|April 24, 2007|
|Topic: Rules of the game|
Discussion: Steve Imlay suspension
The suspension of Steve Imlay has not only affected him, but me as well. I am Carroll, his wife. It has been very difficult on Steve, and we have gone through many weeks of anguish. I am not writing to debate the snowbird rule, nor am I going to debate the specific details of how we are at this juncture. I will leave that up to you gentlemen. However, I have listenend to numerous conversations, read all your messages, and can no longer sit back in silence.
Steve loves playing softball. He practices harder than anyone else I know. He would take batting practice everyday, if he could. Never having sponsorship with teams we've played with, he has willingly helped previous teams and players numerous times. He has helped with entry fees, paid for hotel rooms, airfare, and car expenses for teammates in need. I can't tell you how many times he's picked up meal expenses for guys He has never asked or expected anything in return. He has always maintained a positive attitude on and off the ball field.
People will pass judgment when they hear of Steve's suspension. Softball, being a competitive sport, will produce friends as well as enemies, but it is my hope that those who really know Steve will know that he would never intentionally deceive Senior Softball. Though he has had many offers to falsify information for his benefit, he would never do it. He always said he wouldn't cheat to play, and never wanted to do anything that could hurt his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame. He has always maintained that though he truly enjoys playing the game, his main motivaton is the friendships he makes. He has been a good representative of senior softball, and is a good and honest man.
This whole ordeal has been stressful, to say the least. The suspension is very painful. Nonetheless, through this ordeal, we've come to realize how blessed we are to have our health, families, friends, and each other.
To know Steve, is to know that he is not a liar or a cheat. I am truly touched by those of you who have expressed your support of Steve, and me. I am sincerely grateful.