West Metro Atlanta Men’s Senior Baseball League 45+ Division
Braves 12, Seawolves 11
Contributed by the Seawolves ‘Brothers’Playing for Championships on any level is always special and something all competitors strive for……
After losing the 2013 Championship in walk-off fashion, the Seawolves entered the 2014 campaign of the determined to win the team’s first ever title. It didn’t start out great, as the team lost its first three games before finally pulling it together and winning six straight. But as the season progressed, health, work and family commitments derailed the team and it finished the regular season with a 7-8 record.
But once the 45+ playoffs started, the Seawolve “brothers” banded together and did anything and everything possible to make sure the season ended differently. Multiple players adjusted travel plans to ensure they wouldn’t let their ‘brothers’ down when it mattered the most and one teammate, Andy Ritter, who had moved out of state actually flew back for each of the playoff games. Most people in the league were surprised we reached the finals again……but we weren’t.
Blowing a three-run lead in the Championship and losing yet again in walk-off fashion, 12-11, to the Braves was incredibly disappointing. But what will resonate the most with the ENTIRE team who AS A TEAM after the heartbreaking loss went to their local watering hole to celebrate yet another memorable season, was what was shared by the league hired photographer who followed the team for a drink. He told us that not one team on any MSBL level went out after the game together to celebrate. Seriously, how is that possible?
…..but we’ll trade championships every day of the week for the unequaled brotherhood that no team on any level of the MSBL can match….so we congratulate the 2014 Braves on their Championship, but there truly is nothing more special then the brotherhood that the Seawolves have created both on and off the field. All MSBL teams should be so lucky, playing winning baseball is just a bonus.