I received the phone call on a Sunday afternoon in January 2012. It was from an old friend of mine who had his finger on the pulse of the cop softball circuit as he knew all the inner workings of teams, particularly those based in the Southeast. He wished to remain anonymous, so for purposes of this article I will refer to him as Confidential Informant #612. (This is cop jargon as we typically refer to our CIís by number when authoring police reports.)
He told me about a juggernaut that was going to bereleased on the circuit that season and he promised they would immediately be a top-caliber team. As amatter of fact, he boasted that by mid-year they wouldleapfrog the then-defending world champion GreatLakes Lawmen. The team would be nown as theDown2Earth/D2E Lawmen based out of South Florida.
This article was originally published in SoftBall Magazine Issue 2, 2014