It’s called the New York Emperors Stickball League for a reason. The Emperors were the first team on Stickball BLVD. and a lot of their members have been called founders, board members, etc… Even today, The Emperors are led by Vido Creales, who is actually the NYESL League President as well. I don’t know how he does it with a wife and two kids to be honest. It’s also safe to say that having the league named after your team comes with serious pressure. It doesn’t seem to bother the Emperors, as they are one of the most successful teams to ever play the game. Just like any other team, The Emperors have seen their share of players come and go but seem to always put it together and field not only a competitive team but championship teams.
I grew up watching the Emperors play. I specifically remember their games as I watched my brother Eric Santana play with them for a couple seasons. I used to sit there thinking those guys were great. I must have watched that MDT championship game 100 times on News 12 (recorded on VHS, no youtube at the time). I even remember Wayne sliding into home in the rain to win a MDT championship (On News 12 as well, just as a highlight). As we started The Royals, the Emperors immediately became our rivals. They will try as hard as they can to get Eric out of the game all the time and it pissed us all off. We then seriously went off on each other every game. That was about it though. There is one thing that they have that we don’t and that’s championships. They’ve established a winning culture there and 2014 was no different.