Thursday July 29th, 2021

An interview with Wood Law/Mizuno player/sponsor Doug Wood

Doug Wood

ASA Playing History

USSSA Playing History

Why do you like the game of softball?  It is probably the last major team sport that you can play competitively after 30.  I retired from flag football in my twenties and basketball in my mid-thirties.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen?  Probably, Eddie Feigner the pitcher from The King and His Court.  They played with four guys, and on occasion Eddie would pitch from second base and strike players out – blindfolded. In slow pitch softball, everybody on the Majors list are or were great ballplayers.
Where do you call home?  Dallas, Texas
What do you do for a living? I have my own law firm.  Our firm specializes in trial law.  I was an emergency room doctor for 15 years prior, and I still practice a little medicine.
What is your softball background as a player?  I played competitively in college in the days of unlimited home runs.  The good teams were huge with the winning scores were in the 50's.  After they started limiting home runs, I retired and started playing golf. I picked up softball again approximately15 years ago.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?  Like most players, I was playing C ball and moved up, either voluntarily or not.  The old "C" ballplayers are today's "A" ballplayers.  Nowadays, alot of guys are playing down. 
Who are you managing/sponsoring in 2011?  Wood Law/Mizuno.  We were fortunate that Mizuno is helping sponsor us this year.
What does your roster look like?

Wood Law/Mizuno 2011 Roster

Doug Wood        C    Texas
Scott Zaciewski  3B   Ohio
Dennis Shrum     SS   Texas
Nick Masur       MI   Ohio
Steve Whaley     2B   Texas
Bryan Goins      1B   Indiana
Trenton Thompson P    Ohio
Cory Large       OF   Texas
Ryan Parfitt     OF   New Jersey
Scott Lydy       OF   Arizona
Mark Dennis      AH   Texas
Rodney Fail      P/Utility  Texas

2011 Conference Schedule:

Columbus, In
Little Rock
Sterling Heights

A Worlds
Major World 
What is your teams goal for 2011? As she said in Rocky "win," lol.
Where do you look for talent?  Softball is a large family and networking is important.  Usually referrals from other players are where I find talent.  I am always looking for good young talent to develop.
What is more important, talent or attitude?  Softball is a team sport and attitude and gamesmanship will win games.  I've seen guys, who Wade Casey refers to as "rockheads," with incredible talent, but not a good teammate lose games, by throwing the ball around or hitting solo and untimely home runs, especially in our game of home run restrictions.   
How do you evaluate players?  My mantra is if you hit .650 as a team and make the routine plays, you will be in the position to win any tournament regardless of what class you are playing.  The caveat is that you have to hit your allotment of home runs so you are not spotting runs.  After that, pitching and defense is the key to success. 
What is your favorite sports team?  Dallas Mavericks
What is your favorite sport other than softball?  Basketball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?  Ballplayers are the most superstitious group of people I know.  I have to many softball idiosyncrasies to list.
What is your most memorable softball moment?  Probably, my first at bat at the Major League World Series.  It is kind of like remembering your first girlfriend.  We have had some good wins against some good teams.  You always remember the good teams that you have beaten, not the bad ones.
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?  It is definitely a sport.  There is no chance involved in softball.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make to bring in more sponsors?  It is a quid pro quo system.  The sponsors need to feel appreciated, and it has to be a "win-win" situation for the sponsors.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?  The Conference Championships.  USSSA does it right; playing in the stadium with the best teams, free accommodations at the Mystic Dunes, live streaming, conference umpires, awards dinner, etc.   It is replacing the World tournaments, with the exception of the Major World Series which is the granddaddy of them all.   Little Rock and the Smokies cater to the teams and are fun to play.
What can be done to improve the Conference Championships?  I would combine A and B Worlds to the same weekend and maybe a week earlier and rotate the venue so we don't have to have to make Florida our second home from Aug-Sept.
Is the game better or worse with homerun limits and why?  It is a different game and a difficult question.  With bat technology almost everybody can hit a 300ft home run.  I am not a homerun threat anymore, but I still like to play in the unlimited home run tournaments.  It is probably safer for the pitcher.  
Who was the best team in softball history? Resmondo is the most consistent dominant team that I can recall.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field? Other than an occasional "streaker" over the years, I recall our coach, Dave Lewis,  wanting an AB on the stadium and what started as a low chant of "Rudy" that started from our dugout, crescendoed throughout the stadium.  Unfortunately, he hit a flare to centerfield; o.k. just behind the dirt at second base, that was caught.  Even the umpires were rolling.


One response to “An interview with Wood Law/Mizuno player/sponsor Doug Wood”

  1. Scott walker says:

    Looking for a Scott Lydy jersey, can anyone please help me find one.

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