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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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Men's 60

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, June 3, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DARK CLOUDS IN 65 MAJOR PLUS

I must be getting old. I remember 4 singles being hit (one may have become a double), time stopped and Tom Ott and I wondering what was happening. When the game reset, we were informed there was one out, one run in, and runners were on second and third. I personally handled 2 or 3 of those singles in left and did not notice anything about the ball, but admit I was just getting it back in as fast as possible. Personally, I cannot imagine any scenario that Timberworks would feel they should try this intentionally for ANY reason. How tough is it to eventually notice Rocks were in there? And Wayne, our pitcher, rarely misses a thing. As an intelligent pitcher that knows how to disrupt concentration in any number of ways, how did he miss that golden opportunity for 4 batters? Plus, the umpires almost always check the balls before they throw them in. Sorry, Dennis, I cannot buy intentional on this with any rationale. That makes NO sense. We played poorly and need to accept that and not make excuses. It is time to put this dog to sleep before it gets way out of hand.
, May 6, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed

Mike started last night late in left field for the Lord's team, and I understand that in his first at bat, as in life, he hit a home run. He will be missed, but remembered by all that loved him. Good bye for now, my friend.
, May 4, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: hitting drills

Opposite field can be your friend. During BP concentrating on driving singles to the opposite field makes you keep your head in there-you can't go that way pulling your head. SLI academy is excellent to help also!!
, May 3, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed

I just found out yesterday that my friend and teammate Mike Ayo "Shark" to all of us, is in the final stages of hospice and will soon be playing outfield on God's team. Those of us that know him, played with him, and love him for the person he is are losing 'one of the good guys'. Your prayers are appreciated.
, April 28, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Hey Mel, great to hear from you also. Glad to hear you are doing well. I will see Steve this week and say hi.
, April 26, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

ocden, I played mostly outfield in my career, but I can also play third. I played 8 of my 15 games in the outfield this week and the rest at third but was on base a whole lot, too. No problems whatsoever with the knee.
, April 25, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock Ball in Vegas

I wanted to throw out some observations about the 'Rock'. As does everyone, I do love to hit it. I saw a lot of missiles hit this week in 15 games at the 65M+ and 60M level that were amazing to watch. I know a lot of guys that salivate at the opportunity to hit it here. (Or drool as we get older)
Dave, I know this is not going to change anything, and am not expecting it to. This is just for discussion.
This ball behaves like no other ball, especially in the wind. I played outfield for 9 of my games and third base for the rest. In the air, on the ground, even thrown it plays differently, and it is not just the fact that it gets to you in a hurry.
As an outfielder, I was amazed that almost every fly ball danced in the air, reacted almost like a knuckle ball, and when the wind was blowing, made some of the best outfielders in both divisions look like they were lost out there. Seemingly routine fly balls caught the breeze and at times actually looked like a small rocket engine had ignited in mid air and the ball changed direction and took off. I watched many good outfielders camped on a drive toward them, only to realize that ball wasn't coming down, or veered away, and it went to-or over-the fence. I hit some myself I thought were outs. 3 or 4 of those carried over the fence. And no outfielder in either division was immune-it seemed.
As an infielder, I have noticed in previous tournaments, and watched it again this time, that the SECOND hop in a hard infield is about 6-12 inches higher than the first hop on a hard ground ball. I have seen a couple guys take it in the nose playing for a normal hop and getting surprised. I have take to playing a very short third to mitigate this hop-and it worked decently. It does cut my range a bit, but there were very few balls I would have gotten if I had been back further. (besides, at 65 my 'range' is a relative thing)-lol.
Even throwing this ball can be an adventure. I have had a few throws act like a slider if I don't get the correct grip on it. I pitched through college and threw a lot of cutters then. One world tournament I had 2 throws take off on me from third to first-with a 'cut fast ball' motion that would have made Mariano Rivera proud. I have never had that happen with the Stote or another ball.
I just wanted to throw this out and see if anyone else had a comment. Please, guys, let's not get on Dave or SSUSA about it, ok?
, April 25, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Recently, Softball4b, Mike Adair posted his progress after having a total knee replacement. I was amazed at his recovery, having had one myself about 3 and a half years ago that didn't go very well. Also, a number of other friends have also had the same surgery and done well.
I have to give Mike kudos for the work he did. We played together this weekend in the 60M division and Mike is already very strong-in under 5 months. He had several very key hits and was consistent. And he is running without pain!
For those of you that are hesitant to do it-IT BEATS THE PAIN BY A LARGE MARGIN. And they continue to get better and better with it.
Way to go, Mike!
, April 23, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

We played 3 days at BLD this week. I have always enjoyed it because it is different-unique. My only comment on it is that I played left field in a sandbox on several of the fields. I live in a desert area in Albuquerque and realize it is tough to maintain grass in this environment, but I don't believe throwing a few inches of sand on a (Large) worn spot is the answer, especially given the revenue we provide to play there.
Dave, your offer of a 'opt-out' of Big League dreams for the whole division is fantastic. Would you also offer that for Shadow Rock?
"The Devil Made Me Do It"-LOL
, April 3, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A new product for Senior Softball Players

Softball4b-I have never, and will never sing Karaoke. Last time I sang in the shower the wife threatened me with divorce and the dogs tried to bite me.
The Hemet story is true and where I got my idea.
Omar-this was fun! I was 'relieved' someone else had fun! Thanks for piss-enting an alternative view.
, April 3, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A new product for Senior Softball Players

Omar-this calls for a re-butt-al. On a scale of one to 10-'yur-an-eight' in your criticism.
Mr. Pisscopo should have taken advantage of the 'nuclear option' and used the handy dandy super heater that evaporates it in 30 seconds. It piss-i-dates, er, I mean, dissipates the overflow. Our product specialist-Mr. MT Bladder has verified it's effectiveness.
The cost becomes more reasonable when you realize you can wear these for everyday use. For those of us that drive long distances-no more stops. At the ballgame drinking beer?-use the extra absorbent maxi-(sliding)pads so you don't miss a pitch, or a batter stepping out of the box after every pitch for 45 seconds. It's good for 5 hours to handle almost any 9 inning game.
We are working on the weight shift with a micro computer chip that anticipates your next softball move and distributes it evenly, and may even create a soft warm cushion for sliding. Mr. Pea-nuts will then be able to use it also.
Our new, and improved product will be out shortly. We don't want any more 'pissed' off customers.


, April 1, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A new product for Senior Softball Players

Mr. Clark, I have processed your order for PINK shorts! Thanks! I hope 14 pair is enough.

Diesel Dan, I always trot 2 steps, then walk. Just for looks!
, April 1, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A new product for Senior Softball Players

Good morning all!
You are late in the Championship game. You are playing outfield. The inning starts and as you trot out to your position, that Senior Urge hits. After a couple minutes you begin to fidget a bit. You shift your feet. The pitcher walks 2 batters and the manager comes out to talk to him. Now you are nervous.YOU GOTTA GO!!!!! The next batter gets a hit. The inning drags on. You start moving in circles and hoping nobody notices your discomfort. You get an out. Yeah! The next pitch goes past the catcher and he slowly retrieves it, throws it in the dirt to the mound and it skips by the pitcher. There is nobody on the bench to come into the game for you. This is getting embarrassing. Finally, the third out. You sprint to the bathroom with one thing in mind-making it! As you get there and breath heavily with relief, you suddenly realize with horror that you are the leadoff hitter. You totally forgot. You can't stop and it takes forever. You finally run out zipping up, only to see the umpire, stifling tremendous laughter, call STRIKE THREE.
NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE THE ANSWER. We offer double protection! The outer flap has plenty of room for the biggest 'cup' for you softball studs. And these super duper, spongy sliding shorts have the capacity to absorb any potentially embarrassing accident. You can 'DEPEND' on this product to protect you. Let it fly with confidence!!!!!! No one will know unless they understand the small smile on your lips. This is the perfect answer for those of us with SSUSA (Seriously Strong Uncontrollable Sphincter Activities). Avoid those embarrassing moments that could cost your team. Never do the 2GQ (Gotta Go Quickstep) again.
Now available in all sizes and many colors for only $59.99, But WAIT! If you order now you get a second pair absolutely free. All you pay is $275.00 shipping and handling!
Offer good today only!

Mark Weber
HR Webco, Inc.
, March 26, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: knee pain

In 2013 I did the same thing-I wanted to make it 'one more year'. It was a nightmare. I was in constant pain, took way too many pain killers and really didn't help my team at all. I even got to the point in worlds that I took so many pills I got disoriented and combative. No good at all. It is so easy to say 'just a couple more tournaments'. IT IS NOT WORTH IT-get it done and you will be much happier, and so many of my friends, including Softball4b are telling me the recovery time is so much shorter now. And NO PAIN!
, Feb. 23, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bordering States - Illinois / Michigan

But isn't Hawaii considered border state with the coast and Alaska?
Hardly think the Pacific is a river.
Sorry, Dave, the devil made me do it......lol
, Feb. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

John, we had 7 m+ level players and the team was put together with a lower ranked team to make a team for the tournament. It really was friends getting together to play a fun tourney, and I was happy to be playing. Period. The fact we were able to play WAS, for me, the important thing. We played 5 different teams and it was great. This will be one of those tourneys you remember over a beer and laugh about later. They happen!
But it does become a concern in important tourneys, like qualifiers. And it is a tough issue, because especially Major Plus quite often doesn't have enough teams in their bracket. The real issue is what is fair to both teams. Should an equalizer really be designed to give each team a 50/50 chance to win, or should the higher ranked team retain an advantage? And maybe a bigger question is should teams that are put in a position of playing a higher ranked team in a tournament actually be penalized in their division of the tournament if they lose to the higher ranked team.
My personal feeling is SSUSA has it pretty close. But I think each team should play to their level on home runs. That won't be popular, especially with lower ranked teams, but that is the level each team plays all year. IN A QUALIFIER, why should that change? Why should a major plus team have to play less home runs when their team is designed for more. They are already limited to 5 runs an inning. What is the difference if they hit 9 home runs or 3, if they play a AAA team? They still can't score more than 5. But conversely, a AAA team should not be able to hit 9 home runs if they play a major plus team, either. They should have to score their runs the way they always do-with the 3 HR limit. And I have seen AAA teams that can hit 6 or 9 a game.
But, the debate will go on....and there will never be a perfect answer.
, Feb. 16, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

We played yesterday at the M+ level in a tournament in Phoenix. We did have to play 2 AA teams. We gave them 7 runs a game. We played 1 home run. We only got 5 runs an inning instead of our usual 7. They got an 11th fielder. They also got 1/2 run, being visitors, to insure that there were no ties. That is 5 equalizers. We did get home team, though. the wind was blowing straight in about 20 and the first game the sun was low and right over the pitcher's head where it was almost impossible to see a pitch. That was the one game we played a Major team and only gave a 5 run equalizer. After 6 innings the actual score was 7-2. We lost 8-7, including the 5 run spot. It was not the best of days for us. We went 0-3. But.........
We got to play 3 games of softball on a nice warm day in February and had fun! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Also, for important tournaments, I do think the one concession that the equalizer committee should give back is the home runs to the higher ranked team. It can be dangerous for M+ hitters to have to keep the ball in the park against a lower division pitcher, as the middle is the best place to go when keeping it in, even with the 11th player. And they still have to hit 'em to get 'em.

Just my 2 cents worth....

Mark Weber
, Feb. 7, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bullhead City's 15th Annual Senior Spring Tournament

I heard from the tournament director they have changed to the 44/375 Rock. She said everyone loved it. Nice move!
, Feb. 2, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SliAcademy.com offering slow-pitch softball hitting Clinics in Phoenix, Az

Gentlemen, a lot of guys talk hitting, but this man TEACHES you how to improve your swing. This is one clinic worth considering.

Mark Weber 65 Major Plus
, Dec. 20, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player fees

This is a huge consideration for me, living in New Mexico-ALL of my tournaments are travel tournaments. Period. We drive to as many as we can, because of air fares, and rental cars. Being Major Plus, there are few teams. I considered playing in Northern Cal, but it costs us (my wife travels with me as much as possible) well over $1000 for each tournament that we would have had to fly to Sacramento for. $600-1000 for flights-3 nights hotel for at least $300, rental car $200-300, and then eating out every meal, water and snacks in the dugout,--you do the math. And do that several tourneys a year. We go to Reno, Vegas twice, Sacramento, Mesquite, and hope for Dalton. Add in smaller tourneys like Prescott-twice last year, Phoenix-3, Tucson-1, Las Cruces, NM-2, and it costs a lot to play this game I love. I know most teams don't have to travel like that to play, but the hotel costs alone for 16 guys(8 rooms) can run easily $3000 per tourney) unless you take the cheapies and take the chances. I have played on teams that collected $300 for a year before. It can work. But you have to decide what the team pays for and what the players are responsible for. And I am an advocate-you don't pay, you don't play-not fair to those who do.
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