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July 5, 2014
samg
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mike Macenko Ultra 2

Mike hope all is well for you. I live in marion ohio and would like to speak with you about a Wounded Warrior fund raiser some inmates at the facility i am the Chief of Security for. Please give me a call at 740-262-2548, thanks.

Sam Grisham
Oct. 14, 2013
samg
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking to hook upith a team for Ft Myers aa or aaa.

Ron if you are still looking we are going to play SSUSA November in Ft. Myers. We are running short as some players are now unable to go. For those of us that already paid for our flights this sucks unless we can get some players to help out. We really need an outfielder for this tournament. We are Universal out of Ohio, 50 AAA if you are interested in playing give our coach a call at 614-570-5048, his name is Rick. We have a good core of guys but, just like others, we come up short at times. Give Rick a call.
March 9, 2013
samg
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a couple of more outfielders

forgot to add we are a 50+ team.
March 9, 2013
samg
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a couple of more outfielders

AAA Team in Ohio looking to add depth to our outfield. We are a self sponsored team, we have a solid group of guys that get along and do not want drama. We have a great group of guys. We need a couple of more outfielders for tournament ball. We have enough part time players and in fielders at this time. We are looking for players that are committed and loyal to the team. If interested send me an email to samnkelli1@msn.com
We are out of the Columbus area.
March 9, 2013
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

I enjoyed both stories myself guys thanks for sharing. My story is kind of long but one I remember like yesterday. It still brings a tear to my eyes telling it.

I did not start playing ball competitively until I was 9 years old and had just moved to Arkansas. I was raised by a single mother with my youner sister and well my biological father was never around, guess he had his own agenda.

I was in 4th grade class and heard the try out announcement. I went to the office on lunch break and called my mother to see if I could try out. She said sure if you want to. I told her I did not have a glove and needed one. She did not know what I needed but I told her to get me one that is for a right handed thrower and bring it to McCoy park at 330pm. I did not make the Little League team, but was drafted by the Pirates in Minor League. Yeah the glove was stiff as a board and I don't think I caught one ball.

I started as a catcher that year and made the all stars. My mother never got to see me play as she worked two jobs to support us.
I was drafted the following year to the Little League Cubs. Since the coaches son was the catcher I knew I was not going to see much playing time. One day the coach told me I would start since his son was sick on the next game. My mother came to the game and I was all excited.
When we came off the field between the 2nd and 3rd inning I ran to get some water from a spicket we used to drink from, no water fountains or coolers back then. As I was going by some other teams, one of them swumg a bat and hit me right across my nose, I tried as hard as I could to cover it up so my mother would not see as I had to run back past her. But blood was everywhere. I ran into the dug out and sat down, in ran my mother. I told her I was ok and she needed to get out. The coach said, "son I don't think you will be able to go back in the game." Now that brought me to tears more than the hit. I told him I was ok and my mother was here and no way I was sitting out. I was fine.
I finished the game as the catcher with black eyes and a cracked nose! I got two hits and stole a base and threw two guys out trying to steal on us! I was moved to CF that year and my mother never got to see me play Little League or Babe Ruth.
She has been to some of my softball games as an adult and when she gets a chance to visit me in another state. I have even sent her videos of some of my games. Oh yeah, I still have that 5 and dime glove she bought me when I was 9. See she worked as a waitress and did not have the money and a gentleman that was in the resturant gave her a big enough tip to purchase it when she was crying because she did not know what to do. She married that guy later on and he was more of a father to me than my own. I know he is up there watching me and Mike play today, as Pops too played a big role in what I am today.

Mike did you ever know that Pops did this?
Jan. 8, 2013
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Cure for AAA after 3rd HR!

I think some AAA teams do not move up because in the region you play there are not that many Major teams around and they will play the same teams all the time. I think there is no easy "fix" to the HR rule for AAA level that all will be happy with. I play AAA and we do hit on an occassion our limit of three and there have been a couple of tournaments where we hit over the limit, it even cost us a tournament when we hit three consecutive for outs! But again, not complaining just stating my opinion. In the midwest you may see several Major teams listed or not but the fact remains to play more than one particular team all year long you stay at AAA. I am not a large person body wise but I do hit the ball hard. When we are out of HR I try to not hit the middle out of respect and change my pitch selection as well as where in the zone the ball is when I hit it. Do I think I can play Major, yep, will I, not unless my fellow team mates make a decision to move up. Does that make me a sandbagger, not at all. It makes me loyal to a group of guys that are loyal to me. :-) See you on the diamonds when the snow melts.
Oct. 17, 2012
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The way softball was played back when:

I have been playing this sport since I could at the age of 18 and in the military. I want to thank one person that motivated me the most to excell in it, my brother Mike aka softball4b. He taught me that sportsmanship is the best tool in a bat bag, he also taught me that as long as you play this sport you will have someone to jawjack you to get into your head. I never let that bother me until reading the above posts.
I have been on this board for two years now, again thanks to Mike. And in this time I have rarely said much when people like Gary19 do a lot of "JAWJACKING". However after seeing your above comments I am going to let you get into my head when it comes to family. Dude you are the most arrogant non playing person in Ohio! I live in Ohio and have yet to see you play on any field or team competitively. If you do look me up I play for Universal Softball, I am easy to spot, I am a little guy and will out hit, out run, out throw you and if you do play and pitch, I will hit it up the middle because I do have that much bat control! Sorry guys but everytime I get on here this person has nothing but negative to say to anyone about anything and is really a nobody! I know I should not have let it bother me but enough is enough. If I get blocked for my comments I can only ask ahead of time what do I have to do to get back on here. Now I feel a little better. Hey Mike! Miss ya brother!
Aug. 15, 2012
samg
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What 50 teams are playing in Northern Championship in Lansing?

Thanks Dave for the compliments. You can loosen the noose some though it effects my batting average, causes me to pull off the ball.
Hopefully we will be as successful as we were in Toledo a couple of weeks ago. On Sunday we played like a team and won as a team.
Like I told you when I joined the team, we will win as a team or lose as a team. If I move up it will be because the team was moved up not because I jumped ship.

Hey Mike, thanks for pointing me in the direction of Senior Softball, it has been an excellent ride. Hope to see you soon.


Sam Grisham
Universal Softball
June 27, 2012
samg
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Over 50

The guy who jumped the fence would not be Chip on the players looking for a team in Mi or Ohio would it? Says he bats 700 with good speed.

Just curious.
May 14, 2012
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Action pictures from Vegas

finally not rinally

May 14, 2012
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Action pictures from Vegas

Mike Big Brother I don't think they can edit that much. LOL Just kidding. I just hope that when I rinally reach you age I still have the ability, I know I will have the desire and heart, to still play this sport we have come to love and appreciate. Take care, and I hope to get to see you soon.
Jan. 14, 2012
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Gloves-Any Good Ones?

here is the link to Rodriguez gloves

http://www.rodriguezgloves.com/


Jan. 3, 2012
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Veterans

US Army 1979-1988: FT. Leonardwood Mo.-Kaiserslautern FRG-Ft. Campbell Ky-Korea-Westpoint Military Academy
Dec. 28, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT TEAM DOES EVERYONE PLAY FOR

Last year being my first year in Senior ball I played with Universal Softball out of Powell Ohio. This year I will be playing for the same team. Thanks Mike for talking me into playing again. Still hoping to play against or with you before we both hit 70's ball. :-)
Sept. 14, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is the best 50 AAA right now in SSUSA?

Marty I do think that you guys did an excellent job but don't think the term "cruised" would be appropriate in how you made it to the final game. I do recall Universal giving you some worries and if I recall it went to the final inning with you winning by only a couple or three runs? Just saying. You guys going to the worlds this year?
Sept. 4, 2011
samg
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken's defective bats

I too purchased a Miken UII at teh beginning of the year. As I live in Ohio and this year it seemed to stay cool until we got into mid June, I did not use the bat, but used my Combat or Mutant. When I did get the opportunity to use the bat I saw what all of the hoopla was about with the pop it has. I swung the bat only in ideal conditions, rotated it every swing and had about 175 hits on it. Then the next hit it cracked. You could definitely hear the distinct sound difference when it broke. This was the week before Nationals in Michigan so I was kinda heartbroken. I did see when I bought the bat it was a no warranty and I do understand what it means, but it is sad that you pay that kind of money for an item and it only lasts for about three months. I guess rental on one if someone asked to use it would be around $100 per month or about $20 per swing? I am fortunate that God allows me the ability to still play ball and have a job that allowed me to make the purchase without taking out a mortgage on my house, of course the wife would have left if that did occur.
:-) I still think that Miken should look at it and make it good when you have individuals that do everything in their ability to maintain the bat in good condition. I forgot to mention I do not throw or roll my bat on the ground when running to 1st base after hitting. There shoudl be no erason the bat only lasted for 175 hits, that is $2 per hit with it. I did buy another bat in Michigan from the rep and did have a discussion with him about it. I sent the bat back but as of this date all I know is they say it is a non warraned bat. So looks like I am one of the less fortunate guys that did not get it replaced? It is an expensive lesson and since I am a youngster at this level, it will take a couple of more expensive hits before I get the message, swing a different bat!
July 1, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is Senior Softball to you?

I am new to senior softball. I played with the younger guys and finally got tired of getting PO'D because a young guy did not play fundalmentally. They would get burned thinking they can run down any ball or hit into a double play instead of hitting a sacrifice to the outfield.
I just wanted to have an opportunity to play with guys my age that had to use fundalmentals such as using a cut off or splitting the runners,(they all play the better odds)
I have played this sport at various levels and thank God each day he allows me to be in shape to go and hang out with a group of people that are as thankful as me for their health and ability.
The friends you meet in senior softball are friends you will have forever, the competition is still there, but at the end of the day, everyone meets up in the sauna to soak sore muscles. :-)

April 2, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Screen vs Rocket Bats/Balls

As a pitcher at the "younger" age and moving into the senior level this year I understand the concerns about safety for pitchers. I too, have taken many a hit ball up the middle, most were done intentionally, as I know where I pitched the ball and whether the hitter pulls, hits middle, or opposite field. The middle became a bigger concern when the different sanctioning bodies of softball established homerun rules for the different classes. We can all remember "back in the day" when there were no homerun limits and if your memory is still good you don't recall this as a concern unless you had a team go after a pitcher intentionally. I hate the fact that even occurred, but when a player hit up the middle my team mates would always ask me where the pitch was. One would like to think that at this point in our lives, and if we are as good as we want everyone to believe we are, we have a lot more control over our bats. Noone wants to admit that most, I said most, hitters do have this control and just do not use it when the chips are down. They are so obsessed with a base hit or getting on base they hit a hard shot up the middle to get on or score a run. I am excited about this season at this point in my life that God grants me the skills and athleticism to continue to play a sport I dearly love and respect. I do not intentionally hit the middle but do try to go off to the left or right sides of a pitcher for a single. I also can hit for power or percentage. I think the screen at a recreational level is a viable option that will allow those with a little slower reflex time an opportunity to continue to play and maintain friendships they too have made over the years. Looking forward to meeting new friends at the senior level this year.
Sam Grisham
Universal Mechanical
Powell, Ohio

Jan. 29, 2011
samg
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Trying to Play 55+

2awesome there is a team in Southern Ohio I think Dayton Legends that posted they were looking for a couple of players. You may check and see if they still need players.
Jan. 1, 2011
samg
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in Ohio

Mike thanks for the post. Looking forward to this year with Universal Mechanical. Also had Berliner Legends and OKI Players give me a shout. Dave got me first and I am excited to be able to mix in with a good team. Maybe one day we will end up on the same team or opposing teams somewhere. :-) I listened well to my coach over the years. :-) If that time comes guess we will see how well. :-} Again thanks Brother and miss ya!
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