|League History: 1999
|So the league now had players lining up to play, it had a webpage, it had
a video camera present at (nearly) every game. What more could they ask for? Money? Fame? Girls? Sex? Sure, but those
aren't the answers I'm looking for. In 1999, for the first time, the league introduced a playoff system to occur at the
end of the season. This little addition added a new revolution to the league, and caused the game to appear the way it
would until its gruesome death in 2003.
Since 1994, teams were picked randomly. If you had six guys sitting around waiting for the Commissioner to get off the
throne, one person would write all their names down and number them, secretly. He'd then ask players to pick a number
between 1 and whatever until teams were formed. Really grade-schoolish on the blacktop, I know, but I'm here to report
the facts. And until 1999, wins and losses were not recorded, so guys were only playing for one reason: their own damn
numbers. The 1999 season continued the tradition of randomly picked teams, but with a playoff system in effect, players
were now trying to not only jack nothing but homeruns, but win as well. As a result, base on balls increased by over 200%
in 1999. Sadly, Jason "I'd Rather Strike Out Than Walk" Eberhardt never returned for the 1999 campaign, so we never got to
see if he would actually hold true to his title if his team was down 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the last.
As for the playoffs, individual records were tabulated and seeds were matched up. Seed #1 Scott Carmichael teamed up with
#8 Mark Montgomery to take on #4 Joey Creighton and #5 Matt Holmberg. #2 seed James Vassar teamed up with best friend #7
seed Terry Creighton to take on #3 seed Greg Creighton and the son he never had, #6 seed Jeff Morrison. The winner of this
micro-tourney would be dubbed the "Series at the Sac" champions. As you would expect, Joey Creighton cheated just enough
to sneak himself and Matt Holmberg to the trophy.
The result of the playoff addition was felt throughout the Butte County area, as the league played an insane amount of
games. While 1998 doubled the previous highs for ABs and games played, 1999 nearly doubled 1998!!!1 Over 2000 ABs were
enjoyed, many of which involved James Vassar or Casey Sylvester striking out and then defacing public property. Scott
Carmichael had the season to end all seasons from the plate, hitting 41 homeruns in only 141 ABs all while hitting .436
and leading the league in ERA. He finished 5th in MVP voting, oddly enough, as Joey Creighton won in a landslide. Just
The website itself was growing rapidly, although the league's web address ("http://personalweb.sunset.net/~jandt")
told another story. Running out of things to improve the league with, the Commissioner was forced to dig into his
vast pocket book and whip out another miracle.