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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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Men's 60

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Feb. 19, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Tim, it is great that you have almost the same team for so long and you are all friends. I played on the Desperados for about 20 years off and on, and steadily from about 2004 to 2011. It was a great run with great friends. Playing Major Plus is a different mindset. Guys that play that level want to win it all. There is a choice to be made on how to win. When you have a large sponsor, that sponsor wants to win. The guys that play on those teams know what probably will happen and accept it with that goal in mind.
So my question to you is: Why do you work so hard to try to make it so your team, and others that want to play with their friends and not make the choices to try to get stronger, can compete at that level? Why do you need to pull them back to your level? And as strong as your team is, is it fair to all of the other teams that you be allowed to stay at Major and win? You should not take your decision to not make those choices to improve and try to impose them on others at M+.
By the way, M+ teams can also be great friends. Last year I missed the GSC guys because of the friendships while I healed from my knee replacement.
Feb. 18, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

I had a lot of this discussion with Tim in past years. I have a perspective built by experience playing all 4 levels, from AA to M+. M+ is different from the other 3 levels just because it is the top of the heap and has to be treated differently. Those that play that level still have the drive to be the best, and you don't find that as much at the lower levels of senior ball.
I don't see Dynasties either, but if there are, who cares? If you can build a team that wins at the top level, more power to you. I have been on teams 'chasing' the best teams now for 3 years at M+. This year I will be back with GSC and absolutely cannot wait for the chance to play Superior or Hollis or Nighthawks this year. Don-it will be good to see you and compete against you again. That's what it is all about. I am very tired of the prevailing attitude in this country and some in senior softball that teams that win or people who are successful should be broken up, or what they have earned should be taken from them. Broken? Not as bad as you seem to think, Tim. There have been 8 or 9 teams at major plus in the 60's in worlds now for a few years. M+ teams don't grow on trees. The biggest problem is distance and cost for playing each other more. And with this iffy economy, it becomes tough to do the travel.
Answers to your questions Tim:
1. NO 2. YES-no DBO's for the top division-we are over 50 and if you can still do it-hit 'em!! 3. NO 4. Yes, bump teams that win consistently at AA, AAA, and Major.
As far as I am concerned, if I was on a team that won at world's because they had broken up a 'dynasty' it would be a hollow victory. I would always wonder if we could have beaten that dynasty team. I say stop trying to 'dumb down' the top division.
Feb. 12, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Best Hitters in Senior Softball

Agreed on the John Heller-met him in Pinetop-wow does he crush it!
Feb. 11, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement

Wayne, I had cortisone injections, gel injections, tried myriads of pain meds-non prescription that got me in a bit of trouble, and you name it and I tried it, but finally there comes a time that you have to get it fixed-bone on bone for 16 years is not good.
Feb. 10, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Best Hitters in Senior Softball

In the last 3 years I have been blessed with the chance to meet and play against or with several men mentioned above. Steve Imlay is the best hitter I ever played on the same team with, and Art Tressler consistently hits over .800 with power and nobody notices. Bruce has one sweet swing and always crushes the ball. Patty Mac, Clatta, and Davey Reed, are tremendous also. Parnell was great when I played against him when he was younger, too. It has been fun!
Feb. 10, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement

Louie, I'm waiting myself on the GSC bat, but the Lightning sure has good pop. Patti is doing well. Maybe we will see you out there somewhere. Good luck!
Feb. 10, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Replacement

Lewis had the worst knees I ever saw. It hurt me to watch him try to run. But he stayed with it. And he is an extremely strong hitter. Hope things are going well-my friend.
I also had my right knee replaced December 12, 2013. This is not for the faint hearted. But I am not sure I could go without playing the game I have loved all of my life. I was bone on bone for 16 years and the knee was totally wrecked inside, and I could no longer handle all the pain meds it took to compete. Be careful doing that-it can be as bad a prescription pain meds. I played my first tourney in April at Vegas. Could not run a lot but did the DH and contributed. Played a lot of first base. Ended up playing 16 tournaments last year, most at 55M or 60 M+, and got stronger all year. It is about 90% and I hope to be back in the outfield with GSC 60 M+ this year.It takes a lot of work to get back, but it is worth it. NO PAIN for the first time in 20 years.
Good luck.
Jan. 29, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tinnitus relief

I also have it-over 40 db, they could not check higher-but I have learned to ignore it. I have hearing aids, but they are turned up so high for the bi lateral high frequency loss I have that I think it intensifies the tinnitus when I wear them a lot. I am meeting with the VA in March about it-former Marine. tb08-let me know how your appt goes.
Jan. 29, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

Hi Bruce. I have always used a balanced bat-I feel more control with it and prefer to try to hit for higher average overall.
Fred-last year after my knee replacement I found myself not getting the 29 oz bat I usually use around, probably because of overall leg strength. So I went lighter. One league game someone handed me a 26 oz, and I actually hit one out with it. Hmmmmm. I am back to 29 though.
Jan. 28, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run

E4/E6, I guess we could even go one step further-at the beginning of the game you tell the umpire which at bats you intend to hit a bomb, and when that at bat comes up, the ump gives it to you, next batter steps in, and goes on with the game.
Jan. 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What to do with trophies, uniforms, tee-shirts?

I also donated about 200 trophies to the Boys Club in Albuquerque. I still have over 200 t-shirts and 200 hats-need to thin them out, I guess, but there are a lot of memories there. Great teams I played for-like 'Big Al's Pizza Parlor and Mortuary',Big Al's Heimers, (Big Al was a great sponsor), Cleats and Cleavage, Take it in the-------Shorts, and wonderful times with them. Wife is tolerant!
Jan. 26, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run

Let's see, when I started the game you had to run out all home runs, then they went to just touching first, now it is hit and sit. What's next? Walk up, tell them you are going to hit it out and just sit down and save the time?
Jan. 26, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: weight of ball?

Sometimes I think this ball deflates when it gets hot. LOL And I am sure I have played against teams that have deflated balls, too. I never thought of it that way.
Jan. 22, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FUTURE ALL STAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Way to go Fran and Dave!!!Best to the family!
Jan. 20, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

I had it a few years ago and hurt in the middle and the heel. Simple inserts that raised my arch took care of it and I haven't had a problem since.
Jan. 12, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An Old(er) Post for Southpaw

My grandparents lived between Petoskey and Harbor Springs, Michigan, and you talk about cold in the winter. And they had no indoor plumbing, just an outhouse. They actually had pee pots in the house for nights in the winter. And the upstairs had no heating. They would take a big rock and heat it in the oven, put it at the foot of the bed wrapped in quilts, bury us kids under about 6 more quilts and we would be soooooo warm. And it would be near 20 degrees in the house. And the Lake Effect snows there were awesome and unexpected because they did not know how to predict them.
Jan. 11, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An Old(er) Post for Southpaw

My Grandparents had a party line and their ring was a long and a short. I remember my Grandmother would be talking and then stop and say "Edna, I hear you breathing!! Hang up the phone. Hang it up!" Now it's the government listening! LOL Our number in Ann Arbor was NOrmandy 32217. We also had a very cranky old lady across the street that used to get mad if we kids ran on her lawn and she would call and not say anything at all hours of the night. Those were the days.
Jan. 5, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Tim-you are a pitcher and I never met a pitcher that didn't love the one-one count. As a hitter, it really makes little difference to me either was-it is an adjustment you make as a hitter. To get back on topic-think of it this way-as we get older, it is 2 less pitches to count as you hit!
And, on a related note-we had an inch of snow the other day, and in my forgetfulness of what I went out to do, I got to the driveway and had a rake in my hand. Sure didn't shovel the snow too well.
Jan. 2, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Old Spice goes on Burritos with cilantro and chipotle, doesn't it?
I'm still waiting for a cup protector made with Depends!
Starting to need a pee bottle in the dugout because it comes on so fast I can't make it to the rest room-but then I have to remember which one is the pee bottle when I go for a drink of water on a hot day. Someday.........
Wife and I walked into a room the other day and we both forgot why we went in there!
Someone asks what hurts and the quicker answer is to tell them what doesn't hurt.
Good thing they made homers hit and sit-umpires were wanting to call delay of the game on me going to first after a long one.
I find myself breathing very hard before the game starts, and i only just tied my shoes.
What if you pulled a hamstring and nobody noticed the difference in your running?

Happy New Year Everyone-welcome to Y2K (I think that is close......or did it go by already?)
Dec. 26, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merry Christmas

We had a rarity in Albuquerque! I woke up at 11:45 pm Christmas night and it was snowing and we had a trace of snow on the ground-not quite an inch-but I don't care-we had a white Christmas!
Patti and I Send our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New year to our extended 'softball family'!
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