New Team —> TDB/TMSports/Midwest Whitetail Adv/Miken pitcher Kevin Johnson
Why do you like the game of softball?
I really can't explain it. I love the competition and would play everyday if I could.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I've been around a long time so can't pick just one.
In todays game:
Andy Purcell Controls the game on the mound and has turned into one of the toughest outs to get.
Brett Helmer Great hitter and even better person.
Brian Wegman and Bryson Baker Can play anywhere on the field.
Jason Kendrick The most intense and competitive player I have played against.
Greg Connell Pure bomber !
Dedonatis Jr. Doesn't get the credit he deserves defensively !
Jeff Wallace Most intimidating batter to pitch to.
Rusty Bumgardner One of the best teammates you could have and plays the game right.
Dirk Androff, Ricky Huggins, Carl Rose, Wendell Rickard, Pat Wayne, Randall Boone (Still could if he had the time) Jeff Hall (Will be again this year !) Robby Ergle
Best and upcoming player ?
Bubba Mack Has all the tools you need ! Except a TAN! LOL!
Kevin Bazat Great defender and does what it takes to win.
What is my nickname ?
Where do I call home ?
Favorite way to spend a off weekend?
Playing pickup ball. Either back yard tourn., Black American, Coed, it doesn't matter!
What do I do for a living?
Route Manager for a uniform company
Did you play sports in high school/college?
I played basketball and baseball in high school. I actually had offers in both sports from different colleges.
How did I get my start?
I just played locally and started moving up. Then started playing backyard tournaments with Jeff Riner (mule) and Phil White who both were playing major ball at the time. Anytime I got asked to play I went no matter how far I needed to drive. First A team I played with was LJs out of SC. The first big travel team I played for was Jean Shoppe. The most caring sponsor in the game is Coach (Mr. Blackburn)! The last 4 teams I have played for have been the best as far as teammates and sponsors you could ask for. GTL ( Garcia and Wilson), Combat USA , Logo Express (Mr. Strickland aka Preacher) and 454 Worth (Bill Rhew)!
Never give up !
Advise I can give to a younger player ?
The same. You will have people tell you you are not good enough. I was told that ( even to this day Im told Im not a PREMIER pitcher LOL ). But after twenty something years I have a A World championship. Just play the game the right way !! To a pitcher I would tell him to learn a knuckleball, throw strikes, and pitch to your defense. One thing I have said over and over is the pitcher is as only as good as the defense behind him.
What position ?
What ounce bat ?
Any superstitions ?
I do the same thing everytime I go to the batter's box. I throw the ball around the infield the same way every inning unless its a bad one then change up.
Most memorable moment in softball ?
Without question it is winning the A World last year. But what made it even better was the team we had. We were a bunch of no names put together and jelled perfectly. I know it sounds corny but we truly won by being a TEAM. I couldnt have asked for a better group of guys to win me a World! A big thanks to Worth, Bill Rhew, Tiny, Corny (Mike Cornell), and Dennis Turner for everything they do.
Best improvement ?
I think Mr. Dedonatis and USSSA has done a great job. Im old school. Just face the team across the field from you with the rules you got and play !!!
Favorite non world?
Best softball field played on ?
It has to be the stadium at Disney.
Best place to eat after a game?
Anywhere that has a cold Mick Ultra!
Funniest thing on a ballfield ?
I have seen alot. The one I like the best is this. For the past 2 years when a team starts hitting P-Dub joked around and asked me do I want him to pitch. So last year at the Last Chance we were playing Resmondo and they were hitting it pretty good. He asked me so I said OK and threw him the ball ! The look on his face was priceless !!