I hate to get mushy on y’all, but… my sentimentality always peaks at this time of year. After two months of watching our Rebels play, cheering them on, following them on the road, and (in my family’s case) cooking their dinners, last night the time came to say goodbye.
The Rebels put up a mediocre 19-25 regular season record, and were quickly dispatched from the playoffs by the powerhouse Haymarket Senators. We’ve had better years in New Market, in terms of on-the-field success, but I can think of few seasons that I had more fun watching. In my mind, the greatest difference between the Major Leagues and a league like this is that winning isn’t everything. I don’t mean to suggest that winning isn’t important here, only that it is possible to have a 19-25 season, get swept out of the postseason, and somehow still enjoy it to bits.
I could probably muster up another 16,000 words memorializing the 2010 Rebels, but I’m going to leave you with some pictures (worth at least a thousand words apiece) instead. And a song, of course. I offer my personal thanks to the team for all their entertainingness and hard work, and wish the truest of blessings to each one in the coming years.
Photographs are courtesy of Anna Kipps and have been used without her permission. Please don’t tell.
Starting position players (minus Jordan Owen), clockwise from top left: Trey Karlen (2B), Kenny Mickens (LF), Joe Maloney (C), Jason Coker (SS), Kevin Brown (3B), Brent Mikionis (1B), Rusty Smith (CF)