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My softball team is starting to feel like Band of Brothers

Friends of mine talked me into forming a softball team this fall and their exact words were, “Sure we can get 10 guys together for this.”
Well, after weeks of searching for three last players we grabbed the closest warm bodies we could find two days before our first game a couple of weeks ago. To say the least, we were not the most cohesive team in the history of the sport.
In fact, I’m starting to feel like part of the “Band of Brothers” group from the HBO special about the men in Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st airborne division, but not really in the way you might think.
If you haven’t seen the 10-part series that premiered on HBO in 2001 I highly recommend it. There is nothing about the show that I could find a flaw with.
However, when it comes to my softball team, there are plenty of flaws to dissect. And when I say I’m starting to get the feeling that the 10 players on the Mogwai softball team are starting to mirror characters from the “Band of Brothers” series, I don’t mean the group is becoming a single unit of men who watch out for each other and would lay down their life for his fellow teammate. No, instead what I’m talking about when it comes to the series is at about part eight of the show when it showcases the men who had been in World War II since D-Day that were starting to tire of the war and no longer had the passion they once had after years of hardening battle.
Before I continue with this, I want everyone to know that I am not minimizing or mocking what our veterans did for us in World War II. They are true heroes who deserve so much more credit than what has been given to them.
How the Mogwais have started to pattern after the men in Band of Brothers is our intensity and excitement for the weekly games is starting to diminish. Each week the winless team trots out on the field wondering by how many runs we’ll lose by this time. It has become so crushing in fact, that when we don’t get run-ruled we consider it a moral victory.
We started out the season with high hopes that the group of 10 individuals would combine as a single team to put up some tough fights every Tuesday night, but instead the disheveled looks on our faces after each game says it all: we are getting nowhere. Lofty expectations have been so far lowered we are just waiting and praying for this season to end.
While the men of Easy Company continued their fight and were able to conquer a tyrant’s army of Nazis, I don’t know that the Mogwais have that sort of determination in them to find the win column even once.
Our easiest games are in the next two weeks and hopefully we can find the inner strength and athletic ability we need to put together a decent looking performance. Otherwise, we will go down as that winless team made up of talentless hacks who were laughed off the field every single Tuesday night.

Matt Cook is the managing editor at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at editor@ennisdailynews.com

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