The DVs finally figured out the firewall issue with netplay (just turn the dang thing OFF), so the Fungoes and DVs hooked up for one of the more entertaining series in recent memory, at least entertaining off the field.
Sept 2 (with full rosters) = With the DVs clinging to a 1 run lead in the top of the 9th, the Fungoes have a runner on third with one out. Gardner lays down a perfect suicide squeeze, or at least so the Fungoes thought, but the runner was gunned down at the plate. With a +9 hold on the mound and Gardner’s speed on first, the DVs decide on a brilliant strategy of bringing in -5 hold Craig Breslow to face Everth Cabrera to stop the running game. Of course the Fungoes defy logic and instead of letting Cabrera hit in a decent matchup, pinch hit Damn-ell McDonald, who promptly rolls 3-3 BP home run. In his over excited state, and with 30 man September rosters, the Fungoes continue to pinch hit and maneuver to try and widen the lead. They didn’t score another run, and then after about 5 minutes of seeing his roster screen frozen on the netplay screen while trying to make substitutions, the Fungoes make the realization they ended up with one too many OF, and one too few IF. The two sweetest words in NASOMA lore: “For –Feit!”. We decided to intentionally walk runners until the DVs ended with a 5-4 victory. Do the stats count(?). Can the Fungoes recover from a boneheaded move reminiscent of the DD(?). Do the DVs really have to make so many stupid bullpen moves(?).
Sept 3 = The netplay program was launched effectively as the DVs flipped over the control to the Fungoes to make lineup adjustments for game 2. After 1) feeding the dogs 2) going to pee and 3)beginning to vigorously flick the bean, the DVs notice the screen is still frozen and suddenly the chat box disappears. “Damn-ell HAL- another netplay screw up”, the DVs mutter as he calls the Fungoes. Interestingly, when the Fungoes answer the phone with “great game – huh” – the DVs are rather puzzled. The Fungoes then describe a 1-0 game in the 6th inning that he has been observing and playing from his side – WTF? Talk about ghost runners. Connectivity was restored, although Kershaw appeared rattled in the re-start as the DVs cruise to an 8-4 win.
Sept 4 = Order was truly restored in the final game as the Fungoes resume their championship march with a 6-2 pasting of Ogando.