An interview with Joe Gordon
Why do you like the game of softball?
The great friendships and traveling around the country. And the competition, also how if you play the right way you get respect its not just about home runs, although those are nice too.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
When I was a kid I had a Todd Martin Signature TPS bat, he's by far the best I ever saw and one of the nicest people I've met in my life, Wegman is the best all around today, Rick Baker and DD3 are the best defensive players, Brett Helmer and Jeff Wallace have the most power. Rusty is the biggest guy with the greatest personality in the conference.
What position do you play?
OF or Inf depending on the game
Where do you call home?
Westhampton Beach, Long Island N.Y.
What do you do for a living?
Former NYPD Officer, Now I own my own Bounty Hunting and Executive Security Business. I do a lot of Government Contracts.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
College Football and Baseball, 2 years of Semi-pro Football
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Played local league ball and got asked to play with Checking from CT playing B level, then I played in the Winter Nationals and a teammate told his coach about me and got asked to play with Budlight in 2009.
What batting grip do you use?
one finger off the bottom two fingers overlaped
What is your favorite sports team?
I hate the Yankees in baseball, I like hustle players in baseball and the Philadelphia Eagles in football, FSU or UConn in college
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
I'm a Football player who plays softball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
The way I get in the batters box, just ask Travis Clark.
What do you do in the off-season to get ready for softball? I go to the gym a few times a week, in January I start doing cardio to drop down to my playing weight. Then me and my wife start taking BP a few times a week. She plays travel Girls and Coed.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Playing in last years Music City when the fog came in, DW got a great picture of me in the batters box with the fog bout 15 feet above my head.
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
Sport, you should hear what some guys do in the offseason to get ready for the conference.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Use a universal "dead" ball to cancel out the bats, and limit all teams to 6 major players, it would help the up and comers get a shot at the high life
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Dayton Law Enforcement National, NY State Volunteer Fireman Tournament its played at the Fireman's retirement home they bring all the retirees out to watch. Its great to talk to all the old timers.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Listening to Kevin Filby make fun of my NY accent. Its a taiwnament, not a tournament. At the Fl. Dual Brandon Dillon slept for 18 hrs last year, then proceeded to tell me I'm from New Jersey.