Drama on the recreational kickball pitcher’s mound

Having grown up playing softball and having good throwing motion, I’m extremely good at throwing tennis balls for dogs. Once I was casually tossing my dog’s little bouncy ball across the park when a man about my age approached me and asked very brusquely if I was going to the University of Texas. That was strange. I wore a UT hat, but other alumni usually just threw a “hook ’em” in my direction. However, this man seemed nice enough, so I said yes.

That’s how I got drafted onto the college alumni softball team that played right at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Little did I know at the time that the only reason I was being desperately recruited was because another team had somehow convinced not one but two fresh grads from a Division I college softball team to move to DC and play in that league to play. If I had, I might not have agreed. At this point, I was already in another Sunday softball league.

But adult recreational sports leagues are fraught with drama. There is interleague drama over who is breaking the rules and who is running shady recruiting and whose second baseman looks too good for Tuesday night’s league. Just before the pandemic, I played in a recreational queer women’s softball league outside of DC for a summer. All were friends. I would have tried to assimilate quickly into the circle of friends if they hadn’t all lived in Maryland, but it was a great time. The level of play was infinitely higher than the other leagues, as was the level of gossip.

In today’s episode, which features a story about a queer kickball league, I’m joined by a former queer kickball player: Matt Bellassai. He is a comedian, author and presenter unlucky hour podcast. He previously starred in the BuzzFeed web series whine about it.

Matt and I talked about the drama and chaos of working at BuzzFeed in the early years of the site, wondering who threw up in the office kitchen and why the gossip in queer recreational sports leagues is like this So dramatic!

Then we dived straight into today’s story: a tale of love found, lost and found again, a league match with a missing pitcher, and an heiress who shows up and causes instant chaos. I also try to explain the kickball rules, that’s exciting.

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John Verrall

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