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Real name:
Mark Weber

Location:
Albuquerque, NM

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Men's 60

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Feb. 16, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to move TOC

I've had the pleasure of playing in 2 TOC's. SSUSA treats this tournament totally differently from any other tournament. They really roll out the red carpet for you with all of the activities they put on. The dinners are great. I had a lot of fun at both. I know, the weather has not been the best-our 2 years the first was very cold all 3 days and the second got brutally cold on Sunday, but that's life. In the weather world, the next 7 TOC's could be in the 70's and great weather.
tg69-I personally do not have a problem with them making money. It is a business, but it also provides tournaments across the country for us. I know they all work hard to make it the best they can. Is it perfect? No, but nothing ever will be and you can't please everybody. We are a small minority that post here, but the vast majority of the players I have talked to that have gone to a TOC came away having had a great time. I've missed going the last 2 years. I always say if you are so unhappy with the way things are, and you think you can do it better-go for it. Start your own association and run it the way you think it should be run. SSUSA did that and I am glad they are there to provide these tourneys for us.
Feb. 11, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Update on Webbie's new knee?

Mr. Manassas, MurrayW-thanks for that-it is fabulous advice. When I had my ACL replaced in 1990 I 'ran' miles in shoulder deep water in the pool at the Riverpoint Club here in Albuquerque. I think I will see about doing that again. Thanks!
Feb. 10, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Orphan Team SoCal

Need a water boy??? I could bring the water, but I will not squirt it into their mouths like the pro players demand because they are too important to actually get a drink themselves.
Feb. 10, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Seriously, Dave?? Just had to see what would happen if you did that, eh?? LOL
Mel, I was raised in the Ann Arbor area. My friends there say it is the worst winter they have ever seen and they have been there all of their lives-and they are my age. Global Warming!!!
Feb. 9, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Update on Webbie's new knee?

Mel-email me-weber5069@msn.com--I'd like to keep up with you on your surgery. Is it a total knee replacement? Thanks, Webbie
Jan. 23, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

The same thing applies to a lefty going to left. I used to go to left a lot, but with the advent of the hot bats I found out I could hit for power AND a high average just pulling the ball as hard as I could. But, admittedly it has made me a bit lazy. To go to left, I keep my left elbow in a bit and wait a little longer and I find I can drive most pitches to left. These are not major moves and it disguises the fact you are going that way. The other thing of course is pitch selection and waiting for the outside pitch. Don't overswing!
Jan. 21, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

Anybody know where I can get a flashing yellow apple??
I played with a manager that would try to shorten the game by stalling from the outset if he felt we were outmanned. I felt he was taking a lot away from the game. That should not be a strategy in slow pitch.
Jan. 17, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 11 up...Transition from working mechanics on your swing, to a pro style single focus

mnmasters-I understand congratulations are in order-welcome to major plus. Having seen you play-you will be very competitive in a tough division! My doc is also telling me a full year for a full recovery, but my wife told him I always beat the estimates. This is a bit different, though, so I am just going to take it as it comes and do the best I can.
Steve-there are few guys that can hit 450, and you are one of them, Steve. I'm happy with 305 on 300 foot fences.
Jan. 17, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

This is hilarious!! I suspected also-patterns of thought were similar. 46/36-swing you have a great memory!! LMAO
Jan. 16, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 11 up...Transition from working mechanics on your swing, to a pro style single focus

Hi Bogie-thanks for the shout out. I do look forward to meeting you-Steve Imlay has talked about you a lot. I saw that with interest about you, Bruce-having watched your beautiful stroke before you got hurt, so I will be aware of it. One of my Albuquerque teammates-Lewis on here-had both knees done in September. I watched him take his first batting practice Saturday. Lewis is an Albuquerque Hall of Famer who has been hurting for a long time with those knees. He is so strong he was hitting balls off the fence with NO legs in the swing and not even making real good contact. When he gets used to his new knees, he is going to open some eyes out here. It is great to see a guy face a double surgery with the great attitude he has. Steve Brown (Lewis)-go get 'em this year!!!!
Jan. 15, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Swing-I was wondering the same thing-I have been waiting for a pitcher to show up in a hockey mask all decked out in skulls and intimidating colors and pictures-just like goalies do. Could be a new fad, and if they can stop a puck at 100 mph, they should do a reasonable job on a softball. SSUSA, you may have to start writing regulations, though, about what can be on a mask, so it doesn't offend anybody. LOL
Jan. 13, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are teams not rated the same in USSA SPA ISSA

L-reading between the lines, I would venture a guess that a serious rift occurred between the associations and it has not been repaired yet. Every time I think about talking about a team's rating, I think of how many teams they are rating and all of the things that go into it. It is tough and there will always be those that disagree. Also, we have to realize there are really very few of us that blog here-it is a very small proportion. The feedback they get from the tournaments themselves would weigh a lot more and we would never know what they are told. No matter what, yes the softball junkie in me will be out there asap.
Jan. 11, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Skeptical-I have seen 3 and they were all serious shots with the first one back in about 1979 that destroyed a pitcher's face. The other two resulted in a badly broken nose and a broken jaw. That's why I still lobby for it.
Jan. 11, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

I started writing letters to ASA and USSSA 25 years ago about doing away with the rubber in Slow Pitch as its only function is to deflect balls into pitcher's bodies. I hope they finally start listening!
Jan. 10, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 11 up...Transition from working mechanics on your swing, to a pro style single focus

Another great video. thanks, Bogie-I learn something every time. Bruce-good luck in Cocoa Beach-let us know how that first tourney goes!!
Bogie-Imlay says you are the man to talk to-I have a question. As a left-handed batter that just got a total knee replacement on my right knee, are there any adjustments that I need to make to compensate for the new knee as a hitter? Will it change my stride into the ball at all?
Thanks, Mark Weber
Jan. 7, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Update on Webbie's new knee?

Sorry you did not get the move up-when do you go in? Keep me informed, ok?
Jan. 7, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Update on Webbie's new knee?

Hey, Mel-thanks for the query. It is going about as expected-working on gaining range of motion, walked a couple blocks today, doing CAM on the stationary bike, stuff like that. Still a while from feeling 'good'. Talked to Lewis (Steve) today-he had both of his knees done and he is ready to start softball practice this weekend-wow!
Talk to you soon.
Jan. 3, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: All the hate on DBO with senior bats...how about this?

I have always felt that a 'measured step back' from the composites would not be a bad move. Just before the Ultra came out, we had a combo that was an alloy bat like the Orange Crush and a 47/525 ball. People thought that was too hot and were looking at going to the 44/375 with the alloys. I remember the 47/525 seemed to hold up well in all weather-even 100 degree plus. The Demarini Double Wall was 'too hot' they said. The more you dented it and re-rounded it the hotter it got until it exploded. Now, those would be the 'measured step back'. Interesting. What would it take to get a competitive tournament together to actually use the 'lesser' combo just to see what would really happen with it? Would enough teams actually be able to get enough guys that would want to play this tournament? Would they pay extra bucks to do this? I wonder..... might be very eye-opening!
Dec. 28, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

I've been playing this game at the highest levels I could for 45 years. I've watched technology change the game several times. I still have a Steeles Bat, a couple Louisvilles-the brown one was 38 oz, the old Eastons, etc. There were always guys that could hit it out. I got my share. But, the biggest change that I didn't like over the years was making a home run a DBO-or even worse, an ejection. But, playing in Albuquerque, we had nothing higher than a class B team so we played 2 hr's and DBO. I knew I could still hit .700 without hr's so I gave up the home runs to the point that I only hit a few a year. Last year when I picked up with GSF I ran into a guy that played with me in Albuquerque during those years and he did not even realize I had much power. Then after playing 50AAA from 2006-2011, we played DBO, too. Now I finally got a chance to move up and swing away and now we are going to play DBO's at Major Plus too? I am very disappointed in that change. I still say that any man over 50 that has maintained himself and his game to the point that he can hit it 300 feet-with or without a senior bat, should not be penalized.
Also, for BOBatBrkr, without senior bats at the lower levels, the game would become so small there would be almost no offense in a lot of games. Defenses could squeeze it way down. I do believe SSUSA has it right keeping senior bats.
I also admit to enjoying watching guys like Steve Imlay, Fred Purvis, Mike Adair, Tom Amundsen, PattyMac, Davey and others hit. It is hard not to be impressed.
Dec. 23, 2013
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merry Christmas to all- happy New year

Hey-Gary-that's what I like about you-a great sense of humor!! Friendships like ours would not have happened if it hadn't been for Senior Softball!!

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me-

12 stitches stitching
11 Bedsores growing
10 Nurses Bugging
9 CPM Sessions
8 PT sessions
7 blood vials filling
6 dressings leaking

Five Pee Buckets Full

4 IV's flowing
3 Oxycodone
2 Compression Socks

and a Totally replaced knee!!

Good idea, Gary on the 12 days. I bet there are more out there. Kudos to the light of my life-my wife, who has been a trooper through this!

Merry Christmas to all!!! There is a reason for the season-I try to always remember that and celebrate it that way!!




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