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Real name:
Mark Weber

Location:
Albuquerque, NM

Division:
Men's 60

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, Oct. 19, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Well excuuuuuussseeee meeeee! LOL

There is no way to just do that in M or M+. I'm out!!!
, Oct. 19, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Gary, I respectfully disagree-to some extent. Our team learned the senior game and improved to the point we did our best as an older 50's team. The drop off in abilities that just comes with age is MUCH slower between 50-58 than it is every 5 years after that. At our age we tend to forget we were pretty strong in our 50's compared to now. And at our age-I am 65-the every 5 year increment is right-and the difference in a young 60's team and an older 60's team is pronounced.

, Oct. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Back about 7 years ago when I was 58, I floated the idea of eliminating one age group by going to a 50-58 division, and a 59-65 division. It did not get much traction then, but after this discussion about Thunderstruck, maybe it is time now. I did not see much drop off in ability between 50 and 58, and as I have gotten older this has not changed. But, the drop off has accelerated tremendously now at the older ages. At 58 I still had the mindset to compete with the 50 year old 'kids'. But as we age, Father Time has taken its toll more and more, on all of us. There is a huge difference between 60's and 65's and an even bigger one at 70's. A lot of guys, including me, are much more ready to 'age up' now. I know from conversations that many agree with this.
The advantages of this new setup would be that there would be more teams to play in each division, especially in the M and M+. I get it that 50AAA will get super large in Worlds, but Dave is great at putting the brackets together. And there would be 4 less brackets. This problem of putting a 55 M+ team into the 50 M bracket would be much less likely to happen, and you don't seem to see it in the older divisions.
Conditioning, technology, new surgical techniques and so many other factors have us playing better and better at older ages. "We can rebuild him!" from the 6 million dollar man is actually here and more guys are staying stronger longer, with the biggest difference in the 50 and 55 age groups, as I see it. Maybe it is time to consider this.
I know this is just a forum for airing ideas, but if it does gain traction, I think it might be worth putting it to the SSUSA office officially. What do you guys think?

Mark Weber
65 M+

, Oct. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it fair?

Back when I was 58 (7 years ago) and still pretty strong, I felt that they should eliminate one age group by going to a 50-58 age group, and a 59-65 age group. I put that idea out but it never gained much traction. But tattooball hit the nail on the head and I feel even stronger that this might be a viable idea. There really is not much drop off in ability from 50 to 55 for most, but as I get older I see the drop off accelerating. The elimination of the 55 yr old age group would be positive in many ways. One less age group makes larger bracket sizes for all-and we all like more teams to play, especially M+. Everybody talking about this above is in the 50-55 age bracket-and you don't seem to see the same problem in the older age groups. I was not mentally ready to 'age up' when I was 58 because I knew I could still compete with the 50's, but I sure am ready now at 65. I think I will also start a thread for this discussion only so as not to hijack this one.
Mark Weber
Webbie
65 M+
, Oct. 4, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Hey Rich-I have met you and know who you are. I was not accusing anyone, just stating the fact that nothing gets done here.
, Oct. 4, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Guys, I see you all are new on this board. Those of us that have been here for a long time learned this is ONLY a forum for airing things out. It is not an official complaint site. Dave comes on as a courtesy, but NOTHING gets done officially without a complaint in writing to the office in Sacramento. All the posting in the world will not get anything done here.
, Sept. 15, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rest In Peace Elby Bushong

Elby was also an Albuquerque legend in the late 70's and early 80's. His teams would come to the Albuquerque 4th of July Tournament and beat up on us-always with class. I recently got to know him finally after moving to Arizona as he came to many of our games. He was a total gentleman. He will be missed-Rest in Peace.
, July 17, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery or not?

I had a different experience with a rotator cuff tear about 10 years ago. I got to where I could not throw the ball 10 feet-even to having to flip the ball to the outfielder next to me to throw in. I was about 55. My chiropractor-who is also a sports medicine expert and board certified neurologist-suggested we try ultrasound on it. I trust him implicitly and said yes. He found the tear easily-I could not take the ultrasound much over the lowest setting. But after a few weeks of ultrasound treatment, I could take it for 5 minutes at full strength.
He said to go throw. My first hard throw I was on my knees in pain, but a recheck said there was no damage. I worked it out and throw decently well now. It might be worth trying this depending on how bad the tear is.
Good luck!
, July 7, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

I have another observation, and I am guilty of doing this! Why would an on deck batter move the bat that could possibly deflect the throw coming in if the catcher is not paying attention and leaves it in the way of a potential throw? I have seen many throws hit bats laying where the batter dropped it, and a couple of those runners would have been out.
I like the idea of ruling interference-the odb was in the middle of the play.
, June 24, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summer Solstice Sleepiness?

Hi Dave and Omar-I just moved to Tucson where it has been roughly 116 for the last 4 days and Phoenix hit 119 earlier in the week-pretty hot, but not record breaking. Omar-the Einstein skirmishes and the Gary/Dirty skirmishes were definitely interesting-I had time then, but have little time now to post. The Global Warming crowd (GWC)got their licks in on this heat wave, but never noticed the all time record in Phoenix and Tucson was set 27 years ago, and has not been beaten yet. Death Valley has been in the 120's and that's not unusual, but I read the GWC is trying to invalidate the all time record of 134 so they can boost their case. By the way, we are in for a cold spell in a few days as temps will drop to the 100-105 range. BRRRRRR!!!!!
, 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.
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