'Chronicle' Upsets BookPeople at Krieg, Sets Sights on Other Sixth & Lamar Businesses

Now it's on to the rest of that intersection. What's up, Whole Foods?

The last thing I expected last night, when I showed up fashionably late to coach first base at the Chronicle's gripping softball match against the Fightin' Nerds from BookPeople, was a real ballgame. But that happened immediately, as soon as we fell down 4-0 before ever coming to bat. It didn't improve a whole lot in the bottom half of the frame, when I sent a runner to second as the ball was already on its way back into the infield. Cassie totally would have been safe if she slid. Swear.

Luckily, our unique blend of offense and opportunism scored six times one inning later, and the ragtag team from Hancock Center never trailed again. That's right: Until the rematch in two weeks, BookPeople is officially the Chronicle's bitch. Scoreboard!

Members of the 'Chronicle' team who stuck around to drink

Books/Screens Editor Shawn Badgley, Art Director Taylor Holland, Classified bangers Bobby Leath and Andrea Skola, Advertising Assistant Christina Jupson, and Publisher Nick Barbaro all had productive evenings at the plate, but not as much as the dude on the lineup card known only as "Nü Güy" – supposedly his given name is Michael Bartnett – who was not retired the whole game, scoring all five times he reached base. Believe me, no one has ever scored that much at the Chronicle, ever.

We won this game National League-style, with pitching and defense. Charlie Sotelo, our rubber-armed ringer on loan from South by Southwest and public-access TV, hurled a complete game, counting the three or four innings of "stoppage time" we kept playing just for fun. Holland and Score! Editor Mark Fagan picked it all night as a solid first-base platoon, and shortstop manager Badgley got all Ozzie Smith with a SportsCenter-worthy diving stab behind third and subsequent frozen rope to Fagan to double off the runner. Proofreader James Renovitch also killed a couple of rallies with some slick glove-work in left field.

As for BookPeople, even the dude who played with his shirt off in full plumbers' crack regalia and a cheering section that absolutely embarrassed the Chronicle's weren't enough to turn the tide. Final score, 14-9, Chronicle. Both teams' sportsmanship was admirable all evening – apparently unlike BookPeople's previous game against Waterloo Records – so here's one final, most unliterary, rejoinder for our vanquished bookworm foes: Suck it!

Now it's on to the rest of that intersection. What's up, Whole Foods?

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