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Aug. 15, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
injured players in Manassas
Our left and center fielders colided during the second inning of our game against Spicers in Manassas. Our left fielder, Jimmy Butrico sustained facial injuries. I'm told that every small bone in his face is broken, along with crushed sinuses, also a couple of lacerations. Our center fielder had a laceration above hit eye requiring stitches.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Aug. 16, 2008
hitman
Men's 65
306 posts
Always a risk in playing the game we love to play.
I've had the sinus problem along with broken nose and it came back and gave me serious problems almost 10 years later.
Make sure he sees a very good ENT specialist.
We will pray for both of them as accidents do happen.
God Bless and take care,
The Hitman #13 EXPRESS
Aug. 16, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
What a horrible collision!
The best to both guys.
Aug. 16, 2008
Conman
Men's 50
72 posts
Bruce,

Please keep us updated on Jimmy. He's a great guy.
Was the centerfielder Mike Walker? I hope both are doing ok.
Dave Alarcon
Aug. 17, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
You're correct, Conman. I didn't want to mention Mike W's name since he hadn't told his wife who was at home in Fl.
It was decided that Jimmy shouldn't fly so he is leaving Sunday morning for Jacksonville with two teammates that drove. He has several prescriptions, some for pain and another for infection.
Jimmy told me Saturday afternoon that he was just going home to recover before he sees a surgeon. The nurse said that as soon has he reaches Jacksonville he should go to an emergency room and check himself in for "uncontroleable pain".
He will need reconstruction surgery for his cheek bones, eye sockets and nose. The said the bridge of his nose will be the toughest to correct.
Jimmy told us he is through with sr softball. I know it will be many months before he can play again We all wish him the best. He is a GREAT guy!
Aug. 17, 2008
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
Bruce,
I was on another field at the time of the accident and did not see it happen but friends on the Spicer's team said that it was just a horrible collision. Our thought and prayers go out to the players involved and to their family and friends.This is the sad part about the game that we all love to play and it is times like this that these men and their families need our support, so let the softball community know what or if there is anything that we can do to help.
Aug. 17, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Mike,
I just learned that you were one of the colliders.
My best to you and for you and your teammate's speedy and full recovery.
Having learned it was you and how great a fielder you are
and how I've seen you close on balls with all your effort and speed
it makes sense that the collision would be damaging.
Aug. 17, 2008
tcadmw1
Men's 55
62 posts
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Jimmy. He really needs them right now. Please don't concern yourselves about me for I will be fine. There is nothing in my head that can be hurt... I appreciate all the kind words but please think about Jimmy. It is very difficult for us knowing that one of our own is going through this.

Just in case you don't know, Jimmy started playing with the Hollis Travel Team two years ago as an extra player/runner. He is fast for an old guy and picked up the slack for those of us who aren't so quick. Jimmy is the nicest player/guy you can meet. He never, and I mean NEVER has a bad word for anyone. His smile is so friendly and likeable. Anyway, Jimmy played great everytime we called upon him to play. He never complained and worked his way into a starting role with our team. He is one of those guys who can play infield or outfield. He has a great arm and always hustles. Just the kind of guy everyone wants on their team.

I am proud to have him as a member of my team and if I could I would gladly change places with him today! Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks again for thinking about Jimmy!

Mike
Aug. 17, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1012 posts
It is a small fraternitywe have my prayers to your teammate.
Aug. 17, 2008
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
ike
Glad to see that you got home and login If you or Audie will call and keep us updated it would be great All of our prayers will be with Jimmy in the days forward. Just looking at him in the back of the Ambulance and seeing you being carry off in another one brought alot of tears out of a bunch of friends,
Your friend
Don Ward
Aug. 17, 2008
hitman
Men's 65
306 posts
SERIOUS, SERIUOS, SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then we have players wanting to remove the double 1st base and eliminate the run to home plate.
At our ages we should be looking for more ways to aviod injuries NOT LESS.
We will continue to pray for God's healing and help.
You can't get it if you don't ask!!!!!!!!!!
Please keep the board informed on Jimmy's condition while we continue to pray.
God Bless,
The Hitman
Aug. 17, 2008
BMoney
37 posts
Absolutely one of the worst collisions/injuries that I have ever witnessed. Mike;I'm glad that you are recovered/recovering.Praying for Jimmy. When they hit,it sounded like a helmet to helmet football hit-scary.Those were 2 powerful and fast guys!

Bruce&Mike,great seeing you and playing against you againand the whole Hollis crowd.

Good luck in the next couple of weeks.

Dave Yinger(Money)-Spicers 55
Aug. 17, 2008
audieh
Men's 60
242 posts
Fellows here is the update on Jimmy. He has arrived back in Jacksonville and released from Baptist Hospital until surgery which will probably be on Thursday. He is home right now and very thankful for his buddies looking after him.

His nose was crushed, all of his front orbital bones beneath his eyes were scattered and will have to be rebuilt with titanium. His eye socket bones are fractured and his sinus ducts have been crushed. His face is in pretty rough shape aa they had to stitch him in a couple of places. However, his spirits are high and he is looking forward to getting back on the field in a few months.

Mike and Jimmy are similar players being very muscular and fast. They hit full speed head on and no one was at fault. It was an accident that happened to two very experienced and great fellows. Jimmy was more concerned with Mike who took 9 stitches in the head and suffered a concussion. Mike, mean while was fighting the EMTs to check on Jimmy. The doctors expect Jimmy to fully recover over time. However, he thanks you for your concern and covets your prayers. We'll keep you posted as we know more.
Aug. 18, 2008
cpope
Men's 60
160 posts
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. 18, 2008
Hittman
Men's 55
13 posts
On behalf of the NJ Hitmen, we hope Mike and Jimmy are OK and recovering well. Jimmy lived on the same block as our Manager growing up, so we know the best place for a Jersey guy to get hit is in the head!! You are two great guys and we hope to see you soon, our prayers are with you.

Jeff Hitt
NJ Hitmen
Aug. 20, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
I receive an email from Jimmy today. He wanted me to post the following for him.

I would first like to say "Thank You" to everyone that has responded to me by phone and/or e-mail regarding my recent softball injury up in Manassas,VA. Your concern has meant more than you could imagine to me. I really hadn't realized how word could spread to quickly, but I have people calling me from all over the country asking how I'm doing. It's just simply amazing. Please pass this information on to anyone that you think would be interested as I have no way to reach out to all of those that have already reached out to me. You guys are the best! My team mates are terrific. They hung in there with me at the hospital and made sure that I was being cared for. You should send a thank you card toTom Dempsey as he had to sit all crunched up in the back seat for the 10 -12 hour ride back to Jacksonville while Dennis Willis drove the whole way,only stopping for gas and an occasional Pee stop for me....: ) Well here's the scoop on what's happening: I went to see the Doctor this morning and he was amazed at the damage that had occurred. He said Oh My God about a half a dozen times. He is sending me to get a 3D Cat Scan done this Friday at 10 A.M. That will provide him with what he will need to perform the reconstructive surgery. He has to rebuild both eye sockets, fix my broken nose, repair my smashed septum, shift my jaw bone over and repair my broken (roof of my mouth). needless to say, he will be earning his money on this one. I may have to have new teeth implanted but he won't know until he gets a better look during the surgery. On Tuesday 26th at 1:00 P.M. I have to go over to the Hospital to Out Patient Surgery and get some pre op work done to prepare for the surgery (blood work and that type of stuff). Then on Thursday the 28th at 1:00 P.M. he will perform the actual surgery on me. So that's about it from here. I shaved for the first time this morning and uncovered new colors of blue and purple that I didn't even know existed. The swelling has gone way down and I'm starting to look more like the old me again. Not as cute as I was, but at least I recognize the guy in the mirror now.....: ) Thanks again to all of you that sent your thoughts, kind words, and prayers to me. I have added you all in mine as well. The Doc says I can get back in the gym in about 6 weeks so I'm looking forward to that. Then we'll see what's next. May God Bless and keep you all safe! Respectfully,
Jimmy
Aug. 20, 2008
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
May God Bless you Jimmy as you go through the surgery, sounds like your in good spirits. The whole softball community is out here pulling for you, and hoping that you have a safe and speedy recovery.

Greg C. (aka Diehard)
High St.55's
Aug. 20, 2008
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
Bruce: Thank you for sharing your man's message with us. While I was appalled at the injuries he described, his tone was incredibly uplifting. No complaints, no self-pity, no "why me" attitude. His statement about getting back to the gym demonstrates the best that human beings have to offer. Sure we can be petty and argumentive at times, as evidenced by some of the other threads on this site, but we do have the ability to rise above it. I have never met you, Jimmy, but thank you for reaffirming my faith in humanity.
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