Wednesday October 26th, 2016

Isaac Gonzalez


Isaac Gonzalez

USSSA Playing History

2014 Interview

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Infield played short and 5 man the last couple years  but last year played third and second. Uhm my best position I think is short even though I enjoy playing five man, then again some people say third

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Best player in my opinion Brian Wegman. Cool dude can hit bombs for average and get glovely.

Why do you like the game of softball?
Love the competitiveness played organized baseball my whole life

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Best up and comers gotta say Cali buddies Tyler Espland and Josh Carter for sure two of norcals best outfielders and Carter can play infield ha. Can't forget Brian Lipman, Clif Williamson, Nate Newman, Jayson Trammel, Donald Hollingsworth and wouldn't be surprised if Johnny Perchak is mentioned soon.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Nothing to special they call me baby G. My uncle around town is gonzo so once I started playing I was his little nephew and the name started

What is your height and weight?
5"9 210.

Where do you call home?
Santa Clara, California

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Taking bp for sure it's like a hobby ha. Always fun taking some swings creating stories lately just chilling with my friends and going to the gym I don't party to much for a 22 year old

What do you do for a living?
I work for steam tech carpet cleaning

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yeah i just played high school baseball at Wilcox 1 year second team all league 3 years first team all league 1 time ccs champion. Still love the game but I'm in the stands these days

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I actually been around softball since I was a young buck when my uncle would take me to the fields I was the kid trying to play pepper or catch with anyone around me. Got hurt about 4 years ago stopped playing baseball an started playing softball couple months afters. My uncle was a big part of it he played for years D and C, he was playing D at the time and talked to him about playing made me work a little bit started in E for a couple months then played on his D team met all his friends started building a name around town and met PJ Garcia who got me my shot on Famous last year. Without those two I could say my softball career wouldn't be same.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Consistency with not just the bats but with the gloves. The upper ball players are more flawless not too many of these guys make errors or take bad swings. Also i'd say the attitudes in upper are much different then lower ball. The upper level has a bit more respect for the game.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I can't totally compare myself to many ball players I think everyone plays there own way

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
I have two highlights that come to my mind. One was hitting a walk off to win the Riverside major but I think the better one was in toys for tots last year we were down 29-0 and came back and won as a team I always was lucky enough to hit a walk off in that situation too.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
First person to thank as much as I talked about him before would be my uncle he taught me everything about this game got my into the game. Pj Garcia for getting me my chance on Famous last year and Aaron Ingram and Billy Susdorf for giving me a starting spot and letting me take the field with them.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Your only as good as the hard work you put in. Don't ever think your bigger than the game. Be happy for friends who make it and keep working if it's your dream. Stick to your word sponsors respect that there spending their money on you. You owe it to them to show up and give 110% to the team

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I do the pro but not to over board. I swing a 27-28

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
This off season been focusing a lot on what I'm eating staying in the gym every day, running of course bp and a dose of ground balls once in awhile

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Oakland A's and baseball been in my family for ever

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not to many but one that's been going since my little league days was I write notorious on the bill of my hat.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
I always go back and forth with that one i'd might have to say tupac how do you want it

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Have another major in California wouldn't hurt. Think the bat testing can improve later to crack down on dirty bats but I'm sure people will find their way around that

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Toys for tots. It's like the MLB all star game ha people go out there with all the years new stuff all the best competition it's what softball players live for

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
I'd have to say the stadiums in Florida where the duals at so far in my career. Big field, big gaps, longer bases give the infielders time to throw

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Wing house in Florida

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
There was so many last year were in a rally and Tyler Espland says pull down your pants it's time to bang and I look down the dugout and Carter has his pants down. Perfect timing








14 responses to “Isaac Gonzalez”

  1. Taylor Albrecht says:

    Had the chance to play with Isaac not too long ago. Great player, great teammate. GOOD LUCK BABY G!

  2. Ilyana Charles says:

    Love your passion and how your praise your Uncle and team mates! Good Job Isaac.

  3. Sandra G says:

    What a BEAST, Great Interview

  4. Zane Trammell #51 says:

    Isaac I think you forgot to mention your other nickname, The Muscle Hamster. Can’t wait to play against you and your team.

  5. The professor says:

    You know somebody is young when you click on their utrip history and u see the 16u baseball teams he played on lol.

  6. NNewman25 says:

    Youngster! At-A-Boy!

  7. Rich Goldstein says:

    Have played with Isaac here in NorCal for a couple of years. Hands down the best up and coming player anywhere! If your not convinced, he posted top ten numbers in most conference categories this year. It was only a matter of time before he got noticed. Good luck in 2014 brother!

  8. Mac says:

    Was nice talking with you at the ASA Sin City event last month! Thought you were headed to ASP but this is a great move. Best of luck to you!

  9. Juan Garcia says:

    Nice job bud. Great interview.

  10. PhxPrimeTime26 says:

    Sounds like a good guy… Greg Zayas is really good people… Good luck this season… Hope you guys play in the Cactus Classic… Would like to meet you…

  11. J5 says:

    Thats my dude! Kid is SUPER talented. Sky’s the limit!

  12. Vivid #13 says:

    Great ballplayer! Wish we could have been teammates this year, but I completely understand. Look forward to playing against you this year!

  13. Seth Jaspan says:

    I’ve played with Isaac in Nor. Cal both in tournaments and league you couldn’t ask for a more humble ballplayer. Playing locally he is usually the best player on the field, but you would never know it from the way he acts and carries himself. In a game that has far to much hate for those who have success, Isaac is sincere when he says he is happy for his friend who have success. Really good gug and really good ballplayer. Good luck Isaac keep working hard the skies the limit.

  14. Peewee Hernandez says:

    That kid is off the chain!Hes a class act plays and leaves it on the field.
    Always like watching izzy bear hit cuz it’s moon shots all day!Keep it up young fella!

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