2017 Free Agent pitcher/outfielder Vito Messina
Interview conducted on 10/12/2016
Who are you playing with in 2017?
2016 Classic Glass and Combat
2017 Free agent – firstname.lastname@example.org
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Pitcher and outfield
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Billy Messina and Brian Wegman
Why do you like the game of softball?
The similarities that it has to baseball and the high speed and competitiveness
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Too many to just choose one
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
My name is kind of like a nickname already
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Simi Valley, CA
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Golfing, fishing, and hanging out with friends and family
What do you do for a living?
Set Lighting Tech for TV shows
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball and football at Royal High and baseball at Cal State LA
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Played league with my dad for a couple years while still playing baseball then got asked to fill in on a team that went to the southwest Allstar tournament. After that got asked to play for AZM.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Never really played non conference but just from watching I'd say the speed and consistency.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
The two I mentioned up top but those are big footsteps to follow
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Playing in the Men's Major World Series last year being that I've watched my father play there for many years.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
You never know when someone is watching so always play hard and hustle
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Drop pinky down on both hands
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Hit, workout, shag balls in the OF with a purpose and work on pitching
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Mets and baseball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Many throughout the season but they are subject to change based on the way the team and myself are playing
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Old Man by Neil Young
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Get more big tournaments out west
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Toys for tots because everyone comes to have a good time but still playing hard
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Fortune Road because I think it's the right dimensions for softball
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Any Italian place with good chicken parmigiana
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I think you should ask that question but off the field
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I have an extra vertebrae
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
I was fortunate enough to receive a lot of equipment when I was younger, so I enjoyed giving my things away to friends and kids on other teams that were less fortunate.