New Team —> Puresports Tanai Alston
Interview conducted on 10/10/2016
Who are you playing with in 2017?
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
SS, MI. I play both about the same.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Too many to name.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Very similar to baseball, only thing slow is the pitching.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
This is very biased, but I have a few. Jake Shiflett, Greg Hawkins, Brandon Doty, Adam Weimer, Brian Mays All of those guys are really young, and if they keep working could be major players.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
6. It's my jersey number. Been wearing my brothers number since I could pick up a ball.
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Laying around watching movies with my wife
What do you do for a living?
I'm in the business of manufacturing pharmaceuticals
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
High School. Football, Basketball, and Baseball.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Got my start watching my uncles play as a kid, and they finally let me play. Got my shot in the conference thanks to Tom Bradley, and Bill Gottschalk. Those two are great sponsors, and they let me be a kid every weekend.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Pitching and Defense.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Nah. I just do me.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
We have one 3 worlds with ALL IN. Every single one of those is a highlight.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Way too many to list, but the message was always the same. "stay humble, but know your worth"
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Just keep hitting. If you can hit that thing, they will find you.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
27 oz bottom hand pinky off.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
HIT HIT HIT HIT HIT. Mix in some ground balls in there.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Look good….. Look good, feel good, play good.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Manish boy. Muddy Waters
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Just make sure the fields are always at their best.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Smokeys. So many people just watching, it's a rush.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Myrtle. All turf. Can't beat it.
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?
We were short for a tourney one time, and our sponsor had to hit. During this he swung and made solid contact, but twisted himself into the ground like a corkscrew.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I have four cats.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
My cousin gave me a keychain with a glove on it for my birthday.