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Real name:
Charles Pope

Location:
Crystal River, FL

Division:
Men's 60

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Aug. 19, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Joe Brown

Prayers sent from the East Coast. God Bless.
Aug. 19, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: more balls than brains

Bruce you are right we used the Baden Lexum balls back then and also the next 2 years. We had to play on the 320 fences south of Ft Myers. They seem to fly out of the park.
You know my power I hit 9 off the fence and for me I though they hit very well. We have used them several times and for the most part they seemed to work well.
For me I think the Trump Stote ball 44/375 ball you can get.
As for the TD wanting the ball juiced down I am sure it can be done. With the Stote and I am sure with the Lexum you can get a ball or two from the same dozen and maybe one will be way lower in pop than all the others.
I do order the balls for our senior Beverly Hills league and have seen a whole lot of differance between balls from the same dozen.
In my opinion you can drop all the composites but just keep a good ball. Real HR hitters don't need a composite to hit HR. I know I need the U2 to go yard, but it does make many base hitters HR hitters.
Sorry I will miss USSSA in Panama City, it's always a great tournament. Hope to see you in Dalton.
Aug. 18, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: injured players in Manassas

Was late getting on the board this morning and had talked to Al Lepage and he told me about Mike and Jimmy.
As you know my familys prayers go out to both players.
I know Mike has a hard head as should be OK. And as a great teammate he was more worred about his team mate.
Good luck Mike and many prayers for Jimmy to heal right.
God does look after us all so Jimmy I know he working for you right now. Take care and prayers are coming.
Aug. 14, 2008
cpope
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dalton GA SPA AAA Tournament

Bob, we sure need to get together, if Bruce comes up we will all have dinner together. Maybe you could pick up some deer carcus along side of the road when you leave TX and we will toss it on the grill. :)

Bruce hope you could make it.

Starburst, I am playing with Senior Moments 60 AAA, hope to see you, come and hollar, not sure where I will be playing or what number but just yell Charlie, I got beer.
Just kidding.

Corky, I don't remember saying that I was lowering my standards to play AAA, AAA is where 70% of all softball players play, I don't include my self in the other 30%. But having played Major most of my senior career and a season of major plus ar the great age of 51, now 10 years later AAA would be a great place for me, I play FHC and our team is always rated Major. Thats where my "local" friends play. I am sorry if it sounded downgrading to you but it was not ment to sound that way. We should all be happy to play at any level at our age.

Fred, stop by Senor Moments and give me a hollar.
What team are you playing with?

4X4, Bob has got that thing to run on 2 cylinders after it reaches 35 mph (he reaches down and jerks off some plug wires, he can get up to 7 mpg that way. Make sure you look him up, he will have to sell some bats just for fuel to get back home. :)

Gary, it would have been nice to see you again, sorry about the mix up. Maybe we will catch up at one of the Winter Nationals.
Aug. 13, 2008
cpope
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 30 oz Launch 510 F/S

Fred can you send me some pictures? Thanks

cpope3 at tampabay.rr dot com
Aug. 13, 2008
cpope
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dalton GA SPA AAA Tournament

Anybody going Sept. 11-14? I know it's only AAA but closing in on 62 it's getting to be my speed for softball. I'm hoping to see some friends I haven't seen in a while.

Beside Dalton and area is a very pretty place. I got Anne to go this year so we will do as much sight seeing this year as softball.


See you there.

Charlie

CPOPE3
Aug. 13, 2008
cpope
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Accomodations in Phoenix

ED

Desert West has fairly good fields in the daytime, night time the lights really, really suck. The area also really sucks.
Players had there cars broken into 3 times in three days.
We stayed at:
Crown Plaza
2532 W Peoria Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85029
(602) 943-2341

Its 12 miles away but byfar an excellant place. Easy to get to Desert West. Crown Plaza is more of a resort than a hotel.

Sorry we will miss you all this year, we are not going to Phoenix again, 3 years was enough for us.

Tell Robin we said HI, good luck with the tournament. See you all soon.
Charlie & Anne
Aug. 2, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new Trump softballs

Dirty "I don't know Walk at all, or who he really is, but you can count on one hand the number of guys whose power belongs in the same sentence as Macenko, and unless Walk is Jim Galloway or Bruce Meade he most likely does not belong. Again, no offense Walk but Gump is known for hyperbole."

Dirty I also don't know you and I AM A NOBODY, but I have played against Meade, Hit with Mike Macenko in a HR Derby contest, don't know Jim but I have seen Walker hit and if he is not in their class he is as close as anybody you will ever know.

They are all GREAT hitters for senior ball, wish I had known them when playing in my younger playing days.

PS: Mike won the HR contest
July 30, 2008
cpope
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Older we get, the less respect we get

I think is about 50/50 most of the time, some young guys respect and know they will be our age soon enough and respect that we are still playing the game at a high level.

The 1st year I played 50 ball we had several pratice games with the young teams in the local leage (Beer was always the reason to win, loser paid) However after 5 games over a 3 week span, their respect grew, NEVER having to buy beer for the young guys I think we became their equal. In the end they really liked losing to us. Now fast foward 6 years, our 50 Major team playing against a young guy "B" league. At first the young guys said we could use the U2 and to bring it on. First game score 32 to 15, second game score 29 to 10, ofcourse never again we could use the U2. We went thru the league 14 and 1. I ofcourse made the ss error that cost us the one game. Even tho we used the U2 for only 2 games they always bitccch that was the reason we won the league. Now last year, USSSA league, regular bats, 7 60 yearls olds with 6 under 40 formed out team, we walked thru a "C" league with only 1 lose. I never seen young guys show so much respect and amazement to what a "Older Guy" can do on the softball field. I think it goes both ways except the umps hate to see us older guys play and do well. I think it's because we are playing and they can't. But the best part was when the young teams got on the umps BUTT about being unfair with the Senior guys. That moment wes "Priceless"
July 30, 2008
cpope
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Run thru rule for over 70s

12 years ago I started Senior ball, first time I see the "extra" first base I though what BS is this, then came the "extra" Home plate, now we are getting away from the REAL game, I alway had fun taking out the catcher if there was a play at home, the bigger the better, I am only 5' 10'', 175. Then the 1 and 1 count, time limits, run rules, no sliding, run thru rule, force at every base rule, 5 infielders, 5 outfielders, no infield ball between innings, running for the Fat Guy that is to lazy to stay in shape, I know rules change but at the time I disliked most. Now at 62, bad back from taking on the 250 lb catcher at home, sliding at second to break up a double play, playing a game 45 runs to 40 runs for 7 innings in 99 degree weather, knees acking when trying to stop at second when not sliding. I still dislike most of the rules, NO NO, I kidding, Most of the rules are put there so we can still play this game we love. Many players could not even play anymore with out these rules, It;s suppost to be fun and competitive. I can put up with any rule that keeps all of us safe. When complaining, think of those that would give anything to play be these rules.
Enjoy the rest of the time we play, it's way to short.
SORRY I GOT CARRIED AWAY, JUST RUNNING AT THE MOUTH.
July 30, 2008
cpope
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip-Flop Rule

I really don't like the rule for a couple reason (at least in out league)
A traveling league last year we traveled 35 miles for the longest distance we have to travel in our travel league.
We have 8 teams all from differant areas. It was set up real nice until the cost of gas took over.
Anyway we were up by 18 runs, no time or run limit. The other team wanted to flip flop the 7 and 8th inning, we play 8 innings because of the travel, some times it seems like a double header. I didn't want to do it because I just got in some subs the last 3 innings and all of them had not batted, so I declined. Must have pissed them off they came back in the last 2 innings and stole our thunder by beating us 31 to 30, 1 of our 2 loses that year.
July 28, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: knee replacement

Man you can tell I getting old. this thread I busted in on.
I play every Wednesday with a guy that had both knees and a hip, Carl does a great job and still run well. While it's not a high class league of semiors he feels he is still playing and that's what counts.
I do understand that playing in major caliber of ball, dropping lower is not that appealing but playing IS playing.
I though I would stop 2 years ago after rupturing the achillies but less than 6 months later, back to normal, losing about 10% speed I still feel I can compete. I do plan on playing less games to save this 62 year old body but as long as I get in around 200 plus a year I feel happy.
Good luck to all who have to go any major surgury like this.
But as Walk said, try and keep the rest of the body in shape, take time and do the therapy 100% as required and stay with it. Good luck.
July 28, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: knee replacement

Walk, hi old guy. Just heard about the knee, havn't heard from you in a year or so. Other than the knee hope all is going well.

I see Bruce Fairchild once in a while but our team don't get out west to much so I miss some of the old guys.

We almost came to KC but travel cost were to high for the sponcer.
Bruce and Bruce, keep in touch.

PS: what happen to the HBOE?
May 17, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bashbro1ís tv series he remembers watching...

Check out this site, yes we forgot about a lot of shows.

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/western.htm
May 17, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bashbro1ís tv series he remembers watching...

I remember watching on Saturday morning "The Tales of Texas Rangers" after the show was over, I strapped on my guns and walked out the back door with my shoulders hunched up and walked out to the outhouse, just like they did when the TV show opened everytime as they walked down the dirt street. I was quick with a gun back then, nobody faster. :) Thats the only reason I still alive today.
May 17, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bashbro1ís tv series he remembers watching...

What was the show that had the 20 mule team pulling a wagon? Remember the show but not the name.
May 17, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bashbro1ís tv series he remembers watching...

basbro, great list.

But did you forget, "Tales of Texas Rangers"

That list my man brought back sone great memories
May 10, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HEADFIRST SLIDING

I even felt thru the years you might get the close call when you slide head first.

The real reason I (Use to) slide head first I got a lot more padding on my belly than my legs. You should see my legs now, Battle scars forever. :)
May 6, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Qualifying Is A Joke!

I know and have played with Secert Moments and while I don't think dropping out of a tournament for the reasons stated above, it was not the competition it was trying to make a statement. But being "All about the money" these things don't change and it we want to play this game in their tournaments we need to play by their rules, even if it is not always right.

For our 60 Major division, it was just like Florida Half Century, we had the same three teams we play each month, every month, every year.. SSUSA needs to do something differant to get MORE teams,

ie: One great suggestion is let the pior TOC winner pay the entrance fee and fight for their win. Out of 5 teams in our bracket, 4 were the same, yes, same FHC teams we see each and every month.

But I still love to play.
May 6, 2008
cpope
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HEADFIRST SLIDING

Being 61 and playing for a loooong time, From 15 to 25, I slid feet first, keep shinning my skinny knees. Went to head first until 57, my team mates always got a boost when I ended up at second or third on my belly. My uniforms never stayed clean. I think it can pick up a team. But from 57 to 61 I have abusived my body long enough. Altho I still will dive after a ball or two. I try to remain on my feet while running the bases. But, Hey chit does happen and much to the wifes dismay, sometimes I end up on the ground. And now a days the fields are darn HARD.

Hi Bruce, long time no see.
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