Category: 2018 Season Updates

Updates for 2018 Season

The Dreamers Tribune: Merle’s Farewell

Through three seasons with the Uncertainty and two seasons on the Rouge River (Ballsheviks and now Blush) as part of the Field of Dreamers I have learned and unlearned. I have learned to embrace conflict, to win with grace, to find victories in losses, to ask for help, and that other worlds and ways of being are truly possible. I struck out nearly every time I went up to bat during my first two seasons with the uncertainty. The experience of a team of people, most of whom I did not know, cheering for me as I struck out has changed me. Being valued even as I feel I am fucking up has taught me to value myself differently, to take more chances, to keep trying even when I am not immediately skilled.

I have played and I have captained and I have tried my darndest to be a leader on the field for the players that feel like they are fucking up. Fucking up can be a generative space to be in, where we recognize the ways we are incomplete and the ways we depend on each other and the ways we can grow. We all come to softball with our own stuff to work through and the field generously creates a space for us to shift our relationships to cooperation, competition and the land we are on.

I will be gone for the remainder of the season as I begin a PhD at the University of Minnesota. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the league: players, coordinating committee members, subs, people cheering from the side, partners and families and friends that have made this space possible through supporting us, feeding us, loving us. Thank you to the land we play on. I am so grateful for the opportunity to fuck up and be bad and still be cared for. Thank you.

August 12th 2018

KiKI, DO YOU LOVE ME?

The Dreamers were all in their feelings on a beautiful breezy night at the corner of Dundas and Bellwoods.  The lights were lit and the 6moon was out with its radiance as the CN Tower glowed electric on the field of play.  It was the dog days of summer for sure as the lineups were bolstered by dog-pals Appa, Cassius, Wampum, and baby Humber.  As the regular season woofs its way to a close, two incredible games were in store.  Would the Rouge River Blush be kissin, kissin in the Wraith? Or would the Credit River Comrades be asking what’s your net-net-net worth? Would the Don River Valley Cats be down for you always? Or would the Humber River Humdingers be scoring from the block like Jenny?

If you wanna know the results…

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

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August 5th 2018

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

At the start of the season there were four mighty rivers from east to west: Credit, Humber, Don, Rouge who set forth atop Garrison Creek to determine which river would be the most mighty.  The Comrades of Credit endeavoured to share baseball with the masses. The Humdingers of Humber sought to regale us all with a sweet rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.  The Valley Cat of Don vied to vanquish that little ball of string wrapped up in cowhide. And the Blush of Rouge planned on making the diamond into a runway.  So after eleven games in, would the Comrades continue their march towards the new internationalist republic of baseball? Or would the Valley Cats claw their way back to .500?  Would the Humdingers keep on humming along to a four game winning streak? Or would the Blush be blowing kisses to the adoring crowds?

If you wanna know the results…

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

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July 29th 2018

MIDSUMMER BALL

As the season reaches the peak of summer and we begin the race towards fall, the Dreamers performed their weekly ballet under the lights of Trinity Bellwood’s SkyDome.  It was the 30th week of games in the league’s history and the cool summer night invoked the nostalgia of baseball.  But there was no day dreaming on this night as games had to be played! Could the Rouge River Blush look themselves in the mirror and know they were ready for the ball? Or could the Don River Valley Cats roar to become Thunder Cats? Would the Humber River Humdingers continue to ride the soundwaves to victory? Or would the Credit River Comrades close down the night singing Solidarity Forever?

If you wanna know the results…

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

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July 22nd 2018

KISS ME

And so it was that on this late July evening, when a cool breeze made it feel as though a romantic comedy awaited all spectators, the Dreamers took the Field in front of a vast group of fans that included partners, friends, family, and Craig’s famous heckling dads! Would the Comrades be sixpence none the richer? Or would the Blush wear those shoes while you wear that dress?  Would the Humdingers strike up the band and make the fireflies dance silvermoon’s sparkling or would the Valley Cats lead us out on the moonlit floor? No matter who would win we were assured that all the teams would swing swing swing the spinning step beside the green green grass! But if you wanna know the results…

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