For the next 10 weeks, Berlin is going to be full of lasts. The last time I do this, the last time I do that.
Earlier today, I played softball with the Prenzelberg Piranhas for the last time. We won. Hurrah.
It’s been a great six months playing and training. Picking up a new sport at the age of thirty-six is something I didn’t expect to do, but I’m very glad I did.
I’ve had plenty of aches and bruises; done pretty well (for a rookie) with the bat; did not so well defensively; but mainly, I met some lovely people who it was a pleasure to hang out with. I’m kinda sad to be leaving the team behind.
My favourite moments of the season: every time I had the opportunity to slide into 2nd, 3rd or home, and send a plume of orange dust into the air; the couple of times I fouled balls off on a full count to get a walk with the next pitch; and best of all, after half a season of woeful defence in left field (which continued after this moment), being the person who caught the last ball that gave us a fantastic extra-innings win over the obnoxiously-named Hall of Famers.
In the regular season of the Berlin Mixed Softball League, we finished second in the league; winning seven of our nine games. In the mini league (with the top five teams of the regular season) that determines who plays in the final, we didn’t do so great – only winning one of our four games.
But it was fun. A lot of fun. And being a soppy old fool, I made this to remember the season by:
I realise that this blog post is incredibly self indulgent, and only really interesting to a small handful of you; but it’s given me a very happy summer.
Finally, for those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, (that’ll be just me, then..?), these are my season’s stats:
14 hits (inc. 3 doubles)
3 stolen bases
On-base percentage: .575
Slugging percentage: .548
Batting average: .452
I never did hit a home run… That will just have to happen next time I’m asleep: playing at Yankee Stadium, and about to hit a grand slam walk-off home run that wins the World Series.