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
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.