The third-ranked Lobos and seventh-ranked New Frontiersmen lead the way with six members selected from each squad for the Brooklyn Kickball League’s All Star tournament this weekend.
The two-day tourney, which consists of more than a dozen teams from as far away as Toronto and Little Rock, AK, will converge on Greenpoint’s McCarren Park. Five teams made of players from the Brooklyn Kickball League have entered, with 80 members of the league participating in the honor.
Each of the 32 teams in the league has at least one representative playing, but participants are heavily skewed from the league’s most dominant teams this season such as the Lobos, second-ranked Never Scared, and top-ranked Brooklyn United.
Early MVP-candidates Jesse “Brandy” Alexander and Neil “Maimonides” Rabinowitz from the surprising first-year Lobos, join teammates Brian “Glenn” Frye, Gregory “The Brother” Frye, Melinda “Amantillado” Portillo and Jackson “Browne” Bosworth among those awarded with an all-star position.
Alexander, a six-time all-star, says the tournament is getting better every year and enjoys showing some of the players from lands as far off as Hoboken, just what Brooklyn Kickball is all about.
“I’d like to give the masses some advice … it’s a long day, so bring some extra clothes, drink lots of water, be sure to eat some food every so often, and get some shade whenever you can,” said Alexander.
The Frontiersmen boast a number of all-star talent as well, who are beginning to play up to their capabilities despite losing their “rock” Matt “Marquis De” Sadewitz to a shoulder injury. Sadewitz will coach a team with Brooklyn United’s Justin “The Wild and Innocent” Taylor and Crucial Taunt’s Kate “The Skate” Brown, as his Frontiersmen teammates Josh “Moldy” Moody, Gabe “Welcome Back” Kaplowitz, Mike “Geneva Convention” Altman, Kate “Schnorrer” Scheiner, Veronica “Congresswoman” Velazquez, and Jessica “Juicy” Seibert, will join the party.
Other notable selections for the all-star game include the Bacon Bits’ Calvin “Mad Dog” Wong and Oakley “Pratt” Hall, Crucial Taunt’s Matt “The Naked Giraffe” Herman, John Cougar Mellencamps’ Elana “Ida” Luppino, Kristen “Whole Wheat” Baker and Zach “Build It And They’ll Come” Kinsella, Licensed to Thunder’s Wendy “The Vintner” Gallo, Majesty’s Rochelle “Middle English” Fainstein, Zak “Grizzly” Adams and Peter “Battle Of” Anzelone, and Never Scared’s Connar “Gov’ner” Walik, Paul “Scruffy” Smith, and Shannon “Creme Frais” Sturgis.
The tournament itself, while it does not count towards the league’s playoff seeding, will nevertheless be competitive among the league’s best players.
Rabinowitz believes that his all-star team filled with veterans such as “Shirtless” Tom Dontprintmylastname, Kevin “Captain” Kennedy, Courtney “Jeff” Danielson and Altman, as well as feisty newcomers such as Emily “Corky” Corkill, Mike “Secretariat” Parilli and Jessica “Freshly Mown” Laun, is one of two Brooklyn groups that could crack the semifinals.
“The cream of the league is dispersed evenly as opposed to an A or B team,” said Rabinowitz. “Atlanta should be in the hunt with two Brooklyn teams. The dark horse is Westchester, who is an unknown, and Hoboken, who are seasoned vets who hate Brooklyn, so they have motivation to play well.”
Luppino, another perennial MVP candidate and a co-captain of an all-star team, called the tournament “unpredictable” but thought that a Brooklyn-based team would likely emerge as the victor.
As for the rest of the season, Luppino pegged the Pony Boys, New Frontiersmen, Never Scared and her own John Cougar Mellencamps as her final four picks.
“The John Cougar Mellencamps will victoriously conclude the season over high-fives and Budweiser’s — in the classic spirit of America,” said Luppino.