About the author: Perched in a tree nibbling on who-knows-what that it found who-knows-where, the Ballpark Possum is the Australian Baseball League's newest colour correspondent. Likes: knee-buckling curveballs, bat flips and sacrifice bunts. Dislikes: intentional walks, short porches and backwards K's.
Come my fellow ABL fans, come gather 'round and I'll tell you a story that starts with a stitch - 108 of them to be exact. Let's go!
This very particular possum has been carefully watching the ABL action just like you all season long, and with the playoffs starting this week and all games scheduled to be streamed live on ABLtv.com, we thought we'd take a look back at our incredibly biased favourite plays of the year, round by round. Disagree with our choices? Look back at the whole bunch yourself and prove us wrong.
Round 1: Brotherly love
Both Perkins' had strong years for the Cavalry, and their brotherly bond showed on the diamond early in the season. Robbie Perkins was recently named Canberra's MVP for the year, too.
Round 2: Wollongong Classic
We promise other teams will get some love in this countdown, but we couldn't make it through the year without mentioning the Blue Sox and Cavalry facing off in the record-setting Wollongong Classic.
Round 3: Holy Hoschke!
Adelaide's Karl Hoschke made a wonderful diving catch in Round 3.
Round 4: Vintage Searle
Doing what he does best for the playoff-bound Bandits.
Round 5: Easy there, Milone
He over-ran this ball and he knew it, but Tampa Bay Rays prospect Tommy Milone still fought the sun and made this little gem of a catch at the wall.
ASG: Let's watch this again, for fun
Round 6: It began with a BANG for David Rodriguez
Rays' prospect David Rodriguez has hit safely in all 19 ABL games he's appeared in this season. ALL 19 GAMES. And it all began with this clutch hit in Round 6.
Round 7: Guthrie's got the goods
Trent Oeltjen's hammer abandoned him when he opted to suit up in Brisbane colours instead of Sydney this season, but Hammer or No Hammer, Oeltjen was no match for former World Series starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie also struck out big Bandits bat Donald Lutz in the same ballgame.
Round 7.2: We miss you, Jelksy
Perth and the rest of the Australian baseball world paid tribute to Greg Jelks after his tragic passing.
Round 8: Who are You(nis)
This play didn't get the love that it deserves, but stands out in the "Joey Wong" category in terms of ABL excellence at the shortstop position.
Round 8.2: Rick and the magic reflexes
Teasley's got a glove! Way to react to this comebacker!
Round 9: McArdle magic
Jordan McArdle is a perfect example of another generation of the modern Aussie baseball pipeline. He's having a strong season for the Bite, and recently even signed a professional contract.
Round 10: Derek does good
Derek Peterson made a grrrreat play for the Heat in the club's final game of the season.
Tune in next week for another round of observations from around the diamond, courtesy of your new favourite baseball-loving marsupial. Possum out.