Pictures from the 20th Annual Shangri La’ Wiffleball Classic are now available. Special thanks to Derek Mayfield (One 7 Photography) and Chelsea Hixson for their photo documenting services at Wifflegeddon.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
Jeff Cain & Double Nickel Productions created this masterpiece which premiered June 20, 2013 marking the official start of Wifflegeddon. This film does a fantastic job capturing the essence and the history of the twenty-year Shangri La’ Wiffleball tradition. The first-ever tournament happened in July of 1994 and the final event occurred June 23, 2013.
If there is interest in a digital copy or DVD of this feature, please email email@example.com and we will do our best to get you taken care of.
Thanks to all wifflers that contributed and enjoy!
Hard to believe that after 20 years of Shangri La’ Wiffleball, we have concluded the final chapter. This is meant to be an epilogue after the last-ever SLW Classic on Bernard J. Alblinger Field.
With Wifflegeddon (a.k.a. SLW 20) in the books, it is very strange to think that our group will never descend on Lakefront Stadium again. Sadly, “The Mayor” wasn’t able to see the grand finale. No doubt his spirit was present throughout and as we wrapped up on June 23, 2013.
Some quick-hitters on Wifflegeddon:
- The tournament format has seen multiple iterations, but none better than the winner-take-all post-season event that we debuted this year (thanks Jed).
- Thursday night’s screening of Twenty Weekends at Lakefront was better live with the entire group than I think Tank or I could have ever imagined. A still evening, great sound system and a top-notch viewing experience next to the lake was a perfect crescendo leading into the curtain call for the Shangri La’ Classic.
- The farewell effort by Tenacious E Friday night was absolutely magical on several levels. While Wanted Dead or Alive was the pinnacle of the performance, Stu’s Song, Fall to Pieces, Tribute, The Gambler and even Call Me Maybe provided some entertainment variety not previously experienced by wifflers.
- The camaraderie in 2013 left me reflecting on all the previous years of late nights, amazing stories, long-lasting phrases and inside jokes we’ve created more than ever.
- The effort by the family and wifflers on-site (and leading up to the event) for one final time was incredible.
Many have experienced SLW over the lengthy history of the event. We’ve had one-timers along side twenty-year veterans, friends who have become family and a core group that have had experiences that will never be forgotten. Although the memories are countless, the lore created on the hallowed ground of Shangri La’ will no doubt live on forever.
I was fortunate to have take the reigns of a very unique tradition started by Geoff Hixson & Spence Hasler in 1998. The pieces were in place to build SLW into something that, I believe, has become bigger than anyone ever expected. With the guidance of my brother and along with the support of Dee Dee, Jim and Char, we worked to bring in as many people who wanted to be involved “under the tent” to share ideas, create new avenues of communication, contribute unique talents and get to where we ultimately ended up. No one will dispute that the advances allowed for renewed or expanded interest in the annual Shangri La’ Classic.
The entire event has been well documented and rehashed on multiple occasions. We have all come a long way since the inaugural tournament in 1994. Years have passed and we’ve grown from kids to young adults to family men. Things have changed, but the core group of SLW has not.
For all of the memories this event produced, here is a snapshot of the ones I will miss the most:
- Driving in the first night from the airport and seeing the family for the first time.
- The “record scratch” feeling when our large and loud crew rolls into the Little Nugget.
- Anticipation for the true start of the event after the annual Old/Young Game when Home Run Derby begins.
- The stillness of the evenings every night at SL in the moments where we break from the nonsense.
- Friends and family around for every waking moment all in one place for a couple of days.
- Overly serious conversations intermingled with fantastically absurd exchanges.
- The smell, the sounds and the ambiance of the land around Cabin 12 at Shangri La’.
- The willingness to help out by all involved when needed.
- The stories and dynamite drop-ins.
- The sadness when we reach the latter part of the final day and the end is near.
Seemingly so much hyperbole in the text I’ve written above. That being said, I sincerely mean ALL of it to the degree which I expressed it in print.
Although not as clean as the Green Day version of “Good Riddance” so appropriately performed by Tenacious E on Friday night, I most definitely hope you all did not have a bad time. In fact, I trust you had a superb time.
We could not have done this without you. Alexander Graham Bell was the one who said “When one door closes, another opens.” I hope that quote means something when I say stay tuned for the next generation of Shangri La’ Wiffleball in the coming years.
Until then and from the bottom of my heart, thanks to all SLW contributors for all you have done from 1994 until the end.
As we all gear up for Wifflegeddon, take a moment to watch the Bernard J. Alblinger Hall of Fame induction speech from 2001. This was the inagural year of the SLW HOF and the Mayor was the fixture of the first-ever class.
Nobody enjoyed it more than Bernard. As we descend on Lakefront for one final time, let’s not forget about twenty great years of the BJA SLW Classic!
As promised on last night’s podcast, here is some important information related to the 2013 Classic. Please review in advance of your travel to Lakefront.
Thursday, June 20:
- 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Warm-up/batting practice/pick-up games (Note: lunch is on your own).
- Approximately 3 p.m. – Old/Young Rock N’ Jock Game (see rules below).
- Approximately 5 p.m. – Home Run Derby (bring cash for entry fee if you choose to participate).
- Immediately following HRD – Dinner (first meal of tournament).
- Approximately 8:30 p.m. – Jersey distribution/welcome to SLW & weekend reminder/presentations.
- Dark – Premier of Twenty Weekends at Lakefront (an original film by Jeff Cain/Double Nickel Productions) at the lower pavilion.
Friday, June 21:
- 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Batting practice/breakfast.
- 9:45 a.m. – Group photo.
- 10 a.m – 4 p.m. – Tournament play.
- Midday – Lunch.
- Approximately 6 p.m. – Dinner.
- 8 p.m. – Tenacious E farewell concert.
Saturday, June 22:
- 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Batting practice/breakfast.
- 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Tournament play.
- Midday – Lunch.
- Approximately 4 p.m. – Post-season tournament play.
- Immediately following championship – Field clean-up/breakdown.
- Immediately following field clean-up – Dinner.
Sunday, June 23:
- Morning – Departure.
Weekend Documents for Review
- The 2013 regular-season, post-season, umpire and stat schedule can be found here. (NOTE TEAM COLORS FOR PURPOSES OF UNIFORM PLANNING).
- The 2013 updated rule book (updates highlighted in gray) can be found here. (ALL WIFFLERS/PLATE UMPIRES PLEASE REVIEW).
- The plate umpire guidelines can be found here. (PLATE UMPIRES PLEASE REVIEW).
- Rock N’ Jock game rules can be found here.
We anticipate more lake time than the last several years, so don’t forget your swim trunks and flippy floppies.
Finally, the standard reminders to bring a pillow, blanket, towel and outdoor chair to Shangri La’ for the weekend. The ladies have asked that no shoes (especially game shoes/spikes) be worn in the house.
Let us know if you have questions and we look forward to seeing you all next week!