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Discussion: The love of our game

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Dec. 30, 2008
santo
Men's 55
41 posts
The love of our game
Well, it's almost the New Year fella's. That usually means resolutions. After taking about 2 months off since fall ball ended, I am almost ready to pick up where I left off. Back to the gym, new diet, swinging the bat... Due to unusually warm weather this week, all the snow melted so I decided to take my 2 dogs out for some exercise this morning. I found some softballs and brought them out to my field. I hadn't been there in over 2 months and I immediately realized how much I missed it. It was quiet and very peaceful. It reminded me of why I play the game. Not only the comraderie, the competion, the strive for excellence, but the peace I get inside from playing the game that I love! I also missed the sounds of the game, the guys, the bat hitting the ball....

To every softball nut out there, Happy New Year! I hope that all of you play better than you did last year (unless your playing against my team!) with no injuries and a real respect for the game we love...
Dec. 30, 2008
AlleninGa
Men's 60
113 posts
Same to you Santo, softball is truly a great game.

There's always that feeling I get when I'm at a ball park, "This is where I belong". it's pretty obvious that a lot of others feel the same way.

Happy New Year everyone.
Dec. 30, 2008
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
well for me i took up arena softball. great way to stay in shape fast pace and lots of fun check it out!

http://arenasoftball.com/newsite/Home.aspx
Dec. 30, 2008
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
394 posts
Great post!
Dec. 30, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1269 posts
Wow, Arena Softball looks cool. Would love to try it.
Dec. 30, 2008
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
THERE'S one in Roseville, ca and one in Eagan, MN it would be great to open one in AZ. area! it would make a killing!

dbax if you make it up to this area I'll shot you over there!
Dec. 30, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1269 posts
Thank you sir.
Dec. 30, 2008
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
your welcome! c u around on the field!
Jan. 3, 2009
JamesLG
303 posts
Santo:
I think your post pretty much sums up how most of us softball junkies feel about this game. For the last few years I have been telling my wife at the end of the season that I may be done but by December I can't wait to start hitting and testing the new bat or bats I just bought. When you are at a senior softball tournament it just seems like everybody has bounce in there step and it just makes you feel younger. We all play this game to have fun and compete the way we did when we were younger. I am afraid all the restrictions we are seeing with the new rules will change the game to the point where some of the fun is lost. Senior Softball does a very good job in many ways just don't over manage the game trying to even the playing field. Use the different divisions to even the field and let the players hit it as hard as they want as often as they can without dead ball outs.
Thanks:
James
Jan. 4, 2009
cpope
Men's 60
160 posts
Great thread, I try and stay away from all the drama. But this hits home. Having played nothing but baseball from 6 years old to 17 years old I always though softball was for girls.
I enlisted in the Coast Guard out of high school, guess what, the ship I was on had a softball team and I was ask to play (just because they needed players for the game that night) I told them I had a great glove but could never hit a curve ball but I would be there. Long story short, Hit 3 out (175 ft fences) could not catch a cold. Boy what a differant game, but I liked it. So I have played softball from 1964 to date, mostly 100 to 150 games a year, after turning 40 I closed in on 200 games a year and after 50, (FHC and many national tournaments) I have pushed over 300 games several years. I have given up golf, fishing and many other things just to play softball. (lucky to have a great wife that loved to go and watch) At age 62 I have quit leagues with the young guys, stopped playing monthly 50 year old leagues and now only play monthly 60 Florida Half Century Softball, 60 Major, some AAA Nationals Tournaments. With back problems most of my life I am really feeling the pressure to stop playing altogether. Being from Fla we do really play year round with a 2 week lay off during the Christmas Holidays. Like an above post, 2 weeks I start to go crazy. What the heck will I do when I have to stop completly. This game is part of my being. Having made sooo many friends through out the yeara, I just don't know what will happen. IS THERE LIFE AFTER SOFTBALL? This year I will be down to 100 games of less, the DR says I need a back operation and all that BS. Just don't seem possible I could have a life after qutting softball. I have seem several bad changes in the game the last 45 years, maybe it is the right time. I sure there are many, many players out there that are in the same position as I. Sorry to be so long but as players close to the same age I am sure you all understand.
To all have a great 2009, Maybe I will see some of you at the TOC, Dalton GA, Fla's Winter Nationals Tournaments and a few others.
Stay healthy and have a great year.
Charles Pope
Jan. 4, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2650 posts
Great posts guys!
Charlie, I too would rather keep away from the drama.
Good luck with your back.
Jan. 4, 2009
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
I hope everyone in the softball community had a great and safe holiday season. I can't wait for the new season to start and see all the guys. Have not played since Phoenix and now going through withdrawals. Here is hoping everyone has a fun, safe and successful year. Good luck to all teams in TOC and enjoy.
Jan. 4, 2009
lazer larry
Men's 50
96 posts
Butch17, hows it going. Looking forward to seeing you guys again this year, its always a good game against a good group of guys. Just keep lefty away from my collar bone and i'll be ok. We're starting indoor this week and not a moment to soon because we're all starting to go stir crazy. Your always welcome to stop by for a cold Coors Light when you see us in one of our how to save America conventions in the parking lot. Lazer Larry 11 1b Coors Light
Jan. 4, 2009
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
LazerLarry, i second that. We always have a good game with you guys but you need to let us win sometimes. Its guys like you and your teammates that make this a great sport. We will see you in Indy. They have plenty of room in their parking lot so we can have a big save America meeting.
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