Interview from 2014
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Was with Red's Astros and Compound Athletics in 2015
Why do you like the game of softball?
The principles are the same as baseball. Being a team player, not making excuses, never giving up, play smart/analyze your mistakes, plan for the next play or next game you can't change the past.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Interesting question. I do not watch a lot of softball besides when some friends are playing. I would say based on pure duration in this game, and the toll the position takes with maintaining the average he does is Brian Wegman. Respect to Purcell for pitching as long as he has (with no mask) and never having reconstructive surgery. That shows what type of pitcher he is.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I again do not pay a terrible amount of attention to other players. However, the people I see and or hear about.
Billy Ray Maggard Jr- dude works his tail off.
Stuart Snell- kid mashes the ball and has not even fully matured as a player.
Corey Large- great hitter and I have to stick with my OF crew.
What is your nickname in softball?
Jew-Bag (meat calls me this)
What is your height and weight?
6'2" and 184.
Where do you call home?
League City, TX
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With my wife and future daughter in 2014. It does not matter where.
What do you do for a living?
Purchasing Manager for a Safety Contractor. Majority is in the Oil Business (Refineries)
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
High School: Football, Baseball
College: Baseball, 7 on 7 Flag
Pro: I chased tryouts for a year.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I was at TX State after my final year in ball. A friend asked me to play, I thought it was a joke… I went and had a great time.
I moved back home and LC and a couple friends asked if I wanted to play a couple local tourneys. Apparently I can play some defense in the grass. Walker and Billy Ray Maggard Jr asked me to play with FBI, So I bit, and here I am I guess…
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
It sounds funny saying this about Slow Pitch still, but there is a difference. The tourneys are ran cleaner. I know there are favorites out there, but still, the umpire crew, the organization, this stuff etc.. The biggest thing is the competition. This is what some people live by so its serious. The rest of us have this competitive blood, with a mixture of these players you create some great match ups.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Am I officially an 'older player' DW? (DW says no 🙂 )
My advice would be Remember… it's a game.
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
OF and I would guess CF since that seems where every team puts me. Either way, if you understand the game, you can adjust to any spot with time.
What batting grip do you use?
Loose Lined up Door Knocking Knuckles
What ounce bat do you use?
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Take corrective criticism and filter it. Increase strength/endurance without increasing mass. That is a combination of some gym and softball time.
What is your favorite sports team?
Houston Astros… I know I know.. Hey!! We are 'rebuilding'
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Baseball is my Favorite Sport. Then it is Football.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I do believe in 'The Baseball Gods' as the protectors of the game. However, I do not believe in spelling your name out on home plate when you get up every time or any of that…
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Space City Major: We won this with ASPNation. I know I know, all the 'big boys' were not there. But seeing the excitement on our Sponsors face was enough for me.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
This is always going to be easier for a spectator to say instead of the people that are in the actual shoes. I think it would be having alternate locations for tournaments. Just in case that 20% chance turns into a hail storm.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
The Dual: Filters out the weak minded.
What is the best softball field you have played at and why?
Probably the ESPN complex. OK was pretty solid, but still think Wide World of Sports walks away with this one.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Space City 13' when Billy Ray Maggard Jr and Buck ran into each other at 2B. We pretty much won after they did that.