An interview with sponsor J.J. Backman!
Interview conducted on 2/9/2016
Who are you managing/sponsoring in 2016 and what teams have you been with in the past?
I was with laser vision in the past now I'm with team Backman
Why do you like the game of softball?
It is a fast paced game
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen (by decade if possible)?
I would have to say Brian Wegman he took me under his wing and showed me a lot about the game and how it's played and he was my roommate through an entire year and I learned he's a loud snorer.
Where do you call home?
What do you do for a living?
I'm 17 still in school
What is your softball background as a player?
I never played softball I did play baseball for a while.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My dad has sponsored for a good majority of his life and when Laservision needed the sponsorship I knew a lot of the guys on that team so it was very easy for me to go with them right out of the gate they treated me like their family.
What is your teams goal for 2016?
To be a successful family oriented team.
Where do you look for talent?
I look for if they can play great defense and offense while meeting our standards
How do you evaluate players?
It's kind of the same answer for me I just like to see if they can play great at their positions that they are designated to.
What is your favorite sports team?
My favorite team is Backman
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
When I get in the dugout I usually stand in one spot and I'll go back to it during the entire game
What is your most memorable softball moment?
When I got my first trophy in Las Vegas
What improvement/changes would you like to see in upper level softball that could bring in more sponsors?
The sponsors deserve a little bit more credit than they get if it wasn't for them they wouldn't have money for anything like uniforms etc.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Who was the best team in softball history?
I think and I'm probably going to get yelled at for this Resmondo because of the way they play together and how successful they have been.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Mike Umshied takes it because I'm not gonna say what he did but it was pretty dang funny and I still laugh about it if I think about it.
Tell us something about you that most would never know?
I like to hunt big game and ski
What is your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
I like to hang out with friends and girlfriend
What advice can you give a young player who is trying to move to the upper level?
Just work really hard and you should be successful
What is the best bet you won and lost over softball?
The biggest bet I have won was a ride in a fighter jet I bet my team would win in Vegas and we did . And lost is half to carry the ball bags.
What was the best prank?
And prank is Kevin Filby put on my Facebook that I was gay and it said finally after 2 years I'm coming out of the closet gay is the way. I am not gay and it was pretty funny.