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Discussion: Ft Myer's Winter Nationals

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Nov. 16, 2009
Paul P
Men's 65
41 posts
Ft Myer's Winter Nationals
I played in my 9th consecutive Winter Nationals in Ft Myers and it was the same old story. One umpire. I guess I understand and could even be made to agree that during the seeding games, of which there was only two, one umpire would suffice.

But once the regulation tournament begins, can't we have two? This isnt sour grapes either, in fact the reverse could be true. I play 1st base for Senior Moments and in one instance, in the elimination games, a ball was hit to me, I caught it, swiped at the runner leaving 1st base and then tagged the base for a double play, and called so by the homeplate umnpire. Problem was, I missed the runner by a foot or so and then "sold" it to the homeplate umpire. I honestly felt bad for the vicitmized player and team, who sufferred the loss in what was eventually a one-run game.

The next game, myself and an opposing player agreed to pay out of pocket for the additional umpire. Of course that was denied due to a precedent being set. I undertand that too, but I merely was trying to get a point across.

No harm fell to our team due to having only one umpire, but, you pay for a product and expect to get the real deal.

Imagine my angst when I bought my last motorcycle, only to find out it came with only one tire.

We deserve better.
Nov. 16, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2614 posts
We played two or three games with 2 umpires. One, I believe, was a pool game. The umpire in the field said his friend behind the plate wasn't well and he had volunteered to ump the bases.
When we (Kayson's Grille) played Delux Bakery Sunday around noon there were 2 umpires.
We deserve two umpires at least in the finals. It would be nice to have working score boards also.
Nov. 16, 2009
Paul P
Men's 65
41 posts
Thanks for the input Bruce. We played six games at Lee County Complex and not once did I ever see two umpires on any field. Unfortunately, I wasn't around for the finals so I won't make the assumption on how many umpires there were then.

I played against Kaysons Grille in other events. Fine bunch of boys there!! My services are being utilized with Senior Moments of Orlando. Play well and be safe.
Nov. 17, 2009
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2614 posts
Paul, you'll probably see some of the Kayson's guys in 2010 playing 55 AAA. The team has split, 50's playing Major and 55's playing AAA. The 50's won't be sponsored by Kayson's in 2010.
Have a good winter!
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