Named after the local alcohol and energy drink infused concoction known for making a good time even better, the Banff Slo-Pitch Mixed League’s Eddie Trashcans have a lot in common with their namesake.
“We’re sweet at the beginning and trashy at the end,” ball player Justin Moulder said on Sunday, July 21. Teammate Marcel Beaulieu also found similarities between the team currently in fifth place and the multi-flavoured cocktail: “We’re blue and sloppy.”
But mostly, as second basemen Tarsha Autio pointed out, both the team and the tasty beverage are super sweet.
Until it comes to crushing the competition like an empty can of Red Bull.
“Who are we destroying today, guys?”
Beaulieu asks this as the team sets up the dugout: an iPod dock powered by a solar panel, a big Corona Extra umbrella, and a couple of skateboards propped up against the bench. (Missing in action however was the team’s mascot Leonard Decoy the owl, who recently lost an arm through a series of events no one really seems to want to talk about.)
A guy whose jersey says Cheddar on the back is the first to bat for the Trashcans and it’s his birthday, so his teammates are letting the Melissa’s/Taxi Taxi pitcher Rob House know how fast and talented he is, but House just shrugs it off.
“I don’t care,” House says back at the Trashcans who were hanging around the fence cheering the birthday boy on.
The Trashcans scored seven runs in the first inning and ended up winning the game 14-12. Captain Steve “Birdman” Bechaz explains the secret to the team’s improvement over the past five years as they’ve played together under different names — The Bow River Slicks, McGlovin’, and the Boston Pizza Brew Jays.
“We’ve got a pretty consistent roster and we’ve been hitting the ball better and making less mistakes on the field,” Bechaz said. “We have the most fun, too. People always say we’re the funnest team.”
A highlight of their season has been Cody Rossi and his five homeruns (and counting).
“Cody is our homerun wizard,” Beaulieu said.
Rossi attributes his success at home plate to the team’s new bats.
Speaking of which, the base coach interrupts chatter among his teammates to ask, “where are all the bats, guys?”
Everyone looked to the lone aluminum leaned up against the fence.
So it’s only appropriate to quote Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at a time like this, “We can’t stop here, this is bat country!”