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Oct. 5, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 35-35 Amazing!

GO Capital: Travis went 36 - 41 with 3 bombs. Co MVP last weekend with Lasaca
May 4, 2021
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking to play on a senior team 50

50 an over tourney at Beyer May 15th. I'd just show up and you never know
May 22, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

Guess I am a savant to a certain extent but I can't remember what I ate for dinner last night

1996: Lose second game to Nike Swoosh at Twin Creeks Usssa B State then run off 10 straight and double dip ML Sports to win Cali State. Same happens at Regionals in Carson City but then get on a run and get to the ship to earn our berth to B Worlds Tuscon Arizona. Lost to Bones though. Go 1 - 2 at Worlds getting squashed by a North Carolina team and a Florida team.

1997: Usssa "C" Regionals in Lancaster Labor day weekend. Lose to Oswego Drywall in our fourth game. We run off 4/5 games to get to our hometown rival Kuykendals for 5th place and who get's the hand me down berth to C Worlds. We score 18 in the first inning and the game is over hahahahaha

1998: Go to Arizona and Lancaster for early bird C Usssa NIT's and win both of them... go to C worlds in South Carolina and tank going 1 - 2 hahahahaha

1999: Playing a Usssa B Nit at Victory Lane outside of Phoenix Arizona. In the 4th place game vs Gorilla's (G-Men) who are ranked #1 in the Nation at the time. They are boat racing us up by 20 in the top of the fourth. They're getting way to confident hoping to run rule us.. we dodge the run rule in the fourth and creep back. End up beating them by a few runs in a three hour game. Lost to Johnny E/RSC from So.Cal the next game all for nil.

Savant out
April 10, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WALMART

Last time i drove to the 408 was two weeks ago, stopped by the Costco mid way of my commute at 6:30a.m. to gas up. There was 10 - 20 people lined up at that time in the morning and it wasn't to get their Costco Muffins that are off the hook or the $1.50 hot dog.

Still hasn't subsided in my neck of the woods of Cali at least at the Costcos. Our Safeway now limits the amount of customers in the store, you can get anything you want now with the exception of TP, you have to be there too at 6:00a.m and wait in line, (Our Store let's Seniors in 7:00a.m. - 8:00p.m) first, I'm a decade too young still

We are down to 18 rolls at the house from 2 months ago when I bought a bag at Costco, so a trip is inevitable and I'll be in line 2 - 3 hours to get that maximum 1 bag of TP and 1 bag of paper towels.
March 27, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WALMART

A 7-Eleven in the 408 was charging $4.00 a roll of TP. Haven't seen any price gouging other than that and that was hearsay. Gas is cheap for us on the west coast right now at $2.50 (Costco).
Oct. 28, 2019
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why 2-day

Tons of options here.

1. Don't play 50s NCSSA if you don't want 2 days.
2. Only play the Saturday three game portion
3. Enter 40s tournaments like a few 50s teams do in multiple associations all over Nor Cal and play one day tourneys
4. Attend that meeting/convention in Manteca (December) and voice your opinion. NCSSA seems to be a players league, maybe they will listen.
5. Play E/D tourneys instead that are one dayers
6. Only play the SSUSA big 3 events in Nor Cal / Reno
7. Retire like I did because of a hip injury but also #1 as I don't like round robin two day tourneys.
Jan. 20, 2019
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How long did you start playing after surgery?

I’m closing in on 2 weeks after hip replacement suregery.

Has anyone had this surgery? And how long before you started playing again? Or even start exercising?
Oct. 26, 2018
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Keys to Tournament success

I've always seen hitting a huge key to building a team. You absolutely need a roster of players than can hit in all conditions. Yep even senior ball with the kryptonite bats and balls. Sometimes the wind is howling in or the heat and humidity is too much for the balls. It's hilarious to see the E/D/C teams from Cali go to Florida each year for the last decade plus and see them put up zeroes .

A good pitcher who can throw a knuck and place it is great too. Five man defenses a plus too even as we get older
Sept. 27, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Preparing for Hip Replacement

Not sure what happened on the last time I tried to post this.

Need help preparing for Hip replacement.

Core? Recovery? Prep? I drive 60-90 minutes to work, how long before I can do it?

Any help would be appreciated.
Oct. 17, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it fair?

I played against the majority of those guys back in the 90's and early 2000's and I know exactly how good they were and probably are today.

If a team like Prestige Pools, Layer Cake, Sofa Kings, etc... comes up to 50's and has a legit 50 Major roster hypothetically and loses to a team like Thunderstruck with an average age of probably 57/58 years old. I'd take it as a slap in the face losing to them. You'd think a young 50 team who are decent could handle a borderline 60 team regardless if they are Major +.

Maybe I'm delusional, maybe I'm out of touch with the Lighting rods sticks equalizing the game and the Kryptonite balls

I use to love playing against the best teams back in the day and if I was still playing I still want to play against the best. Especially if they were a team like that.

Oct. 16, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it fair?

When does the age difference not make a difference? I'm just asking the question and not passing judgement but Thunderstruck had guys that were 7 - 8 years older playing in the Major division. Are the Thunderstruck players still that Good? at nearing 60 years old that they can still beat young 50 year olds?

I'm not saying what they did was right, just asking the question.
May 9, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Tournament Prizes

Best awards I've ever received is a travel leather bag for a "B" state tourney and two years in a row 2nd place at Incline Village Booster tourney won large shower towels (Both were 20 years ago). Now I don't care what we win when I play, I'm just happy to play
May 5, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Tournament Prizes

Here we go with the awards again. All my trophies are collecting dust in the garages, shirts are rags, and anything else is in the garbage.

Play for the love of the game, who cares what we win. it's all about the journey and the competition at the end of the day.

Have Fun!!!!
Nov. 28, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

I played only one full season of 40's roughly 5-6 years ago. We built a team of players that had played anywhere from C's to A's in the 90's and into the mid to late 2000's. All of us were 45 to 50 years old at the time.

What i saw was the majority of teams that we played against were guys more or less in our age bracket that never sniffed a C team or higher during their 20's and 30's and were in phenomenal softball shape still. The senior rules of 5 an inning and the plutonium wonder sticks not only evened the playing field but the teams who had players who could still run had the advantage.

I played a 50's a year ago and a 40 event this year and now i see more separation between divisions a bit.

The hitting is out of this world with homeruns and mishit's. Guys who were .600 at best with no power are now .700 plus and can hit bombs at will.

The 40's/50's programs and the bats have allowed many players to extend their careers and allowed many players to compete with everyone in my opinion.
Nov. 25, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

I've had opportunities to play 50s in Nor cal the last two years but the two dayfformat ain't gonna happen at least for me in Nor Cal seniors. I'd rather play 40s locally in u trip or all World. I know it's a Little selfish but the 90 minute drive food and gas is a little too much a dozen times a year for the two day format for me

Maybe in a few years but not now
Oct. 19, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where to get a pitching screen

When in doubt use garbage cans, when we would hit at any park or school we would use the steel garbage cans and stack them two high. But we only hit middle after the round. We had enough bat control hitting side to side our first couple rounds, then it was on... Like idiots we actually tried to hit the garbage cans hahahahahah. Man those were the days.
Oct. 9, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 16th Annual Mike Jackson Halloween Benefit Tourney

Action mike Jackson the Alabama jr heavyweight champion from wtbs superstation NWA fame? Also played for DR Gremmels?
Sept. 9, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do i do to get started

A few steps to follow

1. Buy senior stick
2. Roll or shave to the gills Senior stick. (Not necessary as the sticks have plutonium in them already. But it's more or less a common theme)
3. Buy mask if playing pitcher or the infield
4. Be prepared to play 2 day tourneys
5. Get legs in condition
6. Don't worry about taking batting practice (The sticks are ridiculous)
7. Take advice with a grain of salt

I know I'm being a facetious sarcastic @#$! but I played a 40 an over this past weekend and it was nuts. I used a Dudley Lighting fresh out of the wrapper and was hitting missiles I've never hit even as a 30 year fresh out of the rock pile.

Heard many conversations on how players were still putting in work on their sticks that are senior bats. Very sad!!!! that a 40 year or older needs to doctor a stick.

I'm glad I play sparingly now.

P.S. make sure to complain about entry fees and award packages. Also a common talking point

July 24, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous

Twin creeks in Sunnyvale California has been completely renovated in terms of facilities and management.

All tours fields reconfigured to allow soccer, flag football and kickball. Yes I said kickball. Monday through Friday it's run by dynamic sports and they run Softball leagues along with all the sports I mentioned above

Saturday and Sunday's twin creeks found that adults don't spend money so roughly 45 - 50 weekends a year it's travel ball softball and hardball.

Pretty sad that a very nice complex isn't used by adults but economic 101 win over and now Bay Area softball players have to travel to Hayward Pleasanton Fremont and further to play.
Jan. 9, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

All BLD are great.... Really liked Redding except the heat. Golden eagle is great and once the handful of trees mature it will be better. Both Salem and Portland oregon are really good. Pleasanton is very nice. Victory Lane in Phoenix is one of my favorites. Stevens Point Wisconsin was good. Hastings Nebraska and Cedar Rapids Iowa had nice complexes. My personal favorite had to be Oklahoma City hall of fame stadium. Disney not bad but the walks sucked

Worst: Rancho in Reno you couldn't pay me to slide there. Martinez Tracy Antioch concord I will never set foot on again. Lancaster big 8 was brutal Witt the heat and wind

Old school favorite was rainbow fields in modesto
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