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Discussion: A story about weather

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June 16, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
A story about weather
A number of years ago there was a softball player who lived in New Jersey. Every year starting around spring time this young man would anxiously await softball season, especially after a long cold winter wanting to get outside and out of the gym. Something magical would happen the cold skies would give way to warm wet clouds that magically would open up around the same time every day early to late afternoon and bring life giving water and at the same time wiping out all hope of playing softball that day.

The young man would look out his window and hope that maybe 10 miles down the road it wasn't raining and would call the parks dept only to get a voice message saying to check around game time. Game time would come and go and with it a terrible bar sandwich washed down with 10 beers. Sadly no softball. On and on this went until labor day when the skies would dry out and with it the hint of fall.

By Labor day the schedules were hopelessly backed up (like the Atlanta Airport) and with it came the new schedule showing games all the way up to Thanksgiving week.

The young lad decided to look on the internet and find the driest spot on earth and happened upon the Atacama desert in Chile where it has not rained in recorded history. Sadly no softball leagues so he did the next best thing moved to the desert southwest, where happily softball is played year round with no threat of rain and with it stable softball schedules.

June 16, 2009
Gekle BUilders
Men's 50
204 posts
Joe do you have a spare room?
June 16, 2009
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
I live in the little town of Kimberly which is 20 miles north of Birmingham. I coached a 13/14 kids baseball team in mid-70's. the park where we practiced was about a mile from my home.

While practicing one afternoon, a storm approached in the distance. We were about to finish, so I thought we had plenty of time. Anyway, it did not look serious. Moments later, someone yelled and pointed toward the west.

A tornado, still up in the air, was bearing down on us. We scattered as quickly as possible. A few parents grabbed some kids, others ran to the concession stand, got in ditches, etc.

50 yards from us, the tornado passed directly over a church next to the park. As it passed directly over the cross on the steeple, the tornado made a 90 degree turn and headed away from us. The cross on the steeple still tilts at a noticeable angle these many years later.
June 16, 2009
daddymanz
11 posts
In the 1960's in a small town near Syracuse, when it rained on tournament day, I remember the guys "setting the infield on fire" with kerosene to dry it our, drag it then it was game-on if at all possible.Things have changed - we would probably now be arrested for poluting!I,too came west to So Calif. Played my first adult softball game in 1961 and still going.
June 16, 2009
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
588 posts
Lecak, it was not the year the we went to Phoenix for spring training. It rained for 2 days during the tournament. While the guys played cards, I watched CNN which talked about people going to Phoenix to see the cactus flowers because of the unusual rainy weather. Oh well, we finally played the 3rd day.
June 16, 2009
Dbax
Men's 60
1222 posts
I know Joe's story is BS cuz he keeps referring to himself as a "young man." He has never been a young man. Nice try.
June 16, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
Dave the price of AZ Cardinal football just went up 50%.
June 18, 2009
Corky
Men's 55
444 posts
Daddymanz.....I've played after the kerosene fix and its not a pleasant scenario.....The best I've seen was a national championship in Cincninati, where a helicopter hovered over the field, while crews with rakes and diamond dry worked below. Now thats wanting to get a game in.
June 18, 2009
ROOSTER10
Men's 60
91 posts
When I was young playing ball in Mass. I would look forward in playing in a snow ball tournament for charity each year.They painted the ball orange so we could see it in the snow. We had to on times use the shovel instead of bats!We always looked forward in playing at this event because of the fun.Now since I have located the past 20 years in Fl. and besides a few rain outs we play year round.I do miss the snow but not to shovel it!! Do they still have snow ball events for softball anywhere?
June 18, 2009
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
588 posts
Yes, there are still snowball tournaments, and sometimes there is even snow. In Indy they are usually charity fund raisers.

I was a the ballpark last night (imagine that), and I was told a story that was really interesting because of the weather situation last weekend. Some people had been up Chicago in the suburbs last weekend because of a beeper ball tournament, and it was in a city park, not far from Schaumburg. I asked them if they got wet, and it seems that they played all day Saturday. There were no rain delays or cancellations in their tournament. Too bad the seniors were not playing at that park. It does point out that there are different levels of commitments/abilities among ballparks and dealing with weather.
June 18, 2009
Jose #12
Men's 60
86 posts
I play ball in the Philly/S. Jersey/De area and we have had rain for 10 straight days with more rain in the forecast. We have played about half of our scheduled league games and have had at least some rain at each tournament so far this year.

Unfortunately I'm one of those Seniors who still has to work, but would love to relocate to warm/dry climate and not worry about rainouts anymore.

Watching the rain instead of playing...maybe there will be sun again someday.

Count your blessings Lecak....

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