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Mark Weber

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, Dec. 5, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

I agree totally with SSUSA and Bballer3. We played twice with it in effect and both times was worse than just playing regular. The mat is skeejawed and hard to hit. In St. George the pitcher was pitching from about 15 feet right of third base. The fielders had no idea where to play. As a left handed batter, I turned to bat as normal against the pitcher and pulled a ball-straight over the mound for a single. If I had hit a ball to the right fielder, it normally would have been 75 feet foul. Right handed batters had to go either up the middle or to the opposite field, or the ball went foul. It was a rule with good intentions that just didn't work.
, Dec. 5, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Interesting conversation-again. I have a Dudley that Davey Reed and Bobby Davis gave me 2 years ago at World's that has, through use, hit 1100 compression. I also has to have 2000 swings on it. Would it be called shaved now if tested? Wow! It stayed at about 1400 compression for at least 750 swings. I haven't had a bat last like this since the advent of the 'Senior Bats'.
In Winter Worlds this year I had a pain in my back that pretty much kept me from turning on the ball like I usually do. I ended up driving the middle much more than usual and had a couple balls that came way too close to the pitcher. Had I been using a shaved bat, I might have gotten one or both of them. How could anyone take the chance of having to live with themselves if they did hit a pitcher with a doctored bat and injured them badly.....or worse?
, Dec. 3, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Academy

I talked to Steve today and he said he will hold an academy in Albuquerque in Spring. We will get contact info then.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Academy

I'm working on him. I think he could really help a lot of guys. I would love to see him in Albuquerque.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Durability of Total Knee Replacements

I had my right knee replaced in December 2012 after wearing a brace for 26 years. I had a tough one as there was much damage and apparently a slight Dr. error and spent 2 months in a recliner with little therapy, especially for the first month. But overall conditioning before the surgery had prepared me. I did over 1000 miles on my bicycle-outside miles- in the 4 months before surgery in addition to playing tournaments. That paid off as it came back pretty quickly. I cannot overstate how much bicycling helped-before AND after the surgery. I played my first tournament in Vegas in late April as a DH. It went surprisingly well.
The biggest thing is there is NO PAIN. The pain that was ALWAYS there for the last year before the surgery is gone. I now go at 100% with no hesitation. There have been 2 incidents that could have damaged a regular knee-like stepping in a hole in the outfield and a collision in the infield, but the only thing that happened was a bit of muscle pain around the knee. Also, I had to relearn to run. Seriously, I was running so flat footed I was extremely slow (Slow is a relative term at our age-LOL) I had to practice getting back up on my toes, which increased my speed a lot. And sometimes it even feels 'springy' and when running I get too much air between strides-that feels funny. Running smoothly after fly balls is more of a challenge now, too. I still slide on the bases and go down after balls in the outfield-although at my age it appears I fell rather than dove for the ball-LOL.
I continue to work out and improve-Winter Worlds at 65 M+ with the Old A's was one of my best tournaments since the surgery and always continue strengthening the leg. Softball is still fun and I thank the technology that allows me to play.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Hi Mike-great to hear you are doing so well. One thing I noticed since mine was I seem to dehydrate much more easily-even now. Not sure why-but watch your water. Will we see you on the field in Vegas?
, Nov. 24, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

Living in Albuquerque, my closest tournaments are Phoenix at 6 hours drive. Denver is 6 1/2 and Vegas is 8 1/2 at best. I have to fly the rest. Ir recently played 2 tournaments for fun in Las Cruces-only 3 hours. Hardly got comfortable in my car-lol. You guys are lucky. I enjoy the 3 day 'get away' from work, and any more than 3 games in a day gets hard now.
, Nov. 23, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Academy

I have been hoping that soon there might be something for those of us that live in the west, because it is difficult and expensive to get to Florida for these Spring Trainings and other great venues. Good news for us! Steve Imlay is going to start having a traveling 'Academy' soon, working out of Phoenix. His website is: sliacademy.com and with video taping, one-on-one training, and other features it should be great. Having played on the same team with him for years, I can tell you he has helped me when I get a bit off on my swing. I look forward to hearing more from him about it.
Mark Weber
Old A's 65 M+
, Nov. 16, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Hey, Mike, maybe this will help-I have been trying to work with Depends for years to create a 'depends with a cup' for senior softball players. Still can't get them to listen. There are times.......
, Nov. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

I was not but I talked to a couple people in confidence that were and said it was convincing. It was probably a front. I will not betray a confidential conversation, but maybe someone else who took the tour might so others might not get duped again.
, Nov. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

How diplomatic, Dave. You should run for President in 2020.
Being a member of GSC 60 M+ team. My wife and I did meet Steve and Kristi at their million dollar plus house in San Clemente. After we left, my wife asked me what I thought of them. My immediate reply was 'Bible Thumpers'. I attended a Lutheran College and have seen my share of those that are so vocal it becomes almost a 'show'. Jim and Tami Bakker come to mind. One of my own family even went through that, leaving a 3 minute sermon on his phone before you could leave a message. For those of us with a strong belief, people like this are embarrassing and disgusting. They lived high on the hog at honest people's expense. I hope they enjoy the next several years in prison, and maybe learn what believing is really all about.
By the way, Clean up-he really did have a factory that he took people to that was convincing. The people that invested were not stupid people. But the bat we had for the team was, in my view, a dud. I would never have used it in a game.
Thanks.
, Nov. 7, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

Mango thanks for the correction. The interesting thing is that a lot of guys played for both GSF and GSC, including me. But we were appalled at what he did in the name of God for his own gain.
, Oct. 31, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a catch?

I think it is a catch also, but I cannot find anything to cover it, and was curious what the experts thought.
, Oct. 31, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a catch?

The batter hits a long fly ball to the fence. The outfielder leaps up and catches the ball, but the back of his glove catches on the top of the fence and comes off, and is still sitting on the top of the fence. The ball rolls out of the glove, and the outfielder, laying on the ground catches it before it hits the ground. The ball never touched the fence. Is it a legal catch?
, Oct. 28, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

One of the biggest culprits I see are the coaches that intentionally slow down the game to shorten it. This happens a lot-a team gets a lead and decided to lengthen innings by going to the mound to talk to a pitcher, by taking extra time to get a courtesy runner ready to go, etc. etc. so they get to the open inning earlier.It would be hard to make a rule to regulate this. Also, teams are still not ready to start a game on time. That's why they added the 2 minutes a few years ago. The clock starts at the flip, and if your teams are ready to play, you can actually gain that 2 minutes. But they just don't get ready, thus losing minutes.
I am one of those outfielders that walks in and out. At 64 years old, 8 or 9 games of going in and out is taxing by itself, let alone game action. I do try to be ready to take the field when an inning ends so I am in position by the time the pitcher and batter are ready or to get off the field, but there are times-like catching a fly ball after a run for the third out when you are leading off the next inning-or running bases and having to get in and then out for defense-that it just takes a bit to get ready to play.
, Sept. 30, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields at Shadow Rock

Mad dog-either that or Dave pulled a 'Sheldon'--"was that sarcasm?"
I played a night game there 2 years ago-we were on one of the artificial fields. It was a mess-way too many balls got lost in the darkness. I know we are older and eyes don't see as well after 40 in the dark, but.......
, Sept. 28, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I have changed my mind......

Hey, Coop-hope you are ok-these balls-the rock-really behave differently than others and come off the bat fast. I think it is the lack of raised seams. Glad you weren't hurt badly, and it was nice to meet you briefly.
Bruce-it was nice to chat with you for as long as we did. I wish we were closer and played each other more!
, Sept. 14, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Gary Johnson

The other thread closed, but I can't leave it like that. Simply go to the actual New Mexico budget figures rather than a political blog filled with lies and you will see he did well. He did increase spending that much in 8 years. But the population of the state rose by around 15% during that time, he increased education spending by almost $1B a year, spent another $500M on the roads, which we all appreciate, because most of our major (20,000-50,000 people) cities were connected by long, 2 lane roads and most are now 4 lane roads, and also replaced a lot of the general fund, which the Democrats deplete every time they get in office. And he did balance the budget from year to year-that debt you talk about is a contrived figure. We are way too dependent on oil and gas here and it is a tough state to run. I really wish people didn't just believe everything the media and political pundits (all well paid on both sides to lie to people in a believable way) feeds them.
Thanks.
, Sept. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Hey, mad dog-what's up? I know Gary Johnson personally-he played softball in Albuquerque. He did do a lot of good in New Mexico.He had a huge veto pen and kept the very liberal legislature in check spending wise. We have a mess here from 60 years of Democratic control of the legislature, and even now, after losing the house for the first time in those 60 years, the senate has blocked so many needed reforms. They blocked changes on our licenses that gave drivers licenses to illegals, until they finally had to pass it so we didn't have to use passports to fly in the USA here. They have something called 'social promotion' which passes third graders to fourth grade, even if they cannot read. And then they cannot ever catch up and we have about the worst dropout rate in the country. And then Bill Richardson came in-we had an oil boom and a $650M budget surplus and he spent $1B on a train that runs only from Belen (35 miles south of Albuquerque-to Santa Fe)and services very few passengers and will never come close to covering it's own costs, and the Spaceport-($200+M). We are poor again. We could have banked that-or spent it on building a better business base here. There is almost nothing outside of oil & Gas, Government, and Agriculture here because of very high taxes. And they want to raise them again.
Hey Wayne-on the vote for Gore in 2008-there was one way that Gore did win that was verified by an independent report from 2004. He actually requested-and got- a recount of 4 counties only instead of the whole state of Florida. That was a 'calculated maneuver' by Gore because he thought would win it for him. If he had just recounted the whole state, he would have won. He tripped himself up trying to be cute.
To me, I was very curious here what might happen if I put out some truths-with verification- and observations. It has proved conclusively to me that people will read what they want to, believe what they want to, hold on to their anger if they want to, and ignore evidence to the contrary when they want to. Emotions are running them-and this is the plan of the 2 parties to preserve the 2 party system and their power. Wayne will not change, Mad Dog will not change, Stick will not change. Even in the face of hard evidence to the contrary, they will not change. I have made up my mind, and I bet the rest of the board is tired of this. But it has been pretty quiet and tame lately! LOL I learned in psychology class that some people actually thrive off their anger. They cannot live without it. If Gary Johnson has a better chance of beating Hillary, I will vote for him, Mad Dog-I did in 2012. But my vote will undoubtedly be against Hillary. And I will continue to vote against 'Establishment' candidates that will continue to line their own pockets at our expense-like the Clintons, and the rest of them. They should all be sitting next to Hillary in jail.
Less than 2 weeks to Worlds! Let's play ball.

, Sept. 9, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

Wayne, I don't do facebook-or much social media at all-this is the only place I blog.I don't hide here either, people know who I am. I get a kick out of pointing out 'political inaccuracies' by both parties. I think all politicians are liars. Having said that.....
Wayne, do you know what the participation rate is with regard to the unemployment rate? It is a much more important figure than the 'unemployment rate'.Very simply, it is the percentage of Americans in the work force. You have to understand this to really understand where unemployment really is. I would guess most Americans do not know this or how to read the Bureau of Labor Statistics statistics. And that is why EVERY administration has lied about the unemployment rate. They can, easily. Once a person has exhausted his or her unemployment benefits, they can be removed from the 'participation rate' figure as not looking for work. This is arbitrary-they can choose not to do this, but most administrations do because removal means the unemployment rate figure goes DOWN. Sir, I became part of this when I was laid off in 2013. I was dropped from the list as not looking, although I was frantically trying to find a job. This is one of the big lies all administrations have used for a long time. But this administration has used this like no other has, and even used it to influence the last election in 2012. When the papers came out and said Obama needed the rate to be under 8 to get reelected, it was sitting at 8.1%. All of a sudden, magically, with very little job creation-well under 200,000 jobs which mathematically could not drop the rate that far by itself, the rate dropped to 7.8%. They took well over 1 million people off the rolls to accomplish it. And the liberal media went with it-touting the drop with only minimal reference to the fact that the participation rate had dropped to level not seen in many, many years. The media knew if they just referenced it, they could always say they covered it, but they knew the parties would not say much-they both do it. Wayne, it is all in the BLS website put out by the government, but very few know how to interpret it and Obama knows he will get away with it. Somebody with more time than I have could figure it exactly, but it is really between 8 and 9%. THIS, AND OTHER C**P THAT THEY PUT OUT TO MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD IS THE REASON I BELIEVE ANYONE WITH AN I FOR INCUMBENT BESIDE THEIR NAME NEEDS TO GO!!! The Establishment on both sides is a mess. And people are realizing it, hence the rise in Trump and even Bernie. Everything is not as it seems as presented by this administration.........
AND WAYNE, YOU HAVE TOTALLY DUCKED ANSWERING TO THE ISSUE THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TREATED BUSH, AND OTHER REPUBLICANS JUST AS BADLY AS YOU FEEL OBAMA HAS BEEN TREATED. And Trump is not really a Republican, but scares the media and the establishment to death. Infinitely better choice that the same old Hillary-we know nothing will ever change with her.

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