New team —> ALLOUT/IZZYSPORTS/POWERHOUSE SPORTZ/MIKEN Jonell Rosa
Interview conducted on 3/17/2015
Who are you playing with in 2015?
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I can play all the outfield positions, first base, pitcher and catcher. Kind of limited since I'm a lefty.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Why do you like the game of softball?
It's a very Fun game and you get to meet new people all the time.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I will say Ethan Maresh who plays with me in TMT, the kid smashes and solid defense.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Don't really have one but I'm known as Nelly because a lot of people can't pronounce my name right.
What is your height and weight?
I am 6'2 and I weight 240 pounds
Where do you call home?
Puerto Rico but living in Houston, Texas.
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Just go out to a nice walk with my wife and son.
What do you do for a living?
Warehouse manager at A to Z tires, lifting tires around 200-400 pounds on a daily bases.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball in high school, college and Pro.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing E and got banned the very same date I started because of my talent, so the director of the league got me in contact with a D team that I end up playing 2 tournaments for, one of the guys was a C ball player and he got me hook up with a C team in and now here I am.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
I honestly have to say the consistency of hitters and the pitches are way better.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
No not really.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
There is a tournament in Korea every year is called " PAC-WIDE " it's an ASA MILITARY related event, well that's when I first faced my first conference pitcher REGGIE MYERS, this pitcher was clowning almost every batter that faced him, so here I am stepping into the batters box and he tells me I am not gonna even reach first base on him, well i end up hitting the ball over a house and the field was 320 on the corners plus the road and the front yard, it landed behind the house… I was so happy I did not know whether to jump of happiness or to stay serious like I was aiming for that bomb lol
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 would have to say TIM FERGUSON. He taught me almost everything I know about the game.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Stay humble and always play your heart out.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
1 finger over lap and I use ether a 27 or 28 depends on how I'm feeling that day.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
A lot of weight lifting and tons of BP.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Yankees all the way lol
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I actually don't have any.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
It would be a salsa straight from my island Puerto Rico.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Toys 4 tots… I always take like 8-10 toys, I love the cost and what it's for.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Big league dreams in Mansfield and league city.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I was pitching in a tournament and I had a first base that was around 370 pounds, the batter hits a back side and he dove as I'm running to first I yelling at him to toss it over, well he just looks at me and yells at me NO, next thing you know he rolled over like twice to tag the base, the whole field even the fans started laughing and clapping, I was laughing to the point where I was crying and out of breath.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I'm terrified of needles but yet I'm full of tattoos.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
The best gift I have ever given to somebody would be very expensive bat, and the best gift sports related that I've ever got was a BAT, GLOVE and a roller bag.