Monday, March 30, 2009

Professional Wiffle Ball Brings the Glory of Baseball Back to the Masses

If the pitcher is God unfurling fate, then the batter is man, facing a 90 mile-an-hour unleashing of reality, making nanosecond decisions. It's bravery to even inhabit the batter's box. Most remain in the stands, or next to a radio, or in their living room in front of the television, meditatively seeking inspiration to bring to their daily challenges. They're engaged by the mystery and beauty of a simple, powerful game called “base.”

All of his experience and history pumps through the veins of the batter as he grips the bat and coolly eyes the pitcher. Evil lurks in the musculature and cleats of the fielders. Their gloves are a netting set in place to crush and stomp out petty and feeble attempts at glory.

The home run is the ultimate glory—the moment when all adversity has its jaw broken.

The white sailing comet soars as if powered by the awe-filled hearts of the fans. They leap to their feet as the ball plummets to the earth and lands in the stands. The batter jogs in complete security from base to base into a home full of the welcome of brethren and applause of the fans.

Should this miracle remain only in the hands of millionaire athletes? That would be anti-American.

Should this not inhabit the lives of any interested youth? This is the American dream.

Is that not why the game of “base” is America's national past time? Shouldn't this game be available to everyone? Baseball has taken a new form and shape that meets the needs of modern American youth who want to get into the game.

Wiffle ball, created fifty years ago by David N. Mullaney in Fairfield, Connecticut, is going pro. Nick Benas and Jared Verrillo, co-creators of Big League Wiffle Ball, are bringing professional wiffle ball to the masses. Players only need two or three buddies to get a team together, wiffle balls scuffed to their preference (to intensify movement), and a trustworthy bat within the regs. Benas and Verrillo have produced a formula that maximizes wiffle action. A medium-plus pitch speed limitation and the mandatory yellow bat allow for hit-ability and breath-taking tests of fielder skill.

Anyone can register with a quick on-line transaction. Winners are photographed and posted on their website (, flashing hundred dollar bills and grinning.

Professional wifflers have transformed what began as a child's game into an absolutely addictive sport. With pitching that appears to break the laws of physics and the incomparable feeling of cracking a home run smash, professional wiffle ball delivers a contemporary twist to the timeless game of baseball. Professional wifflers, addicted by the accessibility and action of the game, possess an unparalleled devotion to their sport.

America is catching on.

With amateur leagues springing up across the country, with states adopting Wiffle Ball as a state game, and with Big League Wiffle Ball facilitating professional tournaments, you might want to paint a strike zone on your garage wall and work on your finest riser, slider, or drop-curve.

You're going to need skills if you want to make it in the Bigs.

article from The Bleacher Report

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