Best Defense at Wonderland Warriors

March 25, 1997




Lineup Card Linescore Scoresheet Boxscore Pitching Notes MCP Comments




This Personal Cosmic Game was requested by Kit Thornton and Mary Kathleen Mollohan, who currently live in West Virginia. Mr. Thornton, also known as The Devil's Advocate is a law intern in a public defender's office. He plays rugby, teaches self-defense and calls Ty Cobb his favorite reality baseball player. His idol is the Roman emperor and stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius (121-180 a.d.) Ms. Mollohan is also known as Special K and is a former college basketball player. Willie Mays is her favorite reality baseball player and she calls Ayn Rand (1905-1982) author and "objectivist" philosopher her idol. (Rand is also a rookie pitcher with the 1997 Alphatown Ionians.)

Together, Mr. Thornton and Ms. Mollohan have created the Best Defense Personal Cosmic Team which consists mostly of notable legal scholars and practicing attorneys. Their Field Manager is Earl Warren, and the team's General Manager is John Marshall; both were United States Supreme Court Chief Justices.

The Best Defense team selected CBA's Wonderland Warriors as their adversary. The Warriors are a team of military people: some good, some brilliant, some bad, some strange.









Lineup Cards

Best DefensePosInfo
1John Adams*SSGreat speed - Quick to defend the "Boston Massacre" Defendants
2F. Lee Bailey**1BAwesome tenacity - Will make pitchers throw strikes
3Gerry Spense3BMr. Consistency - Has never lost a criminal case
4Thurgood MarshallCFIncredible Power - Brown v. Board of Ed. - a 550ft. Home Run!
5Clarence DarrowRFThe most feared hitter in the game
6M.K. MollohanCA natural leader and field general. Can hold this club together
7Lawrence TribeLFSmartest outfielder ever seen. Often catches runners off base
8Alan Dershowitz2BMade the team on defense alone - Gold glove, no stick
9Kit ThorntonPBlazing heat and a feared screwball

*-Adams is currently an inactive member of the Washington Presidents
**-Bailey formerly played for the deactivated Simpson City Arbuckles.



Wonderland WarriorsPosInfo
1Omar Bradley2BGeneral, United States Army
2R. D. CampCFCaptain, United States Marine Corps
3Moshe Dayan3BGeneral, Israeli Defense Force
4Vo Nguyen GiapLFGeneral, North Vietnamese Army
5David HackworthRFColonel, United States Army
6Chester Nimitz1BAdmiral, United States Navy
7David LowndsCColonel, United States Marine Corps
8George MarshallSSGeneral, United States Army
9Sun Tzu
Lin Pao
PChinese Philosopher
Chinese Philosopher







Linescore

Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Runs Hits Errors
Best Defense 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 12 0
Warriors 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 - 5 12 0










Scoresheet


Best Defense-3 at Warriors-5

KEY
DP-Double Play; E-Error; FO-Fly Out; GO-Ground Out; HR-Homerun
K-Strikeout; LO-Lineout; T-Triple; W-Walk; - Single; = Double













Boxscores


Best Defense-3 at Wonderland Warriors-5



KEY
AB-At Bats; H-Hits; HR-Homeruns
RBI-Runs Batted In; B AVE-Batting Average












Pitching Details

KEY
W-Won; L-Lost; IP-Innings Pitched; H-Hits
R-Runs ER-Earned Runs; W-Walks; K-Strikeouts












Game Notes




Homeruns Omar Bradley
Clarence Darrow
Triples Thurgood Marshall
Doubles Adams, Dershowitz, Mollohan, Spense
Giap, Hackworth, Lownds
Errors none
Doubleplays Best Defense-3
Warriors-1
Left-on-Base Best Defense-10
Warriors-6









Stolen Bases none
Caught Stealing none
Umpires Susan Atkins, Ted Bundy, John W. Gacy
Game Time 2 hours, 46 minutes
Attendance 31,025
















MCP

Most Cosmic Player (MCP)
David Lownds







Comments




This was a game that supports the argument that a good defense is good but a strong offense and crafty pitching are better. The Best Defense did in fact field a very good defensive team. Three double plays and some acrobatic fielding by Gerry Spense at thirdbase and Alan Dershowitz at secondbase make the team's name sensible. And it's not that the Best Defense didn't provide some offense. They did: four doubles, a triple and a booming homerun by Clarence Darrow provide enough evidence to prove that case.

But the mighty and crafty Warriors prevailed. Clutch hitting and smart pitching won the game for the Warriors. The Colonels Hackworth and Lownds (the latter was the game's MCP on the strength of his 4-for-4 day at the plate with 2 RBIs; the former hit the game winning RBI in the eighth inning) provided the necessary bat action. And Warrior reliever Lin Pao managed to stop the Best Defense's offense at the right times.

Fans of the Best Defense might think there's no justice in the game of the quadrature. That opinion is understood, especially when you get 12 hits. But if you strand 10 runners on the basepaths and you yield 12 hits to your opponent, well, double-plays help, but it's not going to be enough. Even so, this game illuminates that finely tuned balance found in the play of the game.



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Published: March 25, 1997

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