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Oct. 23, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Umpires

paul0784, I have played in games with Tommy umping and you are correct that he is a role model. I don't know how he has the energy for a whole day to run out on the field for every call at first and home, stay consistent, always in charge, never biased or argumentative. Makes you appreciate umps who love the game and try hard like him, even if they don't have his stamina.
Oct. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

softball4b, sorry to misunderstand. I have personally seen guys dunk their towels or kerchiefs in the water cooler because it is faster and less messy than coming from the spigot--one of the reasons I never drink from any water cooler in the dugout and bring my own small container of water.

And I would agree that the story of the guy who plunged his twisted ankle into the icy water is likely an urban myth--we have heard of it, but no one seems to have witnessed it. It would take quite a Neanderthal, as gott2play says, to do that in front of his teammates, and I would rather not play with Neanderthals (unless they can hit it 400 feet LOL).


Oct. 18, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

Sparky.1, I have to agree with cal50 here. Guys on two teams get into a shouting/shoving match, they involve the fans as well, and SSUSA lowers the boom and suspends both teams.

No entry fees for next year from these two teams. Angry players who feel they were innocent and might play on other teams as well but can't because of the suspension. Disruption of a tournament with two missing teams.

How do those actions represent a greedy profit-at-all cost attitude? Seems like SSUSA loses profit because of a principled action.
Oct. 18, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

softball4b speaks definitively that this is an urban myth because he did not get sick after drinking water at Sunset. I assume he went to every dugout and drank from every cooler to be sure none of the eight were contaminated.

If it is an urban myth...
Davy is confused when he states the six who drank all got ill and the eight who didn't drink remained healthy...
the Las Vegas Doctor didn't know what he was talking about when he diagnosed one of the six as NOT having the flu...
Dbax was mistaken that one of the wives got food poisoning--it was the flu...
gary#27 drank the water at Sunset and got sick but it was just a coincidence...
Mark44 had food poisoning after Sunset, evidently not the flu but another coincidence...
Mr. Manassas also had six teammates who got sick after drinking water at Sunset but he too was mistaken like Davy...
Mulewhipper drank the water at Sunset and was ill--just another coincidence...
Stick8 had a teammate in ICU after Sunset, and it was not the flu, but again L.V. doctors don't know much...
bkb555 has a friend who was the only one who drank water at Sunset on his team and the only one to get sick--what a string of coincidences.

Also note that none of the flu that softball4b attributes this too was contagious since teammates in close quarters in the dugouts did not get sick, only the water drinkers. Hmmmmmmm

Maybe softball4b can tell us his inside knowledge as to why this is just an urban myth.
Oct. 17, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

FOFO, you are probably right about LVSSA. Doesn't change the point that SSUSA should register its alarm.

Problem with LVSSA doing the water coolers is that they probably pick them up from all the fields and store them somewhere. If there is a contaminated cooler, how do you find it among the 20-30 in some storage area? But perhaps LVSSA has permission to store them at each field? Our club has some privileges like that since we are such frequent and year-round users of the fields.

As to dunking a towel, or even feet! in the cooler, what grown man would do that? And who, seeing it, would drink after it? No way any field or association can protect against such behavior. Do the same adult dunkers use the cooler as a spittoon as well? LOL
Oct. 16, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Yikes! JDub makes it serious. Now that I remember, my grandfather died of drinking tainted water (never met him, he was just a young husband and father when he died).

Considering the number of reports on this website about Sunset Park, seems like it should be seriously looked into. Perhaps SSUSA can forward these concerns to the park management.
Oct. 15, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Redwood City in California also provides small bottles of water by the hundreds at its tournaments. Plenty of money to provide that within the tournament fee if they are bought in bulk at a warehouse club.
Oct. 15, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad state of affirs at Huntsman.

softball4B well said and amen.
Oct. 10, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

the wood, I would allow all truly qualifying teams (those who actually won official qualifiers) to ensure a spot up to the deadline. Then I would allow all champions from last year the same privilege. After that, it would be first come, first served until the tournament filled up (and filled up would be playing on decent fields and schedules that avoid hurry-up game shortening for evening leagues and consideration for sun problems that make the games either ludicrous or dangerous).
Oct. 10, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Sure, it could be a Vegas thing, but Davy's original post was definitive that those who drank their own water were not affected and the six that drank out of the jug became ill. Also, the doctor diagnosed it as definitely a bacterial intestinal infection. If SSUSA has to pay for the water to be provided, they should protest and get a refund, hinting that there could be legal action. If the parks just routinely do this for softball players, they should at least be notified and change their hygiene practices. Won't help with the guy who plunges his twisted ankle into the jug! LOL

Marv is right. I never drink out of the water jug, but bring my own. And, like mad dog, I have never been challenged at BLD for bringing in my 1/2 gallon water jug which I tell the attendant up front is water. If I were challenged, I would open the top and pour some out so the attendant knows it is water. Don't be scared by the sign about no outside beverages. On the other hand, I was wandering in after a lunch break once with a Pepsi cup and legitimately was asked to dump it, which I did.
Sept. 21, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Teams to beat in 60's AAA or Who you don't want to see in your first bracket game.

Very creative bracketing. I like it. Let's see how players like it after the tourney is over.
Sept. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hr or out

I never played hit and sit, although it makes a lot of sense. However, I bet there are times on a sweltering afternoon when the hitter stands there admiring his "home run", only to see it hit high on the fence and then he has to hustle to try to get a double out of it.
Sept. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hr or out

stick8, I would think third out at home...and a very angry home run hitter (not to mention coach), but if crusher is correct, the ump is not even watching the runners on base, but following the ball to see if it clears the fence, then to see if the hitter touches first, and then stops watching or just senses that the runners went toward the next base. Unless the runner on third ran in front of a lazy ump parked behind home, or stepped on his toe, touching the wrong home plate would probably be missed.
Sept. 17, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hr or out

I agree with BruceinGa that batter is safe once he touches first base. Change the scenario slightly. Batter hits a long ball, hoping for a double, maybe a triple, so he barrels down to first only to see that the ball has flown over the fence as he makes the turn at first. He strolls back to pick up his bat and in doing so steps on home plate. Out? I think not. Once ump has called home run, and batter touches first, he can run around the bases, do cartwheels, moon the opposing team's dugout, go back for his bat, whatever and it is still a homerun. However, some of these activities are not recommended if he is the pitcher as the other team might choose to buzz the control tower in their next at bat.
Sept. 14, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Marv19, swing for the fences and I have both played with the Baden Fire Ball in every tournament in northern California for the last several years. About half the tournaments are played in heat over 85 degrees and the Fire Ball holds up very well, even after sitting in the bucket all afternoon behind the umpire getting hot.

During these years, I haven't heard about these performance issues that you have noticed and Webbie and others have seen with other high performance balls. Of course there is the occasional knuckle on a ball hit square, and sometimes a strong afternoon wind can make the outfielder look like a blind man, but in general the Fire Ball seems to fly true.

Although the Baden holds up well and has a nice feel to it, as a pitcher and a player I am not a fan of the Baden because most of the parks are too small to contain it with our composite bats when pipsqueaks like me can hit it out, but that is a conversation for another thread.
Sept. 13, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Marv19, I appreciate your stance on this issue. Of course your reputation and pocketbook are on the line when a sharp lawyer points out that you KNEW a ball didn't fly true because of its construction or was hotter than allowed because it was a cheater ball, yet you allowed it anyhow.

I believe that many associations are at risk from excessively hot equipment and having players sign a waiver is useless. It will only deter the good sport who isn't going to sue anyhow. I'm not too much worried about most of the senior guys I play with filing a lawsuit, but it will be hard to fault a widow or a wife who is turned into a caregiver because her man was severely injured (or killed) by equipment that everyone knew was hotter than most older men could handle (see all the many, many pitchers who get plunked every season—a bruise if they're luck on where the ball hit them, a broken bone if they are unlucky, and a potentially fatal shot to the heart or head if they are really unlucky).

I worry about Northern California Senior Softball Association asking every player to sign a waiver to use a Miken at Big League Dreams parks where the Baden Fireball is used. I worry about SSUSA requiring that a pitcher wear a mask! or sign a waiver. Doesn't that imply that the associations know that the equipment is too hot for the average player. It will be a slam dunk in court after a serious injury and a lawyer points out the culpability of the association that resulted in harm to his client.

Of course there is an implied known injury risk factor to the sport of softball. I've been taking that known risk for 60 straight seasons. But that known risk has accelerated with the advent of the composite bat and the high tech ball that can stay hot in the summer afternoon heat (back in the day, it was assumed that balls would soften in the heat and long ball hits would be few, but it was even for both sides). Unless the associations go back to single walls or dumbed down balls, their future is at risk with every tournament.


Sept. 7, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Webbie has it right. I have always run as fast as I can to first base, particularly on a ground ball or a popup. You won't catch me pounding my bat down on the ground or loafing down to first. So this year, entering my seventh decade of playing league softball, I am still running as fast as I can. What I can't figure out is how third basemen and shortstops, who no longer have the whip arms they used to have, can still throw me out! It can't be that I am slower—I am running as fast as I can!
Sept. 6, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When is the last time you saw a pitcher have to leave a game from getting hit or get seriously hurt?

Caveman, you raise a good distinction: there is getting hit and there is getting knocked out of a game. I've long ago lost track of the number of times I've been hit, and continued to play with a broken thumb, broken finger, swollen shin, etc., but I've only been knocked out a game once.

It was in the high 90s, which means the infield was about 120 degrees. A sharp one-hopper hits my knee, I fall to the ground, after a couple of minutes I stand up, then try to walk it off, but I still can't push off to deliver a pitch. My back-up pitcher is lying in the shade like a beached whale (he had pitched the game before). I hobble off, someone gets some ice for me, and the other pitcher comes in to the game.

He is gassed. He can't find the plate, he walks a couple, he is huffing and puffing, his face is bright red, I'm afraid he will have a heat stroke. The inning mercifully ends with 4 or 5 runs. I realize he can't go another inning, so the manager puts me back in the game which I finish (and we win) and then I pitch the final game of the day. The knee is swollen badly, black and blue the next day, but maybe continuing to exercise it in the heat is good for it, because I finish the next day's tourney with minimal pain. The knee is sore and swollen for about a month. I never pitch against that batter (the 4-hitter in that game) again without backing up after releasing the pitch.
Sept. 4, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When is the last time you saw a pitcher have to leave a game from getting hit or get seriously hurt?

By the way Foster, I see you are planning on pitching again next year. I'm still pitching, also. We must be crazy.
Sept. 4, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When is the last time you saw a pitcher have to leave a game from getting hit or get seriously hurt?

I was surprised to see this old thread brought up again, but Foster38's experience adds to the list. Yes, Foster, all of the long-time pitchers I know have been plunked by shots up the middle that they just couldn't react to in time—either to field or avoid. Most of my injuries have been bad bruises or broken fingers. But a broken forearm—ouch! The reason is the "absolute rocket", an apt description of the current balls coming off of composite bats. Or as mad dog might chime in, the wrong ball that breaks bones instead of making bruises.
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