2016 Free Agent infielder Dale Zwack
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Free Agent – firstname.lastname@example.org
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Definitely in the IF. Can play 2B, MI & SS.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
There are the obvious in Purcell, Connell, Wegman etc. The best I played with for a full season was Kevin Rye with TaylorMade.
Why do you like the game of softball?
It satisfies my competitive nature and you get to travel places I would likely never have travelled and meet people I would have likely never met.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
DZ or Zwack
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
I live in Chicago, IL
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Spending quality time with my wife and daughter.
What do you do for a living?
I am a Principal Engineer within the Advanced Innovation Division of Wilson Sporting Goods.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played Baseball and Hockey in High School and played Baseball at Winona State University in MN.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Didn't start playing softball until I finished college ball. Played a couple years of D/E ball and really got my start in 08. Would like to thank John Eberl and Kelly Burke of Sports55 for picking me up to play with their conference team. We were only a D team, but the conference is what really got me hooked. In 2010 I played a few times against Cory Boothe in some back yard tournaments. He got me in touch with Brian Floyd, who asked me to play for TaylorMade in 2011.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The consistency of the teams and players. Never seems to be an easy out in the lineup and defenses can all pick it.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I would like to think I play like DD3 or Reyna lol, but it probably most resembles Jeff 'Shooter' McGavin.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Winning USSSA C Worlds in 2014 with Deluxe Bakery. A close second was getting 2nd place at the 2011 USSSA Major World Series with TaylorMade.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Be willing to do what what's best for your team.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Regular baseball grip. 26oz.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Put in a lot of family time to make up for all the long weekends during the summer. I enjoy doing cross training similar to P90X.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I grew up in MN so I like to follow the MN teams. If I am not playing softball I enjoy golfing.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give it Away
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The carny tour in MN.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
ASA Hall of Fame complex. The fields are always in great condition.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Where ever the guys in the rental car are going….typically B-Dubs or Texas Roadhouse are good choices.