Today was a sad day for me. It was my last time getting to see Broadway Show League Softball games until August! That’s going to be a LOOOOOOONG wait for me.
Fortunately, I did get to see Newsies play today. They had a really small team there today, but they played well. Almost everyone on the Newsies of New York team got to base at some point in the game, which was hard to do because every batter started with a 1-1 count. That meant the pitcher only needed to throw two strikes to get them out. The Newsies hit well, and rounded the bases a few times. Their fielding was great today, too. There were a couple of balls that they didn’t quite get to, but there were definitely some moments when the Newsies skills were on it. Today, you could definitely tell that Jeremy Jordan has a little baseball experience under his belt. Brendon Stimson made a couple of good catches today. Julie Foldesi put in great effort as the catcher, and Brady pitched beautifully, covering bases as needed. Unfortunately, Once a Salesman played a little better, and we lost.
On a sidenote, Cassie (spelling might be off here, she runs the sound booth at Newsies) made a couple of killer catches for Davenport in the second game when they played against Book of Mormon!
We had a mini Fansies meet-up in central park today. Caroline, Jordan, Adam and I were all hanging out at the Great Lawn to watch our Newsies play some killer softball.
This was the week for make up games, and everyone had two rainouts to make up for. Newsies played How to Succeed on GL Field 5 at 11:30. It was a tough game, and more Newsies slowly started to arrive for the second game as the innings passed. When Tommy Bracco showed up, he saw Bres’s cooler and asked “Who’s cooler is that? Can I throw a cannoli in there?” (Oh Italian boys…). Brendon Stimson showed up and proceeded to keep his backpack on before Evan Kasprzak came up to him and said, “Man, you’ve been here for an hour. You can take off your bag now.” Despite these respites of humor, the game was a nail biter, going to the 11th inning with Newsies lost at the last minute.
Their second game was on GL Field 4 against Million Dollar Superstar, a team consisting of folks from both Million Dollar Quartet and Jesus Christ Superstar. This game had a lot of runs happening, and at one point Jeremy Jordan hit a foul, and made it all the way home before anyone told him. Don’t worry. He got another homerun (on an error) in later after which Aaron Albano commented, “That was alright. I mean, it’s no Christian Bale…” Newsies won the second game.
All in all, it was a great day to watch some softball and cheer on the men and women who dance and sing and act their hearts out eight times a week.
On May 17, 2012 after 2 weeks of rained-out games, the Broadway Show League (sponsored by the New York Yankees) resumed their 2012 softball season. Members of the Newsies cast and crew teamed up to play against the Marshalls (a team created from the combined efforts of two shows directed by Kathleen Marshall: Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Anything Goes). It was a beautiful spring day, and it was a lot of fun to cheer for the Newsies! They had so much spirit, and I can’t wait to see them play again when I’m officially out of work!