August 5, 2000
Clockwise, from top-left: Jeff Paulson, Phil Geisel, Tony DeCastro, Paul Marazita,
John Bochicchio, Billy Romaniello and Mike Glander.
BDBL Weekend 2000: A New York State of Mind
BRONX, NY - The first-ever annual BDBL Weekend, held at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, August 5th, was declared an overwhelming success by all who attended. Seven BDBL owners - Mike Glander, Phil Geisel, Paul Marazita, Billy Romaniello, Jeff Paulson, Tony DeCastro and John Bochicchio - converged from all parts of the country for a day of tailgating and baseball at its finest.
DeCastro (and his very understanding girlfriend) flew in from South Carolina for the event, but Paulson - who flew all the way from California - won the prize for furthest distance traveled. After spending several hours eating, drinking, chatting, and eating and drinking some more in the Jerome Avenue parking lot, the BDBL Seven took a tour of Monument Park, then settled into their seats (some seats hotter than others) to watch the boys from the Bronx battle John Olerud and the Seattle Mariners. Thanks to another less-than-stellar performance by David Cone and an even less impressive relief performance from Doc Gooden, the Yanks fell by a score of 6-5.
A two-run ninth-inning rally by the good guys fell short when Glenallen Hill dinked a Billy Romaniello Special two feet in front of the plate and Stamford Zoots cleanup hitter Luis Polonia followed with a clutch strikeout.