An interview with Pure Sports Frankie Longello
Interview conducted on 2/2/2017
Who are you playing with in 2017?
Pure Sports/Honey Badger
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
i can play just about anywhere but i prefer Pitch or a Middle Infield position.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
there are a lot of great players but i always liked to watch Rusty swing.
Why do you like the game of softball?
the competitive nature of the game and how quick paced it is
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
there are to many to name
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
dont really have one
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Summerville SC (about 20 minutes from Charleston)
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
usually dont have one but i like to play golf and hang out with friends but usually try to find a tournament somewhere
What do you do for a living?
rebuild supervisor for a commercial dishwashing company
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
played football and baseball in high school
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
i started playing church league with my dad and a guy kept bugging me to play so i finally did and i was stuck. Joined up with Craig Shaw in 2013 and been with him since and moved up classes each year since then
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
the pitching hands down and then the defense is amazing and some of the balls that are hit are crazy
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
no its kinda hard to being my size lol
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
would say when we played at the Peach State Classic it was my first tournament back from surgery and it was a conference affiliate and i think we went 2-2 but i was 15-16 so i was pretty stoked about that
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
had a lot of influences since i have been playing but one guy that sticks out is Johnny Shannon he would always come by my house to try and get me to go take BP with his team and has always told me to play the game the way i know how.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
put your work in on both sides the ball dont just take BP take ground balls
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
pinky off the knob 2 finger overlap
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
BP and play in benefit and backyard tournaments
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
the Phillies and the Eagles
flag football and golf
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
always take 2 dry swing before getting set in the box
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Walked In by Bankroll Fresh
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
the Pic O Dixie its a fun tournament and a great format
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Market Commons in Myrtle Beach! 7 turf fields i believe and all of them are 325'
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
any sports bar
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
would have to be when i was playing in myrtle beach last year and i had a feeling a guy was gonna hit the middle and when he did i just turned and took the ball off my butt cheek lol
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
deathly afraid of heights and frogs lol
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
the necklace with my number as a charm