Photos by Kay Buffamonte!
Team Zoo is a team of mostly zoo staffers - primarily keepers, with some education, maintenance and management once in a while. We also welcome family and friends (and former employees, and former rivals!) to the team if they want to play and have come to rely on them in recent years. Our team these days is about 35% staff, 30% family of staff and 35% other (including former staff!). We were sad to lose a few players this off-season, for a wide variety of reasons. But we picked up a few nice roster-fillers and we think we're in pretty good shape! With a little luck, maybe we'll hit .500! It'll be tough, because we've got a harder schedule thanks to our 2nd best ever finish last year. We've been in this league (CCSL) since 2001 and have yet to make it to the finals, but we finished in 3rd in 2005 and lost to the eventual champion by 1 measly run in the semi-finals. In 2012, we finally made the post-season again and got blown the hell out, but we were there! (and the game was close for 4 1/2 innings). Last year we improved enough to go over "projections" with a new, weighted schedule and finish in 4th place. Everybody makes the playoffs now, and we have yet to actually win one, but we got a first round bye last year! We love the spirit of battle, the camaraderie and the challenge, and we need the exercise. We're competitive, but we keep things loose. We certainly don't like to lose but the world will not end if we do. It's supposed to be fun so we keep it that way, and we usually have a good time. Come on, y'all!