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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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, April 22, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Softball

I believe in competition and camaraderie. I believe in brackets, bubble gum, and bang-bang plays. I believe that attendance and preparation win games. I believe there is more to being a good batter than just being a good hitter. I believe in being relaxed on defense until the batter lifts his front foot. I believe it's ok to use defensive shifts to play the odds and head games. I believe in taking my turn to coach the base across the field from our dugout. I believe in checking on the condition of injured opponents. I believe players should applaud opponents after they make great defensive plays. I believe players get better with age.

I believe 40-pound curls are better than 12-ounce ones. I believe taking winter BP with a cheap bat helps to hit summer homers with an expensive bat. I believe in running out routine grounders and lazy fly balls, no matter how frustrated I am. I believe it is better to be a smart base runner than a fast one. I believe in scoring from 3rd base on a double-play grounder or from 2nd on a very deep fly. I believe in the nervous anticipation of a play at the plate. I believe in the quiet buzz in a dugout when the defense is underestimating a batter's power. I believe in the magical moment of recognition after contact on a "no-doubter" home run. I believe in catchers who talk junk and pitchers who throw it. I believe in infielders who think getting dirty is part of the job description.

I believe in fast outfielders who do not hug the lines or play too deep. I believe rattling bats can wake them up, and uncrossing them can avoid bad luck. I believe in wiping the morning dew off a ball and squinting into a sunset. I believe I'll see a 3-6-1 double play again someday. I believe in saving an equipment catalog until the next issue replaces it. I believe photos, autographed balls, and score-book pages can be better than trophies and t-shirts. I believe there is no off-season, just a longer wait until the next game. I believe in the butterflies of opening day and the long drive home after the final game. I believe in a small child in an over-sized jersey retrieving daddy's bat. I believe in showing appreciation to your family and friends who came to watch you play. I believe in thanking the umpires when the game is over, regardless of the score. I believe the final score is part of the overall experience. I believe in enjoying games in the twilight and respecting careers in theirs.

I Believe in Softball!
, April 19, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: why?

Careful WizKid.......I attempted to bring up a similar subject and Dave proceeded to give me a new nickname "the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, April 10, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

Going to go out on a limb here "Sluggo10" and ask if you are a Pitcher yourself,
, April 10, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

And yet the "hits just keep on coming".......

It's all about the all-mighty $$$$$. Until that faithful day that someone meets his/her maker on the field, the "hotter" the "better" and the $$$$ keeps flowing into the pockets of those who control the game and the equipment used therein!
, April 10, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

O' goody! Another high-tech weapon that Pitchers have to defend against! aka: "line-drives where (sic) screaming up the middle". When do Pitchers get a little love from the game & those that finalize the rules. How about some extended arch allowed on the pitch as an example.
, April 4, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shawnee tourney

This one of the major reasons that I am very apprehensive toward my continued "sponsorship" of any more teams in today's game. The overall attitude of players (not all but enough) as well toward a Sponsor in today's game, leaves a lot to be desired as well. A lot of players look at a Sponsor strictly as a "cash cow".

The team does well and as a Sponsor, I receive some type of "plastic" Plaque or some other type of "Simple Giveaway" trinket. You don't "sponsor" to get hardware but when you do and it is basically "junk", it become rather insulting especially since your club did so well.

The old days when Sponsors were respected & cherished, a nice 1st place Trophy and more than likely, a 2nd place Trophy was "always" given out. Made our Sponsor(s) extremely happy and a diffident "perk" for their continued financial support!


, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

Thanks for the response Staff and I completely agree. As a "Sponsor" however, it would be nice to at least have a player's info displayed but that being said, I have never been turned down by the SSUSA Staff whenever I am requesting any contact info. This as I mentioned, was just an observation and in no way, meant to be negative or questioning any member of SSUSA.
, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

I've got 109 anonymous.

Again as an observation, there should be no "anonymous" on this site and "all" members should have their Name, City/State and Playing Level displaying when they are "online". Again, just an observation!
, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

Showing your name, city & state and the classification you are playing, would be helpful especially if that person is asking for assistance, a team to play for or availability to be picked up for a tourney.
, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

Would be nice when accessing an individual that is shown to be "online now", would at least have his/her "Details for" filled out instead of totally blank when accessing the name. Would allow someone to at least see what area/location they are either talking about, questioning, etc.

Secrecy is respected but showing basic details of your location would be welcomed. Just an observation!
, March 21, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Thanks Bruce...........Worked like a charm!
, March 20, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

This is what I get from Google every time:

1 result (0.36 seconds)
Search Results
A New message board to try - Senior Softball-USA
https://seniorsoftball.com/?messageboard&viewby_thread...topic...
4 days ago - 2 posts - ‎1 author
http://oldguyssoftball.freeforums.net/ If anyone is interested in this, come check it out and start a discussion. Thanks coop3636. TN Connection # ...

, March 20, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Something is not working (probably me). I c&p the URL into Google and it simply takes me back to this discussion in SSUSA. ???
, March 20, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Are you sure about this URL?

http://oldguyssoftball.freeforums.net/

This does not take you to any site!
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Simply an outstanding response Dbax!
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Back the truck up Dbax........You mean "Sponsors" can not post? Since when?
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Do you have any more "Bruce" fan club members?
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Bruce.......The level you are talking about is in the vast "minority" in today's game just like it was in the old days such as Michael's Lounge, Little Caesars (I ran with these men back then), Howard's/Western Steer, Steele's, Rich's/Superior, Copper Hearth, etc.

These type of clubs eventually led to the APSPL (American Professional Slo-Pitch League) of which I was on the scouting staff for the Stepien's Cleveland "Competitors".

These levels only included a small percentage of the vast number of players and so to is this Super Major level you are discussing in today's game. I can appreciate where you are coming from Bruce as far as big time sponsorship, hall of famers, etc. but it is not the case for the majority of teams and how they are financed & their ability to secure the best available player without buying them.
, March 13, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

So what you are telling everyone is that this "unknown" Super Major Ball is solely for those teams from the southern or western climates that don't have to pack it it for the winter months, have a big money sponsor or two which will secure everyone on the squad as well as a few Hall of Famers. Gee Bruce, you think?


, March 13, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

I understand SUPER MAJOR BALL now Omar!

It's simply a new division for the MIGHTY MIGHTS to hit a MIGHTY BALL with their own MIGHTY BAT and finally achieve a MIGHTY "Rose-colored" STATUS in softball.

Thanks so much for clearing that up for me Omar.
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