A little over one year ago, I wrote my first post for CodBall, a 2006 season in review. Andrew, who was writing about the league on his own blog at the time, I believe remains the only comment on that original post. Nearly 150 posts (and scores of comments) later, it's time for the second annual CodBall season review. This time it's brought to you by Greg, Andrew and Dave.
Like last season, CodBall will look at highlights and lowlights. But since not everything fits conveniently into such a binary positive and negative category we are adding a new section called, "question marks." We raise such questions as, what went really well, what didn't go so well and what are we wondering about after this 2007 season.
Here goes and please add your own.
- You can't beat Y-D's back to back championships!
- The 2007 Cape League All-star game overcame its troubles of last season to re-emerge as a must-see summer stock baseball game. Congratulations to the league and to the host team led by John Wylde and the Wareham Gatemen volunteer team.
- Falmouth came from dead last to make the playoffs and then the championship round.
- Hyannis kept things interesting by hanging in the playoff race till the last week. They defeated the Cotuit Kettleers to win the Patriot Cup in extra innings (presented to the best Barnstable team by The Barnstable Patriot every year).
- Y-D's suicide squeeze to win the championship.
- Falmouth pitcher Luke Burnett's strikeout of HR King Gordon Beckham in the final game of the championship.
- Fried dough and the efficient concession stands at Falmouth.
- The weather, for the most part, was beautiful. There were only 13 postponed games and the league did not have to schedule any double-headers. In 2006, there were 32 postponed games and 8 double-headers.
- Attendance figures reached an all-time high in 2007 (321,373 for regular season games). While the numbers are far from accurate (there are no tickets to games), there has definitely been a sharp increase in crowds (see our attendance chart).
- The new Chatham A's website is beautiful. The Wareham Gatemen website has a lot of great content and they already have started work on their 2008 roster!
- Josh Phegley was right that he did the stupidest thing possible. The Wareham catcher, after striking out in Falmouth, bashed his hand into the dugout wall -- breaking his hand and missing the All-Star game (not to mention the rest of the season). We wish him well and sorry we didn't get to see him play in the All-star game.
- Hyannis went another year without having lights at McKeon Park. The Hyannis Athletic Association promises to have lights for next season and we can't wait to take in a game next year with the Hyannis harbor fireworks right after.
- Let's not be too greedy, but the playoffs only lasted four days and it was impossible to take in two of the divisional games in a day. Last year was a lot of fun driving between South Yarmouth and Wareham.
- How will the new NCAA academic rules affect the Cape League? We saw good players returning home before the Cape season ended because they need to take summer school courses, a move designed to avoid NCAA sanctions.
- The broadcasts of games, clearly a wonderful convenience, are generating demand for higher quality and greater consistency. Can the league and its broadcast partners deliver?
- Does the league need to consider a slightly less ambitious schedule in order to conclude on the weekend rather than this year's potential of running through Thursday? Had Bourne or Chatham won a game and then Falmouth won a game in the championship round we would have concluded on Thursday.
- Will there ever be hamburgers again in Chatham and at other Cape parks? Some of us baseball fans rely on that food for dinner and have a hard time filling up on hot dogs!
Dave, will you get things started with your additions to this list?