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Discussion: Ft Myers Winter Nationals

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Nov. 14, 2005
Paul P
Men's 65
52 posts
Ft Myers Winter Nationals
I play both 50 and 55 ball in Florida and most recently for Suncoast Sunrays in the 55 division.

This is my 3rd year in a row at this tournament and its the same each and every year. One umpire. What's up with that? Is it a money thing? Well, duhhhh, of course it is. I know they do their best but they ARE going to miss some calls and THAT hurts when youre on the losing end of a missed call. I didnt write a check for the entry fee, but if I had, I think I would have asked for a partial refund.

One umpire in particular had this to say to my wife prior to our first game of the tourney. "I'd like to hang the guy who invented these bats. This game was meant for Friday Night drunks." Now how he knew I was intoxicated on Friday I'll never know, but ireegardless, THAT comment need not be made.

For those who know Helen, you can appreciate her etort. "Maybe you ought to find sonething else to do on the weekends."
Nov. 14, 2005
49 posts
Paul P;
My name is Tim Burkindine and I manage the Kansas City Masters. I played second base this weekend. You guys played two great games against us and we had fun. I appreciate your wife's comment. I generally don't trouble engaging an umpire in conversation unless he is hung over or just a complete jerk. Either could have been the case with the umpire we had in the first game. Later in the day he was very loud and obnoxious about having to sit for two hours between games. He said if he waas going to be there he wanted to work. Another ump told him to sit down, shut-up, and wait for the umpire-in-chief to fix the situation. To bad for us because the younger umpire who was suppossed to do our 3:30 game got tired of listening to the complaing and let him have our game. As I say we enjoyed playing your team. You are competitive and play great ball. we look for ward to seeing you and all of the other teams that were in Ft. myers next season. Stay healthy
Nov. 14, 2005
Paul P
Men's 65
52 posts
Thanks Tim, I be the overweight 1st baseman with the foolish handlebar moustache! We enjoyed playing agin ya and hopes to see ya somewhere, sometime for a beer or two.

Have a great winter!!
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