E-League at Cosmopolitan Park makes competition fun

Friday, June 29, 2012 | 11:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:07 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 30, 2012
Eskimo Brothers teammates Tom Kokoska, left, and Justin Sutton play softball Friday at Cosmopolitan Park. The team makes no claims to being great at softball, they just love playing.

The Eskimo Brothers aren't exactly "official" when they take the softball field.

Donning olive green T-shirts with no numbers and bright yellow lettering, mix-matched gym shorts and an array of baseball hats, the Columbia Amateur Softball Association team doesn't care so much about its 1-9 record or looking professional.


Related Media

“Ninety percent of the time, we’re yelling at the other team for wearing baseball pants,” utility player Dan Thorne said. “The only game we won this season was when three of us were out of town for a bachelor party. We got the call and started celebrating.”

While they didn't win Friday night against the Tiger Club Sluggers at Cosmopolitan Park, they scored more runs in a 12-10 loss than they have scored all season. And they had fun — one of their main goals.

While competitive, the best players in the E-League division are beginners. Some are playing for the first time this season. The association divisions begin at A-league and and work their way down alphabetically.

The Eskimo Brothers' brotherhood goes back more than a decade — some of them even longer — and while they've only been playing a few years, Friday nights in the summer offers them a chance to enjoy the game, even if they're losing.

In a dugout full of beer, Gatorade and cigarettes, each player was welcomed with camaraderie as he returned from the field, even when the opposing team got a run. After player Tom Kokoska struck out, one player shouted “Tom, we thought you were gonna hit the ball!”

“I thought about it,” Kokoska said laughing.

Fans watched excitedly as the team tied the game at 10 before ultimately losing. After coming so close to a win "superfan" Shawn Marin spoke with optimism.

"One run is better than none," he said.

And on this night, coming close was all the Eskimo Brother's needed to celebrate.

As they shook hands with the other team and headed off field, Thorne rallied the troops one last time.

"All right!" he shouted. "Let’s party!”


Supervising editor is Matt Veto

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Maureen Kokoska June 30, 2012 | 12:31 p.m.

What day will this article be in the paper?


(Report Comment)

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.