An interview with free agent Todd Erickson!
Interview conducted on 1/8/2016
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Free Agent – firstname.lastname@example.org
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
First base and Catcher. First Base
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Wow! That's a tough one. Be a toss up between Brian Wegman, Andy Purcell, Jason Kendrick, and Greg Connell
Why do you like the game of softball?
It's action packed and usually there is good comradery.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
There are a lot. As far as who's the best it's tough to choose
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Don't have one yet! Lol
What is your height and weight?
6'4" and 220lbs
Where do you call home?
Palm Bay, FL is where I was raised
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
playing in a good tourney, going out to eat, and just having a good time.
What do you do for a living?
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Nope never did. Wasn't into sports in High School.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Well I started playing softball midway through my Navy term. And I haven't got to the upper level yet. Maybe one day
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Highlight would be hitting a game winning 3 run shot to win a semi final game at a tourney in Melbourne a few years back.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Recently Ozzie Canseco gave me some very good pointers on hitting and different mental approaches he takes that really stuck with me.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard and try and have fun with it.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I overlap with two fingers on the top and I usually swing a 28oz
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Mainly take BP and strength train. But am looking to incorporate other methods to get better all around
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I like the Dolphins and my favorite sport other than softball is baseball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
No superstitions what so ever.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis And The News
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Smoky. I haven't played in it but I like the unlimited rules, the derby, and the setting.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
The field at Naval Station Bremerton. Very well kept and a lot of nice targets beyond the fence 😀
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?
A guy actually called his shot before hitting an inning ending homer because he forgot his team was out of homers.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Met the President in the Navy
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Favorite sports related gift I have gotten would have to be tickets to my first MLB game when I was a little kid.