Finally a profile of someone with some fresh blood who might be younger than 40.
The rookie Gumballers are owning the Eastern Division this season and Nitto’s pitching is a major factor for them. He leads the league in shutouts, is tied for Wins (though we all agree that’s a meaningless pitching stat, right?) and tops the leader board in most pitching categories. He also had a perfect game, but those are given out like candy this season thanks to the Have Fun Out Theres.
The first season is traditionally tough on rookie teams, but it looks like the Gumballers are playoff bound and with weak rosters on traditional powerhouse teams might have a shot at playing for the title.
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Nickname: Nitto, Nitro, Ankle Braces
Hometown: Albany, NY
Resides: Arlington, VA
Employer: Department of Energy
How did you find the PWL: Captain of our team Brennan Reif found it online and I knew I had to get in on the action.
Career Batting Avg: .469
Awards: Player of the Week SU 2012 WK4
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
JN: Favorite team is the Toronto Blue Jays which raises a lot of eyebrows from people but watching a Joe Carter walk-off HR in the World Series solidified it for me as a kid and I’ve stuck with them ever since. I used to be a huge Carlos Delgado fan watching him mash HRs for the Jays, but I’m sure he was juiced out of his mind.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
JN: The fact that a bunch of 20-30 somethings can still strive for glory on the diamond even though our days of playing baseball are long behind us. Also it makes wiffleball a lot more fun being in a league that’s more professionally run than Major League Baseball. Only thing the PWL is missing is turning it into a fantasy league.
TWIF: Hitting a home run, or pitching a called third strike?
JN: Nothing quite matches the feeling of jackin’ a HR, but being a pitcher myself it’s pretty sweet making a guy looking foolish at the plate.
TWIF: Have you ever done anything with a wiffle bat you’re not proud of?
JN: You mean beside Qaddafi-ing a few friends? I’m sure PETA wouldn’t be too happy with me but as kids we used to bash fireflies to get the glow all over the bats. That’s what you do for fun before you’re introduced to alcohol.
TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
JN: Haha trying to get the new team to start some rivalries?? Well I’ll walk into that trap, I’d love to see the mystery “Joe” take a lungfull of water after talking garbage on my perfect game. Nothing makes your parents proud like posting anonymous douchebag comments about other people. I’m pretty sure no one would miss Moose Knuckles as well.
TWIF: : What is a Gumballer, and what makes you one?
JN: The name Gumballers is an homage to our home stadium Gum Ball Park near Virginia SQ and to become a Gumballer you need to have an undying love for Big League Chew.