An interview with softball veteran Albert Davis
Who are you playing with in 2012 and what teams have you played for in the past?
Havent played since '05 except for the Law Enforcement Olympics once a year for work. I retire in three years, want to start playing again then. Looking forward to the senior league!!!
Why do you like the game of softball?
I like softball for the competition, the friends and self satisfaction. It feels really good when I play well.
Who was the best player in the 1990's that you remember?
In the '90s Dirk Androff was about as big time as it got back then.
Where do you call home?
I live in Lake Okeechobee Florida. I've lived here for about 37 years.
What do you do for a living?
I work at the Martin County Sheriffs Office as Deputy Sheriff currently asigned as Bailiff in our Courthouse.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I did not play any sports growing up, none in high school or college.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I was playing C and B ball in '94 then I was in the right place at the right time. I played in the Rose Classic in Georgia, was seen by the right people and Mark Martin hurt his ankle. I was immediately picked up by Bell Corp. for the '95 season.
What position do you play?
I've always played 3rd base.
What batting grip do you use?
I overlap my grip, bottom hand has three fingers on the bat and top hand overlaps the bottom hand.
What is the best hitting tip you could give to an up and coming player?
Hit at least 300 balls a week, play league and two tournaments a month. Workout a little, you should be benching about 300lbs and get seen by a lot of people. That will do it!
Was softball better in the aluminum or composite era?
I liked the aluminum era better. When composite bats first came out everybody was a good hitter but now they use low compression balls to make up for that. Its too easy to alter a composite bat and make it better (illegal).
What is your favorite sports team?
I like Resmondo, I played for Travis, he was always good to me.
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Softball is it for me, thats what I love. I like baseball too.
What was your favorite softball complex to play at?
Disneys Wide World of sports complex thats the best by far.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
If I play really good I try to duplicate the day by eating the same thing and wearing the same clothes, even socks and underwear.
What are your most memorable softball moments?
Winning my first USSSA World Series, I played well, made the all world team, that was the best.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think tounament directors should do away with the use of personal bats, they should provide various bats and weights and the players should have to use the legal bats provided. Too many bats in the game today are altered. This would make it more competitive for everyone, not just the teams with big money who buy inspection stickers for their bats indicating they have been checked and passed by the tournament director.
What is/was your favorite non-World tournament?
There was a tournament in Cincinatti Ohio, I was MVP three years in a row there. Just good memories.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
It wasnt funny at the time but it was the bottom of the 7th with two outs. A routine pop up was his to our pitcher, he was just watching it, i knew he wasnt catching it, I tried to dive and catch it. I saw the ball land right by the pichers feet. We end up losing the game and tournament. We caught up with the pitcher later on the side of the road, on a bridge ready to jump. Not funny then but looking back it makes me laugh every time. Sorry Jimmy!
What is the best prank you have ever witnessed during your Major softball playing days?
Greg Cannedy put a bag of poo in someones rental car. It was in there all day. What a mess that was.