2016 Free Agent center fielder Garrett Baxley
Interview conducted on 10/20/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Free Agent – Baxley.Garrett@gmail.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play CF and 5 man when needed.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Brian McBryde or BJ Lopez
Why do you like the game of softball?
I love to compete. Baseball was my first love but softball is a passion.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
What is your height and weight?
6'6 I weigh 230
Where do you call home?
I live in Houston, Texas.
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
You can find me at the Texans games or batting cages on my off weekends.
What do you do for a living?
I am a full time student at the University of Houston, I also work marketing for the Houston Texans.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball all through high school as a pitcher and 3B. I played college football for the University of Lamar.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing league ball with some friends by my house. I played for about 4 months and got picked up by Mario from Old School.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
consistency, which I feel like is the key to being a top athlete.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
BJ Lopez. He saw my raw talent and continues to help me grow as a person and a ball player.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Normal bat tape. 27 oz
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Go through my football off season program to bulk up, and take infield/batting practice in the facility near by.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Houston Texans. Football is my #1
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I always get to the field 2 hours before a game to get my mind right.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Budweiser Softball Festival in College Station, Texas.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, The atmosphere is amazing.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
somewhere with a good steak!
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I am a huge pet lover!
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
A full ride scholarship