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Dec. 21, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fortunate

Neck: I did not know our senior league changed the rules and we can now use senior bats. I love using the better equipment. This change is going to make your team even more powerful, I think you all need to use wooden bats and give the rest of us a chance, lol. The weather man says higher temps and good chance of no show for Christmas. I am heading for the UP this week as this Yooper needs some snow. My Christmas will be at Lambeau field watching the Packers and Bears than back to da UP. Hey Surf88 I envy the snow and you are so correct it is blessed that we have been given good health that enables us to play this game we all love. I thank the Lord daily for that. Meeting all you folks while playing ball is one great benefit. Keep laughing and enjoy life. Donny C
Dec. 20, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fortunate

Hey Webbie I spent this past weekend in Petoskey, they got about 2-3 inches of snow so you have more in Albuquerque. Snow in Albuqerque is much different in that desert area hard to make a snowman unless it is around 40 or so. I went up the tram to the Sandias and was quite surprised that chunks of snow would turn into snow dust when hit. I am too used to this Norther MI snow, been a Yooper too long. Making a snowman with grandkids is great. I could spend hours doing that with them. I also enjoy taking the kids out on a snow machine into the woods it is beautiful and often we see deer or at times a wolf. My gosh I am getting lonly for my grand kids thinking of this. I will see them next week. Webbie, I will look you up when I get to Albuqerque in March so we can exchange stories. Pricer, Detroit missed that snowstorm that hit parts of Southern MI. Heavy snowfall in cities create problems for adults and joy for kids. Keep lovin the game keep playin and have a great New Year. Donny C a transplanted Yooper.
Dec. 19, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fortunate

Steve: You got it this is a game one has to love. There sure are a lot of us out there playing ball and having a lot more fun than anything. The rules can always change a bit but the game has basically changed little in the last 45 years. I love to play this game and Senior softball and SPA and SUSSA put on some great tournments. Now that snow is here in Northern MI and I cannot play until May; I have but to get my self into playing shape and dream of good days to come. Maybe I can talk my kids into getting me a new Ultra II for Christmas. You guys in the warmer states get to play all winter, enjoy it and I am a bit jealous. Merry Christmas to all and a happy new year. Donny C.
Nov. 16, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Safety Questions

I would think that most injuries that occure in sofball are a result of running into the fence, another fielder, or injuries suffered from sliding causing broken ankels etc. Injuries from a batted ball have always happened mainly to pitchers, 3rd or 1st base because of the shorter distance. I recall getting hit playing third in fastpitch (softball) waiting for a bunt that did not happen. That was with wooden bats, also saw players getting hit by a ball while pitching or playing first. I have always used the better equipment heck even the best wooden bat I could find. I never have asked for the less effective bat in a store or the worse glove. I get the best I can afford and always have done that. The Ultra II was made to use and for less than $200 is much better than ASA bats at $400. Using the Ultra is not a difficult descision for me, a better bat for 1/2 the price. I pitch and play third and do not wear protective gear; I have tried it but I feel it slows me down and I am not that quick to begin with, and a mask impedes my vision. I have no problem with those that wear them. We all have a choice in what we do use it. Donny C.
Oct. 19, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Pricer, Boyne Mtn is a beautiful place, they have some beautiful homes around there besides the scenery. Donny C.
Oct. 19, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

I used to hit HR regularly when younger, now even with the ultra-II I have only warning track power. No HR in five years now for this 61 year old. The idea that our equipmnet makes us HR hitters has yet to work on me, heck I wish it would. The game was rougher in the 70's more collisions at home plate, metal spikes were used than therefore more injuries related to that. I like the mat for strikes and balls and the double first base is great. It took me a bit of time to get used to the plate being away from the mat, but that makes it safer also. I do not use protective equipment but if one needs it they can use it. I am amazed at the ability of these seniors out there, I would think that many of these teams would beat the young teams I play on. The team where I am called "old man." These senior teams are great and the players great guys, I enjoy meeting them on the field. The competition is great and normally if you do something well the other team acknowleges it. Heck I even like the prayer at pitchers mound after a game. I also know we can always better our best at whatever we do and that also means the game can even be made better/safer as changes over the years have all ready shown. Donny C.
Oct. 19, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Webbie, I normally go there in late March or early April, I will let you know when I will be there. I go there for a conference each year. Who do you play with throughout the year in MI? I have played against the Bomb Squad and Doc Martens both from Southern MI the last couple of years.
Pricer, What kind of painting do you do? Donny C
Oct. 19, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Webbie25: I know the area quite well my girlfriend is from Charlevoix so we often go to Harbor Springs and Petoskey. I go to Albuquerque each year for a training, love going to "Old Town." Hope to catch you at a tourny and shoot the breeze. Take care.
Pricer, I play at the Civic Center in T.C. and Interlocken, never played in Williasburg and did not know they played there. No doubt we know some of the same guys in TC, I had two games last night, I wore long underwear, this fall league is hard on the old bones. Looking forward to speaking with you. Donny C.
Oct. 18, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Pricer, I am from Manistique, but lived and played ball in the Soo, Iron Mtn., Rapid River and Escanaba besides Manistique. I live near Traverse City right now (Suttons Bay.) I also lived in Manistee and played ball there and Muskegon (softball world, Kalava, Fountain) and GR in the old dome. Where are you at? I play with Indy Fog for 60+ great bunch of guys, also played with Big Daddys from Indy. Donny C
Oct. 18, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

This talk on Bob Hayes got me thinking of a book called "Run Bullet Run," a story of Bob Hayes. I always enjoyed him when he played for Dallas. Webbie25 thanks for the words. It is terrible when one cannot play up to his potential, having to have a CR made me feel like I was not holding up my end for the team. Injuries happen all the time but now we are older and the healing takes longer. It amazes me how many players have had such serious injuries and continue to play, it tells me of the love of the game. No doubt in my mind everyone who has written on this post loves the game very much. Gary19 you are one of these, no doubt you love the game. Yes, some rules get abused and the CR is certainly one of them. It overall is a good rule when used for what it was intended. It was put in to help an injured player and I see no problem with that. I have also played when I was put in as a pitch runner (when I could run) because I was faster than the guy on base; this could be called a good call by the coach or abusing the CR rule. One thing is for certain all teams have the opportunity to do this or not. I personally would not like to abuse this rule, but if push came to shove and we needed the desisive run I may be swayed or at least think about it. Hey Pricer, Webbie25 I am a bit North of you both a born YOOPER. I follow the Tigers, Redwings and Pistons am happy for the Lions but I am a Packer backer. Donny C
Oct. 17, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Pricer/Gary19: I understand what you are saying about the CR playing defense, I was the DH and also pitched. My movements on the mound were not the greatest. Should there be a courtesy thrower a whole new discussion but I would say no. I would think that the majority of players that need a CR would be the DH as they do not have to play in the field. I would say most DH players are better hitters than fielders. Gary no I did not take myself out of the game after getting a triple because I wanted to play. I had this injury a few weeks before and played the entire time with a CR. My team understood I could not run just asked me to get to first. I had around 25 or so hits in Dalton all were singles but two and if I could have run there would have been more extra base hits. I came to Dalton only because I was asked just make it to first. Donny C.
Oct. 17, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

RedEye, I thank you for coming my defense, I could only run like the mummy dragging my right leg behind me.
Gary 19, I did get to third with an injury that will require surgery in November torn hip flexor. I would have to say that yes one can get extra bases with a serious injury if you hit the ball in the right place. If I thought I could have gotten to home I would have done that. One can never under estimate what one can do given the opportunity. My right leg was bruised from knee to crotch, telling me I over did it; never planned to waddle around that many bases, but the opportunity was there as there was no one near the ball. Doorman, I was asked to come and hit by my team as they knew about my injury they just asked me to get to first base. I actually felt bad that I could not run as I am fairly quick without the injury. Donny C
Oct. 17, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

I have been reading the comments about the CR and thought I need to commet also. I got some heck for having a CR while playing in Daltan. I got a triple does this mean I can run well enough and should not have a CR. According to many the answer is yes. I happen to hit a ball to the fence down the line to opposite field. I got to third mrunning like the mummy no play was made. I have a torn hip flexor and if you know whay that is you would understand why I cannot run. Many hits can be extra bases even though one cannot run; if one could run they would have gotten more bases. We need the CR for what it was meant to be and that is used for someone with an injury. I do not feel it should be used for slow runners in order to get an edge. Donny C.
Sept. 21, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: O.K., WHO ARE THE MOST SOLID AA TEAMS AND ARE YOU HEADED TO DALTON THIS THURSDAY? (especially 60 AA)

SSUSA: My mistake SSUSA I should have said SPA put Doc Martens down to AA based upon there record this year. River boy is right a few teams averaged over 20 runs a game. Vito, (Doc Martens) said they played solid defense and this is what won them the games. I will agree with this as other teams scored over 20 runs in games also, The team I play on scored over 20 in 2 or 3 games also, same devision. Doc Martens played well, both defense and offense. A comment about Doc Martens "sandbagging runs." One never knows how many runs your opponent will get from the 7th on so a team should score as much as they can. I know of no one who says let us score 3 runs cause we are so much ahead. Is anyone going to get up to bat and make an out on purpose, I think not. I want to get a hit each time I bat and think we all have the same mindset. Congradulations Doc Martens for your victory and I look forward to playing (and beating) you next year. Donny C.
Sept. 20, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: O.K., WHO ARE THE MOST SOLID AA TEAMS AND ARE YOU HEADED TO DALTON THIS THURSDAY? (especially 60 AA)

I played with the Indy Fog and we did not have the opportunity to play Doc Martens. They were on a roll and I was looking forward to playing them. I enjoy playing a team that is playing well cause when we beat them it is a great feeling. I have played on fair teams that have won tournyments as no doubt most people have in there life. I will not make a statement like they should be in AAA that is up to SUSSA. They made the change according to Doc Martens record current record, and I will not tell them (SUSSA) they are wrong. I will trust them to make good decisions. Doc Martens finished third last year behind Big Daddys and Alamo legends. I played with Big Daddys last year and we had several good games with Doc Martens, winning some and losing some. The scores that Doc Martens racked up this past week only indicate they played very well, there time in the sun and good for them. Wish my team played as well. Donny C.
Aug. 23, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Character

As far as reading the posts from Einstein and Gary C do there posts build character, I enjoy some of them both. They both take things a bit too personal and attack each other which makes for a reprisal by one or the other. These negative reprisals seem to build up in the both of them causing each to say things in anger rather than with common sense. They are both enthisiastic about what they write about just a difference of openion. Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing and make both Gary C and Einstein unique. Enthusiasm is so important to building charactor, so they both have it. Use your gifts without attacking each other no doubt you both can do this.
Now my 2 cents worth on bats and balls: I enjoy using the better bats and balls and always have. We do not need better protection for pitchers what we need is to have the pitcher use a higher arc and not just tee up the ball for heavy hitters. A larger rubber would also help the picters. Add these things and we would have considerable fewer balls over the fence. The pitcher would be much less likly to get hit. I would bet strikeouts would come back into play and I have seen little of that since fast pitch. Donny C.
July 11, 2011
Donny C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Poll

I play on a elders team in Northern MI. Last year all teams had to use wooden bats, as an experiment for a couple of weeks only. The league had purchased four bats of which everyone used. It slowed the game down considerable. The scores were much lower and it equalized a lot of teams. There were no home runs hit over the fence. It was fun to play as my team is very poor and we actually almost won a game or two; we have not won a game in three years now. The league voted on not using wooden bats after that experiment. I enjoy the good bats and balls and always have. I recall when a team in about 1970 got a Louisville "hot bat," as far as I know the fist metal bat. From there it went to nothing but metal and now composite. I purchased a metal bat for $18.00 at that time. Technology has always made better equipment I see no one using the old three finger gloves anymore, seems that we all use the best we can afford. I love hitting a ball as hard as I can, who does'nt and a miken 2 allows me to do so. I pitch and play third and yes at times I get hit or miss a hard shot but really no more than in the 70's. A hard shot at a pitcher with a wooden bat still comes fast for that short distance. I enjoy a game much more when we use good balls. No doubt we have all used those old balls with sawdust in them, pumpkins we called them it took too much out of the game and made playing third pretty easy. I say use the good equipment as there are other leagues/tournys that use lesser if you would rather play that. We have the choice of what kind of game we want to play. Play hard and above all else have fun. Donny C.
June 1, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: xReno 2011 50, 55s

Tim Millette: I was wondering if you are the same Tim M. that I played with in Escanaba, MI some years back. If so glad to see you are still hitting the ball. Donny C.
May 17, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bass Senior Bat

After reading about the color of this bat it reminded me of the pink and blue Bombat Lite back in the mid to late 80's. It was I think the first bat under 36oz, it was 33oz. It looked like a girls bat but the ball came off it real quick. This bat signified the end of the 36oz bats. Where did the name Bass bat come from, made by bass pro or something. If I get one and do not like it guess I can knock out a bass with it as I like fishing. All kidding aside what is the cost of this bat? Donny C.
March 18, 2011
Donny C
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: pitching screen

I agree with Omar about how a pitcher can form poor fielding habits with a screen in front of them. I get too complacant at times and I have let a ball hit along side the screen go by. Without the screen I would have been after the ball. The screen makes it much too easy for a pitcher and takes away any defensive skills. I want the opportunity to make a play on a ball. I still like the better balls and bats. I do not recollect anyone wanting to use the poorest bat out there. The days of using a $10.00 bat are long gone. There are poor ASA bats and better ASA bats, I for one want the best bat out there. Senior bats are much cheaper and work much better, give me an ultra II anyday. If they get rid of these senior bats I will still get the best bat I can find other than a Mikun ultra. There may be a time I have to play in a less demanding league but for now I like the SUSSA tournaments. They are competive a lot of fun and I meet some great ball players. I also miss Einstein's comments. Donny C.
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