This coming weekend is our annual All-Star weekend for the Illowa APBA League. It’s one of the most fun weekends of the year for me as the ten managers in the league gather from 3 different states, play some APBA baseball. The climax of the weekend, of course, is the IAL All-Star Game. The league history dates back a while as this will be our 33rd All-Star Game.
Above you see my team’s entries for the West Division for this year. I’d like to say there are more but seeing that we are keeping the cellar warm in the Illowa League this year, we are only sending two. Albert Pujols will be a starter and for that I am glad.
I have a favorite story to tell that illustrates the fun we have at the All-Star weekends. It goes back a few years when we got my friend Brando into the league (a great find, in my opinion!). On our drive up to our destination, Brando expressed his confusion about his first All-Star Game. Why was everyone was getting so excited about watching two managers play an APBA baseball game? It didn’t occur to him that at least in our league, we roll for our own players when they are up to bat. That simple change in perception changed everything. The All-Star Game in the Illowa APBA League is a loud, raucous affair where every member is part of the game. Yes, rolling for their players but also voicing strategic suggestions to their manager, high-fiving on any success and even a little trash talking across the table.
The 34th annual IAL All-Star Game will take place this Saturday in Naperville, Illinois.
Let’s Go West Division! and Go Twin City Thunderchickens!
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