Longtime Dynasty sponsor Greg Millsaps has tragically passed
Greg Millsaps, the longtime Dynasty sponsor/player who was planning to co-sponsor the ASPNation/Dynasty/Easton team in 2014 has passed away tragically in an interstate pile up. He is survived by a wife and daughter. Greg was one of the main sponsors on the Adiktiv/Dynasty team that won the Conference World Series qualifier at the end of the season. He will be sorely missed and the softballcenter communtity sends its thoughts and prayers to the Millsaps family in this most difficult time.
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Who are you playing with/ managing/sponsoring in 2012?
I am playing with Major League Dynasty/D2E/Worth/Sports55. We are coached by Donnie Munford who has been around for years and has an abundance of knowledge in the game. We are sponsored by Down2Earth, The Drain Doctor,Sports55, Worth.
Why do you like the game of softball?
It is a great way to keep the competitive juices flowing as well as the friendships you make will last a lifetime.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen?
Brett Helmer, hits the ball harder than anyone I have seen.
Jason Kendrick – Gives it everything he has on the field and still hits as good as anyone.
Where do you call home?
What do you do for a living?
Real Estate Appraiser
What is your softball background as a player?
Played Baseball & Football my entire life, then started out playing locally after college, then started playing in bigger tournaments and have continued to try and impove myself and my game each and every year. Our team has tried to improve and play in the best tournaments possible each year in our class. With assistance from such great people like Drew Dubberly from Down2Earth Sports, we have decided to take it to the next level this season and join the conference.
What is your teams goal for 2012?
To establish ourself as one of the top new up and coming teams in the Conference and make a run at the "C" Worlds.
Where do you look for talent?
At the various tournaments we travel to, we are always looking for players that may fit in to our squad, especially the ones that know one knows about and have slipped below the radar.. Ability is definitely important, but The most important thing is that they fit in with our team and our goals as we are not interested in individuals, only true "TEAM" players who are loyal to our Team.
What is your favorite sports team?
Georgia Bulldogs & Atlanta Falcons
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Tape my bats the same way and same direction everytime.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning the ASA Worlds in Oklahoma City in 2010. They definitely know how to treat the teams there and the facilities were great.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make to bring in more sponsors?
Make slowpitch softball an Olympic Sport (Or at least a National Sport like Fast Pitch) for Both Men and Womens and then go after the larger corporate sponsors. Do more events like the battle of the Border as well .
Who are some of the top Sponsors in Softball?
Definitely Down2Earth Sports. Drew started a business from the ground up and in a very short time is now one of if not the most recognized sporting goods suppliers in Slow Pitch Softball.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
The Mullet and the D2E Worth/Pepsi Classic.
Is the game better or worse with home run limits and why?
Definitely better, but local directors could do a much better job in sanctioning their teams as their are a lot more Teams and Players out there that could play anywhere from "C" to higher but try to "Beat The System" and stay down in the lower classes. I was always taught you want to set your goals as high as you possibly can. This is why they have Professional Sports so the "ELITE " athletes can move up the ladder and strive to one day be a professional, but is seems that there are alot of players that look to play as low as possible. As teams improve, if they would continue to move up , then the Upper programs wouldn't suffer so much as they have been the past few years.
Who was the best team in softball history?
Steeles Hitmen !!
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Have seen alot of funny things both on an off the field, but most of them can't be posted in a public forum…. I think the show Jack Ass must have followed a softball Team around at some point because there are things I have seen in softball that would make those guys look tame.
In honor and memory of Greg Millsaps #22:
Philippians 3:20- “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Last night I laid in bed crying and laughing. How is that even possible? My heart hurt so much from the loss of my friend. However, I found myself laughing at all the great times we shared. Times …when he had to order fast food in the drive thru because his head was stuck out the window, to wrestling in mud pits on softball fields. There are so many happy memories that I cannot list them all. Greg Millsaps was a dear friend to me. We had more fun together then anyone ever should have. Our jokes always went too far, and we would look back and say “How did we pull that off?” I have had the privilege of traveling the United States with Greg. We talked every day, and we would have lunch at least once a week.
I find myself questioning life, and what it all means. Worst of all, I find myself asking God “why?”. Someone once told me to never ask God “why?” because He is in control and we don’t question God. However, the Bible says in Mark 15:34 Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying “my God, my God, WHY have you forsaken me?” Why does God allow such hurt? I’m not sure to be honest. But I do know that God loves us, and he hurts with us. There are many examples of pain and suffering in the Bible, but let’s look at Jesus on the cross. He asked God for a different way. Redemption with no nails. “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yes I want your will, not mine.’ Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him” (Luke 22:42-43). Did God hear Jesus? Of course, God sent an angel. Did God still allow Jesus to suffer and die? Yes He did. He allowed the suffering for you and I, and Greg, that we may experience eternal life. A couple of years ago one of fellow teammates (Brandon) broke his ankle during a game. Greg immediately asked me to say a team prayer for Brandon. (I cry just thinking about this) Greg came to me afterward teary eyed and said thank you for a heartfelt prayer. I asked him what did he mean by that, and he said that he could not stand to see one of his brothers hurt, and sometimes we can only talk to Jesus about it. I remember that because that is the first and only time we talked about God, or Jesus. You see Greg, was a teddy bear, and had a heart for others that can only come from Jesus. My car broke down last year out of state, and Greg dropped what he was doing to come pick me up. You could ask him for anything and he would try his best to make it happen. He loved his daughter more than anything in the world, and that was evident to us all.
Though I am not perfect, God still loves me and sent his Son Jesus to die for me. He promises to prepare a place for me in heaven, and I accept that. The verse at the top of the page says that our citizenship is in heaven, and we are just waiting on our Savior to take us home. I am sure Greg is already trying to start a softball league in heaven and I know, without a doubt, I will see and play with him again. My question is, will you? – Jeremy Holmes