2017 Free Agent infielder Jack Chapman
Interview conducted on: 4/2/2015
Who are you playing with in 2017?
2016 Bay Area Legends
2017 Free Agent – Chappyforty4@gmail.com
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
SS/5man. I like playing 5man. Ive always enjoy turning a double play.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Brian Macler. He had a terrible accident and was told he wont be able to play. Present day he is a fast pitch god and one hell of a softball player.
Why do you like the game of softball?
The same reason i like baseball. its a game i've watched and played since being young
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Vince Gutierre. Played ball most of my life with him and hes got everything but big boy pop
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Jakjak and being that my group of friends have 3 different jack's. I'm jakjak
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With my family, friends, and A's games if the season is right
What do you do for a living?
I'm a pipe fitter for a fire sprinkler company
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball for 4 high school, 2 junior college, and 2 seasons of independent league baseball
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Fresh outta pro ball a guy named eddie b seen me play on a pick up team and from there i started the caligold life #FNTS. Made a small name for myself and with comp level baseball in me i figure why not try uppers
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Thats easy. Consistency. At that level everyone puts in the time to be good
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Not that i can think of.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
First game playing up against classic glass. Didnt make an out or an error that game
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Damien Smith of classic glass. Smartest player i've ever been around. He's taught me to simplify the hitting game and pick up the defensive game.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Just a pinky over lap and a 26
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
League and bp
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Geez i have a bunch. I'm not OCD but i only swing stamp up and level the batter's box are just a couple
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Easy same as in pro ball. Lean like a cholo. Stupid song but funny as hell when i do my routine to the beat
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
A buddy scorpion himself tracking a ball