Play Ball – Morgan Strong!

Posted: May 23, 2014

Bob Barker, a project manager for inside sales at Hastings, has organized the company’s wiffle ball team to compete in the Annual 9/11 Wiffle Ball Tournament at Fenway Westfield for several years. In 2013, Bob increased Hastings’ participation in the tournament by organizing not one, but two teams, so more people could play. This year two teams from Hastings, the Sliders and the Swingers, will travel to Fenway Westfield, but this time we’ll be competing in a tournament to benefit Officer Brett Morgan, the son of a long time Hastings employee. Read the Wiffle News newsletter from Bob Barker below to learn more about how we “Play Ball!”

Wiffle News – Hastings Eager to Represent

Photos: Left: Hastings Sliders (tan shirts) & Swingers (blue shirts), Right: Officer Brett Morgan

A.W. Hastings is playing wiffle ball at Fenway Westfield for the 5th consecutive year. Every year we talk about how this year will be different, about how we’ve got more players, about how we have two teams now, about how we’re playoff worthy. This year will truly be different for a very special reason.This year’s tournament is being played in honor of Officer Brett Morgan.

Brett’s Dad Mike Morgan has worked at Hastings for over 23 years. On January 19th of this year Officer Brett Morgan of the New Britain Police Department was critically injured in the line of duty. He was in surgery for 9 hours and although his recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, there are many more surgeries and challenges ahead for the young man and his family. Half of the proceeds from this tournament will go directly to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund.

Hastings normally plays in the fall tournament at this quarter scale replica of America’s most beloved ballpark but since the Summer event is in honor of Brett, we changed our plans and have reserved slots for two teams to represent Hastings and show support for the son of one of our own. Brett and his wife actually played for one of the Hastings teams back in 2012 and we’re eager to return the favor and play for him now. If you’re looking for something to do the weekend of June 27th – 29th, this is definitely worth the trip.

So come out and cheer us on as we represent Hastings and the Brett the only way we know how… Morgan Strong

Injury Update

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Every ball club has injuries – it’s just part of the game. At Hastings, it’s a BIG part of the game. Here’s a list of injured players and where they stand today.

John Nolan – stitch in side – STATUS: recovered

Bob Barker – shoulder/elbow numb – STATUS: fully recovered

Deb Pelland – hip injury – STATUS: unknown

Jose Claudio – ankle injury – STATUS: 90% recovered

Dusty Hoyt – achilles injury – STATUS: 90% recovered

Mike Morgan – torn hamstrings(2) – STATUS: fully recovered

Brian Grady – collided with young boy – STATUS: both fully recovered

Rookies Demand to Play…Together

When rounding out the roster for 2013’s teams Coach Barker got an e-mail from a young prospect down in the minors who couldn’t play for the current team but vowed to make the team in 2014. Maureen Isherwood kept good on her promise and has been added to the 2014 roster.

The rookie isn’t exactly entering the mix quietly though. She and rookie Kim Viviano have signed contracts that specifically call for the two of them to be on the same team. Ish and K-Viv have boldly guaranteed a winning record if the two play on the same squad. So we’ll have to wait and see if the two can deliver on this bold prediction.

Some veterans of the squad were surprised at the boldness of the rookies but agreed it was refreshing. One old timer was quoted as saying “As long as they know they still have to carry our equipment to the ballpark, they’ll be fine.” Stay tuned…

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See the PDF of the Wiffle News wiffle news 050614.pdf – Adobe Acrobat[2]

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