An interview with 3rd Street outfielder Jason Matusik!
Interview conducted on 10/9/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Corner outfield can play 1st base. Left Field is my best position
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Orlando Castillo he is a good friend of mine and the guy works harder than anyone in the game. He is a beast in the field and can hit for power or place the ball anywhere.
Why do you like the game of softball?
I like how competitive it is especially in the conference. Also cool all the different people you meet at all the different tournaments.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
two's…. because my last name is kinda hard to say some people call me that but really to new to softball to have a nickname yet.
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Softball is so new to me that I like playing every weekend but that is hard to do. If i'm not playing softball i'm probably relaxing or trying to play some golf.
What do you do for a living?
I own 2 Nutrition Stores and I also work with my dad who owns a Steel Erection business.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
yes in high school I played almost every sport.
I Played baseball at a JUCO for 2 years then to Lynn University for 2 years
After I graduated I played in the Frontier League in Normal, Illinois.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got asked to play in a local league and that lead to me playing in some E and D tournaments.
the week before the 2015 dual in Kissimmee 3rd street needed a local outfielder and happened to hear about me so after making a few calls to find out about me they gave me a shot. An I played the whole season with them and am returning for 2016.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
the intensity and competitiveness and most of all the defense!
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I don't know I have a lot of respect for the guys in the conference. I try to be my own player. I try to take a little bit from a lot of different guys I just want to keep improving.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
I hit a few walk offs this year that has to be the best moment so far. Theres nothing like winning the game for your team when they need you.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
I'm still very new to softball but I have a friend that is the best c player I know and he taught me a lot before I got to the conference. The most important thing he taught me was the mindset on keeping the ball down and that just because u have a homerun to hit doesn't mean you have to use it. I owe a lot to Orlando Castillo because he taught me the ropes this season and took me under his wing.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Be humble and don let anyone out work you.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky off the bottom and 2 finger over lap.. 27oz usually but i'm not very picky will swing whatever is handed to me.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
This is my first off season.. but i'm going to continue lifting and working on my game and try to play in as many tournaments as possible.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
back to back by drake
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
maybe something to level out the competition.. like salary cap or something like that. but its good overall the way it is.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
smokys just because it was probably the best atmosphere
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
any sports bar
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
cheese pitching. The guy cracked me up
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I have addiction to customizing vehicles.. and im really good at bowling and billiards.