New Team —> Tailgaters Charles Cunningham
Why do you like the game of softball?
I play softball for the competition and friendships.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen?
I would have to say Carl Rose. There are also a lot of great players I get to see on weekends like Wegs, Helmer, Jr. and many others.
Where do you call home?
Moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 8 weeks
What do you do for a living?
Im a Genral Contractor.
What positions do you play?
I play 3B,2B,1B,C,EH.
What is your nickname in softball?
C-Ham or Ham
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yes, I wrestled and played baseball in high school. In college I played baseball. I got a few work outs with some a major league teams but nothing ever came of it.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing softball for my dads teams when they were short people at the age of 14. Once I was done playing baseball I played on an E team for 3 years. Was then picked up by a local C team and soon after was picked up by Tacoma Dodge in '06. I got my chance to play in the conference in '08 when my good friends Brent Haugen and Brian Higgenbotham asked me to fill in with their team, Combat USA. I finished out the season with them.
What batting grip do you use?
I use an overlap grip.
What ounce bat do you use and what is your favorite bat of alltime?
I swing a 30oz bat. My favorite bat of all times has to be the original Synergy + (the black and green one).
Do you prefer composite bats or aluminum?
I prefer composite. Mostly for the durabilty. When I first started playing, aluminum bats didn't last long.
What is your favorite sports team?
I'm a big Red Sox fan.
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
It would be a tossup between golf and bowling. I do both when I'm not playing softball.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Yes I do. I have to shave every morning before I play.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
My most memorable softball moment was in 2008, I had just been picked up by Combat USA. We were playing in the Major World Series and in the winner's bracket final. We ended up taking 3rd and I made the All-World team.
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
I feel it's a sport because of the hard work I have to put in to stay on top of my game.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think by limiting teams to so many major players it would make the upper levels more competive.
What is a good defensive tip you could give a new player?
Work hard at making the routine plays and try hard for the spectacular ones.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
The Dudley in Minnesota
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I was playing in a local tournament when I saw a lady ask Chris Larson to sign her chest.