What sport would make you feel like a kid again? How about wiffle ball?
“It brings back their childhood,” said Ryan Melcher commissioner of the wiffle ball league. “It really does, just with a couple of different curves in it.”
Literally. The Milwaukee wiffle ball league comes with curves, home runs and whiffs.
“The spin is tough,” said Scott Schrank a veteran wiffle. “It makes you look bad a lot,” he added with a laugh.
But on the field, it's less about how you look and more about how much fun you have.
“It's wiffle ball after all,” said Sam Jablonski another veteran wiffle ball player. “We're just out here to have a good time on a Monday night.”
It's true. Out on the field, the score doesn't matter and the rules are more of a guideline.
“Three strikes and you're out,” Jablonski explained. “However, you have unlimited balls. Nobody really walks that's just almost one of the unspoken rules of the game.”
After all, the strike zone is determined using a chair.
“The chair is a great idea though because I think we would have a little more arguments,” Schrank described.
It's like kickball where pegging counts.
“Everyone can sometimes get a wiffle ball tattoo,” Melcher said.
And pitchers hand you're out. That's how it's been since the start.
“Eight years later here we are,” Melcher said of that league that plays at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. “Fifteen teams strong in our spring league. Twenty-six teams in our summer league at one time so every year it just keeps growing.”
The game keeps growing. As for the adults, they're going to keep acting like kids.