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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Team de Blasio falls to City Council in softball game

Daily News excerpt -

Mayor de Blasio felt the agony of defeat Wednesday night in Coney Island, as his softball team fell 17 to 13 in a fiercely competitive game against the City Council.

The showdown at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones was perhaps the biggest fight to date between the mayor and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who have a cozy relationship.

But it was a short game for the mayor: he benched himself at the end of two innings, after grounding out at his first at bat and bobbling three catches at first base, starting his team toward the 10 errors they racked up.

The mayor summed up his showing succinctly: "I'm troubled," he said.

His wife, Chirlane McCray, did better, reaching first base - after Mark-Viverito, who was pitching, fell to her knees while trying to scoop up the short hop the First Lady hit.

But the Mayor's team was no match for the squad of Council members, anchored by Staten Island Republican Steve Matteo, who kicked things off with an inside the park grand slam in the second inning. That earned him "the best reception a Staten Island Republican has ever received in Brooklyn," said former Borough President Marty Markowitz, who hammed it up on the PA system throughout the game.

He handed out nicknames to the Council sluggers - Mark "the Coney Island stallion" Treyger, the home town favorite, Mark "Lethal Weapon" Weprin of Queens, and Brad "Ten Cent" Lander, a dig at the latter's proposed fee for plastic bags.

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