On military bases around the world, the arrival of summer means the start of softball leagues. For the troops between deployments, it’s a welcome opportunity to relax and hang out with friends and family.
Petty Officer Andrew Gordon is attempting to lead the Defense Media Activity (DMA) team to the top. It’s his first time as a coach, but he has a strong multi-branch team behind him.
If he can pull it off, the bragging rights are significant.
Gordon said the trick is to balance the experienced players with the noobies, and still be competitive.
“We’re here to have fun, so everyone will get into the rotation, but it’s important that we all show up to practice to work on our skills.”
As a U.S. Sailor, Gordon has deployed several times. Being out to sea, away from his wife and two children, is tough. That’s why he’s making the most out of his time on land.
“These are the best times, right now. I’m here with my family, friends, and we won!”
We “won” might be an understatement.
Final score: DMA 12 – Black Knights 1