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About Welpe

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  1. You can also just buy them separately and have a dry cleaner apply them. Easy peasy.
  2. If I realize I've missed pitch just after having called it, then I know I'm working too fast and not watching the ball all the way into the glove. Not what you asked but that's what I do. I have gotten really spoiled by the catching as a whole in this area. While there are some exceptions of ones that can't catch a cold or stick a meatball down the middle, overall the catching is quite good here. Of course I'm sure even these guys compared to what you normally see look like amateur hour in comparison.
  3. I started doing this a few years ago after you mentioned it in a thread and have had great success with it. I don't call it on every pitch but on the close ones in/out, I will and I've yet to have an issue with it.
  4. The other thing that can be done is to wear the cup in a jock as your first layer and then the tights.
  5. While that general sentiment can be true, the reason the SUL masks can't be given away now is that because they have a nasty tendency to explode when hit (I'm sure you are aware). I do remember when those things were all the rage in our Little League group, along with the BB3000 (?) CP they sold that looked like armor plating. For the time being, I think the TW Platinum would fetch a decent premium due to unavailability. I don't think $350-$400 is far outside the realm of possibility.
  6. Just an excuse for him to talk about Force3 gear again.
  7. I just saw this on Facebook. An errant bat is perhaps the one reason I've considered switching to a bucket.
  8. Välkommen! And don't worry about your English, it's a whole lot better than my Swedish! Glad to have you.
  9. Canadian insults are strange... Anyways, I've had a few I wish I would have run. There was one coach when I was starting out doing LL that liked running roughshod over umpires, especially younger ones. I wish I had gotten him.
  10. That's not too unusual for wool blend garments. A fabric shaver should do the trick.
  11. I'm mostly worried about crotchular blowout but that is good to know at least. Thanks for the review.
  12. The plate pants aren't reinforced? That's a pretty big negative in my opinion.
  13. The stare aka burning the dugout can be a very effective tool. It lets them know you have heard them and they have your attention. Coaches usually are smart enough at that point to get the message that anything further is going to get dealt with.
  14. Now that you have the answer key, treat these questions as a homework assignment and look up the related rules. Getting into the book is an invaluable use of time and I find that researching my question leads to a deeper understanding of how the rules work as a whole.