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Aug. 23, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: gsc bat latest web site update

I sent Steve an email on July 31 asking about the bat promised to me, and have not received a reply. I bought the original white Veteran shortly after it came out, then took Gately up on his $99 offer for the 2011 GBA. I paid for that bat in September 2010 and have yet to receive that or the new Core bat Steve said would be ready in May of this year.

I've talked to Steve a few times on the phone and he sounds like a stand-up guy with a fairly detailed story about production delays caused by difficulty in hiring/keeping employees, but with so many people looking for jobs these days that story sounds a little thin.

Even thinner is the explanation that the thousands of bats he says have already been ordered are delaying the delivery of bats to everyone. Based on the skepticism of Senior players in this forum, I find it hard to believe more than a handful (if any) would place an order without seeing an actual bat first (not just pictures in a web site).

If they really are going to produce and sell bats, you'd think they would be communicating regularly with concrete details and realistic expectations. This is no way to do business.

Despite naming the venture God's Sports Company (which I find a bit presumptuous) I have strong doubts this on the level. I just can't figure out why Steve would bother keeping up the ruse for so long.
Aug. 8, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Open or Closed stance..

Some of us who grew up in Chicago playing hi-arc 16" softball move both feet after the pitch is released to get in better position relative to the location of the ball in the hitting zone. That approach was more necessary for hitting a 16" ball dropping almost straight down behind the plate than in 12", but old habits and muscle memory die hard. My stance at the beginning of the swing is pretty closed and not really different than batters who don't "run up" at the ball (as my approach has sometimes been called) but after iitially struggling to hit barely legal flat pitches at the front of the mat I learned to move my starting point forward to where my lead foot is just behind the front of the mat. I still like to start on the outside edge of the batters box and move towards the plate to hit that outside pitch to opposite field.
May 30, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

Anybody ever hear of a 6-tool player?

1) Hits for Average
2) Hits for Power
3) Fielding/Catches the Ball
4) Strong Arm/Accurate Throws
5) Foot Speed/Runs the Bases
6) Trash Talk/Runs his Mouth
May 28, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

rightrj1, it's not a matter of being "sensitive" -- it's a matter of sportsmanship, and respect for the game and those who play it. As to whether a lot of trash talk will help your team win a Senior Softball game, I doubt it. One thing's for certain though -- it will earn you and your team the reputation of being a bunch of jerks. If someone on my team started talking trash, a half dozen teammates would tell him to cut it out.

Full Monty, I don't think Gary's posts in this thread or in this forum are tantamount to "bullying." A bully is someone who uses his physical or mental strength to pick on those weaker than him. I don't know how far he can hit a softball, but the words he types here are only as strong as the validity of his arguments. On that score, I don't think he qualifies as a bully.
May 28, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

Saying stuff to get inside an opponent's head to put him off his game is not good-natured. Perhaps the best definition of trash-talking is the intent behind it.
May 28, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

Good-natured and mean-spirited are 2 different things, which is why I said let's be clear about what trash-talking is.
May 28, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

mad dog asked:
"is it trash talking when you back up what you say your gonna do"

Yes, trash-talking is trash-talking, regardless of whether the player can back it up. It's a reflection of character, not ability.

Let's be clear about what trash-talking is. Expressing confidence in what you can do (Larry Bird putting the ball in the hoop) is boastful, but tearing someone else down (like yelling at a weak hitter that he can't hit when he steps to the plate) is mean-spirited and poor sportsmanship.

Also, it's very doubtful that talking trash will help your team win the game; more likely it will fire up your opponent. This isn't the NBA, the NFL, or even a semi-pro baseball team like the Chicago Cubs (sorry, as a White Sox fan I couldn't help myself talk a little trash there).

This is Senior Softball. It can get very competeive, but even in the hardest-fought game between two tough teams there can be (and often is) a spirit of friendly competition and mutual respect. This is one of the things that makes competing in Senior Softball an overall satisfying experience.

If trash-talking became widespread and accepted in our sport, I think some players would walk away from it. At the very least, it would leave a bitter taste for those who outgrew that sort of immature behavior decades ago.
May 22, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

Let me clarify:

I was looking for input on 2 things:
(1) Best method to "break in" a Senior bat to get it game ready
(2) Best method to ensure durability of a Senior bat

I mentioned some advice I received from the Miken guy at a tourney,
but I was by no means stating that his advice was the best method.

I also mentioned some things everyone probably agrees on,
like rotating the bat during the initial hitting sessions
and not hitting cold/wet balls or using the bat a lot for BP.

This is something pertaining to everyone who uses a Senior bat,
so I thought it would be a worthwhile topic.

I talked to Alan (who may be a bit keyboard challenged)
but seems to know his stuff about composite bat technology.

His advice was to hit 25 balls (44 core, 375-400)
with about 50% - 55% effort, rotating the bat 1/5 - 1/4 turn with each swing;
hit the next 25 balls with 60% - 70% effort, rotating the bat with each swing;
hit the last 25 balls with normal game swing, rotating the bat ...
... and it should be game ready.

This method achieves both objectives:
Getting the bat game-ready and helping to enhance durability.

When a new composite bat strikes a ball, small spider-web cracks develop under the paint in the composite material. Distributing these small spiderweb cracks around the barrel up & down the sweet spot produces some "give" which opens it up for top performance. What you want to avoid is taking full hard cuts with a new bat, which produces larger localized cracks rather than the evenly distributed smaller spiderweb cracks. The bigger cracks can turn into weak spots and breaking points.

Anyway, that's how I understood it. Alan, please clarify if I didn't translate this correctly.
May 21, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

Just ordered a Reebok Melee EL 28oz, and I want it to last longer
than the 4 Miken U2's I broke in the last 2 years.
I also want this bat ready to perform up to its potential
at my next Senior tourney in 5 weeks.

I'm looking for the best method to break in this bat
... without having it break on me after a couple hundred hits.

The last time I bought a Miken off the truck at a tourney,
the Miken guy advised rotating the bat while hitting it
at the top & bottom of the sweet spot with another bat or a rubber mallet.
Also stepping in the handle to increase the flex

In batting practice I don't hit wet or cold balls, or in cold weather
and I rotate the bat with each swing (1/8 turn)

Once the bat loosens up and gets that broken-in pop, it's used only during games.

What other and/or better methods are there for breaking in a Senior bat,
and getting the most durability out of it ??

Does the type of ball used for batting practice (aside from not being cold/wet)
make much difference in terms of risking breakage ??

I broke my last Miken during BP before the first game in Milwaukee this weekend.
It was warm, dry, and the bat had maybe 100 hits on it.
May 1, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard Tourney

Question for SSUSA Staff:
It is noted on the schedule that
"Schedule Subject to Change at Discretion of Tournament and Field Directors"

Is it possible that our first game on Saturday (noon, 55AAA division) will be unexpectedly moved to an earlier time slot?

Some of our players will be driving down from Chicago Saturday morning and might be late for that first game if it's moved up without advance notice.
April 18, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any work from you "buyers" on the Veteran Core Bat

Last response I got from Steve[smckinlay@gmail.com] was Feb 5 this year when he said the Veteran Core should be ready by May. Since then I've sent him 3 more emails asking for updates and posted twice in this forum in a Veteran Core thread he posted in, but nothing since Feb 5 ... and YES, I paid $99 for a bat in Sept 2010 and so far I'm still swinging in the breeze.
April 18, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LTB 26el or 27bal yellow senior combat

Ain't no "maybe" about it.

And here's another thing for certain:
Batsunlimited won't get my business in the future.
April 18, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LTB 26el or 27bal yellow senior combat

Batsunlimited continues to advertise the yellow bats even though they don't have any, and haven't for awhile. Several days after placing my order I got an email telling me to call their 800 number about my order. When their salesman gets you on the phone he'll try to sell you a new Worth Launch 510. I told him I wasn't interested in any other bat, and got my PayPal account refunded. I asked him why they're still advertising the yellow Combats for sale (you can add it to your cart and transact the purchase!) when they didn't have any to sell, and he said he didn't know why.
April 3, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bats

I'd just like some reassurance that after paying for a bat in September 2010 -- and not receiving a bat yet -- Steve will honor that sale and send me a new Veteran Core (or whatever the product will be named). I'd also like a reasonable expectation of when that will happen, as I am down to 1 senior bat after breaking 3 in the last 2 years and I have 2 tournaments in May.

The fact that I haven't gotten a response on my least 2 emails (simple queries, not nastygrams) is decidedly NOT reassuring.
April 2, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bats

Steve, how about an update? I've emailed you a couple times the last month and haven't received a reply.
March 13, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bats

Steve, thanks for the communication; much appreciated. In addition to honoring replacements of faulty GSC bats, will you be honoring purchases of bats that were paid for but never received? I paid for the new 2011 GBA on Sep 13, 2010 and am still waiting.

Thanks,
Marty
Feb. 24, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Veteran Core bat

I bought the original white Veteran, then took Bill up on his offer of $99 for the 2011 GBA -- which I paid for on Sep 13, 2010 -- and never received. He's been good about returning emails and answering questions when asked, and Steve has responded as well. Last word is delivery sometime in May of 2012 -- 20 months after I paid for a bat.

I'm not holding my breath, but I'm holding out hope. I have only one senior bat remaining (broke 3 in the last 2 years) but will hold off buying another until May (and my first 2 tourneys) have come and gone. I have good teammates who will let me use theirs if my last Miken breaks.
Feb. 8, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Something I doubt you know about Congress.

When I was in my early 20's my father owned a neighborhood tavern frequented mostly by guys our age now. When I tended bar my dad knew my interaction and conversation with our customers could be a positive for the business, but he cautioned me to never ever get into debates about religion or politics.

It was good advice, not only in that business environment but also within a group like a softball team. I'm pretty sure some of my teammates hold very different political views, and given the level of political discourse so evident today I've made an effort to avoid the divisiveness that can easily spoil team chemistry and even friendships.

I'm all for intelligent fact-based civil debate on important issues. Unfortunately there is little of that on any level, including nationally televised debates between candidates who might be the next POTUS.
Jan. 13, 2012
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Veteran CORE thread.....

Bill, how about a Friday update?
Dec. 30, 2011
ChiPrimeMarty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Veteran CORE thread.....

Bill, how's production of the Veteran Core coming along?
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