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Discussion: Dislike the Cold

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Nov. 2, 2011
Tater50
333 posts
Dislike the Cold
Am I the only bird that does not like to play in the cold; I mean below 50. I never complain about the heat, but I just dislike the cold. I guess it goes back to getting injured in a cold weather tourney in Feb. many years ago.

Pros & Cons

Tater50
IMO: God gives me 24 hrs.; what am I going to do with it!!!
Nov. 2, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1936 posts
I hate cold weather. Period. Being from Michigan, I moved to New Mexico to get away from the cold, but have acclimated to where this is cold now. Give me 100 degrees any time over 45.
Nov. 2, 2011
GaCMan
85 posts
I love cool weather but not cold. When we got to the field Sun morning my car said it was 33 now thats chilllllllly. Above 40 and below 95 is good for me. It seems that the older I get the more I hate cold weather. It's just hard to play with a coat on. Usually once I get on the field and start playing it gets better. One thing I do like about cool weather is the balls really go.
Nov. 2, 2011
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
I'm another that hates playing in the cold. Cold weather tough on a pitcher's hand and control of the ball. Cold weather is shocking when a cold bat hits a cold rock. Cold weather makes my old joints protest when running. Hard to play when your nose is running while fielding.

Cool weather...too close to cold for me, although like GaCMan, once I'm warmed up I'm O.K.

Warm weather...ahhhhh.

Hot weather...I can handle it. Good for my joints, bones, bat, everything but a ball that starts to get soft. Just make sure I keep drinking water.

My preference: 85-90 degrees with low humidity (hello California!).
Nov. 2, 2011
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
Tater, some years ago, a friend called me on Friday night, needing a replacement pitcher. His teammate was ill. Could I play the next day--December 3rd! It was 33 degrees when we started; it was 33 degrees when we finished.
In the first inning of the first game, I was hit on the left shin; then, in the second inning, the hitter's brother got me in the right shin!
It was a looong cold day. "Never under 50 degrees" has been my mantra since.
Nov. 2, 2011
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
What's the coldest weather in which anyone has ever played a real game (not a mock game on a snow-filled field)? I was playing on a cold, cold day (didn't want to know the temperature), but since I was pitching and CRing for a guy, I warmed up and was stripped down to my shorts and double T-shirt. Then I made the mistake of hitting a single. Another batter advanced me to third. Our next batter walked. I was standing on third, far from my dugout that had my coat or sweats, and it started to snow!

I stood there thinking: "What kind of idiot am I, away from sunny California, and playing in the snow in my shorts?!"
Nov. 3, 2011
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
I was playing an early season game in Fredericksburg, VA years ago and we had to come thru the losers bracket. We got to the Championship game and it started to snow! The fields where we were playing had an outdoor fireplace close to the field. We stoked that thing up and ran over to it while we were hitting to warm up! We won the first game and agreed to a coin toss for the championship rather than continue to freeze. That's the strangest championship any team I've played on has ever won!
Nov. 3, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1936 posts
I remember two that stand out in Albuquerque. With our proximity to the mountains we get snow into early May. We were playing the 8 am game at our old Sportsplex and it started to snow. By the 4th inning there was 1-2 inches on the outfield grass. I made a diving attempt at a ball and literally slid 50-75 feet. We finally said that's enough and started leaving the field. The umpire threatened to forfeit the game to the other team! They said, big deal-we are leaving, too. Another time at the same complex (they tried to make us play no matter what) it was 25 degrees at 3 am when we played during a preseason tourney that was delayed by a city wide blackout. That was the coldest I have ever been playing softball.
Nov. 3, 2011
GI
Men's 60
159 posts
I am not to happy with high of 65 this weekend possible rain in Fountain Hill AZ tournament .Yes I am spoiled GI
Nov. 3, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Color me puzzled. Hasn't softball always been an outdoor sport?

And what about global warming?
Nov. 3, 2011
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
The Winter Worlds in Vegas one year, 35* and a 35 MPH windchill with pelting rain under the lights was probably the worst weather I have seen for a ball game. Between games we went to Target and bought rain gear.

Anyone who has played Menifee in January knows what cold is here in So Cal.

Gary ask those upper east coast folks about global warming, more like global cooling. Both are non existent.....
Nov. 3, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
Very true. We had global raining here in Cleveland this year.
Nov. 3, 2011
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
How about this year at the Rock 'n Reno tournament! First time I've played in sleet AND high winds! We were glad to get off the fields on Wednesday, June 1! It was cold the entire time we were there.
Nov. 3, 2011
canIjack
Men's 60
319 posts
E4/E5 is so right when he mentioned Winter World in Las Vegas. We played Sundays Championship 55 M games into the night; the fans watch the game from their cars, it was So cold.
And Menifee, 2nd week in January, Upper 30s, Ice on the ground and we're hitting BP at 7am. Those were my coldest days while playing SS.

Nov. 3, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1936 posts
E4/E6-Vegas last year was about that temp and rain and high wind when we left Sunday morning- and we hit a blizzard in Flagstaff on the way home.
And Gary Contrary, pray tell what puzzles you? We are now not allowed to have a dislike for certain weather conditions? Are we bashing the Almighty over His plan for the cold weather He gave us for certain tournaments? I really didn't think there was much you could say on this one, but I guess the inner motivation of who you are had to come through.... :-)
We can sure debate global warming on another thread if you want.
Nov. 3, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
don't think i have ever played the winters in vegas where it didn't have cold,or rain or both.

yes larry reno was a tad cool this year.

how about 38 degrees in sunny florida,we had that this year at the TOC...

have played with the kids here out a couple of years ago, in dallas, when game time temp at 9 am was around 20 degrees,will say tho by 4 pm it had warmed up to 34 degrees.

just before i moved to texas,had to play a game in fresno,ca (league playoffs)that was down near 35 degrees,but that wasn't the worst of it,we had fog and ya couldn't see the OF'ers from the catchers spot.have played in the fog a couple of times in cali,and i don't mean the brain style either.....
Nov. 4, 2011
#19
Men's 60
252 posts
mad dog reminded me of a game I played in Ocean City, MD many years ago ... early morning fog ... outfielders had to wait for the ball to hit the ground before they could see it!
Nov. 4, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
tell me #19,it would get bad in cali,specially when i lived in san diego,it would roll of the ocean and would be a pain.the central valley(bakersfield to fresno area) in cali was no joke,it is where they have all those car pile ups b/c of the fog.
Nov. 4, 2011
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Thats "Toolie" Fog Bob, its notorious in the Centeral Valley.
Nov. 4, 2011
ju25
Men's 55
138 posts
Fall ball championship about 5-6 years ago years ago, Rotunda Fields, Dearborn, Mi. Temp was 27 and snowing. Broke 3 bats that night,dented and split the aluminum on Demarini DDW, dented and zippered a 3DX, and blew up a Worth Wicked Composite.
Nov. 4, 2011
stick8
1238 posts
Hey Jimmy how's your shoulder/neck feeling?
Nov. 4, 2011
rrengineer99
6 posts
it was about -8, trevor,wisconisn,@ furlan's dougout inn,in january, 16"snowball tournament,1986. any you old 16' inch guys remember this tourn?
Nov. 4, 2011
pushin60
Men's 60
63 posts
I used to play in a lot of the Furlan tournaments, both summer and winter. He would give us a schedule with about 2-3 hrs. between games to keep the guys in the bar. It was a goldmine for him. Around the winter of’79 I was playing in one of the tournaments with the Bobcats, who were the best 16” team of all time, and the guys were so drunk that we couldn’t even catch pop-ups, lol. I played in another of the winter tournaments around that time, after a major snowstorm (something like 24” were on the ground) and I went out to the outfield to my position and there was a 12 ft. spot that was beaten down that the outfielder would stand in. The rest of the outfield was just deep snow. They had painted the ball orange, and when someone hit it to us we would plow through the snow and dig it out. Good times. I live in SoCal now and these people complain about the cold if it gets below 55, lol.
Nov. 5, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
398 posts
speaking of playing softball in cold, cold weather, some of you must use thermal underwear. have you found a brand that doesnt irritate your skin, comfortable enough to allow you to take normal swings without being hindered too much, and keeps you warm enough to avoid wearing too many layers of clothing. looking at the winter natls in las vegas, lows will be in the high 30's,low 40's. if we catch the 8:oo - 9:00 am games , i am sure thermals might come in handy.
Nov. 5, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
frankie the under armour stuff works great,that is what is was wearing at TOC(the red long armed undershirt).to keep them from irritating tho,you CANNOT dry with dryer sheets in the dryer,you just hang them and let them air dry.there is something about putting them in the dryer and using the dryer sheets that will make them irritate you.so wash and hang them to dry.

E4/E6 now that you say toolie fog i do remember them calling it that,it ran from bakersfield up to redding,i swear sometimes.if ya got above 2000' it would be clear,hell even 500' at times,if ya listen to the airport weather for sacramento......
Nov. 5, 2011
Tater50
333 posts
1981 Rain Storm: playing in Marietta, Ga; team had us beat by 10 runs top of the 5th; we were @ bat & the Big Bucket Dropped & was covering everything; "no lightning". We wanted to call the game & start the next day & so did the ump; the other team protested vehemently, so we got together & told the coach (who was dry in the dugout); :If we win, you've got to slide head first into home after the game.

We beat them by 10 in the bottom of the 5th & we got our wish; head first slide by the coach; the good old days when we did not have as much in the upper portion of the body.

Tater50
Nov. 5, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
tater50 that is something else,LOL.....
when i was in italy working for the navy,we would go play the Italians after their university tourney every sept(kind of like our NCAA'S).one year it rained(we got about 3 inning in)and the guys on our American team started yakking at each other.well it got down to a bet on whether one guy would do a head first slide into the infield out near 2b running the bases.well he did,and then next thing i(the coach)know we all are doing it whether we wanted to or not.18 guys in a line doing head first in the inf between 1st and 2b.we chase the Italians with our dirty and wet uni's and they scattered,i went to give our base commander a hug in the after ceremonies and got a "if you do it will be last day your employed by the navy",maybe it was b/c he was in his dress whites,LOL.yeah weather can make ya do strange things.........LOL....
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