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Oct. 28, 2010
boston
306 posts
Enlightened
I would like to share an experience at Worlds this year and get your opinions on this. First, I would like to congratulate Oxnard Rookies for their 1st place finish in the 50AA. You were a great group of gentlemen and played well. The same goes for the second place team Playmakers.
During this year's Worlds I was hit with a serious dose of reality and enlightenment. Going into Sunday my team was in the winners bracket and needed just 2 wins to take the World championship in 50AA. I spent saturday evening relaxing w/ my 15 yr old son and my 5 yr old grandson thinking how great it was going to be to win this tourney and how important it was for me after 6 tries. Anyone who knows me will say I am an extremely competitive person, sometimes to a fault.
Then the reality of life and what is truly important hit. I have a grandson that was born premature on Wed. the 20th 3lbs 7 oz. My daughter contacted me Sat. night saying he had lost 5 oz,s and may have to be rushed to Albuguergue, we live in Las Cruces. All of a sudden winning on the softball field meant nothing. I'm fighting for a frigin softball championship and my grandson was fighting for his life. I spent most of the night tossing and turning or not sleeping at all. My first thought was to pack up and go home. But, then what could I do to change Gods will. So I stayed and played thinking I could overcome this feeling of helplessness and pain. No good, I could not focus on a game when far more important battle was being fought at home. I prayed for my grandson all day. I was also able to thank God I was healthy and able to do something I loved and share it with my 5 yr. old grandson. I also found peace in playing but with a different attitude. I seemed more at peace when I decided that beating my opponent was trivial compared to my grandsons' fight.
The good news is my grandson has stablized and hasn't lost anymore weight. I think he is going to be fine and maybe I'll get to share a World Championship with him someday. If not, so be it.
Oct. 28, 2010
gary c
411 posts
God bless your grandson I will pray for him and you. Some people should read this and understand how unimportant softball is. This is fun not life and death. GOOD LUCK
Oct. 28, 2010
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
God bless your grandson and look over your entire family. Gary is absolutely right, what we do, we do for fun and the competition simply enhances the amount of fun we have and respect we develop for each other. Regards, Mel
Oct. 28, 2010
Kongs69
9 posts
God bless you and your grandson!
Oct. 28, 2010
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
We all know and understand there are things more important than the games we play. Heck, there is almost always something more important than most everything we do.

But, given all that, there is still some reason why we have scoreboards, league standings, tournament brackets, and awards. I am sure Herm Edwards knows there is more to life than winning, but that does not diminish the validity of what he said.
Oct. 28, 2010
gary c
411 posts
Dirty,hopefully this doesn't happen to you and if it dose I hope people will be more caring than you. This is what I mean about GET A LIFE this man bares his soul to let us know what is important and you come up with a line from Herm Edwards. You must have never won at anything but softball. After you win a tournament you get a ring like in high school . Wow that means a lot. I bet if most of us had a choice to shake hands with Boston or you with you and your precious ring I am sure I know who would win that contest.
Oct. 28, 2010
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey Gary S.
We still do play to win the game
as we both know, G, and this clown
has already said how much fun it is
to name call without accountability
on the website, a couple of times.

Some guys have never won much when
they were young and have an oppty
to win now before they buy the farm
and/or even get into the Senior Softball
Hall of Fame which is no mean thing
to some.
Who's is he to say how serious playing
our game is or should be to anyone else
No one of any identity or concern.
Oct. 28, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
854 posts
An all time low jacking this thread boys, I am ashamed of you!
Oct. 28, 2010
gary c
411 posts
Read my first post I don't feel that I disrespected Boston in any way and if I did I apologize to him. If I misunderstood Dirty than sorry to him also but Frisco with is rant just proved to me that with his crazed thinking he is hopeless. Again Boston God Bless you and your Grandson.
Oct. 29, 2010
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
My only point was it was sounding like some were using this as an opportunity to get up on a soapbox and blabber about how winning and competition are not important, only making friends and having fun (not ture). And that there are more important things in life (not sure anyone is arguing against that).

Of course his grandson was of paramount importance to him at that point, and made the tournament rather trivial. It would have done that to all of us.
Oct. 29, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1992 posts
Tony, our prayers are with you and your grandsons fight for life. Keep us posted on his progress, will you? I think you have my email.
Also, thanks for coming over and supporting us, too, last weekend. It was good seeing you again.
Oct. 29, 2010
gary c
411 posts
Dirty Look at Frisco Joey's post I know he is your friend but show me anywhere he shows any compassion for Boston or his Grandson
Oct. 29, 2010
gary c
411 posts
Boston I hope someday I will meet you and your Grandson and we can have a good catch. Stay strong we all are praying for both of you. GOD BLESS
Oct. 29, 2010
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
I am sure Joe meant no harm to boston's situation. He just tends to digress to his favorite senior softball causes.

And 'friend' is a bit strong. I have never met Joe, and if you ask those who have been around here longer you would hear that Joe and I have had heated and at times vicious disagreements over things.

Like I said elsewhere I think he mellowed some, I started seeing a few of his points, and now we are quite civil if not friendly to each other.
Oct. 29, 2010
gary c
411 posts
Why do you defend Frisco Joey it just encourages his lack of respect of others . If he hates me I find that a complement but anyone he disagrees with he attacks. You still did not point out one word of compassion toward Boston .
Oct. 29, 2010
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
Understood. I just think he meant no harm, and just got caught up on his soapbox for a bit.

Was not meant to be a defense as much as an attempt at an explanation from someone who has gotten to know him a bit to someone who hasn't.
Oct. 29, 2010
gary c
411 posts
I have got to know him by going back and reading his posts. I thought it might be me but after reading what he says to other people and talking to others I know what this guy is. He only cares about himself and no one else or he would not have posted what he did on this thread. There are other places he could have made his statements or started a new thread.
Oct. 29, 2010
TOMAR77
Men's 55
201 posts
Boston , your grandson and family will be in our prayer's. So glad to read that your grandson has stablized.
To those that Hijacked the thread for their own agenda's and those who were offened ( including me) , let us respond to them on a new Thread.
God Bless Our Children and Grandchildern.
Tommy
Oct. 29, 2010
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
403 posts
God Bless!
Oct. 29, 2010
boston
306 posts
Gentlemen, I would like to that everyone that has given their prayers and blessings. It has obviously worked. Just came from seeing and holding my grandson. He has been taken off his iv( which was in his head), oxygen, heart monitor, he is out of the incubator and his temp. is holding just fine. He is also up to 3.6 lbs from 3.2. I am a firm believer that God listens and answers prayers of people that have good hearts and no stake in the outcome of their prayers. I will never forget this week and how total strangers came together to pray for a fellow senior baller and child they have never met. I also believe we couldn't have done this w/o your prayers and best wishes. I wish you all a long life and much success in your pursuit of the game we all love.
Oct. 29, 2010
gary c
411 posts
I am so happy for you and your Grandson.Like I said before hope we can have a catch with him before we get to old. I will keep praying for both of you.
GOD BLESS YOU BOTH
Nov. 8, 2010
gary c
411 posts
BOSTON
JUST WANTED TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR GRANDSON IS DOING. STAY STRONG PAL.
Nov. 8, 2010
mad dog
Men's 65
3948 posts
as gary said how is the little one doing, boston,hope he is doing even better...
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