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Dec. 2, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Anaconda Combat DaBomb

I have this bat but the OG. It's getting pretty beat up. Are the ones for sale at the Senior store a reissue? If so are hey as hot as the OG?
Nov. 30, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Performance enhancing

DC13: I have often called senior bats the 50 plus steroid. You hit a ball 350 with it and only 305-330 w/ a USSSA bat.
Webbie: That is one ugly brace. I hope you at least invested in a newer pair of shorts. lol

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 28, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Joey/Webbie; If you have some email addresses of public officials you would like me to contact send them to me or post here and I will see to it they get to the seniors from southern NM and El Paso. We have 18 teams in our league and a couple others in Silver City that do not play in our league. Should be close to 300 players that could send out e-mails.
Nov. 25, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Performance enhancing

I must agree with the PED assessment. I have been lifting weights for 40 yrs. As a youngster it was about mass, power and strength. For the past 20 yrs it has been more about maintaining my strength but a more concentrated effort toward maintaining definition and muscular endurance. I have been taking branched-chain aminos and protien for yeas. Throw in some creatine and now Bulgarian Tribulus Terrestris an testosterone enhancer I feel great. I have been able to maintain my definition and muscular endurance with my workouts.
When I started playing seniors I was amazed at the size of some of these Major plus guys. With all my years of working out I have never once used PED's that were banned. Now, don't get me wrong, had I known PED's would have gotten me into the NBA or MLB I would have used them no questions asked. But, to use them for senior ball which I suspect more major Plus players are using than will admit is BS. I have never found a good substitute for hard work especially at our age.


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Nov. 24, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Want to share this with my bros.

This is an example of the beauty of senior ball. I just finished an impromptu BP/scrimmage organized by myself and another senior. We sent out a mass text to friends and teammates from 4 teams in the area. It was done just to get together with buddies to play some ball on a beautiful 70 degree day in Las Cruces. We took BP and played for 4 1/2 hours 9am to 1:30pm with a beer break for about 30 minutes from 11:30 to 12. I don't know how many people are able to do this but in Las Cruces this is not uncommon. We also invited sons, nephews and others to come out and have a great time enjoying the game. Without the friendship you establish as seniors, I doubt if we could ever pull his off. We played and laughed and had a great time enjoying the game and life.



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Nov. 24, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Omar: Albuquerque would be a great stop for a senior tourney. I go there every year for Senior Olympics plus once a mth to visit my daughters and grandkids now. They have an airport, lots of hotels, casinos and great place to eat. Not to mention the history. There is a tram that takes u to 2 awesome restaurants about 10,000 ft in the mts. It's interesting how the city is neglecting softball but put 1 million dollars into a BMX bike track.
Webbie: If I can help in any way lmk. Even if it means getting southern NM seniors and younger players to send e-mails to the mayor.
Nov. 23, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Question to ponder: Why at my age I still haven't figured out, when a buddy says "Just 1 more beer" you, it's usually not 1 and you feel like crap the next day. :)



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Nov. 23, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Omar: Northern NM has alot of guys that love softball young and old. But, the city itself hasn't done anything to improve the facilities. In Las Cruces in southern NM we play year round. I avg about 150-170 games per yr incl. tourneys for the past 8 yrs. Between seniors and USSSA mens. I had to give up coed no time.
We have a 3 nice complexes all next to each other with a total of 8 fields for slowptich and 3 fastpitch fields. We have one of the largest slowpitch and fastpitch tourneys in the country. The Whole Enchilada draws 260 USSSA mens and womens teams class C,D & E w/ a waiting list of 30 to 40 teams. The Missy Molina girls fastpitch tourney draws about 180 teams from ages 7 to 18.

I know Webbie has spoken to the city of Albuquerque leaders w/o any positive results. anyway that's just a quick background on softball in NM.

Since this thread is titled "Questions to Ponder" I have one, Why is Gary 19 so negative? Sorry man inquiring minds want to know.
Nov. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

That's easy to answer. Fall Worlds doesn't quite roll off the tongue like Winter Worlds. Mystery solved glad i could help.:)


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are you thankful for?

With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I just wanted to see how senior ballers are thankful for.
I for one am thankful for a wonderful and still beautiful wife of 25 yrs. Three wonderful and great kids and three beautiful and healthy grandkids. Especially, my 2 year old grandson that just 2 yrs ago was fighting for his life being 6 weeks premature.
I am also thankful for the great friends I have made when I relocated to Las Cruces from Boston.
I would like to wish all you board brothers a Happy, Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 20, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PHX 55 AAA

No Problem. Yes, I believe that group would do well in majors. Half the team I played with for the Sportsline Bulls 50AAA others are from the Albuquerque 50 Caliber 50AAA. Then some of them moved on to the Desperados 55AAA and some to the Drlliers 55AAA. They are a great bunch of guys and very talented.
Nov. 20, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PHX 55 AAA

JFF beat the Rio grande 55's in the "if" game for the title.
Nov. 19, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thoughts for the upcoming SSUSA Rules Committee meeting!

Interesting discussion for the few teams SSUSA has for major plus. I have read on past threads about the possiblity of widening the age groups. Such as, 50-58, 59-67 etc. maybe this would help. It's a tough call because I for have seen players in AAA and major that appear to be very capable of playing major plus. I do know population has a great deal to do with availablity of quality players that not only have the desire to play M+ but the finances.
Where I live and play league, Las Cruces, NM has about 5 senior teams w/ a population of about 100,000 incl the whole county. Albuquerque 250 miles north approx. pop. 500,00 and El Paso Tx 50 miles south approx. pop. 1,000,000 are far more capable of gathering a more talented and competitve team than little ole Las Cruces. So i can empathize with those that states like Ca., Fl., or Tx can pretty much survive on their own w/o pillaging other states.

All divisions should go 1-1, just about everyone takes a 1st strike anyway.

I play with the "Rock" ball in usssa absolutely sick ball especially with the new usssa bats. I can only imagine the damage done with a senior bat and the "Rock".

I agree with everyone that says a lower team getting 2 equalizers not cool. You either take 5 runs and play with M+ HR rule or no urns and play major HR rule.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 18, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Awards for championship teams

Bottom line in all this. Seniors are going to tourneys even though they complain about the prizes. Senior are going to tourneys even though entrance fees are going up. When customers are not satisfied with a product they usually don't use the product. At least cut back on the use of the product until something changes. As long as teams dish out the money for these tourneys and nothing changes except the cost. Who cares what your complaints are your going to show up anyway it's the only game in town. It's no different than people complaining about politicians and congress not doing their job. Yet, they vote in the same losers year after year.


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Nov. 14, 2012
boston
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Played with a pitching screen during senior olympics. The pitcher would always stand on the 3rd base side of the screen to pitch. Then stay there the whole time as a defender. Makes no sense if the purpose is protection. As I have stated in the past I'm all for eliminating senior bats.
Nov. 12, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Gary 19; say it isn't so. You're just a pitcher with the kids. I thought you were like me a stud OF, SS, 2nd baseman. Damn, Anyone can play with young guys if they pitch, catch or EH. I'm disappointed man, I thought there was another oldie that played a real position with the kids. lol
Just kidding man, but I hope you don't just pitch and can play somewhere else. As much trash as you talk I truly thought you were like a stud SS or OF.
BTW my question was simple and required an informed, non combative response. You definitely have a knack of turning honey into shit. Are you sure your not an Obama liberal.
Nov. 11, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Gary19: I would not say it is freshman or JV ball. I would say it is more like playing for a smaller school than a larger one. maybe AA is like NCAA Div. 3. AAA is Div. 2, majors is Div. 1AA, and major plus is Div 1A. This would be a more appropriate analogy and less insulting. I have played AA to play with my less talented buddies. I have competed against major and major plus teams when I played AAA. But which ever level I play at my decision is based on not how talented the guys are but how much I enjoy playing with them.

I also play D and E in USSSA because I choose to. I got tired of the nonsense in the C div. Plus at 58, it is more about having a good time. Not that I don't play to win but it's not the most important thing. The world does not end if I don't win as it did when i was in my 20's, 30's and 40's.

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 11, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

I was wondering why there are so few AA teams in all age groups? I have noticed that in the tourneys listed on this site when they post brackets. In fact, I noticed for Winter Worlds there are zero 50AA teams listed. Unless I missed it.
Nov. 4, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Manassas: I agree call the things whatever you want. I just want to play ball. I just finished playing in a USSSA fall state tourney here in las cruces. Back in Sept I just played in the state championships for NM. Did I care about the name hell no. Just another chance to play ball with my son and my senior buddies against the youngsters.

Fabe: Congrats on your teams' accomplishment. The impact it had on Hawaii people can only be people understood by the from Hawaii. We can make assumptions based on our states as Gary 19 has. But that is all it is an assumption. I know when the Depserados won the TOC and they were players from Albuquerque & Las Cruces. Oops and El Paso sorry big John. lol The senior softball community in NM and El Paso were extremely proud of these guys. So were the young guys in the USSSA softball community. Personally, I couldn't care less if anyone outside my teammates and my opponents wants to know or recognizes what my team has accomplished. As long as I get the respect from those I have competed against and those who understand what it takes to play and win.

This is off topic but needs to be said. this sort of goes along the lines of what Fabe was stating about the young guys congratulating his team. When you compete as an older athlete. You do what you can to set an example for your children, grandchildren and the other youngsters that are watching. They could be 5 yrs old to 40 yrs old. We have an obligation to demonstrate to them how to play hard to win. But, how to properly conduct yourself with class, dignity and use good sportsmanship. If you play USSSA or ASA as I do it is even more important to set the standard and be the role model.

Sorry to preach to you guys because I know most men on this board understand these ideals, responsibilities and values. We as older men need to pass on.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 31, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Warning on quality of Combat Bats

thanks for the update and input on the federal law concerning selling a defective product. I find it hard to believe that a bat that doesn't hit to a particular persons expectation can be proven to be defective. A dishwasher has many parts and the possibility of a part being bad is very possible as with any product with many parts. The only way to judge if a bat is defective is to swing it and then what? If you're not a HR hitter and you assumed getting a senior bat was going to make you when and it didn't is the bat defective? Did the ball only carry 315 not 340 does that make it defective? Unless you can see a defect i don't see how this is possible. Comparing a bat to an appliance or vehicle is far reaching. but then again stranger things have happened.


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