprung for the Diablos
This past Sunday your ass to ass defending champion Diablos got back to it. With cartilage cracking and hamstrings almost popping the boys attempted to knock the rust off. In most cases the score of an exhibition game does not matter and this time was no exception. As the calendar has flipped to a new year some things have stayed the same. Lou is still as prejudiced as ever when he climbs the hill, Yeti's battle cry is still "I'm cool if anyone wants to pitch in my place", and Ivan became the first Diablo EVER to create a kangaroo court fee and have to pay it on the same day. Bravo, sir. Welcome back Diablo faithful. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our schedule and where Diablo public appearances will be this season.
LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLets get ready to rumble!!! The word has come from the mountain top that the season starts this week. Sunday 9am your Diablos will face Mexico at Crocker Park. Bring your friends. Bring a neighbor. Bring some random hottie you met at the club. A good time will be had by all.
"I have firm penis can you use it?" This was a text response from our fearless leader to the question of someone needing a new arm. Yes we are already in mid-season form.
This past Sunday your Diablos began their title defense in the same fashion as the previous two seasons....With a loss. Was it ugly? Yes. Is the sky falling? Not likely! This squad is as battled scarred as any this scribe has ever followed. This loss will only stick with the team until Brooks' knee returns to regular size. Bastards! Toeing the slab for what felt like his 27th Opening Day start for the Diablos was none other than Lou "Quisenberry" Gardella. Believe me he tried to have someone else do it, but Yeti hadn't returned from his hibernation on the Matterhorn. Like death and taxes Lou tried his best to hit someone every 0-2 count he had. A little run support and solid defense could've helped him overcome that submarine delivery. On offense the Diablos had it all. Liberty Court base running...check. Shitty first pitch swings...check. A solo homerun from PR Sainz...che...Wait WTF! Yes the power stroke from our resident left hander seemed to have rolled out of bed with him. He says it was the shades. Meow-Meow says it was his pre at-bat advice. I think it was the fierce 3 mph wind blowing out to RF. All of this is unconfirmed. One thing I do know in 5 years (possibly 5 months) it will turn into an Opening Day Grand Salami that drove in 7 RBI's. The Diablos are off to observe the Easter holiday(Yeah right. These heathens) this weekend so look for an updated schedule to appear within the next week.
2015 schedule has been released
The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here! Well not really. The schedule has been brought down from the mountain top. Okay more like etched on a cocktail napkin. The road to glory has been set. Come join the Diablos on their quest for A2A2M. Oh and click on the schedule link to the left for the uh ya know schedule.
Diablos use long ball and hotter heat to beat the Angels
This past Sunday your Diablos took the field looking to break into the win column for the first time this season. Did they happen to bring their hitting sticks? You bet! Did any of their bombs happen to bring rain? Hell no. It is good to know that although the Diablos cannot end the drought they could definitely supply power to NorCal if rolling blackouts returned. Brother tweaked the lineup ever so slightly and the rout was on. This week featured the return of the Yeti Pacheco. After a spring sojourn to the highest peaks of Camelback mountain he found his way back to the cleanup spot and still hasn't made an out. His purchase of new lumber produced the first back breaking grand slam of the day. The presence of his mom probably didn't hurt(Thanks Mama!). He even managed to not tear anything after stretching at 1B. Next up we had Fredo extending his home run streak to two games. Vegas had his next longball coming somewhere in his late 40's. We were all pleasantly surprised. Only a left hander would attribute his new found power stroke to his sunglasses. I say it's the coffee his mom keeps bringing(Thanks Mama!). Capping off the laser show was a grand slam from Marcus. His power may come from his healthy diet and overall hotness. I believe he was just trying to show a little strength so that crane in the outfield wouldn't swallow him too(poor groundhog). Either way it was an impressive show of power. Meow Meow Ramirez overcame a spiking at second to chip in some loud contact and rap out four hits. Imbo survived a dangerous soft toss incident involving age and gravity to rip a few hits including a double thru the CF fence. Joltin Joe Chaika decided to use the sun ball to dropping a double. Hitting it over an outfielder is overrated as hell. Climbing the hill was Gluten Free Gardella. He got the W with incompetent field engineering and solid control. His heat was hotter. The Angels didn't really have a chance once he started letting out his Monica Seles grunts after every inning. The post game spread didn't really have a chance once he started eating luke warm hotdogs. Making their Diablo debuts were Andrew Pelzl and Michael Cereghino. Pez worked hard behind the plate and learned how to speak Lou in no time flat. Michael pinch hit and showed veteran poise moving a runner over. Come join us next week as the Diablos play their first afternoon game of the season.
Diablos beat scrappy Veracruz squad 11-5
This past Sunday your Diablos found themselves in a dog fight with Veracruz. In the end they triumphed with a 9th inning explosion that carried them to victory. Was it a pretty win? Umm no. Will we take it? YOU BET. Climbing the hill (a regulation mound this time) was none other than Lou "Workmans Comp" Gardella. His offseason plan of scaling back his innings workload is failing miserably. The union does not approve. He tossed his usual 9 innings of what we like to call Lou-ball. Dominate one inning. Start screwing around with his arm slot the next. Either way he would have had an easier day if it wasn't for a defense that resembled a wet fart. Bright spots on the day were Michael doing his best Smalls impression and locking down RF to start the game. Marcus told Father Time "No, No, No" and hosed a runner at home to help end a rally. Props to Pelzlzlzlzlz for using his face when his glove didn't work behind the dish. Concussion protocols weren't followed and he stayed in the game. On offense Meow Meow Ramirez and David Bobby continued to rip with four hits a piece. The two game home run streak for the Diablos ended on Sunday. Obviously the wind was blowing in. With the new uniforms touting our A2A championships the reasons for every team to hate us just keep piling up. Man I love this squad. Next up is a 9am game Sunday at the field of science aka Crocker 2.
Diablos claim victory over bush league Altegracia
This past Sunday your Diablos won their third game in a row. Did the game start out ugly? If you call 6 errors in the first 2 innings ugly than YES. Did they manage to rise above their opponents bush league tactics? YOU BET. Much like your older brothers 1972 Pontiac the Diablo offense took a while to warm up. The early offense was easily forgotten behind an absolute circus on defense. It's possible a secret blood pact was made to welcome Yeti's return to the hill with a bloopers reel for the ages. My calls to confirm have not been returned. We had awful throws to first. We had ill advised throws into the dugouts. We had grounders avoiding leather by all means possible. We had Rube Bakeresque throws back to the pitcher. We even had a warm-up ball grabbed and used during a play. Basically it would have been a bonanza if we had been playing error card bingo. Despite all that Yeti managed to claw his way thru two excruciating innings. Keeping his pitch count in the low 200's he was quoted as saying "Raawwrrr". Eloquent as always. Picking up where Yeti left off was "Bee Keeper" Gardella. His hotter heat was sweet as honey striking out the side in his first inning. A certain buzz grew in the opponents dugout when they realized they may not get another base runner. The sting of reality was that they did end up getting on base, but never scored another run. See what I did there. On offense the three stars were PR Sainz with his 3rd homer of the season, "Abby" Hidalgo knocking his first homerun since tee ball(and knocking Yeti into 4th place) and Marcus "It's a family affair" Reed continuing his march towards the 3000 hit club. The Diablos remain undefeated on the season when scoring double digits. Obviously Brother has done a fine job tinkering with the lineup. Your Diablos next game is Sunday @ 1230 and is guaranteed to have more fans in attendance than today's Orioles-White Sox game. Today's picture is titled "How to remove Ebola from your bat". It's a simple process that Yeti can explain in three grunts or less.
Diablos prove better than Batahola at snowball fight
Not much to say on this one. The Diablos pitched Johnny Wholestaff to get the win. MeowMeow hit a bomb for his mom. Bird continued his torrid hitting stretch(The move to San Mateo has paid dividends). The defense continues to throw and kick the ball all around the yard. Your Diablos are on pace for 276 errors for the season. Obviously Brother isn't burning enough peeps at practice.
Diablos beat Black Sox 13-2
This past Sunday your Diablos extended their winning streak to 5. Did they make former Diablos look like Superstars? Lou definitely obliged. Was it as dominant as the score indicated? Hell No. In keeping with the recent tradition of Knoblauching the ball all over the diamond the Diablos started their day off with multiple errors in the 1st inning. With Yeti's yoga skills tested and the Liberty Court connection not ya know connecting the Black Sox held the lead for the first three innings. Another strong pitching performance was turned in by the Bee Keeper. After giving up some "laser beams" in the first inning he settled down and locked it down for his 4th win of the season. Pez made his Diablo debut with 2 shutout innings. The offense was it's usual take your time, let the pills kick in self. I can only equate the 2015 Diablo offense to your uncle's 1984 Dodge Rampage. It took a while to warm up, but once it got going you were able to cruise the avenue for babes all night long. It started at the top with David Bobby Bering Straits continued his race to 200 hits. He also added a dive in the outfield(unsuccessful) and a superman sprawl(successful) on the infield. Thank you Myrow. Meow-Meow continued to prove he was "Championship MVP" by lacing the ball around the yard. Next time maybe you hit it over the fence and not to it. Yeti was able to make a few outs and not toss his bat into the Crocker 2 ooze so that's an improvement. Bird continued his white hot streak with the bat. Tweet tweet! Joltin' Joe was bent over by Kemo once again. It's almost becoming so regular I question their relationship status. Niko found out what it's like to bat for Brooksy when he wore a pitch in his first AB. The march to A2A2M continues next week with a 1230 game against the Titans.
Diablos extend win streak to 6.....Bee Keeper almost tosses No-No
This past Sunday your Diablos wrapped up the first half of the season with a 3-0 victory against the Titans. The weather was ugly and the offense was even uglier. Late scratches for a Yeti, a ginger and kid with two first names had Brother scrambling to re-create his ultimate lineup. No seriously he showed me the lineup he wrote the night before including all those guys. Was I concerned that his first lineup was written with no clothes on? Thats why I didn't touch it. Should every Diablo lineup be written this way? YOU BET! In scoring 3 WHOLE runs you can imagine their were many heroes on this day. Their was Brooksy trying to actual make solid contact resulting in outs every time. He will now return to hitting Brooksy specials just over the infield. You had Joltin Joe flashing his deceptive speed on the base paths which equaled zero runs scored. Marcus decided to bring the Trader Joes/Sexy Time/Oil change strikeout shirt back to the park and promptly made his claim to keep it. Abby then just as promptly "earned" the shirt from him while trying to impress a female. He would later drive in a run, but said female took her talents elsewhere. Niko padded the resume with a couple of knocks, but spent most of the day chasing errant snowballs at 1B. Meow-Meow got stolen bases 636 and 637 on the season. His blinding speed continued through the parking lot to his car and home that we couldn't get a post-game quote. If we had gotten one it would have gone like this "We've been pretty fortunate with our start times. The Earth is tilting downhill when I reach base so the catcher really has no chance. Science Fool!" Bird continued his assault on Dimaggio's hitting streak. The move to San Mateo is still proving to be the best type of batting practice. On the mound was Bee-Keeper Gardella. Making his final start at Crocker E=MC2 field he was planning on using it to his advantage. Boy did he. With the Diablos reaching their 2 error minimum early in the contest he battled through spreading out his HBP's and walks so no runners could cross the plate. Striking out 13 Titans definitely helped his cause. Also aiding his cause was hitting pre-game grounders to Brooksy. Through a field of acorns, used needles, secret ooze and pot holes that would make Mayor Lee proud he prepared his 2B for a game of anything but routine grounders. Reaching the 9th inning with a 3-0 lead only about 23% of the people in attendance not wearing Titans uniforms knew he was tossing a no-hitter. With 1 out the dream was shattered with a pinch hit single laced up the middle. In true Diablo fashion Marcus sandbagged the runner into attempting to stretch it into a double. After he hosed the runner I am positive I saw him holster his cannon. Much discussion was had in the parking lot as to what went wrong. The number of karmic flat tires Lou has performed led us to believe there was no way it was going to happen on this day. We have now reached the All-Star break so Diablo fans can recharge their batteries for what will surely be an epic second half push.
Diablos beat Mexico 6-5 on the old walk-off walk.
This past Sunday your Diablos returned from a ridiculously long All-Star break to defeat their old nemesis Mexico 6-5 in 10 innings. Did the layoff help recharge the Diablo offense? All signs point to no. Will the Diablos take the win despite looking like Little Caesers leftovers? YOU BETCHA! Bee Keeper Gardella kept his pitch count to the low 200's and tossed all 10 innings while resembling Captain America. Not the dude tearing up Nazi's and carrying a shield. More like Cap before he took the juice and got ripped. Seriously he's wasting away before our eyes. Yeti continued his assault on the 3rd base coaching box. He made Brother use that bionic hip more than he does in the tryout container at the Port of Oakland. Propping the fathead up when Yeti bats is not being taken off the table. David Bobby Bering Strait enjoyed another few firsts in his baseball career: 1)An actual shit show in the home team dugout and B)5-0 having to remove a hobo from the field. He also hosed a dude at 3B from RF. He actually only gets half an assist for that one because Brooksy whispering "Hose him" was the most important part of that play. He may have just come up and ate it without that fine piece of advice. Meow-Meow Ramirez showed all five tools on Sunday. The one that stood out was his speed. He didn't add to his planet leading stolen base total, but he did outrun the shit out of a pop up to the shallow outfield. I've only seen Superman do something like that. Truly awe inspiring. PR Sainz showed that the Tour of California and Bottle Rock didn't dull his hitting eye as management had feared. In fact I think the time off helped hone his BS skills because he had Mistry keeping book in his favor all damn day. Other than not being able to rob a homer ten feet over the fence he had a quality day. He also rocked the long sleeve that resembled something your aunt might wear to her work softball game. Finally we get to Robbie Trejo. I call him that only because the game ended with Nieves claiming him as his son for the 76th time. If he had gotten rung up by Brendan Farley then he would have been disowned. Robbie showed a solid game all around. He used the bat, his glove and his nogging. Seriously I hope Tiff didn't let him go to sleep after the post-game. Dude was concussed. Robbie ended up getting the routine bases loaded walk-off walk. It was a fitting end to a typical battle between these familiar foes. Next week the Diablos play a late game against the Angels. Like Matthews on top of the hill used to say "Bring a freind, get a bike!"
Diablos win streak snapped at 7
This weekend your Diablos win streak ended against the Angels in a 16-9 loss. Some good things happened and several bad things happened. Here is a recount of all the notable events...Abby the human caught, batted lead-off and didn't injure himself, well we haven't heard the results of his flag football game so we'll go with caught and batted lead-off...Yeti played the field without incident after graciously offering to DH...Imbo hit the cut-off TWICE...Niko made a beautiful diving catch in RF that was reminiscent of when the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq...PR Sainz walked almost every time he batted, He lobbied for hits on the other ones with no luck...Michael almost had his eyes pop out when told he was starting at 2B...He then proceeded to field more balls than he didn't and shit talked Brooksy all the way back to the dugout...Bee Keeper sucked it up and took the hit for all 9 innings on the bump...Mistry officially joined the Diablos with his first Kangaroo Court fine...All in all it was only super ugly at the end. The Diablos look to get back on the winning side next Sunday in their first game of the season at Balboa Park.
You get a home run and you get a home run...(almost)EVERYBODY gets a home run!
Where were you on 06/28/15? A question many Diablo fans will ask themselves in the coming decades. It is a date to be remembered much like the day Kennedy was assassinated or the first time you heard the Backstreet Boys. After a two game slide which saw your beloved Diablos start contemplating wearing lingerie (The rose goes in the front?) something had to be done. A statement needed to be made. Well the call to the baseball gods was answered in the form of a 15-2 shellacking of Altegracia. Did the game start out with errors and the Diablos falling behind? YOU BET. Could SCOTUS have stopped the Diablos offense? HELL NO. On a weekend where pride seemed to be the theme your Diablos dug deep and showed a little. Starting the laser show was none other than Abby "Where da white women at?" Hidalgo. He continued his power surge hitting a homer for the second consecutive game. Don't cut that hair! He also pulled into a tie for the team lead, but Fredo quickly took that back with a jack of his own. PR sprinkled in a triple as well. The week off from work really helped. We got a look at old skool Marcus when he flashed his muscle for a homer and showed his speed on the bases. In fact he was so fast he rounded third, laid down for a nap, went back to chat with Nieves and then scored after stealing 2B. Almost all of that last sentence is truth. The real power display was in the 4th inning when Niko, Robbie and Jeff went BACK to BACK to BACK. Niko padded his resume with a start behind the plate and was rewarded for his efforts. Robbie cowboy'd up by embarrassing the cut off man and ignoring Nieves at 3B. Meow Meow followed it all up by using the California drought to his advantage. Imbo missed the chance for a fourth jack in true Diablo fashion by hitting it directly at the winded and slightly defeated RF. All in all it was a great day for the bats. Nieves had pure gold flowing from his pen when he wrote the lineup. At least I think it was gold. Bird took the hill for his first start of the season and didn't disappoint. Obviously his getting to bed early and having a balanced nutritious breakfast before the game had him in fine form. His only blip was dropping a pop up on infield, but hey at least he didn't wear it off his forehead. Great job fellas. Let's get this train rolling so come playoff time we make a few more teams quit. Happy 4th of July!
Diablos impress random scout in 15-0 drubbing of Batahola
This past Sunday your Diablos showed up. No seriously they SHOWED UP. Whether it was the looseness brought on by completing warm ups before the other team even showed up or the dedication of the win to fighting sickle cell anemia. The 15-0 victory over Batahola was highlighted by the fact that it was over before anyone could wake up for the afternoon game. As one Diablo pointed out "We were 3 beers deep in the parking lot before anyone even showed up for the 12:30 games". Unofficially(Because that time we told homeboys team to step because he only had 8 in the playoffs is still a better story) this stands as the fastest game in Diablo history at 1 hour 25 minutes. Pitching the "chickenhawk" complete game was none other than the Bee Killer Gardella. Whether it's the biking through Guadalupe Canyon or hunger strikes for world peace it seems that Stella indeed has his groove back on the mound. Yeti added to his impressive 1.26667 batting average with a few more bloops into the outfield. He also has been named in a copyright lawsuit for hogging all the "Brooksy Specials". Dick move, bro. Joltin Joe Chaika showed up to the park not ready. In fact he wasn't ready when his ride fetched him from the gutter before the game. He still managed to knock in a run and get a part-time job at Trader Joe's. Enjoy the shirt. Imbo started off the game with a catch in RF only Sully Sullenberger could love. He was quoted after the game saying "Well it's easier than doing soft toss". Indeed. PR Sainz put some good wood on the ball AND showed how to put a lot of leather on the ball at 1B. I believe the Amazon Prime Day did have a solid sale on the Tom Emansky VHS collection. Hopefully Fredo made the wait list. Meow Meow Ramirez had himself a day. He had three hits on three pitched balls. Maybe it was two pitches. I don't know. The line drives he sprayed around the park were impressive. Afterwards in the parking lot it was like a scene out of Hollywood. A wayward scout was lost and his car broke down. He catches the ball game at Crocker and witnesses Meow Meows greatness. While in the parking lot he comes over and offers him a deal to play for the Rancho Cucamonga CrackaKillas. During the tense negotiations he overhears that Meow Meow's bats are using performance enhancers. The deal was pulled off the table and his car magically started up. Better luck next time.
Diablos grind out 14-11 win against Black Sox
This past Sunday your Diablos hung on to defeat the Black Sox 14-11. The game was played on the surface of the sun. This was the first time in Diablo history where the “Save the ice for the beer” rule came back to bite us in the ass. By the 5th inning or 17th hour of this game every water had either been consumed or heated to 97 degrees. On the field was a much different story. Neither team was what you would consider hot. Unless bleeders over the infielders heads are what you dig. Making his Diablo debut on the mound was Niko. He had prepared for this start by bashing Croatian rocks into the nearest lake. Not encouraged by Tom Emansky. His effort was futile as the defense continued it’s season long letdown. Meow Meow Ramirez did his best Yusmeiro Petit impression and hung on for the victory in relief. On the offense the usual suspects did their thing. David Bobby continued his march toward 200 hits spending most of the day on base. Meow Meow hit another jack(Pushing Yeti further down the leaderboard) and swiped his league leading 724th stolen base. Robbie moseyed around the bases scoring at will. Brooksy saw something like 63 pitches in his 4 at-bats. Showing the youngins how to work a count. Joltin’ Joe showed up ready this week and promptly had Kemo bend him over. This seems to be a weekly occurrence. The remainder of this recap will be dedicated to the memory of Imbo’s .998 Fielding%. It had a solid run. Imbo made sure to remind us of it semi-regularly and it was never seriously challenged UNTIL GreyBush stepped to the plate. The laser beam that he sent Imbo’s way had Uh-Oh written all over it. The swiftness with which it was played into a Little League Homerun (Single-3 base error) was in true Diablo fashion. It doesn’t have the same ring to it, but here’s to Imbo’s new shiny .910 fielding%. Congratulate him the next time you find yourself at the yard.