An interview with ALLOUT/MIKEN/WORTH/IZZYSPORTS Erik Kanaby
Interview conducted on 12/20/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
CF – PITCHER – 1B
CF would have to be my best, it's where my instincts are best and where i've played my whole life.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Man this is tough, but Greg Connell I would have to say, because the man swings so angry!! In all seriousness though, his consistancy, year in and year out he is always at the top of most of the catagories, so I would have to say Connell.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Scratches the competative itch – fast paced – and you get to knock the crap out of the ball on a regular basis – And you get to hang out with you buddies and have good time.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I would have to say a guy I played with this year – Rockie Davis – He plays the game hard – Runs like a deer – and has pop – Only played C so far but wouldn't be surprised to see him with conference teams real soon.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
EK – I guess because my first and last initial go so well together.
What is your height and weight?
6'2" 230 lbs.
Where do you call home?
What do you do for a living?
Buyer for Huntsman Chemical
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played Baseball and Football through High school – Then went to Cedar Valley Jr College then Transferred to Lamar University and was drafted in the 10th round by the Dodgers played for 3 years with Dodgers and Marlins.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I was out one night and saw an old buddy from high school. We got to talking and out of no where he says "hey man, wanna play some ball this weekend?" I said "sure." Went out and had a blast been playing year round ever since. That was in 2012.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Hustle is free!! play hard – play the game the right way and someone will notice – someone is always watcing – and when you get you opportunity take advantage of it and be ready.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Standared baseball Grip with one finger off the handle. 27 oz.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
A lot of BP – weight lifting and conditioning to get the body right and ready for the season.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
New York Football Giants!!!
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Space City Classic and Cajun Classic
Space City because its home town tourney – the caliber and number of teams that come out.
Cajun Classic – Love the complex – It's just a fun atmosphere – and usually around my birthday.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Haven't played at them all but have to say right now, Pelican Park In Louisiana. Fields are well kept, just has a good atmosphere to it.