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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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Men's 60

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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.
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.
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