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Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

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Jan. 14, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner
Alan all I can say thanks for the advice and pointing out such a GREAT bat. I hit it this morning, about 50 balls. Farthest was 350 or so. SMOKING hot from the start. In the afternoon I took it to my Wounded Warriors PNW players and holy moly they knocked the heck out of it. One of our young soldiers sat in his wheelchair and hit the dang ball at least 200 ft. It was IMPRESSIVE! You're right. It does sound different to start but it kind of gets in the groove after awhile, and then it's lights out.
Also, thanks for the batting gloves. These guys can't afford this high class stuff...:)... so I usually buy them out of my own pocket. VA Hosp. doesn't spend money on REC stuff, so Me and my Wife kind of foot the bill. Don't get me wrong, we don't mind, just gets kind of expensive when gearing up for the upcoming season.
You should see the smile on their faces when we are able to get good stuff. It's nice to see them when it gets in to their brain that they can still play a game they loved as a kid. They absolutely come out of their shell and they become more of their old self again. Not a lot of whining or complaining from these guys. Love just hanging out with them. They have physical and sometimes mental impairments and I'm old and have both so we get along great..:)
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You make this old war horse proud.

1Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Ranger
Founder: Wounded Warriors PNW.
Vancouver, Wa.
Jan. 14, 2014
Tri18
569 posts
SGT.
I greatly appreciate your post. It's guys like you that help me keep my passion for the game and for helping others when I can. The Miken Blackout is certainly a great bat choice and it's durability is among the best in senior bats. I will have another "care package" to you soon. You guys make me proud of our servicemen and the best country in the world that we are blessed to live in.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Jan. 14, 2014
hemi racer
Men's 65
63 posts
Was privileged to see the Wounded Warriors team in Hendersonville, N.C. last year. Great bunch of kids. Not a pushover to beat them I might add. And now when I find myself wanting to have a pity party for myself I think of these guys who have embrace life no matter what it has dealt them and I fell ashamed that I'm not more thankful for what I have. What a great program, I'm sure it has help many of them readjust to society after their stressful experiences.
Jan. 14, 2014
modi
14 posts
hey mike why don't you post an address for the guys on here to see maybe as a group we can scrounge up some funds and get it to you to help offset your costs or guys can donate some bats, gloves or softballs they are no longer using to help with your project. it might also be possible to put out a jug at senior events for guys to donate into to help the cause, I for one will help you out with this project feel free to email me at modi15@verizon.net maybe we can get something started
Jan. 14, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Modi:
my address is
9909 NE 59th Ave.
Vancouver, Wa. 98686

thanks for your offer to help. It would be much appreciated by these men and women who have sacrificed so much to allow us to play a game. I honestly don't have a clue on how to go about a fund raising deal. But the equipment someone isn't using would be great! Maybe if someone wanted to sponsor something, they could buy something from Alan and he could forward it to us. I don't know...just thinking. Feel free to email me with your thoughts.
pdxgoldwing@yahoo.com
Jan. 14, 2014
Fabe
Men's 50
202 posts
Braddah Alan you the man! Doesn't surprise me what you didů.you have assisted many people in our sport (including me!). Big Mahalo for blessing the True Warriors of this great country. Aloha, Fabe
Jan. 14, 2014
lewis
26 posts
First of all big Mike THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your service, secondly WHAT A WONDERFUL THING YOU DID STARTING WOUNDED WARRIORS again THANK YOU. Finally THANK YOU ALAN FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THEM WITH YOUR GENEROSITY. Hopefully when things pick up work wise I can send some money to Mike's address, however maybe Alan could be a go between for some equipment I would like to donate. We are going to be in Arizona March 7,8 and 9 and maybe Alan will be there so I can give this glove to him to get to big Mike. Lewis (Steve Brown Desperados)
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Alan, Modi and Lewis..thanks for the kind words. I am doing all I can to help these guys and gals do their best. Believe me, It's an honor and a privilege to do what we do. Truthfully, sometimes you just want to cry. You can see the light come on in the guys eyes when they "GET IT". The realize they can do this. Thanks for offering stuff to help them. I will make sure you all get a signed poster or a shirt or something from us. I will take some video with my phone and upload it so you guys can see these wonderful men and women playing a game we all take for granted....Much Love
Big Mike
Jan. 15, 2014
cyborg45
72 posts
I have several things I would like to donate. Rawlings Silverback 1st base glove.Original Miken Freak and an original Synergy+. I will be in Vegas
April 21-25. I could bring them with me, or could ship them if needed.
Jan. 15, 2014
Adiktiv6
Men's 50
57 posts
oops, I see my request has already been made....tks

A dik
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Cyborg....thanks for the offer. It would be great to have this stuff. It is sure needed! Sorry but I don't think I will be in Vegas in April. My Address is at the top.....again thank you very much.
Big Mike
Jan. 15, 2014
cyborg45
72 posts
Big Mike, I'll get this to you in the next week or so. Thanks for all that you do. Ron
Jan. 15, 2014
GSWP001
Men's 60
70 posts
Big Mike, do you have a Paypal account? Would like to give a donation.

Dave P.

Northwest Silver 65's.
Jan. 15, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Yes Dave I do.
it's Friedricemike@mail.com
thanks for thinking of these worthy guys....we appreciate all everyone can do.

Big Mike

P.S. HEY!...I know you guys! Monaco Mayhem/ Sunlight Supply here!....:)
Jan. 16, 2014
GSWP001
Men's 60
70 posts
Big Mike, is that @mail.com or @gmail.com?
Jan. 16, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
it's
@mail.com
Jan. 17, 2014
cyborg45
72 posts
Big Mike, the two bats are on their way. UPS tracking #1Z9
25W894223029830. Should be there by Thursday. You will have to sign for them. Didn't want to leave them unattended if you weren't at home. Let me know when they get there. rrkemmerer@gmail.com.
Jan. 17, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
GSWP...got an email from paypal....sincere thanks for your help. this will do wonders.
cyborg...You picked one of the things we need most. Thank You so much.
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