Thursday October 27th, 2016

2017 Free Agent James Smith



James (Jim) Smith


Interview conducted on 9/08/2016

Who are you playing with in 2016?
Currently playing with Pgh/ la familia 

2017 Free Agent –

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Can play all over the field. Best position is outfield 

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Flip Washington 

Why do you like the game of softball?
Very relative to baseball and the ongoing act of learning new parts of the game 

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Flip Washington. Guy is putting himself out there in a good manner and making a great name for himself 

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Jim Jim or darkness and from teammates I've played with over the years gave me

What is your height and weight?
6 foot 3 and weight 235

Where do you call home?
Small state of Delaware

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Bp in the cage and free time to relax and rest

What do you do for a living?
Automotive mechanic 

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yes played football, basketball, baseball, and indoor and outdoor track 

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Old roommates played ball and introduced me to it. Been hooked every since. A opposing team I played against picked me up in the off season to play upper ball 

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Still progressing to make that step.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
2nd place in 2016 winter worlds in the open bracket in Myrtle Beach

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Erik Curry has been on me since I first started playing to play every play and don't take any plays off. That I had too much talent and you never know who is watching

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Make good habits and give it 100% percent every time

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
25 or 26 oz balanced or endloed and a normal grip

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Keep myself in shape by playing basketball and the gym.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Basketball and would have to say Cavaliers

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not stepping on the foul line before and during game

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Very eclectic in the music world so anything really

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Probably Sunfest in Ocean City. 10 bumps a game and open roster just to have fun with friends and play ball

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Berliner park is at the top or Disney. Nice fields

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Any seafood place or Waffle House

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
someone coming up short on a slide or dive into a base

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Very humble and willing to work and help other progress in life and the game of softball

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
My uncle had given me a pair of baseball cleats that were given to him in his pro ball career






2 responses to “2017 Free Agent James Smith”

  1. Seamless 77 says:

    Played against him a couple weeks ago in Columbus. Nice guy and can hit it. Best of luck to ya.

  2. Hurt23 says:

    Hell of a ball player here!! My man Jim came a long way n can bang that thing.

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