GUEST POST FROM SAHD
Why the hell are Stay at Home Dads telling us about Wiffle Ball gear?
When we (Chad, Casey, and Jason) first started playing Wiffle ball, the yellow bat, a ball, and a piece of wood was all it took for us. We were happy with grooving our first “curveball” into the zone and hearing the tick of the plastic on the wooden zone. Chuckles were had, beers were drunk, this game was fun, dammit. Like a drug though, just that taste was enough for us to go searching high and low for what to do next.
Our first search brought us to this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1WXtbUEWcA) about the obsession of one man and his son with the game and how they turned their front yard into what I still find as one of the most appealing fields out there. The commitment to the game, the dedication to procuring not one, but two different scoreboards just because it felt right…there’s a purity to that.
The Wiffle ball drug moved us further into the wormhole with the discovery of the possibility that there may be more out there than the classic yellow bat. After searching a bit to find the best bat available, we found that it’s simply impossible to locate a quality site dedicated to going over plastic toy bats. Many people have opinions on which bat is best, but not being able to see them compared in some fashion made us frustrated.
Then Jason (a SAHDwiffle original member) suggested the single dumbest thing that anyone has ever suggested, “we should build a website about Stay at Home Dads playing wiffleball.” So, naturally, I bought the domain that night (http://www.sahdwiffle.com) without any idea of what we’d actually do with it.
At first we put some basic information about our field and strike zone on it, it sucked. I mean seriously, it was a horrible site that was useful to exactly zero people. But that didn’t matter because, well, we didn’t realize at the time, but the birth of something much more awesome was to come soon.
Our addiction to Wiffling continued to intensify to the tune of our wives berating us for another, “damn UPS truck,” arriving with our latest bat purchase. It got big quickly, and we decided we’d better start figuring out which of these bats is best, since no one had done it for us previously. And we figured we’d better write it down so that others might use the information to their advantage. Thus, the current SAHDwiffle.com was born.
We aren’t the best players in the world, but if you want to know where your favorite bat stacks up, we’ve got a chart for that (http://sahdwiffle.com/bats/), if you want to know our thoughts and opinions on bats, we’ve got videos for that (http://www.youtube.com/sahdwiffle), and if you just generally want good discussion about good wiffle gear, comment on our page, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or, you know, whatever, and we’ll respond, honestly, we’re darn good about it. We are committed to not making money off the site, so there’s no ads, it doesn’t get in your way, and it provides what we believe to be the best place for comparison reviews of Wiffle bats on the market.
Stay at Home Dads playing Wiffle ball seems to have helped many people not screw up and buy a JunkBall Revolution bat instead of a classic yellow, so give us a look when you’re headed for your next bat purchase. Send us information on bats you don’t see reviewed, we’re constantly trying to improve our list of reviewed bats and several are already in the works this summer, so stay tuned.
Now go take a hit of that sweet, sweet plastic, and let us know how it feels.