Monkton 2010 - World Fastball Invitational

March 4, 2010

Monkton, ON

  Monkton ON.
  It is with a heavy heart that I compose this message today, however, it is news that most of you, the fastball world,  may have already been informed of through various sources.
I am writing to confirm that the 2010 edition of the World Fastball Invitational that was scheduled for this upcoming July 1 - 4 has been officially cancelled.
Myself and the Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the teams and people involved (they know who they are) that put forth a very valiant effort - especially in the "final hour" , in order to salvage and save the tournament for this year. 
Many factors played a hand in this decision, yet I do not deem necessary the need to disclose nor make public the reasoning at this time.  The people close to this situation know and understand the hardships and dilemnas involved, and stand behind us 100%
in not only this decision, but to put remain intact and bring a 2011 edition of the event to Monkton, and cement our place on the elite mens circuit for the future.
There are a couple other fine tournaments being held this summer and I encourage teams, fans, and sponsors to inquire and assist in making them the success' they will certainly be - the annual Legends held in Kitchener put together by my good friend and fastball legend in his own right- Larry Lynch, as well as the upstart Tavistock event headed by another good friend Dave Bailey.
Many words of thanks and praise could be said here, but this is not a farewell.  it is an announcement that saddens ourselves and many many people in our great game - to whom I feel personally obligated..  Those close to me know my inner feelings and thoughts at this time...  it is a sad day.  However, the game MUST go on..  The game will go on.  I committed to seeing that happen.  There are many fine people that work tirelessly and are committed as well.  I ask the world to support our game in any way possible - we all know it needs it.  More then ever. 
Kind regards and thank to all!
We'll see you at a park somewhere this summer...
Brian Baillie
World Fastball Invitational.

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