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Discussion: Every dog eventually has his day!

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Dec. 14, 2009
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
Every dog eventually has his day!
I still play alot with the "flat bellies" in church and open leagues. About 5 years ago, my team had the second game of the evening on our field. Our opponent was short one player, so we allowed them to pick up one from the first game. He was in his early 20's, 6'2" or more, 220+. He tried to take my head off in the first inning, laughed about it all the way to first, then told the first base coach that he would do it again if I threw that same pitch.
My first baseman heard his statements, called time and came over and share the info with me on the mound. Asked me if I wanted him to just go ahead and take him out right then! No, I'll just walk him the rest of the game.
By the time the youngster came to bat again, I had cooled off a bit and so decided to pitch to him again and see if he meant business. I struck him out swinging and missing. Adding to his embarrassment was my last at bat.
I had punched 3 bloopers over 2nd base. He was in right field. So, my last time up, he pulled in very shallow. I bounced one off the fence in right field. For some reason, as the teams shook hands after the game, he could not even look me in the eye. I just smiled.
Anyone else with memories of days gone bye?
Dec. 14, 2009
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
Great story, southpaw. Here’s one of mine. Pitching against a team with a very good fourth hitter—high average, home run ability. Only problem? Verbally disses opposing players with lesser skills, and sometimes yells at players on his own team who blow a play. Doesn’t make him very popular.

In the first inning, he gets a lucky misplayed single, and struts to first, verbally criticizing my errant fielder. In the second inning, he loudly criticizes one of his own teammates for an error.

I’m up and I whistle one off his glove at third for a hit? error? Next time he is up, with guys on and two outs, I get him to strike out with a foul ball.

Next time I’m up, I hit one through the hole that he doesn’t have enough speed and quick reactions to reach. Final time he is up, his team narrowly behind, guy on third, one out, I again get him to strike out with a foul ball. Much hooting and mocking by other players, both on his team and ours, and by fans. Next batter softly flies out to end the game.

Didn’t really change him much. Humbling is overrated for some people.
Dec. 14, 2009
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
Omar K, love your kind of story. You are correct, some folks just don't get it. But then, that is what makes such a moment special and memorable. Sometimes there are life-lessons, sometimes comedy, foolishness, or even bizarre:

about 15 years ago, my team made it to the championship game of a local tourney. We were the home team and came into the bottom of the 7th down by 12. Our first man singled. The second flied out. Our opponent started celebrating. Their bravado declared that the game was in the bag. We scored 13 runs without giving up another out! As we left the parking lot with our trophy, they were in the parking lot fighting with one another.
Dec. 14, 2009
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
Please forgive me people, if I am being too forward, getting back on with what is probably another boring story. I do hope many others will stop and share something.

I played only 1 softball game in 1970. It was in Vietnam. I was the weapons repairman for C Troop, 2/1 Cav. We were running road security for the infantry going into Cambodia.
We stopped one sunny afternoon for lunch (C rations!) next to a huge field. After our delicious and nourishing meal, some guys started tossing around a softball. We then decided to play a game. Some had gloves, some did not.
About half-way through the game, I was in center field. The hitter busted one high and deep over my head. As I ran back to get close, a rocket hit directly behind me in the edge of the jungle. The ball kept going in one direction while I headed in the opposite direction! Fire-fight ensued; never did find the ball.
Dec. 14, 2009
Dbax
Men's 60
1223 posts
Sounds like just another game at Desert West park in Phoenix! Just kidding, great story.
Dec. 15, 2009
Webbie25
Men's 60
1933 posts
Our Desperado team still plays league against the kids. 3 times this year we got down double digits in the first or second only to come back and win, twice by run rule. One of the most memorable was in spring league against a mouthy team called the Young guns. We were tied 12 up going into the top of the seventh. They were badmouthing us something bad. 20, yes 20 runs later we went out to the field. They were fighting among themselves, yelling at the umps because we came 'close' to their pitcher on a couple hits (the umpire laughed at them that they were afraid of us 60 yr old men), throwing their gloves, and we walked off with a 32-15 win. What fun!
Dec. 15, 2009
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
dbax it s not that bad over there,LOL.
webbie our 50+ team did that a few yrs back(was living in san diego).we couldn't get enough playing time so we jump into a league.well the kids would look at us and give us the ol,where's your walker,do ya have your depends on,etc.well we finished regular season as the number 1 seed for the playoffs and finished off the mouthiest of the teams in a run rule for the championship.LOL
Dec. 17, 2009
ill41
Men's 60
11 posts
15 years ago,we were playing in the local city tournement.Most of our guys were between 40-50 yrs.old.We played a local Junior College team that just won the Junior College World Series.They were young and cocky.All during warm-ups they were trying to intimidate us.Of course they weren't use to hitting a softball.Final score 15-1 in 5 innings.some of them wouldn't shake our hands after the game and the ones that did keep their heads down.A great feeling.
Dec. 17, 2009
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
It is amazing how often this type of story happens to us as seniors. It sort of epitomizes the general attitude toward senior adults, doesn't it? Overlooked, thrown away, hidden away in nursing homes.

I was a member of Bubba McGwire's 50/over team a few years back. As we walked up for our first game of the season in the Bham area, the youngsters we were playing started laughing out loud. Someone was heard to say: "oh boy, we will have some fun tonight." We beat them by 10.
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