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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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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!!




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!
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