Alright, time to get on the up and up with you people. I moved across the country, and got complacent. I had a summer of very little Wiffle and a lot of lake time and running. I feel dirty. I feel like I’ve cheated you. I feel like I should finally post some of the many things people have sent me that I said I would post, but haven’t posted yet. I feel like what better time than spring of 2014 to begin to right my wrongs.
Please forgive me, fellow wifflers. Here’s my attempt to save my soul.
While I’ve been away, we’ve seen several of you submit things you thought would be handy for wiffler’s to know about. Here’s the recap from my inbox.
One of our users, Ryan, saw an excellent use of common space at Northeastern University in Boston. Here are his pictures…this is how lazy I’ve been, these are from last June. Sorry about that. Regardless, an EXCELLENT job utilizing a common area for a common good. Everybody loves wiffle, right?!?
Thanks Ryan, sorry I didn’t post these for almost a year!
Next up, the solution for the every man and his laziness. Sean came up with the cure for bending over to pick up excess wiffle balls from batting/pitching practice. It’s practical, it’s cheap, and it works amazingly well. Here’s his description, straight from his email.
Figured you guys might like this cheap ball picker upper, (don’t know the actual name for it) Anyway its a 3″ ABS 45.5″ long and will collect 15 wiffle balls (baseball size). It has two holes drilled in the bottom of it with a zip tie running thru the hole, this keeps the balls from falling out.
Also, here’s a video of the picker doing it’s duty. Seems like an excellent use of resources.
Sorry Sean, again, it took me a year…my bad.
Finally, John has sent me so many things I can’t even begin to get them all out here. He’s definitely a pioneer in the wiffling world, here’s a picture of his backyard field. It utilizes the terrain, up to and including the peaks of the roof to create what I believe is one of the more innovative fields out there currently. He even hung lights. I’m sorry I missed you last summer, John on my way through the middle of the country, but if our paths cross again, I’d love to play on Keith Richards Field or James Brown Memorial. Not only has John spent a ton of time building his own field, but he’s also taken time to draw out many other classic fields with wiffle-ized dimensions for other people to build off of. Oh, and in order to wiffle-ize them, he created his own algorithm that converts baseball field dimensions into dimensions that would work universally in wiffle ball. Oh…and he’s been hand-making prototype gloves to be used for wiffle ball. I mean, seriously, this guy has been getting after it from day one, and I’ve been failing at getting his information out to you all. Here are a few pictures he’s sent me, I’m sure there’ll be more in the future that I will get on the site way quicker than a year! Thanks John for all you do for the game.
And here’s a gallery of the Sketchups he’s done of classic fields and converted for wiffle use.
Here is the gallery of images of hand-crafting a glove for wiffle use.
Pretty spectacular stuff John.
Well, if you couldn’t tell, I wasn’t doing a very good job keeping up on the site, but I am vowing to do better this spring and summer. I hope that all of your seasons are awesome, and that you never stop playing. I’ve received requests to review a couple more bats, and I am looking into making SAHDwiffle into something a bit more than it currently is. I’ll keep you updated with changes. Until then, keep wiffling/blitzing everybody!