Softball Report: Battle of the Superheroes

Photo credit: Howard Levy

Spider-Senses were working overtime at the battle of comic publishing houses on the softball field as the Marvel Knights decimated DC Comic’s Bullets 19-4. Supermen and Wonder Women, DC was not.

A costumed superhero dressed up as Peter Parker’s Arachnid-alter ego scaled the batting cage and mugged for pictures. He didn’t even charge.

“My friend works for a newspaper called The Daily Bugle, his name is Peter Parker,” said Spider-Man (he insisted we add the hyphen).

Although he wouldn’t break character to tell us his name, his wife volunteered that he was her husband, Nelson Ribeiro, is an associate editor at Marvel when not dressed as a superhero. Mary Jane Watson, Mrs. Ribeiro isn’t.

“You have to be limber before a game in case Dr. Octopus shows up,” said Spider-Man.

“I’m sticking the tag in,” a teammate told the superhero as she walked by him.

At stake were “bragging rights for one year,” although a former Marvel employee pointed that movie sales may be a better way to measure the rivalry. “Green Lantern isn’t making their money back,” he helpfully pointed out.

An empty superman cape hung on the DC side, which at a certain point in the game began to feel like a metaphor. A DC Bullet put on the cape as Marvel’s runs piled up.

Elsewhere, book publishing may be in a troubled state, but then, so is the economy. Publishing company Hachette’s Catchers in the Rye won with a 50 percent lead over Baron Funds.

“If we don’t win, we’ll be like the Mets: overpaid and underachieving,” said another. Alas, with a 12-6 score, it didn’t take a spreadsheet to see that Baron’s numbers were falling.

“We make money,” said one well-off softball player. “This is the most fun we have all week,” said another. Apparently, making money is not enjoyable for Baron’s Investors. “It’s work.”

Unfortunately for book sales, Baron Funds’ employees don’t appear to be buying books with all that money. The Investment managers were not entirely clear on the day jobs of the team they were playing.

“Catcher in the Rye is a corny name for a team. They’re just copying from a book,” said a woman on the Baron’s team. Little, Brown, which is owned by Hachette, publishes the American classic.

“Is ‘Hatchet’ their company?” asked a money-maker, pronouncing the word like a weapon.

The party finally ended for High Times – WNYC’s Broadcasters cashed out the marijuana mag, handing the Bonghitters their first loss of the season with a 5-4 score. Sadly for the rest of the league, the Bonghitters’ losing streak only lasted one game. They won 7-6 to Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

It seems everyone is getting into the marijuana-punning action. “HT took us 7-6 in a thriller. Down 7-2 in the 7th, we rallied for 4, and had tying run on base before they finally snuffed us,” Newsweek coach Randall Lane wrote on the New York Media Softball facebook page.

Lorin Stein may be in his publication’s namesake-city—and posting diaries from France on their site—but The Paris Review showed that his softball-related leadership is anything but Napoleonic. They finally celebrated their first win of the season with a 14-4 game against The New Yorker.

Softball Report: Battle of the Superheroes