Comebacker Baseball

Welcome to the Comebacker Podcast

May 08, 2020 Jason Yormark Season 1 Episode 1
Comebacker Baseball
Welcome to the Comebacker Podcast
Comebacker Baseball
Welcome to the Comebacker Podcast
May 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 1
Jason Yormark

The inaugural episode of the Comebacker Podcast with your hosts Jason Yormark and Karl Ramsay. Comebacker covers all things adult baseball and we'll be discussing topics, themes and hosting interviews that showcase all facets of the game we love still played by thousands of men and women.

Show Notes Transcript

The inaugural episode of the Comebacker Podcast with your hosts Jason Yormark and Karl Ramsay. Comebacker covers all things adult baseball and we'll be discussing topics, themes and hosting interviews that showcase all facets of the game we love still played by thousands of men and women.

spk_0:   0:13
Hey, I'm doing Welcome to first episode Season one Episode one of the comebacker podcast My name is Jason, nor Mark,

spk_1:   0:24
and I am Karl Ramsey,

spk_0:   0:26
and we are adult baseball players, and we're excited to put together this resource for, ah, football players. We have a website comebacker dot com, but we really, really the genesis of this was the idea of launching a podcast. And certainly with nobody actually playing baseball, we found Ah, now is the best time that we possibly could tow launch such an effort. So this is our first attempt at doing such and we're excited to see where this goes. And, ah, we figured we kick things off with just sharing a little about who we are and what we're looking to do with comebacker and go from there. So, uh, Carl want to tell everybody who we are, how you do it and all that good stuff?

spk_1:   1:12
Well, and as I already said, my name is Carl, and I am, uh, I'm actually the development director for the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League. I have been back playing ball now for about seven years, and when I started playing ball again, it became something that was basically born out of a passion. I spent five minutes in a cage working out with my teammates, and I was so hooked that I got myself so deeply into this game that I now have the fortunate, uh, fortunate circumstance of not only when we get to play our league seasons but also take take a couple of teams to play around the country and, uh, enjoy tournament ball in the off season. So it's, ah, having been, ah, homegrown guy here. For the most part, it's Ah, it's been a real fun opportunity to get into this and ah, and forge a lot of new connections, not only in the PS SPL, but in the upper echelons of different leagues throughout the country.

spk_0:   2:07
Yeah, my story is not vastly different. Ah, been about baseball player ever since I pretty much came out of the womb and, ah, as far as adult baseball goes, started playing that right out of college. So good. 25 years between ah Chicago land and then moving to Seattle No. Five playing the PSS pss sbl as well and ah, the vice President there have been for the past couple of years and have traveled at quite a few tournaments, looking forward to hopefully ah, at the very least, getting some some world Siri's play this fall with the current situation. And I just love this game, you know, come back was about a passion project. You know, there really isn't an adult baseball. Ah, resource out there outside of the actual organizations. And I always wanted Teoh put something together and try to make it attempt at, you know, given adult ballplayers a resource toe, find places the Plato create some interesting content. Tell the amazing stories that are out there of different ballplayers and what they do in their personal and professional lives. And certainly this this podcast will be a significant part of that. So, uh, you know, as it pertains to, you know, what we're dealing with right now? Obviously, we're not playing ball and, ah, you know, we wrote a little bit of an article about, you know, could could what's happening with major leagues impact these tournaments Go on. I don't think so. Based on the conversations we've had with folks, it sounds like, you know, we should be playing, um, you know ball in Arizona and Florida without any hitches. But ah, you know, I'm certainly looking forward to at least having that. But it's tough, and I hope that this Ah, this resource at least gives people something Teoh to do is as it pertains to baseball way. Wait while we wait to play. So

spk_1:   3:50
no amen to that. And I think you could hit it right on the head. And it's the first thing I said in my opening opening statement is this came out of passion? Baseball's been in my blood forever. Even when I made the mistake of playing softball on my part, it became an opportunity that it's just it's He kind of became a life changing opportunity, to be honest with you. And that's Ah, I think that's where a lot of that comes from. Um, once it's in your blood that never goes away. You, ah, you keep coming back to it and you keep coming back to it. When you approached me about about running this out, um, it was almost like making that dead sprint for first base and how quickly we can get there, how quickly we can get it out. But also, you know, make sure that we're on base once we do get there. Yes. Oh,

spk_0:   4:35
and I, uh I mean, I agree. I think that what's been we've learned so much in just a few weeks, you know, since launching the website and getting to talk to some of the heads of the organizations and just seeing some of the initial excitement of people toe have such a resource. So you're pretty excited. We don't, You know, we don't know how this is going to shake out and what's gonna work and what isn't. But what we do know is that you know, we're gonna do our best to tryto, you know, create content and provide resource is and just do something that hasn't been done before for this. You know, I think the crazy thing is, is that really the I think one thing that pushed this forward even more so than anything is that, you know, after 25 years of playing it old baseball, I still come across guys that have never heard of adult baseball. Like every time I approached somebody or the conversation gets brought up, you know, im or my wife will bring it up in conversation and, you know Oh, you play softball like No, no, actually, I play baseball like baseball. Were you talking like, like hardball? You, you semipro? Did you play pro ball make? No, that's adult baseball. But you heard of the PSS Pluto 1000 guys in Seattle playing ball for the past 30 plus years. And there's still so many people under the hear the stories across every league in every state that there's still such a an enormous amount of guys and gals that probably want to play ball and don't know that this exists. So if Comebacker does nothing other than get the word out to everybody that that possibly could play baseball than then, we've done our job. So I'm hoping that that's the case.

spk_1:   6:10
No. One that's good. And with all the stories that are going to come out of it from the different guests that we have one of them I actually spoke to today and without without not only tipping our cap to him but also giving away who we may be. We drafted a guy a couple of years ago, and I think you know who I'm talking about. Um he, uh he spent his life growing up plan ball, went to college, played ball and then ah, a few years ago, stopped playing ball because he started living life, got a job, came quote unquote an adult. And, ah, one day and he was right before the fourth try out in 2018 he heard about the PS SPL. He had no idea. And once he came to the tryout, he was absolutely blown away, and we were fortunate to be able to take him with the number one pick. But it was It was the perfect example of someone had never heard of this. But it literally fit the same passion that you and I are talking about. And the reason that we're developing this platform that's becoming a community already and into growing community in the first few weeks.

spk_0:   7:04
Yeah, no, it's gonna be awesome. So, you know, for those that haven't seen the website's comebacker dot com, there's a there. We have a tournament directory, a league directory, a camp directory. You know, we get that information as best as we can from the different organizations and their websites, but as we certainly increase our relationships of folks and get more connected with more and more. It hopefully will be in a better position to continue toe keep that information is, is fresh and is updated as possible, and certainly the way of a block will have the podcast. You know, we're really just thinking through what are the one of the things that's gonna be super helpful for for everybody, but at the very least, just to have ah, digital platform for people that kind of continue the conversations about about baseball, I mean, even the some of the things that I've seen on our own league Facebook group. It's just, you know, it's interesting to just be able to stay connected with guys and this for me. Baseball's my social life, like I don't have really much anything else. So, you know, outside of actually being on the field and playing the game and being around your teammates, you know, it's hard right now with the fact that we don't have that, and, uh, you know, I look, we're gonna get back to baseball whether it's a month from now, or two months from now on. You know, if anything, this is just a reminder to us how much this game means to us. You know, when you don't realize when it's taken away from you that wow, I didn't realize You know how much this really is important in my life. And, you know, I've gone down the path of, like, every every time I get the end of the season my knees are killing me. My ankles are killing me. I'm like I'm done. I can't do this. And then two months later, I'm already thinking about, you know, getting the bad again and getting ready for preseason. So it's that constant struggle. But the game means so much to me. I know that it means so much to so many other people saw it. You know, I'm hoping that this is a resource that just extends that love and gives another opportunity for people to enjoy this game on the way that we love

spk_1:   8:54
it. Well, and I think that was actually one of the biggest reasons that you came to me and asked me about it. And, uh, this is this is ah, aside from being a passion project, this is something that our friends are starting to also gain Insight. Tuas. Well, um, we're both fortunate to be part of an organization that these guys and these guys and gals, they do more than just play ball together. They also do a lot of other things together in real life, whether it's going to concerts, going, camping, whatever it is, even off season poker games. I mean, there's been a few of those that have turned into, ah, all night all night events, but ah, it's Ah, it's a different group that Ah, once you're in, you're in and it's ah, it's a hell of a lot of fun. And I get that's where it all comes from.

spk_0:   9:36
Yeah, and I'm looking forward to what we do with this podcast. So just you know, for those that are for the for the two or three that may listen to Episode one, um, uh, you know, we are. Our plan is to really you know, these airmen toe, you know, find really interesting folks in the adult baseball world. Um, whether that's, you know, leaders of associations, umpires, players, lead directors, um, just anybody and everybody that that has something to do with this game and has an interesting story and trust me when I say there's hundreds, if not thousands of them out there and in our job will be to find those stories and find those interesting people and give them an opportunity to kind of share that on this platform. And so we look forward to doing that. We've got a couple of great guests already lined up that will be interviewing here over the next couple of weeks, and we look forward to seeing how how that shakes out and really just giving them an opportunity and a platform to share those stories and ah, to create a dialogue. And you don't have interesting topics to talk about. You know, we have an interesting version of our game. You know, there's a lot of things that might be fun to talk about in terms of I will use courtesy runners and, you know, how do we feel about you know, the rules that we change up to make the game more accessible to us as you know, nonprofessionals and ah, everything in between, You know, tournament recaps and things that go well on things that don't go so well. And ah, something to look forward. Toa seeing that the strikes out And, um, you know, that's looking forward to it.

spk_1:   11:08
Yeah, in all the years that, Ah, that we though, that I've been playing ball. I mean, we obviously all have our own our own favorite players. And those are the kind of things that is we go through this. People will learn not only about the other piece of the guests that we have, but also learn more about us, and and what Not only what the game means to us is if they couldn't already tell, but also who we are and how it has impacted our lives. And then, of course, the leagues in the tournaments that we played into Thea, the biggest part of finding a way to, you know, roll out of passion when it's a new experience is you got to get over that fear. You got to get over the ah, the idea that you're gonna fail. Well, I'm a big fan of failing forward and ah to so far that the few mistakes that we have made have been good lessons, and I think we're I think we're making a lot of progress, to be honest with you,

spk_0:   12:00
Yeah, I anticipate plenty of failure when it comes to this podcast and what we're doing with the site. But, you know, Hey, it's it's a It's a labor of love and, ah, we've got the right attitude. We just want to, you know, create cool, awesome adult baseball resource for people. So as long as we if that's our that's what we're going after, then you know we can make mistakes.

spk_1:   12:24
Sure. Well, we know where microphones and headphones work now.

spk_0:   12:27
So far, So far, so good. So uh, yeah, but you know, that's that's that's just are quick intro for our first episode. So before we Ah, before we wrap things up, I would say, Let's maybe end with Ah, you had mentioned favorite baseball player. So I'm gonna ask you and maybe you'll ask me the same. Who's your favorite ball player of all time?

spk_1:   12:50
A vault. Well, I wear his number. So that's that's kind of Ah, dead giveaway. And if we were running out a video version of this podcast, you would see a picture of me in the eye nights uniform. But it is 24 Mr Ken Griffey Jr.

spk_0:   13:03
All right, fair enough What about right now? Who's your favorite player right now?

spk_1:   13:07
Ah, right now It's Ah, it probably Mike Trout. Okay, guy. The guy goes 100 miles an hour, and he's a class act, and he he plays. In my opinion, he plays the game the right way. Um, and he's a perennial and VP. Every year,

spk_0:   13:25
he's bad ass. I'm not gonna lie

spk_1:   13:27
about yourself there, Mr your Mark who, uh, Who is on your who is your all time favorite?

spk_0:   13:31
I people are gonna learn quickly, and some are gonna love it, and some are gonna be sickened by it. I'm a huge, die hard lifelong cub fan being originally from Chicago. I had no choice in the matter. Um, for those that are cub fans and lifelong, they know you just kind of get born into it. And, ah, for many years I wished that that wasn't the case, But it's not like you can stop, you know, loving a family member. It just that is what it is. Luckily, we got our title, though in 2016. So I'm feeling pretty good still from that. But my favorite player of all time, Ryan Sandberg, the Spokane native. Yeah, and, ah, I would say right now, Javier Baez, um, is my favorite player. The do just he does things I have never seen before on the base paths in terms of, you know, his sliding and his tags and just the way he plays the game is Ah, pretty impressive. So definitely makes watching the game pretty awesome.

spk_1:   14:28
Yeah, he was pretty impressive in the last World Baseball Classic we had. It's it's too bad we didn't get one this year.

spk_0:   14:32
No. Now I am looking forward to watching some baseball. And, ah, I've been meaning toe watch some of the Korean baseball thing that they got going on, but like on at three in the morning. So

spk_1:   14:43
I'm not getting out of bed at three in the morning. No hold day. Holy

spk_0:   14:46
now. I'll just keep watching my 2016 World. Siri's highlights, which I do more often than one should. But what? You waited 108 years, you know, it's it's okay toe to revel in the excitement of that.

spk_1:   15:02
Well, I mean, the closest thing that I have to that besides that 2001 season for the Seattle Mariners, was that that 1995 season where I can still hear it in my head. Um, Dave Niehaus with the other 95. Siri's And I know anybody who hears this is gonna start to roll their eyes, But you still get chills every time you hear it. All you gotta do is here. Dave Niehaus is voice and that's it. It's

spk_0:   15:24
Yeah, I've lived here now for 15 years and they have yet to make the playoffs. I'm I'm ready and able to tow inherit a second fandom, um, with this team, but they just don't seem to I want to, uh, put all the right pieces together and toe into a winner. Not to mention the fact that you could literally walk up to the stadium and get amazing seats that I love. Then when you at Wrigley Field, that's not so much, but here that that is definitely the case. But I guarantee you, the minute they put together a winner, everybody will be in that stadium. We've seen the apple fandom for you

spk_1:   16:00
yet? No, I mean, there's a lot of fair weather fans in Seattle, unfortunately, but ah, but once Ah, I mean, any city is going to chase a winner, But this place, this place is a little different. I think you've actually seen that with the Seahawks to some degree that that once they want it, it just continued from there on. And you Ah, I mean, how many? How many consecutive sellouts do you want to look at? Well, let's let's ask the Yankees, unless asked the Cubs after they did win that 2016 title.

spk_0:   16:25
Winning does that. So we look forward to talking all kinds of folks across the US and what it's like to be a fan of different teams across the US and how that impacts of their world and how they play ball. Now, that good stuff. So so that's Episode one. We, uh, if you again, you can find us at comebacker dot com. We're on Facebook on Instagram would love it if you subscribe. Listen, share your adult baseball friends, but for now, we'll catch you next time around with one of our first excited guests. And thanks for listening. Next time