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Monday, July 27, 2009

Ever Wanted To Take a Swing at a Cop? Here's Your Chance.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Did we learn our lesson?
  • Did we learn our lesson?
Earlier this month we wrote about how a planned cops vs. community softball game didn't come off as planned when the community failed to show up. It turns out that 2 p.m. on a Tuesday may be an ideal time to broadcast As the World Turns -- but not the best for calling out able-bodied community members to defend the honor of their neighborhoods on the softball diamond vs. the San Francisco Police Department.

Next month Police Chief-to-be George Gascon and his CompSTAT system will begin tracking the city's crime patterns and adjusting policing strategies accordingly. So it's good to see the cops at Ingleside Station are already fiddling with their softball scheduling strategies. The next softball game will feature mixed teams of cops and community members -- which makes it easy to cope with less than enthralling community turnout. But most importantly, the Aug. 4 game will be at 6:45 -- p.m. Not wanting to drive away potential players, police have been telling curious callers that getting into the game is as easy as showing up with your mitt.  

"I've had like eight calls already today," said Officer Harry Soulette -- who encourages anyone who wants a chance to steal (bases) or strike (out) a police officer to just show up at Balboa Park at game time.

When asked who's the best ballplayer in Ingleside Station, the consensus answer was Officer Mike Howard -- a former professional baseball pitcher whose career was diverted into law enforcement thanks to some knee injuries. In other words, outfield, play Officer Howard deep -- or this cop will beat you.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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