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December 17, 2008
Personal Cosmic Baseball Game
On January 20, 2009 a Personal Cosmic Baseball Game honoring the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States will be played between Washington DC Memorials and Washington DC Avenues.
|New York Avenue||3B|
|Rhode Island Avenue||C|
|New Hampshire Avenue||2B|
|Vietnam Vets Memorial||1B|
|Korean War Memorial||3B|
|Law Enforcement Memorial||C|
|US Navy Memorial||CF|
On December 1, the team submitted a new formal request in the form of a petition. The petition requests that Pluto and four other officially recognized dwarf planets be made eligible to play on the team during Season 2009.
The four other dwarfs named in the petition are Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea.
CBA's rules stipulate that only officially recognized "planets" are eligible for the Astronomical Planets team as players. The Earth's Sun, and the Earth's satellite, the Moon, are also eligible despite the fact that they are not planets. (Earlier petitions for satellites of other planets, such as the moons of Mars, have been denied.)
The issue hinges on scientific community conventions and cosmic baseball traditions. A ten-player roster does not meet the minimum set by the CBA for teams in the regulated playing leagues. The Planets, including last season's exception for Pluto, had a roster of eleven players.
The bottom line right now is that if the petition is rejected and Pluto cannot play, the Planets will not be eligible to play regulated cosmic baseball in 2009.
Chelsea Clinton (b. February 27), the team's General Manager, noted that in addition to serving in the United States Marine Corps (1957-1961), Williams (no relation to veteran Pisces pitcher Vanessa Williams (b. March 18) was a hockey and tennis coach while teaching at the Pomfret School in Connecticut. Clinton also observed that the Pisces pitching staff needs some new blood. In that connection, Williams was very much an agent of change during the fifteen years (1969-1984) he was the Headmaster of Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts.
Change defined the Williams' tenure at that independent New England private school. Under Williams, the school became coeducational (again), and the Board of Trustees elected its first female member. The curriculum was overhauled to emphasize independent student study. As an example of educational innovation, Williams' launched LA II, a virtual "school within a school". In 1972, the Academy seal, in use since 1862 was redesigned. Clearly, Williams is comfortable with change and if Chelsea Clinton seeks to shake things up on this championship team's pitching staff...more power to her.
Pisces Shortstop (and racecar enthusiast) Lance Reventlow was named Game 4's Most Cosmic Player (MCP) and Pisces centerfielder, and former political kidnap victim Patty Hearst won the Series MCP Award for her remarkable offense. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the steady third baseman for the Pisces won Game MCP honors for his work in the first and third games while Pisces catcher and litigation technology specialist Felicia Gleaton was the Game 2 MCP.
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