An interview with Combat infielder John Williams!
Interview conducted on 11/19/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Team Combat (M)
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I can play anywhere on the diamond would say infield is my better positions though
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
This is my first year in the conference and from what I see up here it is not only a hitters game gotta play the other side and Brian Wegman does it very well among so many other players
Why do you like the game of softball?
Simply because it fills the void of what I had to leave behind in baseball and it's crazy competitive while also getting to me and be around a really close tight nit group called the softball community
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I would have to say Kyle Pearson of SIS. He's a really down to earth guy as well and great all around player with nothing but time to get even better than he already is and he puts in a ton of work
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Johnny Jigggssss or Buke em
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Chi Town / Chicago IL
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
BP and hanging with my kids
What do you do for a living?
I work for a precision manufacturing company
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yes Everything under the sun
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My now boss that I work for Ninos Merza got me started playing softball out of college and Jason Wilkins and Keith Laski helped me out with making it to the upper level this year
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The amount of just all around great players who come to compete rather than drink hahahaha
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
No I'm Unique
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Haven't even begun to hit my stride yet
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
James Kersten aka TANK was always there for me to be blessed to lean on when I wasn't sure really what to do in a situation and I could always count on him to pick me up if I was down
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep working hard and never take a play off because you never really know who is watching you
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I drop bottom fingers and overlap the top hand
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Hit a ton of BP
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Chicago Cubs baseball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Nope ain't no time for that lol
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Standing Ovation by Young Jeezy
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
I'd have to say Cincy or the Smoky
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Seems like I always end up at applebees with Jason Wilkins hahaha
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
That i'm half black
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Jr. Olympian champion in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle