Jun 20 2048: Concord attains #1 ranking - by tamale on December 24th, 2020
Following a good start to inter-league play, the Concord Jets reached the summit of the official Broken Bat team rankings for the first time in club history. After receiving the news of the updated rankings, the Jets front office released the following statement:
"Even if it only lasts one day, reaching the world #1 ranking is a special achievement for manager Ed Logan and the players. We never believed this would be possible, but piece-by-piece we slowly built a team that Concord can be proud of, and their form so far in 2048 has been second-to-none."
May 03 2048: Exposed! Jets GM reveals Butte connection in shocking pre-series press conference - by tamale on December 11th, 2020
Long-tenured Jets GM tamale dropped a bombshell in his latest press conference, revealing that his allegiance originally lay with the Butte Pirates, who the Jets' face next in the cup. "Yes, it's true. I was once a Butte Pirate."
The GM explained that he had briefly managed the Pirates organisation during 2035, before an outbreak of COVID-34 caused the cancellation of the season, which was then declared so "null and void", that it was completely expunged from the Earth's collective consciousness. When asked why he initially chose to lead the Pirates, he explained: "Well, after signing up I was looking through the list of teams to choose, and saw their name: the 'Butte Pirates'. Enough said!"
Questioned on why he then chose to leave the Pirates and join the Jets for 2035, version II, tamale said: "It wouldn't have been much fun to just repeat what I had already done. Plus, Herp Derp had already assembled a good roster, and I felt it necessary to prove myself with a club at the rear-end of the pyramid."
Aug 14 2047: Mysterious server slow-down fails to stall Jets momentum - by tamale on October 21st, 2020
The Jets were brimming with confidence after a 16-2 win over Burlington, when bizarre scenes began to unfold at Burlington Yards. "The boys were fired up and ready for Game 2, when all of a sudden the floodlights went out and the grounds crew began covering the infield!" recalled bemused manager Ed Logan. "Nobody told us what was going on."
Game 2 starter Alfonzo Lara added: "With the way tamale has used me this season, I feel like my arm is going to fall off! I'd already thrown 80 max-effort pitches in the bullpen before the game even started, then they left me in for 8+ innings!"
To make matters worse, when the game finally got underway, the Jets blew a 2-0 lead in the 8th and 9th, and were forced to suffer through another 10 excruciating innings, before finally giving up the walk-off loss. Logan added: "Nobody knows what time it is. We haven't slept for three days. Five guys are hurt. Some of our players haven't been able to contact their families overseas. Many of them are confused and upset."
Despite these unpleasant scenes, the Jets recovered to win the next two games, briefly claiming a surprise share of first place in Legends East.
In the bleachers, conspiracy and speculation ran wild as to the source of the delay. Rumour had it that some games in the lower leagues were even scored incorrectly. A local Remnants fan cited a long-forgotten baseball scandal from 30 years ago: "Look, I'm not saying the Astros were definitely to blame, but I'm just pointing out that they certainly didn't help!" In contrast, a restless fan wearing a Jets cap pointed the finger directly at the Corvallis Ravens. 3B Arseniy Morozov, who hit 3 home runs and was named series MVP when the two teams squared off earlier in the season, aroused particular suspicion. "He clearly hates the Jets," the fan mused. "And let's be honest, it wouldn't be the first instance of Russian interference in the USA!" When questioned why the Ravens would want to jeopardise their own 8-game winning streak, the fan could only offer 30 seconds of confused silence.
How these events will affect the rest of the season remains to be seen.
Jun 27 2047: Concord reflects on start to Legends campaign - by tamale on October 9th, 2020
Concord, NH -- The Jets have made a solid start to their first season in the Legends league, currently owning a 32-33 record and +6 run differential. We surveyed some local sports fans for their thoughts on the season to date.
One young fan summed up the ebullient mood in the city. "Go Jets!" she said, "I'm so proud of tamale, Logan, and the players for putting our small town of Concord on the map!" From his ivory tower in Australia, GM tamale has yet to successfully locate Concord on a map.
Some older fans were scathing about the team's style of play. "All of these home runs allowed are painful to watch," one said. "Back in my day, you could sit back on a Saturday afternoon with a cold one, and watch the masters like Brent Cohen go to work. Nowadays everyone's trying to throw 95, and at the first sign of trouble, a reliever comes in! It's just not cricket!"
A well-known Concord baseball writer offered an alternative view: "My childhood in Concord was one of interminable pain and suffering, leading to an adult life of unceasing existential anxiety and dread - and Jets baseball leaves me feeling exactly the same way!" He concluded more whimsically, noting that this combination of hope and inevitable disappointment makes life as a human worth living. Unconfirmed reports say that he ate a Spanish flea and metamorphosed into a blue jay that same afternoon.
Oct 14 2046: Concord promoted to Legends - by tamale on August 22nd, 2020
Champagne flowed in the home locker room as it became official: the Concord Jets will play the 2047 season at the highest level of Broken Bat baseball!
After reaching the all-star break at an even 40-40, the Jets dominated the second half of the season to secure the pennant with two series remaining. The team's success was achieved via pitching and defense - 2046 is the second season in a row that the Jets have led II.2 in run prevention.
On the night the Jets secured the pennant, they announced RP Jun Seo Sohn as the team's MVP for the season. His superb performances out of the bullpen, with a 1.92 ERA in 136IP, propelled Concord to the promised land.
GM tamale was ecstatic when discussing the club's promotion: "I can't believe it! Everything went perfectly for us in the second half of the season." On the Jets' chances for next season, he added: "We might be underdogs, but we're not making any predictions just yet. We've got a young team and the guys who got us promoted will get every opportunity to prove their worth."