New Team —> Rebel Sports Sean Richardson
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
1st, Catcher, EH, OF if needed
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Hard to say just one. Purcell changes games…Wegman plays both sides about as good as you can…Bryson Baker kills it.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Competition…I can enjoy the game, but also be competitive. Ive met a lot of great people playing this game.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Harvey…Cannon for an arm and just mashes the ball.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Rich or Richie (Last Name)
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With my family and friends.
What do you do for a living?
Inside Sales Manager
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Soccer, Basketball, Baseball (HS)
Soccer and Baseball in College (Div1 Baseball)
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started playing league ball with some friends. I met Travis Dale and expressed my desire to get better. We have worked together since. Played down a couple years then moved to "C" the last two.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Not Conference/Non but just Lower to Upper….the pitching makes a huge difference and bat control. You have to be able to hit it anywhere at anytime.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I dont think there is one player I would compare myself too. I try and watch as much as I can when Im not playing…try and learn positioning…situations..swings and the game in general from the Veterans.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Won "C" State this year. It was my first one. Just had a great group of guys and played well.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Travis Dale…he plays the game the right way and treats everybody the same. He could of blown me off but he didn't. He wanted to help me get better. He's also helped me to understand that there is always something to learn. There are a lot of the Vets I have met over the years too that always been encouraging as well.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard…and ask questions. When you think you have enough BP swings in…hit another bag. Always take meaningful BP too…work each swing of your game. Never be afraid to ask these upper guys questions. They are normally willing to help.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Conventional with Pinky off.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I try to get in the gym and continue to hit. I hit a ton off a tee. 100 cuts a day.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
No real superstitions but I do enter the box the same way every time.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Lite em up or Man Right Chea
Its a mindset thing. Lol
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
I have never played in it but I hear the Smokys is great.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Disney or Berliner (Columbus, OH)
The fields are just pristine.
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?
Probably Rusty Bumgardner calling time out in the middle of a Small Ball tournament because he couldn't understand what the Amish boys were saying about him. He told the umpires they needed to be ejected because they were cheating.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I've played in 2 World Series representing the US East Region. Once when I was 10 in Puerto Rico and again when I was 14.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Tickets to the Mets vs. Phillies Darryl Strawberry's Rookie season.