An interview with OC Swats infielder Mike Cervantes
Who are you playing with in 2012?
Why do you like the game of softball?
Cause I like to compete, we get to travel all over the US and I have met great people cause of this sport.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Wow thats a good question. Got alot to mention so if I miss someone im sorry. Billy Messina, Sean Bolt, Dennis Rulli, Mario and his brother Chente Granados, Matt Pesso, Eli Aguilar, Mike Wesfall, Noodle (Nick Robertson), Cal Ford, Ronnie Noyola, Julio, Bobby Corrales, Kenny JR and SR, Befus and my hero Father he was a pitcher. I know there all from So Cal but I have had the chance to play with and against all these guy and im in wow just to be on the same field with them.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
My younger brother Chris Cervantes, great infielder and is finally coming around on his hitting but he has what it takes. Chuy Played with Nitro Last year another amazing infielder and a great hitter ( must of got it all from his pops ) and I know there more but you guy know who you are.
What is your nickname in softball?
Don't really have one but Mark from Tyja/Reebox was calling me Cervy. lol
Where do you call home?
So Cal. San Fernando Valley.
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Spending it with my family and Coaching the North Valley 8U baseball travel Team, watch out for these kids
What do you do for a living?
Quality Control For Fotokem Film and Video post Production Company in Burbank Ca.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yup Football and Baseball in high school, played baseball in college as well
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Wow my Younger brother and his brother in law Pete Mares invited me out to a league night game. Think I struck out twice in 1 game, then they invited me out to a tournament and it was over. Started off with ROCK DA SPOT a family team in E then moved my way up from there. Played D's with REMAX, got the chance to play with the RUFFNECKS in C's, after that i got my chance with FAMOUS and VICTORY/DEMARINI in Conference. Then for TOY 4 TOTS in 2011 got the chance to play with REEBOX/TYJA and play with an amazing bunch of guys, thank you Dennis. I do got to thank all the sponsors like John Gilmore, Aaron Ingram, Rodney Munoz, Henry, Pete Mares, Dboy, Cman( my Doctor ) for giving me the opportunity to play for you guys.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
give it your all and never give up ( Befus thank you for the speech )
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Practice, practice, practice
What position do you play?
Second Base, Five man
What batting grip do you use?
What ounce bat do you use?
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
get into the gym, work on my core and hit at least 2 to 3 times a week with my son Domenik Cervantes
What is your favorite sports team?
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Baseball and football
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
lmao yes, i never step on the infield line.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
has nothing to do with Tournaments, but being able to play a league night game with my Father
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
man what would it be lol something i can shake my butt to, I'm sexy and i know it "wiggle, wiggle ,wiggle ,wiggle wiggle yeah" lol
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
limit the major player on teams
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
TOY 4 TOTS palms Spring Ca.
What is the best softball field you have played at and why?
Las Vegas BLD, synthetic infield, no bad hops love it
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
i know Sean Bolt will have something to say about it lol, But I like BJ's
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
OMG on the softball field lol in Colorado when AJ pulled out his false eye to give to the Blue, he made a really bad call. Off the field it has to be when i was in San Jose with FAMOUS and me, Chris Hansen, John Gilmore and Chris Arredondo were at a bar and i got caught dancing and singing to a Maraih Carey Song you had to be there. The last funnest thing was when i hade to pick up Mike Westfall from LAX and it took us 5 or 6 hours to get to Palms Spring, he keep asking me how much long til we get there and i keep saying well be there in 10 minutes little did i know it was his first time in Cali and he never seen Traffic before .. it was really bad that day, then he seen the big propeller that powered Palms Spring and he couldnt stop laughing another one of those had to be there moments.