Free Agent pitcher Chris Lopez
Interview conducted on 4/24/2015
Who are you playing with in 2015?
Free agent – email@example.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
There's to many to name. Purcell, Helmer, Rullie, Connel, Santana, Hall, Maggard, Reyna and plenty more.
Why do you like the game of softball?
It gets me out of my everyday life, 'home away from home'. Also the competitiveness and the friendships u get along the way.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Ben Dunn (Glancy)- not sure if he is up and coming anymore but still a beast on the field.
Larry Juarez jr.- STX pitcher from Houston that can deal it and spray it with the best of them.
Jacob Runte- S.S from Houston, best hands down here.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
What is your height and weight?
5'7 and 160lbs
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Just spending time with my children and fiancé.
What do you do for a living?
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played basketball and baseball in high school.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I went to my neighborhood park and got picked up by a coed team called Outlaws. Larry and Gabe which were the coaches asked me to play mens. Just kept on going up levels from there. A good friend Marcus Thornton, he asked me to come help out his conference team (ASP). That was that, nothing to exciting.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Most surprising difference is how hard these conference players hit, like a bullet!
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Its not my highlight, it's my teams highlight. I would say being a C conference team and winning the Space City Major. Didn't know how rare it was that a C team wins a major but now I do.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Two people stick out the most. Tim Barnes and Lyf Nymmo. Both taught me how to play the game the right way- on and off the field. Being prepared physically and mentally. And staying humble. Thanks Barnes and Nymmo
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Give it your all every play. You never know who's watching.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Baseball grip, line up the knuckles. 26oz- endloaded
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Exercise, BP, play off season tournaments.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Houston Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
never walk on the white lines, you only touch them when batting.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
In Texas we throw a tournament called the Budweiser Tournament. It's always a good time- competitive ball, seeing all your friends from other states, and of course the party part.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
BLD Mansfield or League City. It's artificial turf- what more can I say.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Dominoes Pizza and wings
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Playing Buzinni at the space city major. They had to make one out to win the game. We hit to short stop, he lobs it over second base, Maggard and Buck collide at the base trying to catch the ball. Oh that was a sight to see. (DW help me out with a picture)lol lol. I'm pretty sure it wasn't funny for them but my team got a kick out of it. Sorry Buck and Billy Ray Maggard Jr. I had to. Lol
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Before every game I get super nervous. It can be a tournament or league night- it doesn't matter. I get butterflies no matter what.
ASPNations MVP pitcher Chris Lopez slides in for a big run
No one can argue with the MVP selection of ASPNation pitcher Chris Lopez. He worked hard on the mound, was a tough out at the plate, and held the 7 opponents to less than 10 runs a game on average.