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Real name:
Tony Baltazar

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Southern California, CA

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Men's 55

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July 5, 2014
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone find relief for piriformis syndrome?

Bogle,

I too suffer from sciatica (right side) with pain localized to the deep glute area. Occasionally, the pain radiates down the leg near the back of my knee, but very rarely.

Aside from the stretching, I lay on my right side, support my upper body with my forearm, put a softball under the piriformis muscle area and roll that area on the ball. It seems to be a trigger point area and does offer some pain relief.

I also carry a tennis ball in my car...long drives tend to aggravate the pain in the glute area. When that happens, I just put the tennis ball right on the glute area (yes, I sit on the ball) and roll it right on the nerve. Temporary relief for sure.

Good luck

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 - Major
April 16, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA TOURNAMENTS...???

Scott,

Not that Fresno isn't on everyone's destination list, but teams show up to Reno and Vegas when it's 100 because...well, it's Reno and Vegas! I was in Fresno that year and it was in the 90's with just enough humidity to make it uncomfortable. We had an umpire go down during one of our games...not good. Since you're from the Fresno area, I'm sure you're used to it.

Fresno was SSUSA's attempt to pacify the Southern California teams that year and move it closer to So Cal, and probably won't happen again. This year the Cal Cup is going to be in Hemet where July temperatures will be at or around 100 degrees. We'll see how that goes.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's - Major
April 14, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

Bob4242,

The short answer to your question is that this version just recently hit the market. Though I've not swung it yet, I've heard excellent things from those who gave. The previous versions of "The One" were good line drive bats but fell short of the performance level of the Miken, Reebok, or Combat bats.

Also, some guys just have an affinity for Miken and will never change regardless of any new product hitting the market, IMO.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 - Major


March 31, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Field Assignments

Garocket,

Not worried about it, just curious. I'm a detail guy and just like to know things. As for your question about lodging we will be keeping our rooms regardless of where we're playing.

How about this...would you order a steak and not ask how it's cooked, book a rental car and not care whether you got a Economy or Full Size, book a room for you and a teammate to share and not care whether you get two queen beds or one king?

It doesn't cost a thing to ask. Just sayin


March 31, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Field Assignments

Garocket,

Some people care, others like yourself could care less about how many miles they have to drive to play. You drive 20 miles to play league ball, you're a better man than me. I live in LA so 20 miles in our traffic blows, understood it's a choice I make.

As for rooms, Eastside Cannery (where we've booked) is already sold out, just to throw it out there.

As for the driving distance from South Point to Shadow Rock, I Google Mapped the two addresses, so there you go.

Apparently, you can't ask SSUSA for anything without it being construed as crying...in your opinion. Gimme a friggin' break dude!

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 Major
March 31, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Field Assignments

Dave, Fran, George, Giovanni, or whoever penned this,

I understand that this is only the 3rd year of the Southwest Championships being held in Vegas after years in Laughlin. Historical data shows 112 and 144 teams participated for years 2012 and 2013. I haven't done the research, but I would guess SSUSA would be safe to assume 130 to 150 teams max, and you pretty much know which age divisions are larger draws. You could certainly put out "tentative" field locations. In my experiences over the years, tentative field locations haven't changed, at least for the age/division I play in.

Just sayin' and JMO

Tony Baltazar
March 31, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Field Assignments

SSUSA,

At the very least, this is a weak response to Sweet P's inquiry. He didn't ask for game schedules, but merely tentative field assignments as you've already done for Reno...which is two months away. Teams are simply trying to coordinate lodging accommodations based on possible playing locations. As an example, if you book at South Point and end up at Shadow Rock, a 20 mile drive each way awaits you. Not good.

C'mon man! I think you can do better by your customer base.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 Major



Feb. 13, 2014
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to move TOC

JC,

You're out of luck on this issue...at least for the next 7 to 8 years. I believe that SSUSA has a 10 year agreement and/or contract in place with the Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing organization, and just completed year 2 or 3. The TOC will be held in Florida fir the foreseeable future.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's - Major
Feb. 9, 2014
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Congratulations to the Desert Dawgs 55 team on winning the TOC for the 55AAA division. Way to go! As a member of the Desert Dawgs 50 team that won the TOC last year...nice going and enjoy.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's - Major


Feb. 2, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: non roster tournaments

Gman1,

The PS Invitational Tourney has no roster implications as far as SSUSA is concerned. Don't know if the are any 65 teams, but do know there are at least five 60 teams signed up. We are a full rostered 55 team, and the only 55 team that will be there. Good luck with your search.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 -Major

Jan. 15, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any 55 teams playing the Palm Springs Invitational Feb. 15-16?

To see the tournament flyer, go to:

1). www.palmspringsca.gov

2). Scroll down and click the "Government" tab under the picture.

3). On the left side, click on the "Departments" tab and then the "Parks and Recreation" tab.

4). Scroll down and click on the "PS Invitational Senior Softball February Tournament" link.
Jan. 15, 2014
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any 55 teams playing the Palm Springs Invitational Feb. 15-16?

Shout out to all California, Arizona, Nevada, and other 55 teams!

The So Cal 55 Major team will be playing in the Palm Springs Invitational Senior Softball tournament on February 15-16. Looking to see if any other 55 teams will be going. If less than 4 teams are entered, the tourney will either be cancelled or combined with other age groups, in this case 55's combined with 50's and/or 60's. Come on out to great weather and last years HR rules.

This tourney is the weekend after the SSUSA TOC so I wouldn't expect a couple of teams (Double Play, Desert Dawgs) to be there as they will be playing in the TOC.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 - Major
Dec. 18, 2013
gott2play
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Kamikaze

Tom,
It just occurred to me that Dan also lives in Westchester. I left him a voicemail and pointed him to your post.
Tony
Dec. 18, 2013
gott2play
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Kamikaze

Tom,

Sounds like you're looking for a contact for Kamikaze. That team is run by Dan Hall and he can be reached by cell at 310-713-9420 or email at dan.hall@att.net. I think he runs toe 50 team as well as his new Kamikaze 55 team.

I'll give Dan a call and point him to your post.

Good luck

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's - Major
Dec. 17, 2013
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Southernson,

Agree with you whole-heartedly that the two changes are in no way independent. There's no doubt that the mandatory pitching mask rule is a direct result of the new over limit HR DBO rule.

I don't like the rule for any division, particularly for the Major and Major Plus divisions. If you allow players to use the hottest bat/ball combination, what do you expect? Just saying that you shouldn't be penalized for hitting a ball out. Listen, I'm 6' 3" and weigh 225lbs and by no means a regular HR hitter. However, if I square up on a ball it's going out, bottom line. Our 55 Major team has quite a few guys that can hit the ball out. Some games we hit a couple, and some games we hit over the limit...we shouldn't be penalized for that.

What concerns me about the new rules is that strong hitters trying to keep the ball down will be hitting seeds at or through the infield and in the area of the pitchers. We all know certain players that when they come to bat, every infielder moves back, but I guess 70 foot bases is the safety valve there and will take care of this issue.

Bad decision for all, IMO.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's - Major

Oh yeah, for those of you blasting the Major Plus guys as egomaniacs. C'mon man! Don't we all have egos? Just not at the Major Plus level, LoL. Don't kid yourself fellas, egomaniacs are at every division...even at AA.

@ Steve Imlay - Happy Holidays to you. See you at next Studs and Duds
Nov. 19, 2013
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTER WORLDS 60's MAJORS

Steve,

My assessment of the "if" game, our team completely lost it's focus, and DP started hitting. After 3 innings, we're up 15-4. DP scored 16 runs in the next 3 innings to our 4. We hit into double plays in the 4th and 5th innings, scoring only 1 run.

In our open inning trailing 20-19, first hitter...one pitch fly out, second hitter...one pitch fly out, third hitter...second pitch fly ball dropped by OF, next hitter...grounder forcing runner. Game over. Have to get guys to focus better in championship games and....keep you in the Yard.

Great hitting Steve and always great to see you. Congratulations and we'll see you at the next tourney, or as team members on Studs and Duds.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's


Oct. 24, 2013
gott2play
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 50AAA & 55AAA Players needed for Palm Springs Tourney Oct 26th- 27th

Hey Mike,

I suggest you contact Mike Schaefer, he used to run the Desert Dawgs, lives in Palm Springs, and knows a lot of guys in the area that might be willing to com out on short notice. Give me a call at 310-896-1875 and I'll give you his info.

Tony Baltazar

Oct. 17, 2013
gott2play
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Let me get this straight, the park facility or SSUSA makes certain there is a 5 gallon jug with drinking water and cups for participants, and some players dip their towels, or in some cases their injured foot in the jug?...WTF! What are we, a bunch of Neanderthals? I guess women calling men pigs has been validated.




Oct. 15, 2013
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad state of affirs at Huntsman.

My reply to Mike, I'm referring to softball4b
Oct. 15, 2013
gott2play
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad state of affirs at Huntsman.

Mike,

Very well stated. As senior players, we get to use the hottest bat/ball combination so it boggles the mind that one would consider shaving a senior bat. Hell, shorten the life of your bat for more distance, a poor trade and even more worse decision, in my opinion.

Also, I think the original post alluded more to teams sandbagging at the Huntsman Games than altering bats. I've never played in the Huntsman (hope to next year) but have heard rumblings about sandbagging. I think everyone gets reclassified after the seeding games into two levels (Gold and Silver). Certainly no way to police possible sandbagging.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55's - Major
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