An interview with SmashItSports/Thunder’s Chris Costantino
USSSA Major Player
Interview conducted on 12/1/2016
Who are you playing with in 2017?
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Youngest 1b in the conference =] pitching days caught up with me fast lol
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Offensively Kyle Pearson and Jason branch both on a different planet defensively Chente and Whaley
Why do you like the game of softball?
Get to compete against best in the world every weekend, allows me to still try to master a craft
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Erik kanaby hands down
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Dad bod let Kevin Johnson explain that one
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Warwick Rhode, Island
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Relaxing with family
What do you do for a living?
Play poker and give hitting instruction.. Very hectic lol
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball from high school ended up playing 5 years in the minor leagues as both a pitcher and a hitter after my shoulder injury
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Local guy Kirby Murphy asked me to take bp with him after I got released. Ended up being good friends with Jeff Wallace and got me a shot to play with combat at the co Ed major two years ago. Then played with combats A team the next year with Jason Kendrick who managed The scene last year and asked me to be a part of it.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Overall ability which leads to speed of game ect
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I just swing hard and hope it goes where I want it to go
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
3rd in the major last year started year a bunch of misfits and put together a hell of year
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Jason Kendrick been around me for both my years in conference. He was always all over me when I would make mistakes. Made me realize what it takes to truly be good at the game it's a lot deeper than most think.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Control what you can control do your job and eventually someone will notice
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Baseball grip 27 oz
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I like to take a break and have some balance I usually start hitting in January maybe I'll find a gym again this year who knows
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Patriots and football … Tom Brady is the goat
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Kinda silly but when I was with the braves they made us sing a song while at bat to help us focus on tracking and to get out of our heads .. so if you causally hear my singing row row row your boat under my breath there's a method to the madness
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Varies, something to get my heartbeat up
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think with the way the equipment is and the balls it would make the game better to make the field dimensions bigger at all venues .. Obviously a lot of work
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Smoky unlimited dings and overall atmosphere
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
I loved Columbus the turf and different field dimensions was pretty cool
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
I'm a water and beef jerky guy then it's straight to bed
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Jb kicking a ball to second after he booted a groundball at third and actually hitting the second basemen perfect to get the out
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Expecting a son in February
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Wouldn't call it a gift but believe it or not Jason Branch actually got out for once and ripped his batting gloves in half and I stole it off the ground and hung it on my bedroom ceiling just to be in his presence every night