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  1. Luckily I built up a pretty good collection of pants over the years, and now I'm trying to find all the ones I've lent out, and kindly ask for them back at some point. Should have a dozen Harwicks by seasons start, and will keep them out of the machine from now on. May last until I "retire". I've got those waist bands on my CHP pants, and I get why folks like them (read: Italian dinners the night before). But I never get used to the extra bulk on the hips when wearing ball bags.
  2. How much more to line the knees with something silky, and remove the expand-0-waist? Bah!
  3. I will not miss his bellowing at the park. It sounded like someone was killing a walrus.
  4. That's a shame. No permanent crease. No double knee. Bulky elastic waist band (not a fan) Luckily, I have a few pair of "good ones" still looking sharp before I have to find Plan B.
  5. I was wondering whey UA didn't sell them. Probably cost prohibitive.
  6. Do the new GD/Fechheimer pants have a double knee? That's one of the great feelings of the Honig's/Hardwicks, gliding your shinguards over those silky knees. Please tell me they do.
  7. Too expensive to sell?
  8. During last years LLWS, a manager complained that the other team was relaying signs from R2. Well, the non-baseball folks in Williamsport clutched their pearls and gasped "The children are cheating on our TV show. The HORROR! We must never see this on the television ever again. " Thus the idiotic rule, yet the option to have it perfect legal one week, yet unsportsmanlike, ejectionable the next. Dopes.
  9. Which make even less sense. It's okay to steal, relay the other teams bunt sign, but not for the other team to relay pitch selection/location. Effing brilliant, Williamsport. Why don't they think these rules through, before the put them to ink?
  10. I wonder how the low tops with mate up with Gold or Platinum shin guards, with the ankle protectors. With the 450/460, those flaps stuck out.
  11. I managed LL teams through 18u, and there was sign stealing going on all the time. I didn't do it, as it felt it was a kids game, but I encouraged my players to do it, and be mindful of the other team. It's part of the game. As an umpire, I hear/see sign stealing all the time. Now they want us to police it, and hand out ejections. It might be the worst rule ever handed down by Williamsport, in my opinion. And this only for relaying pitches to the batter. Not stealing the bunt/steal/pickoff/etc signs. Those, I guess, are sportsmanlike. The worst part is that it's optional in the regular season for local to see this as unsportsmanlike, but it's mandatory for the tournament. That makes zero sense. Either it is, or it ain't.
  12. Provides umpires guidance regarding unsportsmanlike behavior. Additionally, clarifies that the local league may determine if stealing and relaying of pitch selection and location is considered unsportsmanlike. (Page 115 in Baseball; 110 in Softball; 76 in Challenger). Summary: Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager, or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play. NOTE: The local league has the option to adopt this rule application. The stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior. If, in the judgment of the umpire, this behavior is occurring, both the player and the manager may be ejected from the game. Now, as a long time LL umpire, I find this to be re-freaking-diculous. But I look forward to your thoughts.
  13. I've been wearing compression sleeves on the golf course lately. They're remarkably cool in hot weather. I was shocked on how well they worked, plus they provide UV protection. They will probably be following me to the diamond this year. Yeah, I'll get called out by the fashion police, but having cancer frozen off me this Fall is going to trump that.
  14. Take it from a nearly 60 year old umpire/bike racer/life guard, skin cancer sucks. It's just a cumulative effect, that catches up to a lot of us.
  15. As for jerseys, I wish someone would make a long sleeved, light colored model (but not light blue, please). I'm getting too much sun, and need to cover up as much as possible. MLB guys do one day game a week (plus, 1 or 2 plates). The 99.9% of us do lot more work in the sun. We need to protect ourselves against the UV, folks. We need to stop looking to the guys on TV for our fashion, and work smarter.