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Rock Bottom

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Rock Bottom last won the day on May 18 2019

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    IHSA, Naperville Baseball Association, Fox Valley Blues
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    HS age summer ball
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  1. Great! That, Merrell, some of the Timberland sportier styles, was what I was thinking of. Seems that no one thinks it's crazy (again, we are talking wet mucky days where I think almost everyone's goal is just to keep warm).
  2. I'll give that a try - although in the past I've hated wearing multiple socks, maybe I'll give the thicker ones a try. That definitely is a cheaper option (which I like!). Thanks!
  3. Thanks! Merrell was exactly what I was thinking of too - saw a pair (not black though) at DSW yesterday, which made me start this thread, and I may or may not go to the Merrell outlet on Friday to get a pair. I wanted to get everyone's thoughts first. I know regular black shoes you posted would work, but I've found as I've gotten older my feet get a lot colder faster - and the 3-4 game days are tough to stay warm with regular shoes for me.
  4. I wear NB cross trainers in a 10.5 regular width, but for the NB plate shoes I wear 11 4E. A little loose, but the smaller sizes were too tight, especially for long weekends of games. Ump-attire has a great return policy, I tried 3-4 sizes to get it right.
  5. They are hiking style - much lighter than plate shoes and I run in those all the time.
  6. Does anyone ever wear boots on cold weather games? My normal base shoes are mesh, but given I have about 10 games the next two weeks that will be in the 40s and likely wet, I'm thinking of black leather hiking style boots. They look fairly athletic, plus are mostly covered by pants. Another plus is the better traction in wet fields, plus waterproof for easier cleanup. Thoughts? (This is really no different than some people wearing steel toe shoes variations in lieu of true plate shoes, right?)
  7. Thanks! Yes, I had watched that and I should have mentioned I use the FM4000 steel. I think I will try the Mag pads with it.
  8. I got this base layer set and they work great. Top and bottom too! I only paid $8 I think it was because I bought them in March, but still a great deal at $16. I don't wear the top much, but the leggings look brand new after probably about 150 games each. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Realtree-Men-s-Poly-Performance-Base-Layer-Pants-and-Top-Set-Large-Black/463443334?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=4148&&adid=22222222228344529171&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=m&wl3=430756593091&wl4=pla-897651547664&wl5=9021702&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=114233207&wl11=online&wl12=463443334&veh=sem&gclid=Cj0KCQjwt4X8BRCPARIsABmcnOr4PhSwIg8rwkhVXA6mBqFYGgXSuemCOAmOcDzFYs14SbZyv08GXE8aAk3GEALw_wcB
  9. I know many love this man for it's concussion protection, but how well does it handle shots to the jaw? After about 300 games the last two years not getting hurt, I've taken two shots to the lower part of the mask the last three weeks (latest today), and my jaw hinge hurts and mouth isn't closing right (I assume due to swelling, it went away after about 7 days the first time). So, this has me thinking about the F3. Also, do buckets handle these types of shots better? Last question, is it better to have you teeth clenched when taking a hit or not? THANKS ALL!
  10. Ty Unthank from Ump Attire posted that on the "Finally Force 3" Facebook page last week.
  11. I'm disappointed to hear the F3 helmet is being discontinued, as I've been on the fence of trying out a HSM mask. Does anyone have any objective idea as to whether the F3 mask is safer than the All-Star FM4000Mag? If some MLB teams are mandating it's use it would seem to strongly hint that they know something we don't. Of course it could also mean they just like it for some other, non-objective/substantiated reason.
  12. If anyone could compare the Cobalt to the CPU4000 on how well they both handle hard shots it would be much appreciated!
  13. Any word on what masks they'll fit into?
  14. Sorry to hear your current hat didn't fit. I just pulled in mine for a few minutes and it was a perfect fit. It also stretched a little after a few games I think.
  15. I saw that, but was hopefully going to hear from you trusted men here.
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