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Discussion: sitting here and wondering

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Dec. 20, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
sitting here and wondering
why do i keep playing,i mean with all the crap that has come down the last 5 years with softball.all the whining about bats,balls,pitcher/inf protection,etc...

i have just been sitting around and thinking is it worth it to keep playing.

i have at least 5 or 6 golf courses within 20 miles of me,that are decent to,play.in a 100 miles radius i have some of the best bassing lakes in the nation.hardly any crime within 30 miles of me(i live out in the country).hope this is just the winter blues...
Dec. 20, 2010
Tater50
336 posts
Priorities MadDog: I live across from a golf course; have a farm that I could hit a golf ball a long ways; but time wise/money wise, it doesn't float my boat. Golf/bass fishing, you see about one friend & you may fish all day; sweat all your guts out & not get a bite. SSB: you get to see hundreds of friends & hopefully get a decent hit per game......

You have to forget the whining & go for personal satisfaction; when you look in the mirror after the game: did you have fun.

Boils down to prios for me.

Tater50
PS Plus if I came home too early from Golf/Fishing; I could not sit still & relax I'd have to go out & cut 5-10 acres.
Dec. 20, 2010
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Bob, I have found it's not the game as much as it's the guys. I continue to meet special people playing tournaments every year, like I did you several years back at the CAL Cup. There is no substitute for meeting quality people, guys you enjoy jawing with, and guys you look forward to doing battle with. I'm not sure there is a more fun way to make new friends. Look around at your circle of softball friends, how can you beat them!!!!
As we get older, those friendships become more cherished..................
Dec. 20, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1983 posts
mad dog-you know darn well if you quit, the first nice night that you know they played and the weather was perfect to have a few beers after the game you would be out there. I retired last year and it lasted about a month and a half. Its the people. Your Teammates. The people you meet across the country. Above all.
Dec. 20, 2010
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
Bobby, if you quit then I'll be the ugliest guy in senior softball.
Dec. 20, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
dennis you always have been,DOH,LOL......



maybe its being where i can only get 1-2 nites a week max 3,with 1 tourney a month,max.i play more with the kids than i do senior ball,or able to b/c of where i live.
just don't know if its worth the $ to play anymore.
Dec. 20, 2010
ShaneV
Men's 55
382 posts
I certainly hear you mad dog but I can't imagine not playing. Even the small local tournaments and league. You really can meet great people and build lasting relationships with teammates and opponents. I would have very few friends if not for softball. I could spend all my spare time on my property, alone, and I do enjoy doing that in the winter and occasionally during the season. It's like my golf or fishing, keeps me in shape and lots of fresh air. As long as I get enough of that kind of therapy, I can't wait to get to the ballpark the next time.

It will always be a challenge to assemble 70's, 75's and 80's teams. It's really something to watch those guys. I hope to be there some day.

ShaneV
Dec. 20, 2010
outfielder
Men's 65
58 posts
Hang in there mad dog, spring will be here before you know it and you will smell the fresh cut grass and see all your buddies heading to the park, and you'll be right there with them, like shane and curveball said it's the comradship and the new friends you make each and every year that means the most. You are part of a special breed of people, us old farts who still like to play the game and be competitive, enough of our breed is starting to leave us, so enjoy while you still have the ability to play. Merry Christmas, my friend.
Dec. 21, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
I sure hope you play golf better than you play ( or try to play softball )
If you quit, who would help Ed and I drink all the Bud Light and Coors Light ? Much less put up with Ed !
Stay put, all will be fine in 2011 !
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !
Dec. 21, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
833 posts
Kenny, Also, if Bob quits, who is going to be the Texas representative in the GQ softball issue? LOL! I'm with all the guys who play for the challenge and to visit with friends from all over the country. I'm miss the camaraderie most of all. It's like one big softball family.
Dec. 21, 2010
birdie
Men's 60
683 posts
Gentleman, In the old days, I used to quit ever winter. Something would happen as soon as the warm weather hit. I would go and find the bat bag and start up again. I did quit for about 4-5 years and then started at 50 in senior ball and have not though about quitting again.(until this year still cannot let go of the TOC disappointment) Thanks Harry
Dec. 21, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
#6,frankie is leaving to play with the real old guys(70's)i'm not taking on ed by myself,don't care how much beer there is.

larry as i offered to #6 i can outfit you as i see your very jealous of my natty attire,also....

seriously,its been a grind the last couple of years just to play,(cost of travel for tourneys,and such)there are no local senior tourney's for me,b/c of where i live.recovering from injuries also goes a lot slower,ugh hate oldness......
Dec. 21, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
mad dog,
You can always come play with us, all you have to do is ask.We play one tournament a month and play Dallas I believe 2-3 times each year.
The others are: Baytown,Georgetown,Pasadena,Clute, San Antonio and then the World and the Winter World and possibly Phoenix.

Take care.
#6
Dec. 21, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
I meant, possibly Reno !
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