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Discussion: 2006 Classic Spring Training

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Feb. 15, 2006
Men's 65
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2006 Classic Spring Training
Its this weekend in Jacksonville. I hope to see some of you there. I just heard there will be 2 or 3 A/Major players there also. One of them, Joey Michaels should be there to help with our swings. Here is a note that I just received from Curt, the organizer:

You guys that have been here before know what to expect. So for the rookies here is a run down of what is happening. If you are expecting a professionally run event for $65, oh well! Now donít get me wrong, you will be able to work off some of that rust that has accumulated over the last 3 or 4 months by taking ground balls and getting plenty of batting practice. While all that is fine and dandy that is not really what this event is all about. The veterans will tell you this is about old friends and making new ones, putting faces on names, and just having a great time. That said, donít be shy and introduce your-self around to the other players.

He mentioned throwing contests, distance and accuracy, base running competition and a hr derby under the lights Saturday night. It looks like all contests will be divided in to less that 50 and over 50 players.
I'm looking forward to plenty of bp, scrimmage games, infield practice and socializing!

Feb. 15, 2006
Men's 65
570 posts
looks like alot of hitting and old down with softball I can't wait to get to jacksonville and start playing ball. See you there Bruce
Feb. 16, 2006
Men's 65
1000 posts
Just hooked up with Charlie Pope in Crystal River. Knocked off a little rust on the field before heading to Jacksonville today. You mentioned rust but not snow like we have in Colorado. See ya in Jax. Thanks Charlie. Ed Andrews, Surf 88
Feb. 19, 2006
Men's 65
570 posts
Just got back in from Fla. Spring Traning in Jacksonville, We had a great turn out of players from some open players to our senior players. the seniors held their own in the skill events as well as the HR derby. Two of my teammates on the Miken Old South Team lead the way for the seniors in the speed events Keith Gibbs won the event beat all age groups. Curt Hollis came in second in the HR derby. And yes Bruce Fairchild was a also hit. We had seniors from everywhere Denver, Tyler Tx. as well all over the southeast. We played and hit till we could not go. The event was well ran where the players kept moving and not group up talking. We had banquet one night and food everytime you turned around. The 80's was a welcome Temp for playing. in the Games the young players gave the senior there due where at times the senior outhit and outplayed there younger parts. with about 50 or 60 players there we made some good friendship that will last for ever, for one player I am glad I took the time to go and will go next year.
Don Ward
Miken/Old South/STW
Feb. 20, 2006
14 posts
Many thanks to Curt and Deb Hollis for all the work in the terrific spring training event in JAX last weekend. It was a blast.
See you guys in Montgomery next month.
Feb. 22, 2006
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
had a good time with all,even cpope:):).hope to see ya's again on the tourney trail.bob(tyler,tx)
Feb. 22, 2006
Men's 60
160 posts
Yes, Spring Training was great. Curt & Debbi, Keri & Dave, Randy put on a great event for us.
You can't repay the time and engery they put into this event.
I have been at the NFHC several times and always felt I was treated very special. Nice to be treated like that by special people. Thanks Guys.
Charlie & Anne
ps: Anne almost didn't go but said that she had the best time ever at a softball event, maybe it was the wine? :)
March 2, 2006
Men's 65
1000 posts
Now that I am back in Colorado and from the tourney in Phoenix, I too very much enjoyed the Spring Training camp and beside the new folks I got to meet and play with, it was a very fun and well run camp that helped me with my performance in Phoenix. I would definitely recommend it to my buds for next year. Curt and the crew worked hard to make it special and they succeeded. The younguns made us seniors feel welcome and we blended well together. Hope you guys remember "Fast Eddie". Ed
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