Standings

Joe Godsy Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
Parkview Scorpions 17 4 .810 300 162
St. Anselm 11 9 .550 204 200
Clems 8 10 .444 182 178
Pete's Candy Store 6 12 .333 164 205
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
Roebling Sports Club 14 5 .737 225 162
Loggers 12 7 .632 247 185
Gibson 6 12 .333 172 236
AT All-Stars 6 12 .333 154 247
 
Joe Fashion Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
Echo Bravo 12 8 .600 246 173
The Gutter 86ers 9 9 .500 198 210
Turkey's Nest 5 13 .278 174 264
Carmine's Bombers 0 18 .000 114 318
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
Parkview Panthers 17 4 .810 289 196
Kilo Bravo 10 9 .526 261 229
Turkey's Nest Titans 9 9 .500 217 213
The Bedford Yetis 9 10 .474 231 200

Schedule

Championship Sunday - Sep 26
11:00 St. Anselm @ Parkview Scorpions 1
Echo Bravo @ Parkview Panthers 2
3:00 Parkview Scorpions @ Parkview Panthers 2

Last Week's Results

Championship Sunday - Sep 26
St. Anselm4 @ Parkview Scorpions 9
Echo Bravo7 @ Parkview Panthers 9
Parkview Scorpions10 @ Parkview Panthers 5

Message from the Commish – The Ruling

Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Hello WSL.

Wanted to add some clarity to my ruling in regards to removing a team from the WSL. I sent a pretty detailed email to all your managers, but I suppose it’s too much effort for them to simply hit forward and send to their players so I will have to go in more detail here.

Again, this was not a fun decision for me and not something I enjoyed doing, nor ever want to do.

This is going to be pretty long so settle in as I guess we have nothing better to do in our lives other than make sure people can play recreational beer league co-ed softball. I do have to make this quick because I need to send out emails to my teams to see whose in for Saturday and Sunday, organize the Concrete League, speak with a couple sponsors, work out my schedule with Gerald to see who is going to be at the fields Sunday morning to prepare it for everyone to come down and enjoy their day. Oh and you know, I also have a full-time job, but first, let me go out of my way to explain to all of you why I’m such a dick for removing a team from my league that I bust my fucking ass for.

Frankly, it’s pretty sad that I have friends in this league who I have known for over 10 years somehow doubt my decision and would favor people who they barely even know to risk the entire league. But, eventually you see true colors. Good times. OK, so here we go.

I got a voicemail from the Parks Department on May 21st. You can take a listen to it here. This is Mr. Eddie Vargas who I have spoken to only over email for over 5+ years. He is the guy who issues permits to the league. I have worked hard to establish a good relationship with him and the Parks Department since the permits are all we have between this league and nothing. In addition to that I’ve worked with Steve from the Nest to get us the Concrete Permits in the event they shut down the grass fields so we can continue this league over there. Steve vouched for me, and the league, and we were given the permits. If anyone knows how difficult it is to get permits go try and get one. Good luck.

So, I called Mr. Vargas and we had a good talk. This was the first time him and I have ever spoken in 5+ years. He understood what went down, but gave a stern warning. I had to send him a confirmation email that I got the warning so he had it for his records.

My confirmation to Parks Department after verbal warning

He told me to warn the team which I did, along with cc’ing the Rules Committee. You can see it here.

My email to the team giving them warning

I think one of the more amusing things about this is that 3 Kings didn’t even believe me and actually called the Parks Department themselves. So, keep in mind what we’re working with here. I then spoke with Mr. Vargas and he did in fact confirm they called him. So, not only did they get a warning from me but the Parks Department as well.

Parks Department confirming they gave warning to 3 Kings

So, they got the warning from me and the Parks Department and were informed that if they got a second one they’d be out of the league. I wish people could understand how coveted these permits are and that when I last applied, one of the Parks Department people laughed that over 5 other people also applied to get them. In addition to that, the Parks Department is going to be upgrading the fields in a year or two and it’s going to be nice and they don’t give a rats ass about us, or our feelings, they could simply hit the reset button and we’re done. And once these fields are improved, you really think the Parks Department is going to take us seriously when we ask for permits after we’ve gotten these warnings? Come on. So we need to be cool.

BATHROOM BREAK

OK, we’re back. At this point in time, there were some Facebook comments about me being mean to 3 Kings because I warned them. I then gave the official warning on Facebook for the entire league to see.

Unfortunately, Jose (who was the manager of 3 Kings) posted that he doesn’t even like us, the league, or whatever, something to that effect. Unfortunately, his comments are since deleted since I think he left the group. But, yeah, obviously we got certain people in the league who don’t give a shit about this league. Thanks for playing!

Fast forward to last week and I get another warning from the Parks Department, this one more stern and now threatening to take the permits, and not just that, they have cc’d the Director of McCarren Park, Mrs. Mary Selig. Now, this really concerned me because Mary could take away our permits in the blink of an eye. She is the boss of the freaking park! She is now being informed and this is next level.

3 Kings second warning from Parks Department

When I got this email I was terribly distraught. Not only because I hate the idea of getting rid of a whole team en-mass because of a few bad apples, but also because there are some good people on that team and they are all going to get hurt for this. I agonized over this decision for almost a week. I spoke to half a dozen people in the league, and outside the league, but after I presented all this evidence they all agreed with me that we had to take action for what’s best in the league because next time is strike 3 and we’re done.

I then got an email from someone who spoke to Mr. Vargas and Mr. Vargas told him to write me. This was a pretty crazy email from someone who called 311, spoke to Mr. Vargas and even threatened to go to the Greenpoint Gazette. Now, if you think I am going down for this league and let my name get dragged through the mud because of the 3 Kings and make it look like this league is hurting my neighborhood, my park, Williamsburg, then you are out of your fucking mind.

Email of person threatening to go to the Greenpoint Gazette

As you can imagine I was pretty shaken up by this as I don’t want anyone going to the friggen newspapers complaining about the league, and again, having my name dragged through the mud. So I replied with this email.

My reply email to concerned citizen

At this point I felt I had nothing to do other than remove 3 Kings from the league. I sent an email to Matt here.

3 Kings Removed from WSL email to Matt

The point I am trying to make in my email is the part that the WSL is not just a softball league, it’s a business. Here is the excerpt:

“The thing I want to be clear is that this the WSL is a business. It is MY business.

You own a business. You have the A-Bar. If you had a group of people come into your bar and cause a ruckus, so much so that the City said “Matt, if you don’t get rid of them, we’re shutting you down,” you would kick that group of people out of your bar so quickly it would make their head spin. It would be a no-brainer, no questions asked. I got the first warning from the City, and now a second. This is out of my hands. They are going to revoke our permits after a third infraction. Strike Three. Let’s be clear about that: Game over.

The WSL is a business. The amount of money the league makes for the community is in the thousands of dollars each Sunday. From Parkview Deli, Turkey’s Nest, The Gibson, Kilo Bravo, The Bedford, SoftSpot, RSC, etc…this is an economy in and of itself. These bars invest their money so as to provide a good time to our players who visit their establishments and spend money. These are people’s jobs and lively hoods, and I can’t risk these businesses that rely on us from March until December to lose all that revenue due to a few bad apples. I also am not going to allow 320 players lose their league, friends, softball, also due to a few bad apples.”

I then sent the email to the Managers of the League, the same Managers that I guess haven’t even bothered to send it to their teams. But here it is in full so everyone can read:

My email to Managers informing them 3 Kings have been removed

I then reached out to Mr. Vargas and sent him an email that I removed them from the league and this was his response.

My email to Parks Department informing them I removed 3 Kings.

Now, to be clear, I have nothing against Matt at all. I really don’t. In fact, I never said I removed him as a sponsor, or even that all the players are banned for life. In the rules of the WSL it states that the players are suspended for the remainder of the season, but can come back next season if they get sponsored by a team and petition me for approval. This is not banning people for life, this is to keep the league alive. The only thing that’s banned for life is the name 3 Kings because the Parks Department have a friggen file on them for the love of God.

Anyway, this is where we are now. I hope this sheds some light on what the league has had to deal with over the past couple months. I see the Facebook comments about being Supreme Ruler (kinda like that one), I’ve heard through the grapevine I’m racist, and that this is too harsh, but I did what I had to do to keep the league around.

As with anything I think that I fuck up on, I like to think what I could have done better, and I guess it was I didn’t share everything that was going on behind the scenes because I just want to make this is a fun league and not have people worry about anything. I am not trying to vilify anyone on the 3 Kings, but I’m just expressing the evidence that I have that led myself to this course of action.

Thanks,

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