The Dedicated Nine.
Front : Chris O, Jen, Amy, Tara. Back : Sal, Joe, Chris W, Mark. On Shoulders : Kristen.
Not pictured : a whole boatload of people who couldn't make this game.
Photo by Stephanie Oberlin
The Philadelphia Zoo softball team is comprised of Zoo staff, family and friends. We have representatives from the animal department, education, facility engineering - keepers, curators, educators, mechanics & associates - maybe even a senior Vice President or two. We're a mix of colleagues, co-workers & friends who get together for physical activity, comaraderie and a little spirited competition. We joined the Center City Softball Leauge in 2001 when a spot opened up. It meant better competition, a guaranteed field to play on, and a game every week for 3 months straight. It's supposed to be recreational and fun, but sometimes those crazies get a little nuts about it. We can handle it, though. Last season, Team Zoo made their first playoff appearance (and first league winning season) but fell to the eventual champion by one run in the semi-finals. Prior to joining the CCSL, Team Zoo played other intitutions and companies who fielded recreational teams where play was casual at best. We practice and play on Edgely and Dairy Fields in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA - just a short drive from the zoo.
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