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Oct. 18, 2010
Men's 50
3114 posts
SSUSA 60's in Phoenix
Terrific time in the Valley of the Sun
this year where Fran said SSUSA
set a record for number of teams
with well over 300.
Congratulations Terry, Dave, Fran.
I heard it will be in Phoenix next year,
And well done to Tim Reed, Old Mike and the rest of the umps
and supporters for a great job
in hot, tiring conditions.

The fields were in great shape,
concession stands, too with knock-out young girls who were as courteous
and efficient as they were gorgeous.
I met guys from teams from
Louisiana and Canada who said they were having a ball and said they
will come back next year, too.

Congratulations to GSF who bettered us
in the finals for the 60 major plus crown.
Way to go Conway, Freddie, Danny,
Ron D, Corkey, Alvin and the rest
for being the best version of GSF
we'd seen all year.
Congratulations to Woody, Bob Woodward
of GSF who needs now introduction
and Jim Stapleton of MTC for being inducted into the senior softball Hall of Fame and Jimmy for his gracious
if lengthy acceptance speech that required to intermissions to complete.
Way to go Jimmy for well deserved
recognition of your dedication
and value to all the teams you've helped
win championships.
Though we lost by one
in the finals to GSF
we never would have gotten close
without the monster hitting
of Hall of Famer, Steve Imlay
who was hitting everything thrown at him 350 plus all day Sunday.
Way to go, Steve.

Almost lastly, for now,
we used a ball in the first bracket
game against GSF that both teams
found much less than desirable.
For some reason, the 44x375 balls we hit
felt soft to the touch yet
bounced high when thrown down against
a hard infield.
Perhaps these balls got somehow crossed
with 52x275 balls was my initial reaction because those high core
low compression balls will bounce
well in the heat but not go very far/fast.
For the rest of the games
the 44 x 375 ball Stote Ball we used
was good to very good even
with the heat.
It's hard to say why those balls in that particular game were so dissatisfying but on the whole
the balls were good.
Lastly for now,
on the back of how much crap we been hearing from some about how the lively balls and bats of today are fundamentally dissatisfying,
inhumanly dangerous
and gaudy in effect
how does SSUSA setting a record
for attendance in Phoenix
support their labored assertions?
Not at all.
Lively bats and balls forever.

Oct. 18, 2010
Men's 60
873 posts
We found the same to be true in the 60AAA division too.
Great teams with great players who love to play.
I have to give a personal thank you to The Ga/Al Masters for your prayer and well wishes. They have been taken to heart!

Joe I am quite sure there are several more reasons we had 300+ teams and some 10000 players for this years Worlds.
With the balls and bats being somewhere far down on the list.
I for one received more then one glaring look from pitchers as I hit errant balls literally buzzing past there ears. And heard a couple of 3rd basemen make remarks about being able to hear the ball before seeing it as it went past them.
Thankfully no one was hit by anything I hit.
Admittedly it is more fun hitting a rock then a sock.

Oct. 18, 2010
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
Sounds like the Phoenix Worlds are very successful with more than 300 teams! Einstein rightfully praises SSUSA leaders “Terry, Dave, Fran”, “the umps”, “fields in great shape”, “concession stands...with [gorgeous] girls”, etc. Then he amazingly ignores his earlier praises and gives all the credit guessed it, “lively balls and bats”! NOT.
Oct. 18, 2010
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
i know omar,really funny isn't it.LOL
Oct. 18, 2010
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
E4/E6,just maybe b/c its almost like a monopoly,where else would you go.they basically have only 3 big shindigs a year(ssusa,spa,huntsmans),there others are,but way smaller in team numbers compare to these 3.
Oct. 18, 2010
Men's 50
90 posts
Finally weather cooperated a little and Phoenix does a fantastic job of taking care of the fields. Kinda hard to beat the weather and with a city of 3 million that feels much smaller...perfect mix!
Oct. 18, 2010
Men's 50
90 posts
Congrats OTD on your success!
Oct. 19, 2010
Men's 50
3114 posts
I forgot to mention Jack
the photographer who's smiling face
has become part of the fabric
of big SSUSA events.
A great guy who takes great actions shots
which I use for my desktop
and to impress and stay in touch with family and friends.
I always like pictures better than words.
Go to, find yourself
and get some great shots for yourself
and the grand kids.

And thanks again to my favorite
friends and adversaries,
Omen who used to be the Old A's
from NorCal.
A/C, Gary T, Otis, Elwin, Robo, Jimmy H,
Johnny D, Hank and the rest for playing
at such a high level for so long
and reminding all of that
as old as we are
we still, "play to win the game",
lest anyone forget.
Great game, A/C, against AMR in the sun.
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