But the conciliatory festivities were slyly stolen by a guest umpire: mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland).
Smith and his campaign team were holding a rally picnic at the south end of Overlook Park simultaneous to the Occupy softball game. Smith wandered to the diamond to throw a few practice balls. He then volunteered to umpire the first four innings.
But he says his appearance was "a fluke."
Smith told WW Sunday that his campaign learned a few days ago that it would be sharing a park with Occupy (both events were permitted by the city), but says the overlap was coincidental.
Smith conducted the opening coin flip to decide which team would get final at-bats. The city employees won the toss. "It's heads," Smith said. "Government wins. You can't fight City Hall."
But Smith also called an Occupier safe in the second inning on a close play at second base. "Atta boy, blue!" agreed a fan. "Screw Charlie Hales!"
The game, the second half of a doubleheader after Occupiers played labor union members, was a relaxed affair—though after their victory, Occupy engaged in its familiar chant, "Whose park? Our park!"
Then they played Queen's "We Are the Champions" on loudspeakers.