Thursday August 5th, 2021

An interview with West Coast/Doerflinger/Easton outfielder Brian Munson

Brian Munson

USSSA Playing History Player Page

Who are you playing with in 2012?
West Coast Doerflinger/Easton/Pro-Coat

Why do you like the game of softball?
Plain and simple…the competitiveness.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?  
I haven't really been around that long, but I always thought Bryson Baker was pretty good.   Pound for pound he is one of the best power hitters in the game.

What is your nickname in softball?

Where do you call home?

What do you do for a living?
Estimating & Pricing for Boeing

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played baseball through college.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
First year out of college played "E" with some buddies (2008).  It wasn't quite what I was looking for, but I was fortunate enough to have my name mentioned to a "D" team in the off season.  I tried out for Nu-Ray Metals at D and got hooked.  Next year we moved to "C" and took 5th at Worlds.  And for 2011, I was with Doerflinger/TSC/Combat/Pro-Coat and took 3rd at "B" worlds and we played well at the MWS.

What position do you play?
OF, but CF is the most fun.

What batting grip do you use?
Standard baseball grip.

What ounce bat, make and model do you use?
27 or 28 oz full end-load.  I haven't had an Easton before, so not sure which model, but I have heard good things about the Synergy.  In the past, I have had a 27 oz Worth Resmondo Titan and 28 oz Combat Spike Baker.

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Mainly hit the gym and try to gain back the weight I lost during the season.  I should be hitting more, but I don't like cages much and Washington isn't the best place to hit in the winter (excuses).

What is your favorite sports team? Is Sportscenter a sports team?
I don't really have a favorite sports team anymore. I loved the Mariners back in the Edgar, Buhner, Griffey, & A-Rod days.

What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Baseball and some backyard pickleball!

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I've never been in to that stuff.

What is your most memorable softball moment?
Right now, it is coming up a little short on Zirkle's walk-off during the Major World Series this year. Really…we go into the 7th up 6 runs and we lose? That's softball for you!

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Go back to Aluminum bats.  Maybe that would curtail some of the doctoring.  I know, well I am told, it still happened with aluminums, but it doesn't seem like it was as wide spread.  Plus, the aluminums don't get hotter and hotter as they are used like the composites do.

What is your favorite non-World tournament?

King of the Northwest

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Seeing Joey Smith (from norcal) in a trapper's hat playing early season softball in Washington with snow in the outfield.


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