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Oct. 20, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

Could i get some serious feedback from players that have had a total knee replacement. I'm at that stage and i'm thinking of getting one near the end of November. I would like to know thoughts on rehab, running after surgery and does the new knee affect how you are now able to swing a bat.

Thanks
John Giesler
Master Collision
Oct. 5, 2011
goforit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix

Birdie,

Good luck this year in the National Championship game, it was fun playing your team last year (nice guys). The Ruth team is supposed to be very good, they did not go to any of the tournaments we went to early in the year before they so nicely kicked us to Major plus. They combined guys off different Ruth teams and even took one of our guys that lives up there part of the year. It should be a very good game.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Sept. 29, 2011
goforit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Gary19 -- it sounds like your wife was or is one heck of an athlete. My wife knows what i used to be able to do and she also knows i'm 60 years old now. She now just says go have fun and come home in one piece. I play hard and give all i can, if thats good enough for my team then that is all that matters. I will add one thing, our team does not use a RABBIT (someone that does nothing but run), it all comes down to who is available if needed.

John
Sept. 29, 2011
goforit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Maddog/Gary19 -- my comment (for the most part) was in regards to me only ( 5 knee operations, including an ACL, bone on bone (right knee)along with some nerve damage - not sure this qualifies for the injury category. I'm sure there is some abuse out there in regards to the CR but in my case its all about survival. I love this game so yes if the team wants a CR for me then so be it. Never could run a 4.5 (4.6 was my best) -- now its 4.5 just to get out of the batters box. If these discussions lead to a rule change then so be it, i will just do the best i can.

John
Sept. 29, 2011
goforit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

My two cents worth --- I feel that a CR is very important in the game today. I believe i help my team by being able to hit but i do not help them on the base path. If i'm able to get to second base but know i'm not going to score on a single why not give our team the best chance to score a run. I guess by some opinions here i should always stop at first and not do what i can to help my team get a runner in scoring position. I do not like tiring out the guys and i will run for myself if i look in the dugout and everyone is pooped. Outfield or infield so what, at our age we play a position that best helps the team. Just because Webbie (or anyone else) plays the outfield does not mean he runs everything down, i'm sure some balls get by him from time to time. I'm very grateful for the guys that go the extra mile and run for me and others, i enjoy playing this game and it helps me stay on the field.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Sept. 13, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: B.A.S.A. WORLD TOURNAMENT

Ron,

I knew that George and a few others were behind that monster team, i was just using you since you started the thread. George knows people and he knows talent. I guess i better start working on my game again and see if George will throw me a bone someday and invite me (that is if the people above me on the list can't go).

Take care and see you in Phoenix
John Giesler
Sept. 13, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: B.A.S.A. WORLD TOURNAMENT

Webbie,

Could it have been Friday night?; if so i'm sorry that i did not introduce myself. I enjoyed the conversation but I walked away after the conversation wondering who the heck i was just talking to (i was pretty tired after a delayed flight and then the car ride to the hotel) still no excuse. I usually like to meet as many people as i can at each tournament and get names. On Sunday i started to put two and two together as you were packing up and driving away to the park (since you were still in the tournament).

See you at the next one
John
Sept. 13, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: B.A.S.A. WORLD TOURNAMENT

Ok Gary it may have been a stretch but i thought it was really starting to get out of hand. I'm happy to see its starting to calm down.

Ron,
That is a great team you all put together. I need to get into that inner circle and go to one of those tournaments some day.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Sept. 13, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: B.A.S.A. WORLD TOURNAMENT

Everyone,
This thread was started by Ron to congradulate teams on good wins and for a tournament well run with GREAT REWARDS FOR WINNING (hoping other organizations are watching). Can't we just stay on that topic, i realize other comments have come up that may not sit well with everyone but please take them to another outlet. On this board, there is no way we are going to change the way people think or what was really meant by a comment. I think everyone had complaints about two individuals that don't seem to post any longer for a reason. We don't need others to jump in and take their place. Just my thoughts.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Sept. 13, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: B.A.S.A. WORLD TOURNAMENT

Ron,
Congratulations to you, Steve, George and all the other guys that played in the tournament. Sounds like it was fun and the rewards for winning sound impressive. Hope you all got through the tournament injury free and will be ready for Phoenix. I look forward to seeing you all and playing some good games against you that weekend.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Sept. 6, 2011
goforit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Denver Inaugural SSUSA tourney

I also want to thank everyone in charge of the tournament, i had a great time even though we got our BUTT kicked every game by three very good teams. It was great seeing the guys again and some friends on other teams i had not seen in awhile. I hope they put it on again next year and more teams show up.

Ron, special note to you: with all the balls i hit over the weekend the one i hit at you was the hardest i hit all weekend, as i said i'm so glad you still have reflexes.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Aug. 9, 2011
goforit
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: check this out!

Berger,
It wasen't just your comments, i'm sure there were others out there behind the scenes that were crying on Terry's shoulder about us not being moved up. To be honest with you i look forward to Major + just to see what we can do. If you look at our scores you will see that we do not score as many runs as other teams in the Major division but we play good defense (which keeps the score down). I'm not sure that is going to carry over as well to the Major + division but we will see. The one thing that you mentioned at the end of your comment is what bothers me the most. Unlike KC Kids and some other 60 Major teams we have more guys closer to playing in the 65 or 70 age backet then the 60 bracket so i also wonder about us staying together. That to me is the hardest part of this, we have such a great bunch of guys and i've had so much fun playing with them over the last year and a half that it will be hard when decisions are made at the end of the year. One thing i can say is, we will play hard and have fun and whatever happens happens.

John Giesler
Master Collision
July 21, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2011 Senior hall of fame congratulations everyone

Congratulations to the HOF class of 2011. Haven't had the chance to meet everyone but it has been great playing with or against Ron and Roland over the years. Ron maybe now that you are in the HOF you will lighten up and quit throwing that knuckle ball and maybe throw one down the middle for me once in a while. Roland, i don't think i've played with anyone that conbined such good hitting and fielding every game. Again congratulations to everyone, it sounds like everyone is more then qualified for the HOF.

John Giesler
Master Collision
July 16, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dalton predictions : Whose yours?

Mad dog,

I wish you would have come over and introduced yourself, i play third base for Master Collision. It's no surprise that The Wild Bunch is doing well, sometimes teams can not get all their players to the tournament for the bracket games and this one started on a Thursday. The Texas team is a good team with a great bunch of guys, we always seem to play very well against them. Hope to get a chance to meet you in Phoenix.

John Giesler
July 15, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dalton predictions : Whose yours?

Just want to say good luck to all the teams in the 60 majors; we really wanted to show up this year but we had some issues that could not be resolved -- maybe next year. Look forward to seeing the final results.

John Giesler
Master Collision
May 12, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My gosh......

Joe,
Glad to see you are still kicking, look forward to seeing you at some tournament soon.

John Giesler
Master Collision
April 14, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2011 SSHOF selections

Rick Perez and Roland Belitz are great softball players, but they like Steve Imlay (inducted last year) are also top notch people. I'm looking forward to hearing they both were accepted into the HOF.
John Giesler
Master Collision
April 14, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Needed hitting instructions !!!!!!

MichaelH386,
Before you start spending money at a hitting school you should get together with some other senior players in your area for regular batting practice sessions. Practice hitting the ball to all fields and find a comfort zone for your type of swing. It will become easier to take the swing you are comfortable with into a game after a few sessions of practice. If you are a power hitter do the same thing, believe me from the right side of the plate its just as easy for me to hit the ball over the right field fence as the left field fence and it helps me not pop up a pitch that i might try to pull instead of going to right field. Just my thoughts, good luck.
March 22, 2011
goforit
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Sports Sensors - Swing Speed Radar

Gary i agree,
my head is spinning from reading all of this important information about hitting. I'm sure there are players out there that believe that the more gimmicks/video's you have the better hitter you will be. In my opinion nothing takes the place of practice (finding your swing zone) and being consistant everytime you go up to the plate. Everything else just gets in the way of what you are trying to do when the game starts. You can pop the ball up with a heavy or light bat and a fast or slow swing. Just the thoughts of an old none gimmick/video guy.

John Giesler
Master Collision
60 Major
Feb. 4, 2011
goforit
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SSUSA are you there?

OTE24, sorry to hear your guys are having a hard time getting squared away to play this year. They are a fine bunch of guys and very good players. They are the type of players the association needs to help and keep them playing. I hope everything works out for them --- soon.

John Giesler
Master Collision

sjuhoops,

Hey big guy, i can't believe the association can not grandfather you into where you need to be. You have meant so much to this game and its a shame that you need to be treated this way. Hope everything works out, but i know whatever happens i will still see you on the field this year tearing it up for someone.

John

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