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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:49 pm 
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I'm still plenty devoted to thid

Glad you're enjoying!

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Holy shit

Holy... shit.

Oh yes.

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"No."

oh dear

Oh dear indeed.

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boo, i hate this mathew guy. #rootforpreston

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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
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November 17th, 2001
9:12 AM
Phoenix, AZ


I was still in bed when the phone rang. I rolled over, sat up, and cleared my throat before picking up.

“Hello?”
“Matthew! It’s Rodrick. I’m calling to tell you we’ve reached a decision as to the new GM.”

My heart raced. Based on his phrasing, I braced myself for disappointment.
“And, uh, what decision is that?”
I felt as though I could hear Reilly’s grin through the phone. “Congratulations, Matthew. You’re the new General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

My entire body began to float. This couldn’t be happening. Something that had been only a dream a year ago was suddenly becoming reality.

“Is someone on the phone?”

Melissa had walked back into the bedroom from her shower. I realized that I hadn’t said anything for a good ten seconds, and in fact was holding the phone in my lap. I snapped back into reality and jerked the phone back to my ear.

“-you there, Matthew?”
“Yes! I’m here!” I shouted. “Sorry about that.”
Reilly laughed. “No worries. I imagine you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. In a good way, of course.”
“You could say that.”
“Well that’s all I have for you at the moment. The announcement won’t be until Monday, so I’d ask you to keep it under wraps until then.”
“Of course!”
“There will be a press conference in the evening. I’ll go over everything with you at the office on Monday. For now, enjoy your weekend.” I had no way of knowing, but I was sure Reilly had just winked.
“Thank you, sir!”

I hung up the phone, smiling like an idiot. Melissa looked at me, hope in her eyes.

“Was that who I think it was?” she asked. I stood up and embraced her in a deep kiss, pure happiness coursing through my veins.

November 19th, 2001
9:16 AM
Phoenix, AZ


“Attention, everyone!” Rodrick Reilly stood at the head of the room, addressing everyone who had gathered. I stood at his right side, John Ohner on his left. “I have an announcement to make. As you know, the unfortunate departure of our dear General Manager has left a vacancy. Now Tom Gates was a great General Manager and an even better man who cannot be replaced, but we have someone who we believe will fill in more than admirably. Gentlemen, your new General Manager, Matthew Weaver.” Reilly gestured to me, and everyone stared. A handful of people clapped, but the scattered noise only served to highlight the room’s tense atmosphere. Dave Briggs glared at me, and Owen Vickers stood stone-faced with his arms crossed. I looked around and saw Preston, whose eyes were downcast. When he looked up and met my eyeline, he forced a smile.

“Um,” I started. “Thank you, Mr. Reilly. I just want to say I am looking forward to working together with all of you to create a strong winning tradition here in Phoenix.” My prepared statement felt awkward coming out of my mouth and did nothing to ease the tension. Reilly stepped in.
“There will be a formal announcement to the press this evening. As for now, let’s get to work on preparing for a successful offseason!”

The crowd dispersed, and I made my way to Preston.

“Hey!” he said, feigning excitement. “Congratulations!”
“Thanks, Preston. And hey, I know you’re disappointed…”
“No, I-” Preston began to protest. “Well, yeah, I am. But I am happy for you. And we’ll still be working together. It’s just not my time yet, is all.”
I smiled at him. “You’ll be a GM someday. But for now, you’re my right-hand man. I wouldn’t want anyone else for the job.”
Preston returned my smile. “Thanks, Matty. That’s good to hear. I think I’m going to talk to Mr. Reilly about my interview, though. I think I know where I messed up, and I want to hear his feedback.”

The sudden recollection of what I’d said in my interview flooded my head, but I kept a calm exterior as best I could.

“I’m sure you didn’t do anything wrong in your interview,” I said, trying to sound supportive.
“Nah, it’s okay, Matty. I got tripped up on a few questions. I’m sure Mr. Reilly won’t mind my asking. I’ll just go to his office.”

My mouth went dry. Before I could think of another way to protest, Preston was walking off. I watched as he knocked on Reilly’s door, and Reilly motioned for him to enter.

Through the large glass windows of Reilly’s office, I could see the entire conversation take place. It was all smiles at first as I saw Preston ask about his interview. Reilly spoke for a while, and then Preston again. It was then that Reilly seemed to become more serious. He spoke at length for a while, and the longer he did, the sullener Preston’s expression became. My heart sank, and all I could think of to do was to find a place to hide. I retreated to my office and tried to look busy on my computer. After what felt like five minutes but was probably actually about thirty seconds, I took a cautionary peek outside.

Preston was staring at me from outside Reilly’s office, his face that of a betrayed friend.

That was the last time I saw him for 13 years.

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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:18 pm 
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oh boy, can't wait to see Matty and Preston keep that friendship strong!


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also JP, I just wanna let you know that every time I click on this site and I see this thread in the "new posts" list, I scream a little bit on the inside. (sometimes on the outside too)

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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
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oh boy, can't wait to see Matty and Preston keep that friendship strong!


:eyes:

also JP, I just wanna let you know that every time I click on this site and I see this thread in the "new posts" list, I scream a little bit on the inside. (sometimes on the outside too)

Thanks a ton (: it warms my heart to know that others are enjoying what I write.

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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
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October 2nd, 2015
12:09 PM
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"I... I don't know what to say."

Claire's voice, ridden with shock, cut into my soul much like the guilt that I'd carried with me for the last decade and a half. I closed my eyes and lowered my chin to my chest, using my right hand to hide my face. After a moment of silence, I was embraced. Claire's arms enveloped me, her chin resting on the crown of my head. Strands of blonde hair gently curtained the sides of my face, and the familiar scent of strawberries wafted into my nose. The sinking in my chest turned to a fluttering; a feeling I'd experienced once before. Claire spoke gently.

"You need to forgive yourself."

My eyes watered at the gesture. I became suddenly aware of how long it had been since I'd received affection and reassurance. Years of pent up anxiety and stress threatened to explode out of me, but I swallowed them. I placed my hand on the sleeve of her jacket, my fingers wrapping around her slender arm.

"We've all made mistakes, Matt. It was fifteen years ago. All you can do now is apologize."

Claire's embrace ended, and I opened my eyes.

"Thanks for listening to me ramble," I said, feeling stupid at the display of emotion. Claire smiled.
"You're a good guy," she said. "I know that."
"That remains to be seen. I'll try to find the time to talk to Preston soon. I can't make things right, but... maybe I can make them less wrong."

I stood.

"But first things first," I declared. Claire raised an eyebrow.

"Let's win a ballgame."

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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:40 am 
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October 2nd, 2015
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"Hyeaaah!"

Johnny Rivera's first pitch -- a fastball -- smacked into Matt McCarthy's glove with a satisfying pop, and game one was underway.

Rivera was in control from the outset, retiring the Dolphins' top three hitters on just eight pitches. Unfortunately for us, Koby Caplin was equally as hot, and the game went without a baserunner for the first two innings.

With two outs in the top of the third, Bobby Canfield squeezed a ground ball between short and third. Terry Delaney then sent a ball right back up the middle, putting runners at first and second with two outs. Rivera fell behind Chico Romez, and with a 2-1, count, Romez delivered the first run of the game with a slicing line drive to right.

That lone run held up through five innings, with Caplin only surrendering three hits, and in the top of the sixth, Sylvester Coddmeyer III did what he does best, delivering a towering solo shot that extended the Dolphins' lead to 2-0.

After six scoreless innings, Caplin -- pitching on just three days' rest -- was forced out of the game. Perhaps in an effort to preserve some arms, Johnathan Grey went to struggling long man Hong-Chih Kuo. Patrick Warr took advantage, taking Kuo's first pitch right back up the middle for a leadoff single, bringing up Donnie Wilde in the form of the tying run. With the count at 1-2, Donnie too a big hack, turning on a pitch and sending a hooking fly ball down the left field line. The crowd erupted, and the entire dugout leaned over the railing to see if the ball would stay fair. Donnie stood near home plate, waiting. The ball crossed behind the foul pull for a game tying home run.

The moment of Donnie's home run was surreal. I had never experienced the atmosphere of playoff baseball from on the field. The buzz of the stadium was absolutely electrifying, and Donnie was running on air, having just hit the biggest home run of his young career. The baby-faced 24-year old rounded the bases, pumping his fist with a massive grin. The entire team slapped his helmet and back as he returned to the dugout, celebrating the moment together.

Little did we all know that was only the beginning.

Almost without any of us noticing, Grey swapped out Kuo for Art Colt. Even through the mound visit and pitching change, the sellout crowd at Rainbow Beach Stadium stayed on its feet, brimming with anticipation. As soon as Colt was ready, Steve Bernard stepped in and lined the first pitch to left field for a single. That brought up Colin Raines, our weakest hitter by far. Bobby Canfield played in on the grass at third base, expecting a bunt, but I gave no such signal. Raines worked the count. Strike. Ball. Ball. Strike. Ball. He made Colt work hard, and on the sixth pitch of the at-bat, he pulled a sharp ground ball to third. It went under the glove of Canfield and rolled all the way to the wall. Bernard hustled around to third, and Raines pulled into a second with an easy double. He gave a champagne-goggles celebration to the dugout, and the screams of the fans permeated the Hawaiian atmosphere.

With Art Colt still in the game, Jose Medrano stepped to the plate. The first pitch was over the knees for a strike, but the second missed high. The third pitch never had a chance. As soon as he made contact, everyone in the yard knew it was gone. The crowd's energy rose to a fever pitch as Medrano ball sailed high over the left-center field fence, and Medrano raised his right hand to the heavens as he rounded the bases: 5-2 Gunmen.

Following Medrano's homer, Danny Millwood flew out, and Juan Hernandez singled. McCarthy then got in on the action, sending a no-doubter to straightaway center to extend the lead to 7-2.

From that point forward, there was little doubt. Adam Wilson, Mike Colyer, and Rick Allen pitched shutout innings in relief en route to a relatively painless 7-2 victory.

Final Score:
Sacramento Dolphins - 2
Honolulu Gunmen - 7

Box Score
Win: Adam Wilson
Save:
Loss: Art Colt
HR: Sylvester Coddmeyer III, Donnie Wilde, Jose Medrano, Matt McCarthy

J. Medrano - 1-5, HR, 3 RBI, R,
D. Millwood - 0-4, K
J. Hernandez - 1-4, R, 2 K
M. McCarthy - 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, 3 K
D. Wayne - 1-4, K
P. Warr - 1-4, R, K
D. Wilde - 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, K
S. Bernard - 2-3, R, BB, SB
C. Raines - 3-4, 2B, R

J. Rivera - 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K
A. Wilson - IP, 2 H, 0 ER
M. Colyer - IP, H, 0 ER
R. Allen - IP, 0 H, 0 ER

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Playoff Race

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1. Honolulu Gunmen - 93-70*
2. Sacramento Dolphins - 92-71

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 Post subject: Re: Honolulu Gunmen - A Fight to the Finish
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:12 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:21 pm 
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glad to finally see what happened between Miles an-- uhh Matty and Preston

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