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Discussion: Black World in Cincinnati

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Sept. 9, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Black World in Cincinnati
I had a blast in Cincinnati last weekend
at the Black Worlds.
The atmosphere was friendly, warm, colorful and lively
and made me wish more senior events were, too.
Very competitive and we got beat like red headed step children
with good bats and balls.
Funky ruling going 3-11 on the mound with U-trip faking,
1-1 count and the mat.
55 minutes than open inning with 5 run innings
Unlimited home runs.
GREAT umpires.
Good U-trip guys like Reedus from Detroit
could hit the front of the mat with a ball that never went higher than 3 feet.
Unhittable.
Great time had by all regardless of going 1 and 3.
Thanks to George Robinson and Steve Imlay, teammates
who were killing the ball and carrying our offense.
It was great seeing Ricky Paige, Joe Louis, Rock, Glen
and L'il G.
Sept. 9, 2008
wagon487
Men's 50
538 posts
i'm confused. Why do they have the black worlds?
Could white people get away with the white worlds?
Me, i'm white\black\asian\hispanic and irish.
Sept. 9, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
wagon, I assume those are rhetorical questions. :)
Sept. 9, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Any group of human beings can and do define themselves an entity to themelves
for reasons of positive self definition.
PTA, Boy Scouts, Moronic Posters Anonymous or MPA
are all subgroups within a society who have decided they share
important common elements or concerns and wish to recognize even
celebrate their identities.
Not to reprise the 60's but the Civil Rights Movement
had and still has a lot to say about the importance and meaning of one's pride
and identity and expressing that pride and identity in positive ways.
The Civil Rights Movement of the 60's only began in the 60's and needs to be supported and kept going and growing till the end of time.
Sept. 9, 2008
Gekle BUilders
Men's 50
204 posts
Einstein,sounds like you ran into to Reedus in cinci last week end ,hope you got a chance to talk to him.Good guy ,good pitcher.Sounds like you had a good time.See,the Midwest isn't so bad to play in.How was the turn out.See ya in Phx.
Ray
Sept. 9, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey Ray,
There was 11 teams I think in the competitive and it was very competitive
by our being beaten so readily.
I saw Reedus after the our games.
He is a great guy AND a monster player-you were right.
They were the favorites to win as I saw it but I don't know
if they did or not.
Again, Ray, the atmosphere was full of positivity, color and life.
I wish everyone could have been there to see it.
See you in Phoenix.
Sept. 9, 2008
Gekle BUilders
Men's 50
204 posts
Einstein,Reedus and his crew did win at Cinci.rolled thru undefeated.
Sept. 9, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
I don't know if he reads from this site but tell him
I said "way to go" when you get a chance.
He was throwing pitches that only had to go 3 feet high
from the point of delivery and were hitting the very front of the mat.
And when he realized that he could blur that 3 foot line
with the umps he was throwing silly, ugly stuff at the batters.
He struck me out (foul ball) to end our game.
Sept. 9, 2008
Gekle BUilders
Men's 50
204 posts
Will do,Don't believe he reads these post.I will be talking to him today.
Sept. 9, 2008
wagon487
Men's 50
538 posts
Einstein, you could not have a white boy scouts or a white pta, that's the difference.
Sept. 9, 2008
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
hey joe,glad u had fun.

am i now supposed to bash black america for having thier own tourney.

come guys this wasn't a thread to come in and bash black america,it was about a guy going to a tourney and haveing fun.
well later joe,keep having fun.

others if you want to bash, at least man up and put your name to it don't be cowards.
Sept. 9, 2008
wagon487
Men's 50
538 posts
mad dog, why would you think you have to bash someone? if I jumped off a bridge, would you? softball is all about fun. I enjoy the game. My comments were more about life than softball. More about a double standard. My softball team is a mix of white and black players. Number wise, it's split right down the middle.
Sept. 9, 2008
Cognac Lite
Men's 50
32 posts
"The atmosphere was friendly, warm, colorful and lively and made me wish more senior events were, too." Those were the words of Joe/Einstein. It was great seeing you. I wish I had a hairdo like the one you have lol.

Hopefully, I can shed a little light on the Black Worlds and their purpose. It is my opinion that Wagon487 seems to think that it's about exclusion. If that was the case, Einstein, Gary Deaton, Baer Chandler, Patty Mac, just name a few would not have been there. The tournaments are about inclusion. Actually, they are like fraternity and sorority parties with invited guest. The music is constantly going; the food is incredible, and the socialization is fantastic. Like I said, it's like an awesome party with great softball.

I can recall being invited to play in an Hispanic National Tournament in Colorado some years ago. I HAD A BLAST!

I really do believe that the tournaments were designed to get more African-American involved in the sport. Again, it's all about inclusion.

Don't forget that October is Hispanic Heritage Month.
Sept. 9, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey Ho,
Great seeing you.
How'd a gravity challenged guy like you
adjust to those grass cutter pitches guys like Reedus was throwing?
What bat were you swinging?
Are you going to Phoenix?
Those umps were the best, toughest umps I have ever played with.
We noticed no one got anywhere near being in any of their faces.
They communicated so clearly that they wouldn't tolerate an ounce of crap.
All the games I saw and experienced went by quickly and smoothly.
Stoneman's coming down to SF to hang with me this weekend.
He wants to be able to say he got crabs at Fisherman's wharf.
Sept. 9, 2008
Joncon
289 posts
No one really bashed anyone or anything. It was just a question that has been asked many times.

The answer is....who cares? Play ball.


BTW, the Gay Worlds are often held here in Phoenix. They have the same basic restrictions as the Black and Hispanic events where you are allowed a couple of token players.

I read a couple of years ago how the winning team was being challanged for having too many heterosexual players on their team.

I don't evem want to know how they made them prove it.
Sept. 10, 2008
Cognac Lite
Men's 50
32 posts
Joe,

Yes, Reedus is a very crafty pitcher. I can imagine what it's like to face Randy Johnson. Reedus pitches from the front of the rubber, and I stand in front of the plate. Heck, we could have reached out and touched hands. Something I hate because of our body lengths. However, I did survive his antics.

Joe, I used a 26 oz launch. I have not used the newest model as yet. It seems to work for me.

Joncon, I hope my reply didn't come off as if I felt that someone was bashing the worlds. I didn't take it that way at all. I was trying to shed a little light on a question that have been asked many times. It's like having a great block party with some great softball.

Back to my man Einstein, I don't know whether I will be in Phoenix; it would be nice though.
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