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Discussion: Bat Passion !

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Aug. 3, 2007
35 posts
Bat Passion !
There has been much talk about if we seniors need hot bats like the U2, Combat, etc or should we just use the normal K Mart special..
I understand and respect the theory of using a normal bat and let the ball land where is should without the help of technology. It is just plain common sense.
Yet senior softball is not common and we have no sense when trying to appease our passion for sport. If you offer the average senior player a night on the town with a beautiful woman or a bat that could hit 300 ft, of course, he will take the bat.
Hitting a homerun or at least to the fence is the American dream. It is what we thought of as little boys and still desire in our hearts today.
We are all envy when we watch a great hitter come to the plate and a part of us is within the ball as it leaves the park.
High tech is part of life now. It is here to help us drive, call or even maintain our health so why now let it live the American dream and hit better. I am sure the great hitters of this board, Einstein, Bruce in Ga, Bill Gateley and such would agree that passion and hi-tech is good for the soul and want to see more dreams come true.
Aug. 3, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
I know one at least 1 guy, whom whould choose the gal over the bat.
And I'm not talking about myself.
I used to swing an Easton 38oz. Now rarely a 28. Try them keep'em if I like them, until another one comes along and trade or sell it away. Bat whore, junkie, whatever, I've had most of them or still do.
Aug. 3, 2007
Men's 60
1024 posts
Softball players have nothing on golfers. We are the worst you should see my closet. All looking for that extra few yards. I have every imaginable loft, shaft combo, I rationalize it as just getting even for my wife's 12,000 pair of shoes and handbags. It's like the old cold war arms race at my house.
Aug. 3, 2007
79 posts
So Gary19, using your own logic and after reading your quote "So there is nothing in-between Senior bats and KMart specials?" & "Using technology to do what you cannot on your own is "passion for sport"?"

I have a few things to ask? Using a bat that "is something between a senior bat and a Kmart Special isn't using technogly? Apparently it is technogly over a Kmart Special? So is this where we should stop?

For the record, I don't have any problems hitting the ball out with the KMart Special. I used to believe that these Senior Bats were bad for the game. However, after playing last year and this year in Senior Softball, I see Senior Softball growing and the feedback I get from most of the players is that they like the senior bats. Yes, it would help me and my ego if they changed the standard as you suggest. However, after looking at the big picture, I would rather see the senior game grow than stroke my ego. By the way, just for the record, I do pitch and anyone that knows me has never questioned my "passion for the game" either before or after my opinion changed on this senior bats.

curt hollis
Aug. 3, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
Is your wifes name Imelda Marcos? lol
My wife does many different crafts things and is an avoid reader, Her 2000 (pretty close count) books cost nothing compared to what I've put us in the hole for buying bats.
any one know of a 12 step bats detox program?
If I could get into one, I might still be able to get 11 more before reaching the 12th step.
Golf, one game I havent tried, any one have an extra set of clubs they don't need anymore? Oh, havent tried Cricket either.
Aug. 3, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
The only one I do not see being used in my area in non senior games is the U-2. The Anaconda Senior wasn't out last I played against the youngens, & checked, but anything hot (not a grey Miken though) was being used, I mean anything. They shop ebay alot.

The mirror, would tell me I need to shave....I hate that.
Per bat rules? Gheese, I need to shop ebay some more. I read about a new one, & if I read alot of + things and VG durability & pop, guess what, another in my bag as it were.
But yea, you can only swing one at a time, but some places do not allow the U-2, though I have avout 3 left, Others you can't use a non ASA bat so i have a few for that as well, and for the rest there are many vg other bats I use.
Recently I played for in a T tht had short fences not mote than 265-275. the U-2 was allowed. I thought that was overkill to use one. I used my Freak and a Virus thw whole T. Strill put a hand full out. Still was enjoyable.
Aug. 3, 2007
92 posts
Can I have a bat that hits 200 ft and a plain looking women ?
Aug. 3, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
Yes, but you will have to find both on your own.
Aug. 3, 2007
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
To compare the growth of senior softball (tournaments) to the growth of senior softball leagues is not reasonable. I used to play in national events 30 years ago and then play in weekly leagues when I returned to my home. The ratio of local league players to tournament players has ALWAYS greatly favored the leagues. To presume that this is a recent development is to ignore reality.
Secondly, the compare the events from 20-30 years ago to those of today is equally unreasonable. As an example, we have had 'x' amount of deaths to our fellow players over the this time frame. We have also seen a lot of knee/hip replacements and other orthopedic hurdles for senior players... as well as other medical hurdles.
If you look at the prototypical body type that we see today v. the one for 20-30 years ago it's a much slimmer person. Bear in mind, I'm referring to the tournament level player... the local league guys are more of a mixed bag. Because someone has to catch the ball (or chase it), we're not seeing the number of bigger, heavier guys that we used to see... and their knees/back are likely to be the first ones to go south.
A lot of us have grandchildren (few of us did 20-30 years ago) and/or other interests that do not lend themselves to playing ball at our age. I am one of just a few that play today from a group of people that played a lot 20-30 years ago. I've spoken with these guys (the ones that are still living and not playing senior ball) and they don't play for many different reasons... such as 'last minute' retirement planning.
Finally, there are economic concerns for some.
But those of us that are at national events, by and large, are there because we enjoy playing ball. Most of us have never met Walter Mitty and, therefore, aren't there for that reason. We grew up playing baseball, fast pitch, slow pitch and have kept with it.
The fact that there fewer players and teams is multi-faceted... not strictly a lack of interest.
We that are playing are truly blessed... in many ways.
Bob Woodroof
Aug. 3, 2007
Men's 65
4549 posts
the wood,
Well put.
Aug. 3, 2007
15 posts
hey Guys,
I dont write often, but read alot. Felt I had to add my 2 cents worth.
I play 55 major plus. I buy one bat a year. I get info on whats hot from my teamates and go with that bat. We go to 6-10 Nationals a year, but if I cant use the bat I like, I dont go. I dont do A.S.A or N.S.A. for that reason. It is not a matter of hitting home runs, bat feeling comfortable with what I use. I am not a rich man and cannot afford to buy a different bat for every tourney. Just my opinion.
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