The United Rotisserie League released their 2007 schedule on Tuesday, and a number of early matchups stood out as must-see baseball.
The season starts off with a strong rivalry, matching the Atkins Alley Cats against the Arkansas Cardinals in Russellville.
“We are excited to start off the season with such a bang,” said Cardinals owner Daniel Shoptaw. “This will be a great way for our team to get the buzz going in the community and quickly see how we are going to match up with the rest of the league.”
Week 2 matches up a couple of old high school friends, as the Conway Capitols make the trek to Texas to take on the Outlaws.
“We may not have geography on our side,” Capitols owner Mark Scott was quoted as saying, “but that won’t dimish the intensity of the two teams. Both sides will be playing their top game in this series.”
The third week of the season has the Clarksville Cubs and the Cardinals tangling for what is sure to be a long and protracted season battle.
Cubs owner Jason Hoover stated, “We really want to take the Cardinals down early and show that we are for real when it comes to supremecy in the Arkansas River Valley and the URL.”
The anticipated Battle of Illinois doesn’t kick off until Week 6, when the Brewville Style travel down to Edwardsville and engage the Armada.
“We’d like to be getting this started earlier in the year,” said Armada owner David Reed, “but we hope that we’ll be ready to go by time the Style get here.”
While not a rivalry either team will acknowledge, the Armada visits Wendy’s Peffercorns in the second week of the season. That series should be one to keep an eye on as well.
The Atkins Alley Cats announced last night that they had completed yet another trade, this time sending pitcher John Patterson to the Arkansas Alley Cats for outfielder Jay Gibbons.
“We hated to move Patterson,” said Cats owner Charles Rector from his spring training location. “He’s been looking good so far in workouts. But we wanted to make room for another pitcher, and Patterson was the odd man out.”
The Cats signed pitcher David Bush to take Patterson’s slot.
“Wow, I’m just flattered that such a quality organization took an interest in me,” said Bush. “For them to go to the effort of clearing room for me, well, that just speaks volumes.”
The Cardinals were also considering this a positive move.
“While we weren’t in the market for it, it never hurts to stockpile some pitching,” said owner Daniel Shoptaw. “I mean, you look at what happened to [Clarksville Cubs pitcher] Kris Benson today–out for the season. If you stockpile some arms, it helps you deal with those type of major issues. It doesn’t fix them, but it helps you weather the storm.”