I'm sitting in a Texas Roadhouse after calling 9 baseball games over the past 3 days in 117°+ Arizona heat, watching the Mets get shellacked yet again by the Dodgers, when I notice the camera zoom way, way, waaaaaayyyyy in on Travis d'Arnaud and the Force3 Defender mask he's wearing. Travis is new to the Defender TM, having previously used the Mizuno Samurai HSM. The Samurai is one of the most thoroughly padded HSMs on the market, but doesn't get enough play besides the sleeker, more sculpted All-Star System 7's and Easton M-series.
With the camera zoomed in on the telltale, trademark springs of the Defender, I begin reading the closed captioning of the two ESPN broadcasters discussing the details of the mask, and how it is progressively suited to reducing impact force and the likelihood of concussions. The camera pans to show all three spring points, and even shows the profile shape, with the broadcasters pointing out the standoff distance. They go on to say several catchers in the league are now using it, and there is now a hockey-style version on the market (the Defender HSM).
In a move of directorial brilliance (the guy in the truck should get an Emmy nomination), the camera then pans to zoom in on Lance Barksdale as PU for tonight's game... wearing a Wilson Titanium Low Profile... with Wilson leather wraparound pads...
The broadcasters then contrast the Defender TM against the Wilson TiLP, and how little protection it affords the umpire. Barksdale's nose is on the verge of poking out of the eyeport, and the mask is nearly flat on his face. One of the broadcasters laments, "I never saw the point of that mask".
#TimeForChange #GetWiseOffWilson #OtherOptionsExist #HeadInTheGame
By Umpire in Chief
Guaranteed for life under the eBags Lifetime Warranty and built with premium materials, wheels and handles Upper compartment measures 28.5" x 16.5" x 9" and lower compartment 28" x 16.5" x 6" Premium YKK zippers include photo-reflective cords for nighttime safety and lockable D-rings discourage tampering Recessed, locking telescoping trolley handle extends to three heights 46", 43", 40" Designed with all the organizational details that’s made the eBags brand a favorite for over 15 years The eBags TLS Collection is designed to be "Tough, Lightweight & Smart" - it's built with premium durable 840D & 900D Twisted Poly and the best telescoping handle system and wheels available. If we put our name on it, you can trust that we stand behind it. Hide-away Add-A-Bag stores inside a zippered pocket Upper compartment measures 28.5" x 16.5" x 9" and has the following features: Lockable u-zip opening for easy loading. 15.5 x 13.5" A smaller zippered top pocket is perfect for last minute items. 13.5" x 6" x 4" Two curved zippered side pockets Zippered mesh pocket under the lid. 14.75" x 12.5" Two webbing tie-down straps to secure packed contents Two removable fiberglass rods provide a tip-free design – even when expanded. To learn more about how to install the fiberglass rods and how to replace the wheels, click here Lower compartment measures 28" x 16.5" x 6" and has the following features: Two zippered mesh pockets. 12.5" x 13" Compression-molded EVA bottom that is exceptionally lightweight and flexible to withstand a lifetime of baggage handlers Two movable shelves give you flexibility to pack and secure your belongings the way you want to Convertible single/double compartment provides flexibility in how you pack. Unzip the floor that divides the upper/lower section, roll it up and secure it in place with two clip straps. Now you have one extra-large compartment measuring 28.5" x 16.5" x 15" Zippered 2" expansion gusset increases the packing space by 19% (for all the treasures you pick up for loved ones - ahem, yourself - throughout your travels) External features of the bags are as follows: Four exterior Compression straps keep a partially filled bag condensed, and overfilled bags constrained Easy-to-grab front handle is bar-tac reinforced for strength Front feet double as a second grab handle - great for overhead compartment and car trunk lifting Auto-retracting top lift handle keeps a low, out-of-the-way profile when not in use Privacy-mesh ID pocket on the side never gets separated from your bag Interior is lined with high visibility orange nylon – to make finding small things easier Recessed, locking telescoping trolley handle extends to three heights : 46", 43", 40". None of the heel-kick found on short-handled bags! Patent-pending ABS center brace for trolley system rigidity Quiet wheels glide on sealed ball bearings. While it's unlikely to be an issue, we designed them to be easily replaced if needed. Lockable D-rings on primary zippers discourage tampering and keep luggage locks in a consistent location YKK® zippers with photo-reflective zipper cords for nighttime safety When used for airline travel, be sure to check with your airline for any weight limitations Detailed Product Description
Tough Lightweight Smart – TLS truly defines the new Mother Lode series. We've completely re-designed our best selling wheeled duffels and added new features and innovative functionality and performance without added weight. If you're looking for outstanding design, style, and function, you'll find it in the new Mother Lode TLS series.
By Umpire in Chief
The Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards are a high quality umpire shin guard made of premium materials including DuPont Kevlar, stainless steel rivets, and high-impact slimline composite buckles.
The uniqueness of this design is in its lower profile design that uses Kevlar inside the padding that reduces the need for bulkier and/or heavier padding. Therefore, of all lower-profile designs in a double-knee variety, consider this your most protective option.
Kevlar layer is laminated into the interior padding providing the best protection and lowest weight possible. Slim profile provides conforming protection. Optional comfort padding provides a cushioned barrier between your leg and the shin guard. Vent holes make for great breathability and airflow while working your game. Lightweight: approximately 3lbs Three sizes: 14.5″, 16.5″ and 18.5"