Advertising is one of the most competitive industries in the world. But what’s even more competitive? Sports. So naturally, a group of advertising professionals got together and decided to make a sports team. Enter: Arnold’s softball team, The Nancy’s. Full to the brim with team spirit and Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) beer, The Nancy’s hit the fields in Back Bay Fens every week during the summer. We caught up with them during a game last week to talk about their love of the game – and to cheer them on, of course.
Why did you join the softball team?
Infielder Nick Widmer: I was looking for ways to get more involved with the agency and meet more people. I joined the team a couple of months after I started at Arnold last year. And I wanted a way to get some competitiveness back in my life – at least athletically.
What’s your favorite part about playing on the team?
Shortstop Josh Kahn: Meeting people at Arnold I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’m a Creative Director, and most of the people on the team are not in Creative. So it’s kind of good. The departments can get insular in that way, so it’s nice to get the chance to interact.
Now for the fun stuff – what should the team mascot be?
Widmer: I would have to stick with Nancy herself. She was a pin-up girl from the ’80s and she’s pretty legendary in the softball world.
Kahn: A big can of PBR. The most important rule of softball is stay hydrated, and we take that very seriously.
Position-hopper Chris Gill: Nick Devine. When I think Arnold softball, I think Nick Devine. (For any non-Arnold readers, Nick Devine is an art director/Keg Thursdays Commander-In-Chief/softball team mascot in the making).
What would be your at-bat song?
Responses included: “Batter Up” by Nelly (obviously), “Walk It Out” by UNK, “MMMBop” by Hanson and “Dumpweed” by Blink-182. But the best response was, “No song, just the sound of angels harmonizing.”
What should the next Arnold sports team be?
There were multiple calls for a kickball team, as well as bowling. Other responses included laser tag, mini golf, and paint ball. What can we say, Arnold employees are children at heart.
The Nancy’s have been kicking slow-pitch softball butt for years now, and they’re not stopping any time soon. The roster has names from many departments at Arnold, and the team plays against other agencies, start-ups, and media companies in the Boston community. Win or lose, the Nancy’s are down for a fun time. And after clinching a spot in the playoffs with their most recent victory, they’ll be kicking it into high gear for their next game.
If you want to see the team in action, grab a PBR and head to the Back Bay Fens on Thursday, August 11 at 9PM.