It may seem to be all about winning, but Gabe DeLuca says the city's annual softball game is all about camaraderie.
Every year, the Stamford Board of Representatives takes on the Mayor's team at John Boccuzzi Park. DeLuca came up with the idea in 1983 as a way of putting differences aside on the field.
"We always argue against each other, we fight. I said no, let's have a ball game for camaraderie and that's how we started and it's always a lot of fun," said Robert "Gabe" DeLuca, (R-14), Board of Representatives.
"We have our differences, we have tough issues but this is important in building a continuing dialogue and I think everybody's having a good time," said Stamford Mayor David Martin.
DeLuca's seen several Mayors play the game over the last 3 decades, like the late Mayor Louis Clapes and Mayor Michael Pavia. DeLuca is witty and lighthearted while sharing these stories.
Though the team members may change, one thing doesn't, and that's DeLuca's vision.
The Mayor's team was victorious this year with a score of 16-8 -- winning another year of bragging rights.