Tuesday, August 14, 2007

"Now batting for Rochelle, Rochelle, Bette Midler . . .Midler"

Much to my surprise, the Broadway Show League is real, not just some made up plot device for a "Seinfeld" episode:
One of the New York theater world’s annual rites of summer — the Broadway Show League, in which softball teams representing Broadway and Off Broadway productions trade their costumes for cleats — will draw to a close on Thursday afternoon with a championship game in the Heckscher ball fields in Central Park. This final battle, after an 18-week season, will pit a team made up of representatives from “Wicked” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” against the winner of that morning’s all-Disney matchup between “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

I can't imagine most hardcore baseball fans would be into watching lighting techs and assistant stage managers play softball, but there is something interesting here for Yankees fans if they look hard enough:

Those eligible for the Broadway Show League, which has games on Thursday afternoons, include casts and crews, as well as union members, employees of theatrical organizations and others affiliated with the theater. Each team is allowed to include a set number of players who may be connected to the theater world tangentially, if at all.

Ringers! If I'm Brian Cashman, I'm on the horn right now engineering a trade. How about Kyle Farnsworth and cash considerations for the understudy for Madame Morrible? Hey, even with their recent surge, Cashman has to still be looking to improve his team, right?

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