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, Aug. 30, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Oxymoron of the day. Colin Kaepernick wants to make America great. Donald Trump tells him if he doesn't like it he should find an another country. Donald Trump wears a hat that says make America great again.................What? 1950's great? There are several racist policemen, military, and ex-military so I fail to see the point of disrespect.

I've yet to hear any of them protest a KKK parade down the middle of Main St waving Old Glory. Then you have that redneck wannabe yuppie on Duck Dynasty wearing a flag as a do-rag. Where is the outrage there? And what about those outlaw drug dealing, stealing biker gangs sporting the flag like they're real patriots? Somebody stop me before I get too carried away.

And by the way, the military is the biggest "socialist" program going today. How many of them apply for subsidized housing, food stamps, and medical. Hate Obamacare, then you hate the Veteran's Administration healthcare program too. Let's not forget the free college tuition. That's right, it is Socialism 101. Those are my tax dollars at work. I expect more bang for my buck.

Then you have those with Agent Orange, the Pat Tillman coverup and all the reported rapes and assaults on female military personnel that the higher ups never do anything about. Wait, then there is David Petraeus leaking classified material to his cheating on her husband biographer, Paula Broadwell. Who does he think he is, Hillary Clinton? The military isn't sounding so hot from where I sit.

I could probably write a novel about the police and their itchy trigger fingers. However, the one that sticks out in my mind the most happened in Cleveland not long ago. A police officer rolls up on an eleven-year-old Tamir Rice and shoots him. A police call came in that a black man was holding a gun in a park. Would they have shot a white man in cold blood? Didn't the cop know that Ohio is an open carry state? The real topper is the city of Cleveland sending a bill to the parents of the slain lad for his ambulance ride to the hospital where he pronounced dead on arrival. What happened to Officer Barney Fife, Jr? Apparently nothing. He must just drive around all day in his police car playing with the siren and occasionally looking at the bullet they let him carry in his pocket.

I'll be waiting with bated breath when all you ex-military, ex-policemen, etc. go off the deep end about the above I just mentioned. Those are the people and things that make y'all look bad, not Colin Kaepernick.





, Aug. 29, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Dear bkb55,

I have worked several high-level playoff games in the state of Texas behind the plate. Sometimes you do have to look over the catcher if he takes that slot away..........but standing up almost straight over the catchers as those umpires did, it is understandable why they missed so many pitches.

You have to get down low and stick your nose in there so to speak. You keep your head still and track the balls with your eyes. If I was working those games, I would have had to get down on one knee to have an effective strike zone.

Another thing I noticed was they all used the same lame girls' softball mechanic to signify a strike. I'm sure they were instructed to do this. Let them use a little variety back there for Pete's sake.
, Aug. 29, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

Dear Benji4,

Are your white parents still alive or did they die from their disappointment in you?

Would it make you feel better if he wore a do-rag OF a flag on his head like the redneck wannabe yuppie from Duck Dynasty?

YEESH.

P. S. ~ Enclosed in the mail to you is a check for the sum of one U. S. dollar. This will enable you in the purchase of a new personality so you might readily dispose of the cheap one that you so proudly flaunt to the dismay of any educated person of any race, creed or color.

YOU'RE DISMISSED!!!!

, Aug. 29, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Let meathead player who wanted a release to serve a one-year suspension. Nobody needs a jackass like that on the ballfields. A real man would know how to act accordingly.

, Aug. 29, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Labor Day Classic Postponement

No 60 teams are going now. Please send me my medal in the mail.

Thank you for your support.

, Aug. 27, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

bkb555, the plate umpire works in what is call the "slot". That is the area between the batter and catcher. You can't see anything right behind the catcher.

They have to pay kids, because sensible coaches and parents don't exist when it comes to their babies.

Don't knock it until you've tried it.......umpire associations are always looking for good umpires.

, Aug. 26, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Labor Day Classic Postponement

From what I understand, some tournament director double booked the fields. Teams are dropping so fast they might have enough to do the whole thing in one day.

I'm sure everybody wants to go find a room on Labor Day weekend with people in town wanting to float the river.

Pathetic state of affairs.
, Aug. 25, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

The umpires at the LLWS are volunteers in the league they work in. They do pay their own travel expenses to Williamsport. Everything else is free as to meals, lodging, transportation, and uniforms. At some levels, it is expected that the plate umpire expand the strike zone. Usually a full ball to either side of the plate.

I umpired high school enough to know if that umpire has any real experience. I've seen some that look like they've done it often enough or attended an umpiring clinic out there.

Umpiring is one of the oldest good ole boy clubs around. Most qualified umpires don't work Little League or any youth league period. The parents and coaches are nightmares. I've worked select ball tournaments for the smaller kids. I've had send to Coach Dad to the parking lot on a couple occasions, but the tournament director let them come back when they should have been suspended for the next game. That's when I took off the mask and left myself. If they can't play without a coach, try playing without the umpire.
, Aug. 22, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Just moved to your neighborhood from Florida.....Extensive tournament experience

try this link, Heavi.

https://seniorsoftball.com/great_lakes

, Aug. 22, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: senior softball

https://seniorsoftball.com/florida

See if this link helps.

, Aug. 22, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking to play in O"Fallon tourney

You might want to include your age, level of play, positions, and where you reside. Would help you possibly get some feelers.

Good luck finding a team to play on.
, Aug. 16, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fall Training Camp for Senior players

I went back in February for a little vacation. I enjoyed it. Too bad my back started to hurt from standing up so long and my bad knee hurt from sitting in a car for 20 hours on the drive down. If I go again, I'd like to work on my pitching and make different plans for the trip. Looking into buying a Class C motor home.

There were three women there that could really play!!!!
, Aug. 15, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Batting tee

Don't buy a tee made of plastic. Soft rubber will last for an eon. Llabtfos hit the nail on the head so to speak.

Buy a tee that has a long platform to hit off of.
, Aug. 15, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Team Shorts?!

I bought a pair of baggy long softball pants for $1.88 made by Rawlings from Baseball Express. Cut the legs, got them professionally hemmed for $6.00 and they work great.

If you have some old softball pants you might want to try it.
, Aug. 15, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Best Batting Glove for Pratice

If you can find some made of goat skin, you will be forever satisfied. Might have to look for some made in Mexico, though.
, July 30, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eastern Nationals - Action shots & Team pictures

Jack takes some great shots. HE just isn't around when I make diving catches.
, July 30, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SOFTBALL SHOES

A couple of years ago, I got on the Adidas website and ordered me a custom made pair of shoes. You can either get low or mid cut. You can even design the shoes in the color scheme you most desire. Mine have plenty of bounce and are comfortable when worn all day. Thay is water resistant too. No more wet feet and shoes for early morning games

I've also have a pair of New Balance turf shoes in which I put a padded innersole. They are very comfortable and are a little wider around the ball of the feet for comfort.

Just putting this out as another option. They do work well for my feet.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

A pedicure from time to time will really help believe it or not.
, June 30, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

60AAA played in Del Valle at Southeast Memorial Park. No concessions and two port-a-potties that needed to be emptied, to say the least.

Fences were 330. Outfield grass was horrible and the ground hard as concrete. Infield dirt went just a few feet past the bases. Many infielders had to play on the grass part that been planted to probably accommodate the field for 60 ft. bases instead of the 70 ft. bases we use.

Additionally, there really wasn't anything close to the park to stay or go eat. If Houston was worse than this park you have my heartfelt sympathy.

Our start times for Saturday were 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM for pool games. We then went to bracket games with our next game being at 5:00 PM.

We started Sunday at 9:00 AM and played our final game at 10:30 AM. Better scheduling in the future would probably help.

Gotta love it!
, June 28, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW TO PREVENT A HEATSTROKE

I always keep my little blood pressure machine with me. At least check your blood pressure if you become light-headed or see some dark spots in front of you.

I have congestive heart failure and don't take water pills if I know I'm going to be in excessive heat. I even drink a fair share of water.

If you take blood pressure medicine, you might want to check with your doctor about not taking it on those extremely hot days. Stay in the shade as much as possible.

Everybody is different, but don't think it can't happen to you. It can do permanent damage to your kidneys. If you've had one before, you are more likely to have another episode. Just because you feel better the next day doesn't mean to get out in the heat again.

Really, the best thing to do is go to a hospital so they can put fluids in you.

Was down in Austin this past weekend and very thankful for the cloud cover. The sun came out about noon Sunday and as bad as it sounds, I was glad we didn't have to play another game. I drove home (four hours) and the first thing I did was get in the swimming pool for about an hour. Helps the legs and body.
, June 28, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: throwing a bat

Good rule of thumb: If they throw the bat further than they hit the ball, eject.
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