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April 9, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Like a kid in a candy store

sorry no...I will be in Medford this weekend

April 8, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Like a kid in a candy store

Today's mail was a blessing for me and all my guys and gals from Wounded Warrior PNW. Alan Tanner from Team 1 Sports made some calls on our behalf and man did people ever come thru. He talked to Brad at Miken and they sent a care package PACKED with stuff! Bats, Gloves, Batting Gloves...a lot of stuff. I showed it to my wife and she started crying. It was a true blessing not just for the Warriors, but for her and I also.
John Evanchik sent a Dz 44/375's...
Some other guys have sent bats, gloves and stuff. It is amazing what you guys have done.
As some of you know Terry(wife) and I have been trying to support these brave Men and Women out of our savings. It's nice to have that burden lifted for a little while.
THANK YOU all so much for everything you have done. Please keep us in your prayers.

Sincerely

1st Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Rangers
Wounded Warriors PNW
Founder

March 28, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

John you can just sent it to my house.
9909 NE 59th Ave.
Vancouver, Wa. 98686
I keep everything in my Suburban.
The Hospital doesn't seem to
have room for our stuff anymore.
March 27, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

Sorry Webbie. Las Vegas is a no show for me or any of the players this year. We had planned to go and say Hi, meet a lot of guys, let the guys hang out with other players but it has become FUBAR. The bat bags are a great idea but Honestly, we use Army reclaimed duffels. And they work well for us.
What we can use most are.....

44/375 softballs
ANY gloves..playing or batting
and of course BATS! We always need bats. We were hoping a vendor or manufacturer would step up, A couple guys already sent bats and they are being well played...:)...almost to the point of trying to remember what color they were originally.

Some of these guys have the upper body strength of a Mule. And we play in all weather, hot, cold, rain.....they don't care..they just wanna play. And it gets them out and off the ward for a few hours.
You wouldn't believe the transformation that has come over these soldiers. For a few hours EVERYDAY, they can forget everything and just be guys, not patients, playing softball.
March 26, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

Thank you to all of you fellow senior players and Vendors who have donated some wonderful equipment to the Wounded Warriors PNW. If you could see their faces when they get something they don't have or something in a lot better shape than they already have....it's like a kid with a new toy. It's like who gets to use the new stuff first.
Man, I have a wonderful wife. My Military retirement all goes to these guys and gals. As long as I don't use the credit card, she lets me do whatever I want. Think I will keep her for a few more years.
Again, Thank you, all of you! But I REALLY want to give a shout out to Alan Tanner of Team1 Sports and Rev Judi at Wintercrest. They have gone above and beyond. It's an Honor to know them.

1st Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Rangers
Wounded Warriors PNW
Founder
March 8, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Email

pdxgoldwing@yahoo.com......there you go...
Feb. 4, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is for Paco

Just wanted to let you know, I got your check. We bought shoes for the guys. I talked to a shoe store mgr and we bought display models. Some were left foot, some right so it worked perfect for us. Without guys like you, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.


Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Ranger
Founder of:
Wounded Warriors PNW
Jan. 25, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: To those who have helped me help the Wounded Warriors PNW

Doug, believe me it's an honor to help these young men and women to get back to some kind of normalcy in their lives. Just yesterday a young Sgt came up and really put in perspective for me. He said when he's out there on the diamond, all his worries kind of melt away and he doesn't think about what has happened or whats ahead for him. We have a therapist who comes and watches these guys play and hang out. It gives him some kind of opening for him to talk to these guys. They joke around and stuff, but when it comes to talking about what they are going thru, They clam up. Happened to me when I came home from Nam, and all the other places where I had to go in to battle mode. I see the faces when I go to bed and when I wake up. These guys are going thru the same thing. Help's to talk to someone who has gone thru it and came out the other side.
I only wish people weren't hap-hazzard when it comes to these guys. We have a big battle almost weekly with the VA about letting these guys play. No money, no equipment except for what my wife have bought and what was donated. It's sad. If people could only see their faces when a new bat or glove shows up. Or new balls are thrown out for them to play with. These are battle hardened warriors in every sense of the word, but when they get new stuff, they become that kind playing sandlot baseball again.
Honestly, I don't know how much longer I can support them by myself. Retired Military doesn't pay much and it's getting worse every year. But we will carry on. I will spend my last dollar to see these guys happy. So when you kneel down to pray tonight, thank the Lord for another day in this free country and thank a Vet for keeping you safe.
1Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Ranger
God Bless you and God Bless America.
Jan. 23, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: To those who have helped me help the Wounded Warriors PNW

A BIG and heartfelt thank you to all of you is all I can give. Everything everyone sent is being used by the guys. The bats and gloves are a big help!. The monies sent went to buy new softballs and equipment bag for everything. I guy down the road from me donated a small yard tractor so we can FINALLY drag the homemade field. WOOHOO!. We bought new to us bases and a home plate. SO, again THANK YOU so much for your thoughts, prayers and generosity. The Senior Softball community comes thru again.

1Sgt. Michael L Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
Jan. 17, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pissing match with local VA

we were delivering some softball equipment that some of the guys donated. It's kind of our thing. Thats where our Wounded Warriors are...well some of them at least. VA won't buy them softball equipment so I scrounge, beg, borrow and almost steal stuff so they can play.
Jan. 17, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pissing match with local VA

almost got tossed off the VA property today. Seems they aren't or should I say weren't too happy with what my wife and I were doing....:)...The lady admin came shouting down the hall chasing me and some of the guys and I were heading to the REC room. Yelling I can't do this and that. "The VA supplies supplies all the REC equipment these men need" and so on. It was 10 mins of nonstop bitching to the extreme. I kind of just smiled and let her rant for a while. In the mean time she presses a button she was wearing and security shows up. They stand there listening to her go off. I don't think she knows that the security guy...I trained...they know me. One security guy looks at the other and quietly says watch this.....she finally quits talking and tells the guys to escort me off the property. They just looked and her...then at me...and said "no way. Do you know who this is?". Now it was my turn to speak. Back in the old days I was a DI at Ft. Lewis, so I get my old DI voice on and rip into her harder than Pit Bull eats a opossum. Finally she gets the point that I know more people there at the VA than she does. I pull out my cell and call the Hosp Administrator. I tell him whats going on. This ladies face is ghost white by now. She starts to leave and I tell her to stay right where she is. The head honcho shows up and just starts laughing. He dismisses the guards, tells the admin to shut the hell up and sends her to his office. He pats me on the back and says at least she's still standing...he had his doubts....what an exciting day!
Jan. 17, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

GSWP...got an email from paypal....sincere thanks for your help. this will do wonders.
cyborg...You picked one of the things we need most. Thank You so much.
Jan. 16, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A BIG thank you

WOW! I can't believe all the email I have gotten in the last few days. THANK YOU to all the guys who have sent money to the paypal account and have put packages in the mail. I talked to my team this afternoon and they said to pass along a "hooyah" to everyone.
Well Done fellow players. You have restored my faith in humanity..:)..So far we have a bunch of gloves, balls and a few bats being sent, not counting the donations. This will go a LONG way in helping these guys get back on the field.
We have more to do and I don't know if we will ever be done. 1. is because I really like helping these guys. Makes me feel like I'm back home. 2. is because it pleases them and their families. Again...THANKS
Jan. 16, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

it's
@mail.com
Jan. 16, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can someone tell me why DeMarini Black Ops bag is so expensive

Why does the Black Ops Bag cost so much? Does anyone else make a bag that has individual bat sleeves like it does? I figure I am going to buy 1 more bag for myself, then no more. Seems like every year I have to buy a new one. Mostly because of airlines beating the crap out of them......and ideas?
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

Yes Dave I do.
it's Friedricemike@mail.com
thanks for thinking of these worthy guys....we appreciate all everyone can do.

Big Mike

P.S. HEY!...I know you guys! Monaco Mayhem/ Sunlight Supply here!....:)
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

Cyborg....thanks for the offer. It would be great to have this stuff. It is sure needed! Sorry but I don't think I will be in Vegas in April. My Address is at the top.....again thank you very much.
Big Mike
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

Paco, I wouldn't mind at all.....thank you for the offer. It's very kind of you and this kind of stuff and guys like you, make it an HONOR to help these guys out....
Big Mike
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

Alan, Modi and Lewis..thanks for the kind words. I am doing all I can to help these guys and gals do their best. Believe me, It's an honor and a privilege to do what we do. Truthfully, sometimes you just want to cry. You can see the light come on in the guys eyes when they "GET IT". The realize they can do this. Thanks for offering stuff to help them. I will make sure you all get a signed poster or a shirt or something from us. I will take some video with my phone and upload it so you guys can see these wonderful men and women playing a game we all take for granted....Much Love
Big Mike
Jan. 14, 2014
Big Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner


Alan all I can say thanks for the advice and pointing out such a GREAT bat. I hit it this morning, about 50 balls. Farthest was 350 or so. SMOKING hot from the start. In the afternoon I took it to my Wounded Warriors PNW players and holy moly they knocked the heck out of it. One of our young soldiers sat in his wheelchair and hit the dang ball at least 200 ft. It was IMPRESSIVE! You're right. It does sound different to start but it kind of gets in the groove after awhile, and then it's lights out.
Also, thanks for the batting gloves. These guys can't afford this high class stuff...:)... so I usually buy them out of my own pocket. VA Hosp. doesn't spend money on REC stuff, so Me and my Wife kind of foot the bill. Don't get me wrong, we don't mind, just gets kind of expensive when gearing up for the upcoming season.
You should see the smile on their faces when we are able to get good stuff. It's nice to see them when it gets in to their brain that they can still play a game they loved as a kid. They absolutely come out of their shell and they become more of their old self again. Not a lot of whining or complaining from these guys. Love just hanging out with them. They have physical and sometimes mental impairments and I'm old and have both so we get along great..:)
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You make this old war horse proud.

1Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Ranger
Founder: Wounded Warriors PNW.
Vancouver, Wa.
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