An interview with The Scene pitcher Dan "Dirty" Sanchez
Dan "Dirty" Sanchez
Why do you like the game of softball?
I like the game of softball for the competition and friendships on and off the field.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Best? Too hard to answer, because I've had the chance and honor to play and watch some great players, the most information I've grabbed from any of those players has to be Hank Garris.
What position do you play?
I pitch but started out playing as an outfielder.
Where do you call home?
What do you do for a living?
I service swimming pools, and also started a lawn service.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played Football, Water polo, Soccer, and Baseball in high school. And Baseball in college.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got my start in softball as a batboy as a kid and got to play when the team was short players. And got my start in upper level in 2004 the year I played for a few teams and ended the season with K&C drywall.
What batting grip do you use?
I overlap two fingers
What is your favorite sports team?
I don't really have a favorite sports team, I'd rather see a great game that goes back and forth down to the wire. And I'd rather play than watch.
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
I love indoor Soccer, but I'm a buffalo among a bunch of deers, so I not good at it but love the cardio. I am a great goalie though but that gets boring.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I used to have a ton of superstitions, but have calmed down a bit, but the big one for me is for no one to touch my glove or bring it to me. I can't multi task, so thinking about pitching and looking to see who "picked me up" makes for a long inning.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Has to be winning 2004 B worlds with K&C, I was cut from lil smith team early in the year. To have them watch from the stands as we won was bitter sweet.
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
Its a sport because you have to be athletic, but also a game because there are many strategies to winning.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
As long they continue to try and make it safe since I was injured, that's all that matters, you can't control people trying to play down, and you can't control the rising cost of travel, The conference is great for the game. And in the end its just a recreational sport
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
There all my Favorite it beats working! But the dudley, smoky, mike davis, save the boobies tourney, morro bay, toys for tots, too many to list.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I'm pretty serious about softball on the field, but…. Anytime with rusty and johnny is pretty funny, killing buffets with helmer and wegs, having JC carry me to my room and take care of me like a child was an all-time fav. Softball has had some great moments off the field.