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Oct. 23, 2012
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Glove!

Well, after using my 1st basemans glove for over 25 yrs (off and on whenever playing 1st) I took a hot grounder down the line and was going to the base for the out when I noticed the ball on the ground. Fortunately I had time to pick it up and make the out. I couldn't figure out how I missed the ball until I looked at my glove and noticed the ball went through the webbing. I restrung the glove, but decided it was time for a new one. Since my Mizuno lasted 25yrs, I wanted the same glove. I ordered a gfx10 online that looked similar and found it for $190 at JK sports ($220 everywhere else). When it arrived, I was like a little kid who just got his first baseball glove. I couldn't take it off. The technology is so much better today than 25yrs ago. It seems so hard to leave OLD FAITHFUL, but my new glove is totally worth it. I was so attached to my old glove that I thought I could never leave my old one. Oh well, out with the old, in with the new??

Sept. 18, 2012
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

Stick, It would seem unusual for a player playing all their life and not sliding, but I still play in an open league a couple of nights per week and notice that even many of the kids (20-30yr olds) won't slide on "league night" and say they save sliding for tournements only.

Still, Ive never been hurt sliding other than a few rasberries and find it more danderous to go into a base on a close play and try to stop dead on the base.

I still can't blame guys who don't slide because I really never have seen anyone 'practicing' sliding...

Sept. 17, 2012
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

I guess sliding isn't something you can easily learn if you are "older" - LOL. It's not something that is easy to practice either. When I see someone try to slide that doesn't know how, they can get really injured. Broken ankle, sprained knee.... If they start the slide too late, it can be devestating. I guess if it is started too early, it's much safer, but if you don't make it to the base, it will look pretty bad when they walk over and tag you out. I think the key is feeling comfortable with where your feet will end up (or hand if it's head first). It's almost like reaching for something with your feet. Seems easy to me, but I have seen some pretty scarey and dangerous slides, so I can only speak for myself.

Sept. 17, 2012
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

I think players get hurt from sliding because they don't know how or very seldom slide. I never looked at sliding as any more dangerous than running full speed and then trying to pull up and stop standing up. It seems to me much safer to just slide- as long as you know how. I was a swimmer in a younger life and going into the wall, I needed to know where my feet were to make a flip-turn and plant my feet perfectly on the wall. I don't even think twice if the play calls for me to slide, I slide.
Aug. 4, 2009
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Anti Virus

Ron,
The Combat Anti-Virus end loaded is a great ASA bat. Probably in the top 5 hottest (for ASA). For Senior ball, it's nothing. As Sloball points out it takes forever to break in. I have a 28 oz EL and use it for ASA games and batting practice only. Would never even think to use it in Senior ball.
July 2, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Optimum number of players

Plano player,
What can I say but "well put"....
July 2, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Optimum number of players

Andy,
Thanks for your response. We are not sponsored (which would make a big difference). I hope we are all playing to win (loosing is part of the game). I think team chemistry is so important and it becomes effected (negatively - in my opinion) as the bench grows and guys are sitting. Another question it brings up is how many should you bat? Do you feel bad someone is not playing so you bat 13 instead of 11? Then the hot hitters get less at bats? If any of my teammates come out to sit on the bench, and aren't injured, they might want to take up golf.
July 2, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Optimum number of players

I am interested on what the consensus is for the optimum number of players a team should bring to a tournement. Is 13 not enough? Is 15 too many? Your thoughts would be appreciated...
April 25, 2009
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Batting gloves, hype or type

I personally don't like anything between my hand and the bat when I swing. There is a slight loss of control by putting a substance between your hand and the bat. I would only use a glove if your going out to hit 50-100 balls in BP. With that said, if you still prefer a glove, I would suggest the thinest (probably most expensive) glove you can find. Work gloves should never be used i a game...
March 25, 2009
santo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this a ring option tourney as well? I am very interested in finding out who and why these fields were picked. There just seems to be no excuse for the poor choices. Did anyone visit the fields? We have a great complex in Arlington Hgts, Ill and is very close to the ones we will be playing on. Did we check around?? So, who makes the decisions???
March 24, 2009
santo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

I hate to be a pest, and it is great having a tourney in my back yard, but why was the tourney moved? The 3 facilities mentioned are in no way comparable to the ones we played on in Champaign. Instead of one complex, we will be driving to 3 different ones. Who picks the fields and what input is used? I play locally 4 nights per week and will be a bit embarrassed to have my fellow players playing on these fields when there are much better fields located in the area.
March 24, 2009
santo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Anyone know why this was moved from Champaign? What fields will this tourney be played on. I live around Schaumburg and only know of one or two complexes good enough to host a tourney. Nothing is worse than travelling to a tourney only to play on fields that look like sandlots....
March 15, 2009
santo
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth asa Titan

Capt.,
Don't know about the Titan, but I finally broke down and bought an ASA bat for a league I play in once a week. The other days are USSSA/NSA (Jeff Worth Mayhem 28 end-load $189) and of course, senior ball (Ultra II 29 $199). I bought a Combat Anti-Virus 28 end-load $199 and have been using it for about 2 weeks. For ASA, I haven't swung a better bat. The Easton Synergy Flex is good too but I like the end-load Anti-Virus. Good Luck, I now have my three favorate bats. Now all I have to do is hit...
Feb. 24, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Was it stupidity or lack of moral values??

As I said in my post, we all need to remember our equipment when we leave the dugout (I'm sure it gets harder the older we get), 99.9% of us are straight up guys. To Lionsden and 007, I apologize for not giving you the benefit of the doubt. How about this; if we are the first player from our team in the dugout at the start of a game, we sweep the bench and make sure the dugout is clean before we enter. More importantly, if we are the last player leaving at the end of a game, we sweep the bench and make sure the dugout is clean of all equipment....
Feb. 23, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Was it stupidity or lack of moral values??

JonCon,
First, remember your glove next time. Second like Allen said 99.9% of us are straight up guys and wouldn't think of doing something like that. And finally, the guy is lucky he didn't get his as- kicked. We are no longer 18 yr olds and have had enough time to know the difference between right and wrong. Anyone who played on that AAA team from New Mexico that reads this, needs to get that guy off of their team. Based on his initial non-response, it sounds like he might have done something like this before. Hats off to you for handling it the way you did. Mark the guy off as a looser and next time anyone sees this guy, pull out an old throw away glove, hand it to him and say you thought he might have needed an extra.....
Jan. 28, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: There's STATS and there are stats...

Einstein, I agree with you. First, I think it should be up to the team to keep their own stats. I'm sure the tourney people don't have the time or $$ to pay someone to do it. On Base Percentage is probably a stronger stat because you really can't fudge the number. Batting average is tricky because an error could be a hit if you have a lenient score keeper and vice versa if every missed ball is an error. But something is better than nothing. I would rather play on a team that keeps stats because I can't lie to myself when I look at the report. If my onbase is over say 700, I think I had a pretty good tourney. If it's 250, I need to sit down and ask myself if maybe I should be a bowler...
Jan. 14, 2009
santo
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Chicago Classics looking for players

Chick,
I play all positions very well, hit the crap out of the ball and am fairly dependable. I just require coddling every once in a while and I'm not 55 yet. LOL Hope you find the players you need. You guys are great. See you indoor.

TG#10
Jan. 14, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New team

McJeep,
It helps to have a good Pitcher first and then a shortstop. You can build from there. Being a manager is a very big responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Sounds like the reason for your last teams demise. Be the manager and don't allow other players to manage. Building a winning team starts at the top. Great players help, but the team needs to be directed and get along with each other to Gel. Lotsa Luck!!!!
Jan. 14, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Pictures - Day 2

Jack,
How can I access the pics??
Jan. 14, 2009
santo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: To the current 60 and 65 year old players a question for you

Lecak, the thing that got me into senior ball was attending a local tourney and walking around the fields seeing 50's, 55's, 60's and 65's playing at different levels, I was 49 and it opened my eyes to the fact that I could be playing the game forever! Now, whenever I'm at a tourney, I make it a point of watching other age bracket games. To me, they are just as competitive and just as fun to watch. I've learned alot from the older guys already, and will continue to learn from them. It's just part of the game.
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