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Getting Lei’ed No More: MLB Ends Lease with Hawaii Winter League

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2008

In less-than-relevant and barely sad news, Major League Baseball has ended its relationship with Hawaii Winter Baseball, failing to renew the lease with the league that expired at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

In its turbulant history, the league has sired such notable professionals as Derrek Lee, Ichiro Suzuki, Joba Chamberlain, Todd Helton and Jason Giambi; Brewers alumnus Alex Ochoa, Gabe Kapler, Craig Counsell; and contemporary microBrew faves Mat Gamel, Caleb Gindl, Mike Ramlow, Logan Schafer and Chris Cody.

Will I miss this league? Do I really care? Should you care? The answer to all three is a full-fledged “As If!” But, in the wake of this half-assed league’s abandonment comes actually sad news…

This may be the last chance I’ll have to (responsibly) use the Getting Lei’ed graphic and subsequently lace a post with an above average and overly obvious accumulation of innuendo.

But don’t worry about me. Somehow, someway, I’ll manage to throw in delectable morsels about boning, boners and chesticles where I can - though I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be more difficult.

So with my trusted friend Dangerfield beside an obituary to loosely baseball-appropriate allusions to meatrocketing, I bid Hawaii Winter Baseball adieu. Maybe one day the ends will again touch to deliver a familiar but intense autumn sensation, but probably not. For what it’s worth, I will miss what he had together. I’ll miss the vague association to Brewers baseball and the continent… or whatever of Hawaii.

But mostly I’ll miss the Getting Lei’ed. Maybe this light-hitting featurette, this badass Dangerfield Photoshop and I will meet again some day, even if only in a dream.

(HWB: 1993-97, 2006-08)

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