Who are you playing with in 2012?
SBS/Combat Special thanks to Dave Jaber, Brian Fong and Don Cooper for allowing this team to happen.
Why do you like the game of softball?
I love the competition and camaraderie. I have made life long friends in this game that I never would have met otherwise. It is also a great release from the stresses of life.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
These answers are probably getting old, but here you go. The first pick in any draft would be Andy Purcell. Brett Helmer is my favorite player. Great hitter and even better ambassador for the sport. Brian Wegman is the best all around non pitcher. Some of the guys I have played with: Randall Boone was a great teammate and unbelievable hitter. Tony Mack made some plays that made you shake your head. Ryan Barabe is a lefty that breaks shortstops ankles.
What is your nickname in softball?
Where do you call home?
Boise, Idaho with my wife Carrie and son Conner.
What do you do for a living?
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Football, basketball, baseball in high school. Baseball at the College of Idaho.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing with some high school buddies out of college. We had a good run as a self sponsored D team and put together a good C team. We really didn't have the money to do what we wanted. That's when we found Mark Meersman. He was our sponsor as we played C then B then A. We were together for 5 years and played for 5 world/national titles. Thank you Mark for everything your have done to allow us to play this game! Mark has also become a great friend. Also, a quick shout out to my boy Tim Pemberton. He helped Mark and I run all the C-Town teams. Couldn't have done it without him.
What position do you play?
What batting grip do you use?
Baseball grip with one finger dropped off the end.
What ounce bat, make and model do you use?
28oz. This will be my first season with Combat so whatever they give me with an endload.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I like to take a couple of months off from the game after T4T to refresh the engine. You have to have a fire to play this game and at the end of two months I can't wait to get back. I lift weights 4-5 times a week.
What is your favorite sports team?
Boise St. Broncos, Dodgers, Lakers, Raiders
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I really don't have any.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning ASA B Nationals after losing our second game in 2007 and taking second at USSSA B worlds in 2007 after losing our second game. We were toast, filthy, sweaty mess and in walks Showcase in their all white unis looking like a combination football team/bleach commercial. I heard someone say only one guy on C-Town even looks like he goes to the gym….
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Another typical answer, but I would like to see the major players limited. It would be nice to have 7 or 8 teams have a chance each weekend….
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
I am a little biased here, but the Landa/Miller memorial co-ed tourney in Homdeale, Idaho. This summer will be our fourth year running it. My cousin Conner Landa and another Homedale boy Daniel Miller were killed in seperate events a couple days apart in 2009. We started this tourney that summer. Last year it was 57 teams from all over. Homedale has a population of 2,000 people and I bet all of them are out their helping. Just an awesome event!
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
We started a thing with C-Town years ago that when the catcher misses the ball we yell tailgate. Get your tailgate down and keep the ball in front so this game doesn't take forever. We were playing a C NIT in Redding, Ca and the catcher for the other team is a scary looking man. All tatted up and ripped. After about 5 tailgates he comes halfway towards our dugout and says hes going to kill everyone of us if we don't zip it. We had one guy on our team Ant Pettinato from Cali and he said that guy probably would kill us all. It was the quietest we ever were…