"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to drink free beer..." reads the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. And so, after more than three years of thirst, the Falcons finally, FINALLY, won their sixth straight game and suckled the golden nectar of the gods, gratis.
"WHERE'S MAH FREE TALL-BOYS?!?" exclaimed Hobo after the game, a 29-14 victory over IG Wealth. Even without the big and consistent bats of Goliath, and to a lesser extent (HA) Poutine, the Falcons overcame giving up 4 in the top of the first inning to IG to plate a dozen runs.
After the third inning in the early game of the Sunday doubleheader, a realization came over the Falcons dugout. "DON'T TALK ABOUT IT" was the advice given... no one want to jinx it. The Falcons entered their game against Storm having won 4 straight, and would have to sweep the doubleheader to crack some free cold ones at 11:00 PM. The Falcons had to work to avoid becoming over confident, especially since no lead is safe in a Storm game, and the late game was an hour away.
After the Falcons dispatched Storm (but before the late game), more in-depth discussions began. SLF, the Falcons' Chief Superstitionist, did his best to nip any talk of free beer in the bud, to no avail. He was worried that the Falcons would get complacent, looking PAST a formidable IG Wealth squad, who had just beaten fellow President's Division rival Broadway in their opener. And after allowing a four-spot to the visitors in the top of the first, one couldn't be blamed for feeling a sense of foreboding.
But the Falcons' bats picked up right where they left off, scoring twelve, to take an eight run lead into the second. IG, undeterred, came right back, scoring 3, and holding the home side to a singleton in the bottom of two.
IG kept chipping away, picking up another run in the third inning to close the deficit to only 5, a pittance in Crotchety Old Man Slo Pitch.
But on this night, dear reader, nothing was going to keep the Falcons from leaving Million Dollar Bill's cooler looking like Poutine after an 18-hour layover at McCarran International Airport. The Falcons scored 16 over the next three innings. IG was never going to give up, scoring 5 in the top of the fifth, and continuing into the top of the sixth. They put up 7 quick runs before the WMSPL-mandated 85-minute time limit ended their comeback dreams.
The Falcons have won six straight games. They've now won 10 of their last 11 games, a streak that includes two victories over Storm and one each over the A's and Broadway. With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Falcons sit only a game behind the A's for the #2 seed in the playoffs. The Falcons also have a game in hand.
Hold onto your butts, the last three weeks of the season are going to be interesting.
Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019.
Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.
Free Beer Watch: It's been since August 18, 2019!!!.
Game notes: Despite the ominous fog rolling in, Dunner refused to do his "Thriller" dance... With only 5 games to go in the regular season, it's time to really begin thinking about your votes for MVP and MSP.
2B: Cowboy (2), Dunner (2), Hobo
3B: Dance Dad
HR: The Mattural (2), King Grahambo, Band Camp
HR-OUTS: Band Camp, King Grahambo (I think?)
RBI: Cowboy (5), King Grahambo (4), Dance Dad (4), Band Camp (3), Million Dollar Bill (3), The Mattural (3), Levi (3), Dunner (2), SLF, Miner Leaguer
DOUBLE PLAYS: I think there was one, but that might have been in the Storm game.
BATTERS FACED: ?
STADIUM: K1 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 1 (5% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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