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Discussion: Please send you thoughts and prayers... for the RUDY FLORES FAMILY...

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March 22, 2013
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
117 posts
Please send you thoughts and prayers... for the RUDY FLORES FAMILY...
One of my former teammate from NCI, text me that RUDY FLORES suffered a Massive heart attack @ Mesquite, he was airlifted to a St. George hospital and sadly he PASSED AWAY.. With NCI last season he mostly played LF and RC/RF during the last SSUSA Worlds in Vegas... my heart is sadden by the news..:(

I just spoke with him this past TUES., to wish him and SOCAL 55's a good tourney in Mesquite... as a Christan, Rudy made me laugh.. he loved his life, wife, kids and Grandkids... and a passion for playing softball.. we would do OG funk dance moves to loosen up and just laugh all day during tourneys. He was 58 y/o... LOVE you kid.. Rest in peace...

Jose
March 22, 2013
16wood
4 posts
Wow! Almost hard to believe. I used to play against Rudy 30+ years ago. Hated him... But only because he was one competitive lil' dude. He was a heckuva player for May Tool and then Class Act. Our teams fought on & off the field... Literally.
As a senior I'd see him and found him to be a very nice persom. I'll keep his family in my prayers for certain.I know that he'll be missed by many.
Bob Woodroof
March 23, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
756 posts
I hit with Rudy last Sunday. Rudy was a great teammate and will be missed. Great guy to have in the dugout and dependable as they come.

He always called me "situation" because I always had situation bats in my bag, base hit, HR...Bombs...man I am going to miss him.

Two world championships with him in the 40s - Sun Devils. Runner up in Vegas last year with NCI.

Mike Adair
March 23, 2013
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
117 posts
well said Mike... He did make the dugout loose and funny..:)
March 23, 2013
Wayne 37
203 posts
Don't know the man personally, but if he was doing what he loved on the ball field at the time, I suppose he might have left his family with few regrets.

I lost my dad recently, and I'm glad he was ready, and is no longer suffering. Adds consolation to a bad situation.

I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU, POPS.
March 24, 2013
16wood
4 posts
I wish to clarify my previous post.
I did not intend to leave the impression that I ever had any issues with Rudy personally. What I meant to convey was that, in the late 70s & early 80s,the games were fiercely contested. Rudy's team and our team's battles epitomized this and then some. It was just the way it was in that era.
Rudy was a multi tool player with Bombats and/or with DeMarinis. He did not need a 1.2 bat to play @ the highest level.
If I offended any of Rudy's family or friends I apologize. I have a great deal of respect for Rudy today as I did in our younger days.
Bob Woodroof
March 24, 2013
Rainmans
21 posts
I was shocked when I received the sad news of Rudy's passing on Friday from the Wongs who are playing at the same tournament in Mesquite. They said he had been complaining about heartburn similar to James Washington when he passed on the softball field back in 2009 (I was present and it was very disturbing and sobering).

Rudy was a great teammate, a competitive player, a wonderful sense of humor and a very positive attitude. Even when someone was down or upset, he would be able to put a smile back on their face.

You'll be sorely missed my friend!

Steve
March 24, 2013
Easy E
Men's 55
44 posts
This is from the DoublePlay Softball Team Family. Rudy was an original member of the DoublePlay Team. Those of us that played with him will truly miss his great smile and his softball passion. You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. You can remember him and only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. To the family, you will be in our thoughts and prayers and if you need us just call. DoublePlay/Monarch Softball family.
March 24, 2013
buttercup
3 posts
Rudi RIP you were a good person and a great family man under that layer of very tough competitor as a former sun devil I will always remember that drive to push yourself and your teamates in a way that very few could only do in bursts but yours was constant and when someone did something great you were the first to compliment and did it so sincerely that it really meant something you will be missed and not forgotten
March 24, 2013
surf88
Men's 60
876 posts
When I read about this early this morning, I thought about it on my way to, during and after church. God gives us life and we partake of it as we choose. Life here on earth is finite and we will all perish from it at HIS chosen time. The things we believe to be important are not always of importance to our Lord and Savior. Let us as competitive seniors look to the important aspect of salvation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flores family and may Rudi be resting in the Kingdom.
March 24, 2013
Tate22
Men's 55
263 posts
Hearing about Rudy is a reminder that each day is a gift as is our ability to play senior ball. I was a teammate of Rudy's for many years on the Sun Devils, we won an ASA ring together in the 40's. He was a great teammate, on and off the field. A great family man and true friend to many. God Bless you and your family.
March 25, 2013
Fabe
Men's 50
220 posts
He is in the presence of his Lord n Savior! I didn't know Rudy, but prayers go out to his family n love ones. May God pour His comfort n peace upon all his love ones. Aloha, Fabe
March 25, 2013
TGIII
Men's 60
93 posts
To the Flores Family. On behalf of the Top Gun Senior Softball Family, I extend our thoughts and prayers to you in this time of saddness and reflection on the life of your son, husband, and father. We will all miss Rudy for his competitiveness and sportsmanship displayed on and off the field. He was an ambassador of the game and will be remembered forever. Side Note: My utmost respect and admiration to the players of SoCal 55's for keeping Rudy's dream alive and competing at the highest level in the Spring World Tournament.

Kevin Evans, President
Top Gun Senior Softball Association
March 25, 2013
TOMAR77
Men's 55
200 posts
God Bless, the Flores Family. We are shocked and saddened at the loss of our fellow Senior Softball Player. We were at the Spring Worlds, the sad news swept through the Tournament, I am certain it gave all of us pause in consideration of our vulnerabilities. It truly does affect our Community when we lose one of our own. May Rudy's Family find some comfort in that we share in their loss and find solace in God's Hands.
Git-R-Done Softball
March 25, 2013
Sweet P
Men's 60
169 posts
My condolences go out to the Flores family.

Phillip
West Coast Allstars
March 25, 2013
Mango
Men's 50
90 posts
I too enjoyed Rudy as a teammate on the Sun Devils Team when we won the 40 Worlds a couple of times in early 2000ís. This was after playing against him for years in the A division in the 70ís and 80ís. I know what the Wood was talking about- it was much better having him on your team than playing against him. God Bless Rudy - a fierce competitor!

Mango
March 26, 2013
packerman
Men's 40
2 posts
As an Umpire for the Mesquite tourney this weekend I congratulate So-Cal 55's for playing with great pride,respect ,class,and with some very heavy hearts. it was an honor to be able to umpire the Championship game with you. I am very certain that you did Rudy proud. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and to your team and friends. RIP Rudy.
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