By Matt Noonan
For the moment, Teddy Dziuba and the Alibrandis Baseball Club of the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) remain on the sidelines. The upcoming season – the team’s third in the ICL – has yet to be canceled.
The ICL announced earlier this month that they hope to provide their eight-team league with a short, abbreviated season, pending it is safe to do so. But more information on the league’s 2020 season should become available tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20 when the ICL board of directors reconvene on Zoom.
“If we get the green light that baseball is going to happen this summer, the Alibrandis have two dozen eager baseball players waiting to take the field,” said Dziuba, who is the team’s catcher.
If the 2020 season is to occur, Dziuba and his teammates would certainly be a team to watch. The Alibrandis joined the ICL in 2018 and advanced to the postseason, both last year and the year before. And despite falling short of winning their first title, the team is optimistic about challenging the Lexington Blue Sox, which have won 15 league titles.
“The Alibrandis Baseball Club has enjoyed the last two seasons in the ICL immensely,” said Dziuba. “(The league features some) incredible talent from top to bottom, and it has certainly made us step up our games in terms of how we approach every night.
“(And while) we may be one of the older teams in the league, our veterans haven’t lost a step and will be gunning to take home our first championship as soon as they let us onto the field.”
Winning a championship, especially in the ICL would certainly be an accomplishment for this group, which has come up short the past two years against the Blue Sox. Lexington outlasted the Alibrandis in the 2018 semifinals before edging them one year later in the championship round.
Said Dziuba, “We look forward to continuing our healthy rivalry with the Lexington Blue Sox as soon as we are allowed on the field.”
The Alibrandis-Blue Sox rivalry will continue, as well as other hard-fought contests, too. But for now, Dziuba and his teammates seem upbeat – they’re even exchanging positive text messages these days to keep everyone’s spirits up.