An interview with Dirty Sports Miken infiielder Mike Westfall
Who are you playing with in 2012?
Dirty Sports Miken
Why do you like the game of softball?
Gives me the chance to travel to places I would've never been able to otherwise, spend time w/ friends while meeting new ones all over the country, and of course gives me the ability to keep my competive nature going after baseball years ago.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Too many to list one, In the game today- Purcell, Helmer, Connell, Reyna, Rulli, Bubba Mack, Blake Williams, Barnowsky (defensively unrated) past players- Shane Frederick, Danny Worrel, Dwayne Frizzell, Scott Summerlin, Patty Mack!
What is your nickname in softball?
Where do you call home?
Gulf Breeze, FL
What do you do for a living?
Public Sector Account Executive and Business Solutions Manager for Sprint's Corporate Offices
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball, Football, & Wrestling High School Played Baseball and Wrestled College and played some Minor League ball.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My good friend Brad Barnowsky 2 years ago asked me to come play for him with Art Explosion Worth in the Conference and had a good year so he brought me to both the A ISA and USSSA Winter Worlds where he introduced me to Pete Campbell last year which got me picked up with The Scene.
What position do you play?
Utility, but primarily 2B & MI
What batting grip do you use?
Bottom 2 fingers off knob w/ 1 1/2 fingers overlap
What ounce bat do you use?
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Lots of BP, league and local tourney play, weight training, and agility drills.
What is your favorite sports team?
Florida State (College) Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox (MLB)
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Have to rake out the box w/ my right foot before I get in the box and never step on the foul lines.
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning the Conference Championships last year.
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
With out a doubt it's a sport. Knowing the amount of work you have to put into your game to be able to compete and stay at this level it's not much different in what I had to do during baseball.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Change the amount of major players allowed per team, use a 3rd party to test bats, and rotate umpires for the games a major team is playing in.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Space City and the Smoky, but flying out to Cali this year for the Toys for Tots this year for the first time and people say nothing competes w/ that tourney so we will see.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Last year at the A USSSA Winter Worlds we all went to eat dinner w/ Brett Helmer and I brought my younger cousin, JL Jones 20yrs old, down there w/ us that just got out of baseball and didn't know anything about softball and we introduced him to Brett Helmer and my cousin kept calling him "Brad" all weekend and to this day we still give Brett a hard time about it and call him Brad! Was priceless.