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Cedric "Mitch" Mitchell

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Nov. 30, 2009
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prostate Recovery

surf88, you bring up an excellent point for all of us to remember.
"YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH, NOT THE DOCTORS".
If you ask your doctor to do a PSA test and he/she says, "no, you don't need one now, you're to still to young". Then what you do is, stand up, look them straight in the eye and demand that one be done. If he or she still says no. Then tell them good-bye and that you will not be seeing them again becasue you are going to change your Primary Care Physican (PCP)to one that actually cares about your health. Think about it like this, there is no magic age where prostate cancer starts showing up.
Let me tell you what happened to me. I had my first PSA test done at age 53 or 54. Hell, back then I couldn't even spell PSA let a lone know what it meant. The result came back at 4.6, should be 4 or less. I figured what difference is .6 going to make. I PCP thought a little diffiently. Even though it was "slightly" elevated, he had me see a urogolist or how ever you spell it. He had me come back in about 3 months and take another blood test and this one came back 4.9. He said we are going to keep a very close eye on this and told me to come back in another 3 months with the results of another blood test. This time it was 6.7 and he said we will watch it another 3 months and see what happens, but to be ready cause if this one comes back even higher, he is going to do a bisopy of the gland itself. Three months later, it was 7.6 and true to his word, he did a prostate bisopy in 8 different locations around the gland. Two weeks later the results were in, 100% negative for prostate cancer. I was one happy camper, but the doc wasn't smiling. He said they don't always detect it on the first try, so do another blood test in 3 months and if this one is still higher, he is going to do another biospy. Well, this bllod test showed a PSA of 9.0 and again true to his word anothere biospy only this time from 10 different locations around the gland. Two weeks later, the first words out of his mouth were, "well, young man, you have prostate cancer". My first words were, "well, wholly shit, how the hell do we get rid of it". He gave s few books to read up on the subject and what my chosices were. After 6 months of studying and reading all about on my options, I came across a procedure that used a computer controled or enhanced techique that used a robot to remove the prostate from 5 small half inch incisions around the stomach area. I went and had an interview with the surgeon that would do the procedure and he said I would be a good subject for the procedure. Basically they put a camera in one of the incisions and the surgeon had his fingers wired up to the othere insturments. He can watch what's he doing on a 17 inch clor montior in a different room and can actually "shave" of layers of tissue to get to where he needs to go with this robot because it is so presice.
I said, "yes sir" this is the procedure I want done on me. The insurance said no because it was not approved by the FDA. I checked the FDA website only to find out that this "exact to the letter" procedure was approved 3 years "prior" to me asking about it now. I email them the info, and they approved it the next day. The procedure was done on Jan. 07, 2004 and on Feb. 07, 2004, (exactly one month later) I was out having tryouts to play on a senior league in here Sacramento, CA. Everything went fine and everything is still fine.
Again, the whole point to all my babbling in this, "YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH", not the doctors and not the insurance companies.
Hope some of this helps and Good Luck
Mitch
Nov. 19, 2009
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prostate Recovery

I had my bout with prostate cancer in Jul. 03, age 52. I checked all my options and decided on the Robotic DaVinci procedure in Nov.03. Had the procedure done on Jan. 7, 2004 at the City of Hope hospital in LA because it wasn't being done anywhere in northern CA. I was released 3 days later and came back to Sacramento and started playing softball exactly one month later on Feb. 7, 2004. Like everyone else, I was checked 4 times a year, then twice a year and now I'm glad to say I'm being checked once a year. Things worked out great for me and I would "highly" recommend the Robotic procedure. The surgeon managed to spare both sets of nerves around the gland itself so "everything" works.
Don't be afraid if you hear them say "prostate cancer", just kick it's ass and get out of you system using the robot. By the way, my surgeon said he could literally shave off layers of tissue using the robot to get to where he needs to be, so something that precise is what I wanted.
Good Luck and remember, kick it's ass, not the other eay around.
Dec. 31, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Breaking in a glove

This may sound a little crazy, but I had an old glove that I wanted to soften up. I didn't have an good glove oil so I went to the garage and wa-la, WD-40. I sprayed some on there and it worked just great. As "docnorm" stated, it will add weight to the glove so be carfefull.
I just sprayed the entire glove and worked it in with my hands by bending and streching it. Seemed to work pretty damn good for me.
Oh yeah, you'll probably need to leave it in the garage for a couple of days to air it out because of the smell.
Good Luck
Nov. 14, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Rule

Food for thought:
With the bases 65 feet apart, that makes 2nd base 91.9 feet from home plate.
The pitchers mound is 50 feet from home plate. That leaves 41.9 feet between the pitchers mound and 2nd base.
WHAT IF, the pitchers mound was moved back to 60 feet from home plate. Before you say "no way", think about it.
1. It would give the pitcher more time to react to a batted ball.
2. Take "more" of the middle away from batters.
3. A team would probably be able to turn more double plays thereby speeding up the game.
4. More of the balls hit past a pitcher and over 2nd base would be playable and cause more outs, again speeding up the game.
5. Allow the pitcher to wear protection, if they want to, and keep the middle in play.
6. A batter would run a greater risk of being put out since the pitcher would have a better chance to field the ball, again speeding up the game.

If you think about it, it's would almost be like adding another infielder right at 2nd base. It would be a lot harder to hit up the middle and past the pitcher since they would be back another 10 feet.

You see a lot of pitchers who immediately run backwards after they pitch in an effort to cut off the middle. With the extra 10 feet, they wouldn't have to run back and it would give them more time to get into a defensive position.

Now, let me say, I am NOT a pitcher and have no idea how hard it would be for pitchers to adjust to the added 10 feet.

Any thoughts from pitchers out there?
Oct. 31, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New One Dollar coin issue

If you go to this website http://usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/?action=$1coinFlash. Once there, click where it says "edge lettering" and it will show you where "In God We Trust" is located. Completely new place. Check it out,
Mitch
Oct. 24, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BALL DISTANCE IS DETERMINED BY?

basbro1, in your post about big Mike, would you say he changed his "bat" depending on conditions or the way he swung the bat depending on conditions. In other words, if he had the wind in his face, would he change his bat or the way he swings it? Or, say on a hot day vs. a cold day? I'm not sure if I'm making any sense but hopefully you'll get my point. Thanks
Oct. 18, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Batting Box

According to the 2007 ASA rule book, Rule 7 (Batting) Section 6 (The batter is out)
para. D. When an entire foot is touching the ground completely outside the lines of the batter's box when the ball makes contact with the bat.
E. When any part of a foot is touching home plate when the ball makes contact with the bat.

Hope this helps.
Sept. 3, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Combat Macenko Bat

Man let me tell you, I watched the game Monta is referring to and a lot of different guys used this bat with "outstanding" results. Some guys have never hit a ball that far in their life. Even the hits that weren't that solid were hit hard and long.
"Very nice bat."
Sept. 3, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Combat Macenko Bat

Hey Monta, what time do you play tonight?
MItch
Aug. 26, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacements

OG, to answer your question about my doctor and the concern about contact. Yes, he did mention it and stressed the importance of avoiding it. To me, it means I need to be a lot more alert to things going on around me during any game. As I said before, I haven't returned to playing yet, my surgery was done May 14, 2008, but I plan on returning next year.

Here's the way I looked at my whole hip replacement decision. I had a lot of pain in my left hip, especially in my upper thigh area. The surgeon said that's called "defered" pain and the actual pain was in the hip joint itself because it was bone on bone from arthritis. My surgeon said I had 2 options, one was to play while using pain meds, which worked but I couldn't do any quick movements, and second was the hip replacement.

My thinking was this, I'm 57 now and I could play for a few more years before tha pain got to be to much, BUT, they wouldn't be "good" years. I thought if I take a year off and get the hip replacement done and then the rest of the year rehab it then next year I'd be able to return to playing and have many more "good" years.

If you delay having it done, just remember, you'll be older and rehabing it might take a lot longer if you wait. My thinking is, the younger I am when I have it done, the faster and better the rehab will be. Now I will hopefully have many "good" years ahead of me.
Time will tell.
Good Luck in your decision, which ever one you pick.
Aug. 19, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacements

OldGlove, in my previous post I mentioned I had my left hip replaced on May 14th this year. I'm 57 which according to my surgeon, is young. Usual age is 65 to 70. My surgeon told me that the "old" hip replacement "stuff" was designed to last 12 to 15 years. But, there's a newer one on the market, which I had put in me, that's designed to last a "lifetime". It has better weight disbistution and better stability because the ball and socket are larger and made of some new material, I think it's called carbon steel but I'm not sure. The reason they say it's "designed" to last a lifetime is becasue it's only been out a couple of years and they don't have the data to back it up yet. Before my surgery, I told my surgeon that my ultimate goal was to get to playing softball and he said that shouldn't be problem, just no more sliding. Hell, I haven't slid in 12 years or so that wasn't a problem. Besides, I told him I learned how ro strech a triple into a double and a double into a single a long time ago. I'll stay on the base I know I'm safe on and not push it any further. Like I said before, I haven't started palying again yet but I plan on it next year.
If your surgeon says they only last 12 years, get a second opinion because there's new ideas on the market.
Good Luck
Aug. 14, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacements

I know you asked about some one having BOTH hips replaced, and like softball4b, I had my left hip replaced. Mine was done on May 14, 2008. It's been about 2 and a half months and it's going fine. I haven't returned to playing yet but I plan on playing next year. I told myself that I had to take a year off and get it done and rehab it so next year I'll be back to playing again. I'm 57 years old, 6' tall and weight about 250 lbs. I'm going to 24 hour fitness 3 times a week with a personal trainer each time. Although I'll be a year older, I plan on having one of my best years since I started playing senior ball 7 years ago. Like softball4b, no pain just tightness and improving daily. Hope this helps.
Aug. 4, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RATINGS WARS

Isn't being raised to the next level a way of showing progress made by the team? I would view it as a complaiment or a job well done. Obiviously, the performance of the team has been recognized by league officals as being good enough to go to the next level. Sure it will be tougher there but that just means you'll have to play your "A" game all the time. There's nothing wrong with that. Look at it as a reward for all your hard work and the fact that you're moving up shows that. Just think, if you move up and beat some of those teams, wouldn't that be a great feeling? And it can be done.
June 25, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new park in sparks nv

Monta, that's am awesome looking park. Did you play there ore ump there? I should be back playing sometime next year and maybe make it to that park.
Feb. 3, 2008
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pete D

I had knee surgery on my left knee and then physical therapy after that. The physical therapist showed me an excersise that works every muscle around the knee at the same time. You're right about the muscles around the knee, they all have to be strong in order stabilize the knee itself.
The excersise goes like this: what you have to do is find something round and about 6 inches in diameter and maybe 12 to 18 inches long. They had a piece of very dense foam in the therapy place. I used an old towel at home and it works just as good. Take the towel and fold it in half length wise. Then roll it up as tight as possible and tape it so it stays rolled up. Put it on the floor and put one foot on it and the other beside it to help you with balance. Then slowly lift up the foot that's on the floor and try to balance yourself on the rolled up towel. You will be surprised how difficult this is. Every muscle around the knee is used when trying to balance on the towel. It's kinda like the new core training where you use the other muscles that support to larger muscles and help stablize them.
I hope this helps you cause it sure has helped me. Good Luck
Jan. 25, 2008
Mitch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: hitting the pitcher

Einstein, you're right, I think this rule will cause a lot of arguments. Just imagine a batted ball being hit straight back at the pitcher in less than half a second. Now, where were his arms when he got hit? Were they out to the side or di he have them tucked in to his sides? Was one up and the other down? Did he make an attempt to block it?
One team will say yes, his arms were in a defensive position and the other will say no, he didn't have them in a defensive position.
It sounds like the ball is pretty much a line drive straight at the pitcher. If, in fact, that's true, Jetboy, why the hell would anybody stand there and take a shot like that just to get a defensive out? I've played first and third and been nailed by a lot of balls over the years and every one of them hurt. The pitcher is a lot closer than first or third so I would imagine it would hurt a hell of a lot more then what I've experciened. I can't imagine anyone "taking one for the team" in something like this.
Jan. 25, 2008
Mitch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Game Suggestions

I agree with Fred. Here's some other things to consider. 1. NO arguing with the umps by the players, only the managers and players need to remember that you CAN NOT argue a "judgment" call. I've seen a huge amount of time wasted by players arguing with the umps about a call. 2. Managers need to control their players, not the other way around. 3. No "around the horn" by the defensive team makes a good play. get the ball back to the pitcher as soon as possible. 4. The on-deck batter has the responsiblity of getting the previous batters bat back to the dugout and out of the field of play. A lot of batters carry their bat down the first base line and then drop it. The next batter needs to be ready to go get it AND the batter following them can go out and get the bat from the new batter and carry it back to the dugout. 5. Everybody needs to know who they follow in the line-up and be ready when their turn comes up. Even the batter "in the hole" can help out by getting the bat back to the dugout as soon as possible.
One thing to remember is, any position in the outfield takes time to "get to" and "get from" as you get older. If you're tired and coming in from the outfield, walk over to the foul line and off the field so the other team can start batting as soon as possible.
The manager's can help a lot by getting their players ready and letting them know where they are playing and who they follow in the line-up.
Again, NO arguing with the ump. It really bugs the hell out of me when I see players arguing the umps about a call. I've seen a huge amount of time wasted when they argue with the umps and they "should" know that the ump is not going to change their call. Get over it and move on. There's still the rest of the game to play.
Oct. 6, 2007
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Terry, Tick tock, tick tock.

Einstein, how well do you know Terry? You made the statement, "senior softball community is ours, belongs to us, all of us, and not you, Terry." Why the hell would you make a statement like that? I know Terry and have played on several teams with him and I am completely confident that Terry is very aware who the senior softball community belongs to and he knows it belongs to everyone. I just don't know why you'd make a statement like that.
You say that you know that TNG is Gary19 who was ban once before. How do you know that? Are you sitting there as he types his messages? Could you stand up in court and swear that TNG is Gary19? Even if "you" could swear that to be true,Terry probably couldn't because he can't go on what you might "THINK" is true. Terry "has" to deal in cold hard facts and not on what somebody might "think."
Again, I'm completely confident that Terry know's what he's doing. Who knows einstein, he might be collecting facts about this right now. I'm sure he'll respond in a manner he feels correct and in the best interest of the senior softball community and not his.
Oct. 4, 2007
Mitch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Terry, you out there?

Einstein and Pete D What is it exactly that you would like Terry to do? He banned this person once and that didn't work. If TNG/Gary19 ,or whatever they go by, is banned again, what's to pervent them from coming back again and again and again?
Do you guys have any ideas? I think it would be next to impossible to banned somebody completely. If you think about it, they could come back as einstein1 or Pete D1 and these nothing any one can do about it. Again, do you have any ideas?
I think it's more on the shoulders of those people who post on this message board then it is Terry's. Who cares what TNG says, it's only words. I don't know either one of you guys so I can't comment on your character. I really don't care what people say about me as long as I believe in myself and what I do. I'm a lot stronger than any words a person can say about me.
If you want to ban TNG, then simply don't reply to ANY of his comments or reply or posts. Who cares what the hell he says, if it's no good, ignore it, it's it good, read it. Pretty simple I think. What are your thoughts.
Basically, don't let him or anyone get under your skin, cause as soon as they do, they've won.
Stay strong and have thick skin. Water off a ducks back, right??
Sept. 1, 2007
Mitch
Topic: Bats
Discussion: knob cuff

I've got the 2007 ASA rule book and this will probably add to the confusion. Rule 3 (equipment) Section 1 (Official bat) Para. H (safety grip) says, in part, "The Safety Grip may be a molded finger-formed grip as long as it is permanently attached to the bat or attached to the bat with safety tape." It also says, "A bat having a "flare" or "cone" grip attached will be considered an Altered Bat."
I think it now raises the question, what is a "molded finger-formed grip".
I didn't find anything mentioned about a "knob cuff" so I'm not sure if this helps or not.
Good Luck
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