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, Nov. 18, 2017
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time on my hands

Rich, Sorry about your injury and prayers for a complete recovery.
, Nov. 18, 2017
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heartfelt thanks

I want to thank everyone involved in the tournament last weekend in Florida for their thoughts and prayers after I had taken a line drive to the face. I had been playing third for Sweet Construction and had jumped up for a crazy line drive off the bat of a very big 4 hitter. As i left my feet I remembered the ball ascending and then starting to knuckle as I struggled to get my glove in the right position. It struck the thumb area of my glove and deflected into my left eye. Friends on the sideline said it sounded like a hammer hitting a watermelon. When I rolled over I could tell my nose was broken and my left eye was a total white sheet of paper. I could see nothing at all except for white. Someone asked me how many fingers and I could not even see their hand. The EMT showed up and said I had obvious facial fractures and called for a helicopter. Although my face was killing me I did not feel pain above my eye except for a bad headache. The fear was that I was now blind. As the blood ran down my throat, I started feel sick and laid back down. I had originally volunteered to catch after I got hit as we were down to 10 players. lol I was quickly overruled on that. Anyway, the helicopter was tied up and they took me to a trauma center where I had a cat scan. Just a broken nose and a blind eye. The DR said the ball had hit me square in the eye causing my pupil to explode. Blood then got between the lenses of the eye and into the back of the eye. He explained that the pupil would never go back to normal as I laid there thinking of my three year old grandson wondering if I was ever going to play catch with him again. My coach came in and told me games had stopped and prayers were said individually and in groups during and after games. For this I am grateful and know it has helped me and will continue to help me.

I went to the eye surgeon who said I probably will not get my full eyesight back but its too soon to tell. My pupil is gone and will be permanently open. Yes, I look like one of those crazy people with one open and one closed, lol I bought a great pair of sunglasses that keeps out the sun and I am struggling to see in the dark when there is a light on. My sight is terrible and I'm panicking now because my right eye has developed floaters where they have never been before. I have made appointments for top Drs and hope the sight comes back.

I would like to say to all of you not wearing masks that I am now a believer. I will never play again without a mask if I ever get back on the field. I am an above average third basemen and I never thought I would get hit by a ball. Please go out and buy a mask and use it. Take it from me before its too late.

The fields I thought were pretty poor with a ton of sand on them. So much so I was concerned about getting hit with the rock on a ground ball. If you got to hops in the sand it was going anywhere. Finding a smooth spot was next to impossible. I noticed this ball was exceptionally hot with many a ball being hit extra hard. I hit a few that I said OMG, thank god no one got in front of that. There seemed to be a lot of knuckling with the rock but IDK maybe it was me? Like I aid I have great reflexes but I'd have to see more of this ball to decide what I think of it. Bats are getting better, balls harder and theres something that a lot of guys fail to mention. **** GUys are in better shape than ever. I know myself at 603 240 that I work out all the time. The typical 60 year old man is not the typical fat guy from years ago. WE are bigger , faster and stronger. Something to think about.

Lastly, I play in a clincher league back here in Jersey and thought I would hate it. I actually had a great tine and enjoyed fielding the ball again. I also played with wooden bats and hated that. Maybe a happy medium somewhere? IDK

Anyway, Thanks again for the kind words and I hope to see you on the field again.

Thanks

Bill McNamara Billy Mac
, Nov. 18, 2017
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

K Man, Thank you for your kind words. I see what you mean now on the TOPIC selection. I'd have to see more of the rock ball to get a real opinion but from what I saw it jumps off the bat. I'm 603 240 and I hit a few shots that I thought to myself, thank god no one got in front of that. I hit a few line drives to the fence that were by the outfielders faster than I have ever seen. I hit one out at 325 and that was a line drive that left in a split second. I saw a lot of really hard hit balls and heard a different crack type sound off most bats that was different. Again, I'm not complaining but I will wear a mask on any ball now especially that one. I am looking into the heart guard now also.
, Nov. 18, 2017
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

I have been trying to start a discussion on this site twice now but it has not posted even though I am logged in. So, I'll try it here, I got hit with the rock in the face this past weekend in Florida. I play third and jumped when someone hit a line drive directly at me. It knuckled and I was lucky enough to have it hit the thumb on my glove hand. It then deflected into my eye and nose. The nose broke and the ball as I said went directly into the eye missing the top of the eye socket but hitting my cheek bone. The pain to the eye was intense and I was completely blind in my left eye when I rolled over. Taken to the trauma center the DR said he wished it had hit the eye socket because it had hit the meat of my eye and exploded my pupil causing severe damage to my sight. One week later I still cannot focus and my pupil will now be permanently large and never close again. The eye socket prevents the eye from taking a direct hit but I was not so lucky. Yes, lucky no broken eye socket but the eye is terrible.

First, thank you to those who helped me on the field. I heard games stopped and that there were individual and group prayer sessions for me. Thank you for that. If there is ever anything I can do for anyone, please do not hesitate.

Second, I play 60 major ball with Sweet Construction and Promotion softball and I consider myself an above average third basemen. I had been complaining about the field conditions to my teammates, specifically, the amount of sand and loose gravel. I even joked about having your dentist on call because the rock was taking weird bounces when it took a second hop. Probably not the rocks fault or maybe a combination of the two. I have never seen a ball knuckle so much as this ball. This was my fifth game and I saw many a line drive in the IF that was cray. A lot of people mentioned the spin and knuckling. I am not afraid of any ball but this one I was a little skeptical about. The fact that I normally could move back was cut short by where I could stand without having the beach under my feet was troublesome. Anyway, IDK, do we need this ball? I'd play with it again but with a mask on. As a matter of fact, a mask will be on my face from now on. If I can make one guy put a mask on, it will have been worth the pain. Believe me guys, this is not fun. Please consider it.

Thanks

Bill McNamara Billy Mac

, Sept. 8, 2016
Mac33
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Fort Myers

Looking for a 55 team to play with in Fort Myers In November. I just turned 60 in September but can hang with the 55's. My 60 Promotion team from New Jersey is not going and I want to play that weekend. I play third. Recently broke my wrist and hand and the cast is supposed to come off tomorrow the 9th. So I need to play! Trying to couple the tournament with a visit to see family in Vero Beach and attend a training camp the following weekend. If interested let me know.
, Aug. 29, 2016
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Broken hand and wrist

Thanks Fred

, Aug. 29, 2016
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fall Training Camp for Senior players

Hey Alan, I will be returning. I'm going to the tournament the week before. Probably make a long vacation out of it. Trying to get this broken hand/wrist better first. Talk to you soon. Mac

, Aug. 29, 2016
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Broken hand and wrist

Tried to post this before but it disappeared. I broke the 4th metacarpal and wrist on August 2 and cast is coming off on September 9th. Looking forward to playing in Va Beach on the first weekend of October but Dr is saying otherwise. I know he's the Dr but any past broken hands and wrists out here that can offer some advice. I play for the Promotion 60 and over out of NJ. I've gotten plenty of advice on diving into bags lol
, Oct. 20, 2015
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Dave, I guess I am looking for a response on the batters box when the plate is a strike. Am I wrong to assume that the box should be adjusted forward because the plate is a strike? Seems like a reasonable thing to assume since we have expanded the strike zone to include the plate. Not trying to start a controversy but maybe you can clear up that issue.
, Oct. 20, 2015
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

I was called out at BLD in Vegas for having my lead foot out of the box by about 8 inches. I do not take the steps from the back or run up on a ball. Since the front of the plate is a strike I found it necessary to put my front foot in front of the plate to hit that line drive pitch that hits the very front of the plate. If the plate wasn't a strike I would move back in the box. I had someone tape me when I hit the next few times up and sure enough my foot was out by an average of six inches. Not one time did I run up. It was simply my 604 body taking a long stride. The last time up I went back in the box so my stride would stay in. The pitcher threw every pitch so that it hit the front of the plate. My point is that I am under the impression that since the plate is a strike shouldn't the batters box reflect some more room in the front of the box. Just my opinion. I talked to several teams at BLD who were playing at Fenway and there had to be at least 8 called out that I know of. I have seen guys run up in the box and be clearly out of the box but who cares. I play third and I get some rockets hit at me. I don't have gear on like the pitchers do and I could care less that someones foot is out by two inches or a foot.
, Oct. 2, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

There were more than a few guys called out at Fenway at BLD in the 55 Major Division. When we showed up I was warned from a player on the opposing team to be aware of it. He said that he had two called out on his team and there were a few more on other teams (SAME UMPIRE). For the record, I am 6'4" with a very long stride. I usually do not take an extra step but on occasion I will when I notice that the pitcher is hitting the front of the plate pretty consistently. I like to hit higher pitches so... I move up on the plate. Well.. first at bat 3 run HR in the first inning and I was called out. I was not happy, especially after I had played five games on other fields with no problems. I had a few words with him but it didn't matter. I quickly noted that the game was about him and what a great umpire he was. One umpire, two guys on base and I hit one and he's watching my feet instead of the flight of the ball coming in and out? How about the runners? No my feet were more important to him. Needless to say he said well move back in the box. I explained that since the plate is a strike they should have moved the front of the batters box up accordingly. Make the plate a ball and I have no problem with it. Am I wrong to assume that the batters box should be adjusted if the plate is a strike? next three times up I moved back and the pitcher was great at hitting the front of the plate. I asked him for a golf club and he didn't appreciate my humor. We moved to Yankee Stadium and Crosley and I had no problem with the box. Someone on my team took pictures of my lead foot and sure enough I was out of the box by a few inches each time when I moved up on the plate. I guess its me?
, April 4, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Ok Thanks
, April 4, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

JOhn, Maybe it's me but where is the page you are talking about? Is it on the Team 1 Sports site?
, April 3, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

I finally have a chance to comment about the clinic that I attended in Sebastian Florida. I got back to NJ and couldn't wait to get some swings in after the instruction I received from Alan and his staff. I have to say that it was an excellent experience. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about what they could offer but I have to say that Alan and his Staff were top-notch. It was well organized and I had the opportunity to work one on one with every one of his instructors. There was about 30 people who attended with varying degrees of skill and they spent a lot of time with each one. There was plenty of BP and even some time for a few innings between the campers. I met some new friends and hope to stay in touch until I attend the next one Alan runs.

Watching Alan and his staff hit was impressive and they have motivated me to get better. I've already taken 500 swings in the past few days and have committed to try and get in a lot more each week to get more consistent. Well done Alan and I will see you next year!
, Feb. 28, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Looking forward to some nice weather and some great softball.

, Dec. 28, 2014
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Alan, I am definitely in.

, Dec. 28, 2014
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

I just left you a message and followed it up with an e-mail

, June 17, 2014
Mac33
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: nj player looking to play 50's or 55's

Moose, I wish I could throw you on Sweet with me but I don't run it. I think there was an issue with the Major Plus status? If anyone is looking for a great player, I can vouch for him. I played with and against him for many years. I was starting to think about looking for a 50 team also. We haven't been playing much and I'm getting bored. I'd like to play 50's and 55's when possible. I have another two years for 60's and I'm not rushing it. Good luck!
, June 5, 2012
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for Wide Softball shoes

Thanks

, June 5, 2012
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for Wide Softball shoes

I've been having a little trouble finding a comfortable wide shoe for my size 13's. It seems they are hard to find. Currently using Mizuno's blast but my feet are killing me. Anyone having any luck with using or finding wide shoe sizes?
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