“It’s pretty much for me like an extension of summer camp. It’s like being a kid again, for adults,” says Sean Larkin, the league’s commissioner, who works full-time as head brewer at Trinity Brewhouse and also co-owns Providence’s Revival Brewing Company.
The PKL has joined forces with a number of local businesses before — the bar Dusk, Reyes Liquors, Narragansett Brewing Co. — but it seems to have found kindred partners in Beyond Wrestling. Beyond Wrestling spokesman Drew Cordero (“I do commentary as Denver Colorado. The man, not the place,” he says by way of introduction) speaks voluminously about Beyond Wrestling’s methodology.
“What we are is almost like a triple-a to the TV-style wrestling,” he says, describing how the group started as a way for ambitious wrestlers to trade notes and hone their skills in a constructive environment. They started by holding events that weren’t open to the public — almost like a fight flub, he says. Thanks to the closed nature of many of their events, they’ve fostered an atmosphere that emphasizes creativity and camaraderie. “The type of style that our guys wrestle. . . it’s a lot more hard hitting,” he says. “There’s a lot more improvisational moments, there’s not as much scripted.”
In a kickball league where knocking over another player’s beer earns an automatic out and a half decent booty dance can save your team from defeat, Beyond Wrestling’s approach seems to fit right in.
Those looking for an introduction to the PKL lifestyle would do well to seek out the Reverend Al Mighty, of the team Cobra Kai. He’s a burly, convivial man whose costume today includes a pair of petite black bicycle shorts, and nothing else. “It’s not a really good eighties movie until the stud takes his shirt off, anyway,” he says.
Though the Revered has ample advice to offer on kickball technique — “Keep it low. Everybody tries to kick the bomb. It’s a kickball, not a baseball . . . base hits win the game” — not all his guidance is sport-related.
“If you want to get laid in the city, [a] PKL T-shirt’s the best way to do it,” he says. “Grab a T-shirt — extra small. Like, midriff, if you can. Think Scott Baio, man. Think Scott Baio.”
Providence Kickball League meets on Saturdays from 12 to 6 pm through the summer at Dexter Park. For more information visit providencekickball.org.