The most electric action on the diamond is not in the Bronx or Flushing but at Heckscher Ballfields (Central Park West and 63rd Street). Here, the insanely competitive industry and bar softball leagues slug it out for evenings of glory and yearlong bragging rights. The most entertaining games involve the Broadway Show League, which pits the cast and crew from productions such as Hamilton, Kinky Boots and Aladdin against each other. (Of course, they play day games, as the show must go on at night.) But the most ruthless group is the New York Media Softball League, wherein teams from, for example, The Wall Street Journal and BuzzFeed forget about clicks for a minute and concentrate on hustling around the bases. Guess who won last year? High Times’ Bonghitters. The stoners are legendary and taunt opponents through their @HTBonghitters tweets: “@BrianLehrer whiffs with the bases loaded to end it; a 6–5 #Bonghitters victory over @WNYC.” If your line of work doesn’t have a league, we highly suggest taking in a game. There isn’t a finer backdrop than the New York skyline—as seen from the lawn—to watch Laura Dreyfuss (currently Zoe Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen) swing toward the Dakota.
Think New York isn’t a sports town? Our roundup of the awesome sports experiences every New Yorker needs to get hip to is here to change your oh-so-wrong mind. From rowdy tailgates and pop-culture get-downs to definitely New York sports like handball and gotta-see streetball battles, we’ve got fun activities for fans and non-fans alike. And if you’re jonesing for more ways to become a super fan—or just fill up on fan-beloved food—check out our lists of the best sports bars, stadium-worthy hot dogs and ways to get the heart rate up and other cool things to do outside.