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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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May 5, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still Trying To Live It Down!

Bruce, I am kind of glad that you're watching this thread. I have to admit, to my eternal embarrassment, that when I saw you out of uniform 2 years ago at Worlds I did not recognize you for a while until we talked.it does get frustrating.
May 5, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still Trying To Live It Down!

Glad you survived-Southpaw. My memory is suffering badly now (maybe way too many concussions in sports when I was younger)-I have met so many people in the last 4 years in my business and across the country in senior softball that I am overwhelmed and forgetting way too many of them. It is hugely embarrassing at times. I even have forgotten names of guys I played with long ago. And, I hadn't seen my ex-wife of 20 years for 10 years and saw her a few months ago, and it actually took a minute or so to realize who she was. Whew! To all of those that I have done that to, I am sorry.
April 29, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I just reread this thread and nobody said just anyone can play M+. I was saying there are a lot of guys that can play and choose not to for a variety of reasons. And that a lot of guys that don't believe they could, actually could. As Wood said-a lot is between the ears. Desire and hard work does still improve us, even at this age. But, there is no easy answer to this-as we have proved many times over the years on this board.
April 28, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is or what makes a player a major plus player?

Crusher-I am not trying to twist anything. This is from observation. I am an outfielder to the bone-all my life. Due to circumstances at times with my knee I have played some third. I am now playing third for GSC 60 M+-2 tourneys so far. Plus 2 other tourneys against 55M competition. I do not expect to get every ball-make fantastic plays-stuff like that. But I try to make the routine plays-don't blow the easy plays-those are the ones that hurt. The rockets-oh, well-that was impressive as I heard-not saw-it go by. LOL. But I am going to get shin guards and possibly a face mask. While I have had to look at my face in the mirror for almost 63 years and might consider a change-my wife doesn't want that to happen-bless her and her poor eyesight! But I have seen many, many players that are intimidated by it, and they are plenty capable of handling it-- much better than I do.

Bogie-well said-I second that. Patti and I are blessed to be friends with Steve and Carroll. He is the best hitter I have ever played on the same team with. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you someday, also.
April 28, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Hi Paul-long time no see-hope you guys are doing well! My knee replacement has been a success so far-I am at about 90% and enjoying playing again.
I understand the problems-I just am saying I don't really see an easy fix. I just pointed out some obvious problem areas. You always had a very tough team-best of luck to you guys.
Hitman-that's the big thing a lot of people have forgotten-playing teams that are better than you makes you better-AMEN.
April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hot Bats and Hrs

I have always felt the term 'Hit a bomb AT WILL' is extremely flippant and, for the most part, not true. My goodness-every player out there is human. Every player has his good days and bad days-good games and bad games. If you could really hit it out at will, every home run would be at least a 3 run job, unless you are selfish enough to try for it every time no matter what the situation.If you really look at the HR output-it does go down a lot after 60. That's just a fact of life-no matter what we do Mother Nature is going to win. If you look at it another way, the percentage of guys that do hit near one a game in ALL of senior ball is very small. 7 runs an inning and you are done. 9 home runs a game and you are done. How much more do you want to limit it?

Mark Weber 60 M+
April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is or what makes a player a major plus player?

Hi wood-you are right-this week Steve Imlay had an unbelievable week-he was even better this weekend. I think he was 46-50 or something like that in the 2 tourneys (60 M+ and 65 M+) and hit the walkoff GS in the IF game yesterday. I think he maybe had 6 or 7 HR's for us-not really that many. WOW! We (GSC) never hit 9 HR's in a game all weekend-even with the wind blowing out. But most of the ones we did hit were NOT solos. That really is the key.
April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Tattooball-Interestingly, unless I missed a state that is better-Tennessee based teams would have access to the biggest population segment in the country and I believe about 20% of the population actually lives in Tennessee or in states touching it. I do understand the small state issue, too. Pity poor North Dakota-touching Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota only and the distances are big. Maine touches New Hampshire only. I don't know how you would make it better. If they tried to draw lines that had even populations, it would get to be just like the political system-with teams attempting to redraw their districts to include people they want on their teams. SSUSA does the best they can. If so many guys and teams didn't try to twist the rules to their advantage, maybe more reasonable requests would be granted as far as exceptions, like the 12 mile one you noted above.
April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Darn Mark-I knew I missed one and can't believe it was them after we just played them 3 times this weekend. THAT is oldage.

April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is or what makes a player a major plus player?

I have heard so many players say "I can't compete at a higher level than I am playing now.' Or 'I'm not a major plus player'. Many of these men could play easily at that level. But some won't take the risk of not being the big star-or, heaven forbid, have to sit some games and be a role player. I sincerely believe it is the heart and the will to be the best that makes a lot of guys excellent M+ players, even if they can't hit the 400 ft. bomb, or throw a guy out from 250 feet at the plate. Some guys can hardly hit the ball 250 feet, yet they have worked hard and can hit any hole at any time, are constantly on base, and play excellent defense. These guys are often really the most valuable guys on the team. A solo HR is one run, and without guys that can hit for high average in the mix, 9 hrs may only get you 12-15 runs, and that won't win a lot of games. Superior won last year with a bunch of guys you just cannot get out and a nice mix of power in the right places. AND-a great defense-you just cannot give up outs in this game. One out-one error can mean 7 runs.
I think a lot of guys need to rethink whether they can compete at that level. There seems to be almost a 'mystique' about M+. If you can consistently hit .700 and play good defense you can compete, even if you don't have the big power. I think that realization would help to enhance the M+ division.

April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Mark44-wait a sec-there was Superior, Hollis, God Squad, Rogue, Chain Link, Minnesota, Timberworks, and Top Gun at least in Boulder last year in 60 M+. But you are right on the rest of it. show up and play-for sure on a given day anyone can beat another team.
This weekend in Vegas was an example-any one of the 4 teams could have won at 60 M+-games were competitive-even 15 run leads were not safe. No one went undefeated. The high winds were a factor. Rogue had been moved up last year, lost some key people, and instead of whining-came out, got some great players and came at everyone there hard-and were close to advancing to the Championship game. Kudos to them for some hard play!
It's all in what you make it-I say quit whining and play ball-and I hope some more very capable M+ caliber players get the cojones to come out and play. I know there are a lot of you!
April 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Hey, Mr. Manassas-the perennial problem in major plus-too few teams, too large a country, too much cost involved-the teams that really want to play M+ can't afford the travel involved very often. The economy stinks so big sponsors are very hard to come by. We have talked about this many times, for sure.
The bottom line is really simple. Too many very M+ capable seniors want to play with friends (and I bet some make that excuse to avoid playing M+ for whatever reason). Too many very M+ capable seniors do not have the stomach to put in what it takes to win at the top level any more. Too many M+ capable players cannot afford to travel the distances required to play the other teams at that level very often. Too many M+ capable players would rather play at a lower level and win NOW, instead of building a team to compete with the best. Too many teams that get moved up to M+ break up rather than compete, claiming they cannot win. They give up.
I think SSUSA has done as much as they can with the rules. The bordering states rule does prevent those few teams with the big sponsors from just buying ALL the top players they need. The inning run limits and home run limits act as equalizers. They keep trying to move teams up, but the teams resist the moves for a variety of reasons. The answer is never going to be to break up teams that do win. I really hope that does not become 'The American Way'-to tear down those that get ahead-rather than improve yourself to get ahead of them! It does seem that we are headed in that direction as a country WAY too quickly!
There is no easy answer, and there never will be. I look forward to the opportunity to get on the field to compete with the top teams. I know my teammates do too. But, sadly, there are just not enough players and teams that feel that way AND are able to travel anymore.
April 15, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

Good one-Lewis-and remember we morphed the big Al's Pizza Parlor and Mortuary into Big Al's Heimers? Mixed reviews, some people fell down laughing and some were offended.
April 14, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

how about a coed team called cleats and cleavage. I think the name speaks for itself.
April 1, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Worlds Result

Congrats to SoCal also-it was a less than memorable tourney for us, but seeing everyone and getting the chance to compete makes it worth it. On to Vegas!

Mark Weber
Hunter Aerospace
March 4, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tribute to one of the best!!!

Steele's came to the light air in Albuquerque in 87 or 88. We were the best team in our area and they proceeded to beat us 48-1 Friday night-in 3 innings. Saturday they only beat us 35-22 or something like that, but the distance of those bombs they hit was amazing. Craig came in by helicopter. It also provided me with maybe my most embarrassing moment in softball. After hitting one out the first time up-I promptly hit a line drive off Craig's chest on Saturday. He just looked at me like "What the hell was that?" I wanted to crawl into the ground.
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.
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