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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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Men's 60

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Dec. 18, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Webbie 25

My gosh-my very own thread. LOL
Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers. Rehab is off to a good start. The best part of senior softball and the biggest difference between kids ball and senior is right here. Competitors actually care!
Mike Adair, you are right-as soon as the blockers wore off I understood why so many women that tried 'natural childbirth' end up getting epidurals! LOL Thanks again to all!
Dec. 18, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR MIKE MACENKO'S RECOVERY

Mike, Patti and I also send our prayers for a quick and speedy recovery.
Mark and Patti Weber
Dec. 12, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I am still one that appreciates very much that SSUSA exists and they put in long hours to put on a series of tournaments for us to play throughout the year. I don't care if they make a profit, because they provide a service to us so we have a venue to play. I have been to a rules meeting and I know they work very hard to implement the best rules.
Having said that, I think this one does need re-thinking. At least in major plus and probably in Major. While the M+ game is much more than hitting the ball over the fence, a home run still brings that 'rush' for me at 61 yrs old. Major plus players have moved to the top division to be able to utilize ALL of their skills without holding back, including the home run power. And we need all of those weapons to compete and win at this level. I disagree with penalizing the hitting of a 'bomb'. I know I worked long and hard to be able to hit well, hit hard, and yes-hit far. In the context of the entire population, the percentage of senior guys that can hit it out on a 300 foot fence or farther is extremely small. We have worked hard to stay in shape to be able to still play and perform. Please don't make it a DBO after the limit. A walk at least doesn't penalize you for the 'ultimate hit' in softball.
Someone asked in the other thread about mis-hit home runs. I know our team had some, when you are talking about Steve Imlay, Fred Purvis, Mike Adair, Tom Amundsen, and Art Tressler who have tremendous power. Same goes for several other teams in 60 Major Plus. But that is the product of their hard work to be able to do that.
PattyMac-I know you have mis-hit homers, too. You Beast!! LOL
Dec. 11, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

I guess I don't understand a DBO at major plus. I can see it being used, in part, to encourage guys to move up if they can regularly hit'em, but from M+ there is no more up. I am disappointed to see that change.
Dec. 9, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

To all those that have taken the time and cared enough to send well wishes on upcoming surgeries to all that are having them, including me, thanks! I got a huge break, a cancellation, and will now be going in this Thursday, Dec 12.
Two of my ex-teammates that have had this done are doing well-"lewis" (Steve)had both knees done and is back to work! Can't wait to see your new speed!!
John Reid-Coach-is doing well also after a partial.
Nov. 30, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Warning about too many pain medications

As I suspected, my story is really a very mild story compared to some of the stories I have heard from a wide variety of players nationwide that did not want to post about it. I already knew guys that take so much medication it would medicate a Tyrannosaurus Rex, but we are driven to play this game. There are some guys that probably should be bed-ridden, but they overcome it to play. For me, I cannot imagine retiring and probably will not until I absolutely have to. Getting old is not for the faint of heart and it keeps us active. Thirty years ago, playing past 45 was almost unheard of. Now look at us. Ever single one of us has their own story. We have all endured a lot to continue playing and I doubt there are many regrets. I can't wait to get back on the field after this total replacement. See you guys there!!
Nov. 26, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Warning about too many pain medications

HJ-maybe I did not emphasize it like I should have, but that is the MAIN point of the post. That is the BIG reason my wife was so upset. It is life threatening. I have already received 2 calls from close friends (teammates) that were 'hit between the eyes' with this post. Thank you for pointing out that it wasn't strong enough.
It was also pointed out by both friends that people may not post here about it. I fully understand, but if anyone would like to email me and discuss what happened in PRIVATE-full confidence- feel free to email me at weber5069@msn.com.
Nov. 26, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Warning about too many pain medications


I knew this. You all know this. But sometime in the desire to compete, you think, well just this one game, or just this one tournament, or let's just get through this season. I've decided to share this in hopes maybe it will sink in to someone and keep them from doing what I did this year.

The doctor told me 4 years ago I needed surgery on my right knee, an Osteotomy-despite my meniscus being gone since 1998 (bone on bone), and lots of pain, I wanted to play as long as I could. At 57 at the time, I felt every year was a bonus. In the first tournament this year I knew I was in trouble. By the end of the tournament, I could barely run any faster than I could walk. I should have done this surgery then, or even at the end of last year. But I decided I would see what happened if I upped my pain medication just a bit. Instead of taking 5-200mg Ibuprophen twice a day, I would take them before each game. It's only Ibuprophen-not like the percodans, or percosets, and the like I have seen guys play on. In retrospect, Vegas in April was my first warning. Our Saturday afternoon game (Hollis), the third of the day, I took a couple extra pills. To his credit, Steve Owens knew something was up-I was so bad he pulled me for a pinch hitter-I went 1-5 and got 1 ball out of the infield. By Sunday morning I was fine and had a good day-less meds. But I hurt us Saturday-we could have won that game-lost something like 42-41.

Then up and down all year, but worlds was the true wake up call. I had found out that different pain meds work differently to control pain, so I thought-for one more tourney I will combine these and see what happened. I tried it in league and, Lo and Behold, I could run for the first time all year. What fun-back in the outfield where I belong. 2 aleve, 2-500 mg Tylenol, and 5-200 mg ibuprophen. I was smart, though, and it was only until the season was over, right? It couldn't hurt, right? One more tournament. But, on Saturday-Worlds-Timberworks game it crashed on me. I was 0-2 and almost struck out one at bat, but when I picked up a single in the outfield and tried to throw to third from right center, the throw was only about 100 feet wide of third base-to the outfield side. Shoot, it may have been closer to Vern in left field than third. I was disoriented. Steve Owens again picked up on it and pulled me. I even got mouthy with him-to my eternal embarrassment. I hope he has forgiven me. After the game my wife finally asked how much I had taken. By 10am I had 2 aleve, 2-500 mg Tylenol and 13-200 mg ibuprophen. My wife is a contracting manager in Pharaceuticals. Her mouth dropped and the look on her face was my wake up call. She is the most important person in my life, and I had jeopardized myself to play 'one more tournament'. She was furious. My surgery is in January.

Since then I have had 4 aleve and 6 ibuprophen for headaches-PERIOD-in 2 months. I have aches and pains all over my body that I had masked with all the pain meds I was taking to play. If you are debating surgery or trying to squeeze another year out, don't do what I did. Over-the-counter meds can get you too. It's not worth it!!!!!!!


Nov. 25, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Vern-I don't want to miss watching you play-I don't believe I have ever seen a man give more on the field at all times.Thanks, I knew Steve had and he is getting stronger all the time.
Gary-have to tell you, you have the best transparent hair around. Still looks good-both strands!! See you on the field next year!
Nov. 22, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Omar-thanks for the response. 62-wow-amazing-hope you hit 70. Hope to see you in Reno.
Bruce-glad to hear you are just about ready to go. I missed seeing your powerful swing!! Maybe we will see you in Reno or Dalton, if I make it.
Nov. 22, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Mr. Manassas-I know your play-wow-both of them. Ray Ray also. I would not have known.I want to get back in the outfield. I played some infield this year in 3 tournaments because of the pain but love playing the outfield. Having had 4 surgeries already, I do know the importance of the rehab. Thanks for the information.
db14-also thanks. Enjoyed meeting you this year and hope to see you on the field for many years to come.
Chief-good luck to you also. Many thanks!
Nov. 19, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Just talked to scheduling and got either Jan 2 or 16-second if Dr. opens it up to surgeries. Not bad at all-may shoot for Reno now.
PattyMac-thanks for the shout out-good luck with your rehab-if anyone can come back from achilles it would be you-wow. God had blessed me in so many ways to play this game for 45 years, so what happens, happens. But I believe I will be back and giving it all soon now.
My Dr. is going to check the S&N legion and see what he thinks, too. Thanks for all the input about this. They told me I'd be in the hospital for 4 days-seriously-we'll see about that one.
Nov. 19, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Lewis-Dr. Altman-he works with Chesnut who did my first 2 surgeries, including my ACL replacement arthroscopically in 1990-one of the first to do it that way. I did not realize he had given me a dissolving cadaver ACL-LOL. Am checking on types of replacements.
Mel-I gave Steve a pair of those sunglasses that make things look farther away so hits look longer-he is way generous with praise! The Osteotomy just didn't appeal too much. I am trying to get it scheduled now-will let you know. Goodluck on yours!!

Web
Nov. 19, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Hi Mel-thanks-I am also anxious to get this done-want to be back by Dalton if possible. Anybody who knows me knows I will probably be riding my bicycle the day after surgery--or at least ASAP. I figure at least some of the recommendations not to play have to do with covering their butts if something does happen-they can say they advised me not to play. I get it. But I also cannot imagine not playing yet, either. I've only played slow pitch for 45 years-takes 50 for a good career!!
Nov. 18, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Well, gentlemen, I just found out I am joining the ranks of the 'total knee replacement' ranks. After my MRI that showed that I have been playing without an ACL, which apparently had dissolved totally, and that the tilt in my knee was too bad for an easy fix, he then gave me my options. Osteotomy, Osteotomy plus ACL replacement (2 separate surgeries 3 months apart), or Total Replacement. Of course the surgeon is telling me I shouldn't play at my level after this replacement, but I have made a career out of doing things they said not to. He uses Stryker replacements. Anybody know the comparison between Smith and Nephew and Stryker?
Nov. 12, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Lewis-how does it feel knowing you will be able to run some again? How is it going so far??
Nov. 12, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Stick8-we had that exact scenario in worlds this year. Steve Imlay got up to bat third as usual and after a pitch the opposing scorekeeper came up and pointed out he was not in the lineup. Everyone knows Steve as a Hall of Fame player, but the guy that made out the lineup just forgot to write him in. As a matter of fact he was not listed anywhere on the card. Steve was called out and removed from the game-IN WORLDS! The coach who forgot to write him in was------------wait for it--------------Steve Imlay himself!!!!! One of the ultimate senior moments!!
Nov. 12, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Fred Morano wife

I agree with you on special breed of wife-I am blessed to have one, also. I am awaiting my knee surgery so will not be playing this weekend or for a while for that matter.

Just don't mis-spell GI.
Nov. 11, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Fred Morano wife

Freddie-Patti and I send our prayers also.
Nov. 5, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Watermarks on pictures

Hey, Jack-a lot of guys don't realize how hard you work to get pictures for as many teams and players as you can. That costs you money. You have gotten me a few times with really good shots. It adds a little fun to know you are there. C'mon guys-show Jack a little love and buy some of the shots he took of you!!
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