Thursday January 20th, 2022

2022 Free Agent Garrett Culbertson




Garrett Culbertson

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 12/12/2021

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?

2021 Rebel/Prime Threads
Military EB/Homebridge/HB/Republic services/ Bruce Bolt"

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
LF is my best position 

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Long time friend and mentor Travis Wollison. Been around the guy playing ball since I was 18 and brand new to the military. I wouldn’t be where I am now in the softball world without his help. 

Why do you like the game of softball?
I love to compete. It’s great to get outside at the end of the week and have something to look forward to while grinding at work. 

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
There’s so many right now. I feel like the young kids are starting to take over the softball world. Ayden De Young-Faria is a military ball teammate of mine. Had one of the smoothest swings from the left side I’ve ever seen. Dude I’d a great teammate and always working to improve his game. 

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Done really have one. Have just always gone by Garrett 

What is your height and weight?

Where do you call home?
Destin FL is home. Currently living in New York City 

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
A nice weekend at the beach or out on the water with friends and family 

What do you do for a living?
I’m an Air Traffic Controller

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played football, baseball, soccer and ran track in high school. Played semi pro football until I was 28. 

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
The covid shutdown actually. Finally had some weekends off and started playing some local backyard type tournaments in 2020. First I had swung a bat since getting out of the military in 2015. Made a name for myself real quick hitting the ball. Made the jump from being a non classed player to getting picked up by REBEL for the Smokey this last summer. 

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Defense and pitching. The guys at this level don’t miss much in the field. You really have to play the game right and place the ball around the field. Pitch selection is also huge. These guys know exactly what they are doing in the mound and when you get something that looks good you have to jump on it. 

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I try not to compare myself to other. Try to go out and do my thing at 110% all the time. 

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
My first hit in my first conference game at the Smoky. I had been stuck at work late. Hopped in the car and drive from Atlanta straight to the fields. Showed up right at game time running from the parking lot to the fields still in work clothes. Just with all the nerves going it was nice to lay into the ball and send it flying. A feeling I will never forget. 

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Travis Wollison. He reached out to me last spring/summer to come play military ball. Definitely helped getting my name out there with all the great military ballers out there. 

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Don’t ever stop working on your game. There’s always something to improve. 

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Just normal bat tape. 28 ounces. 

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Stay working hard in the gym. Keep doing everything I can to keep my body in shape and improve in ways that will help my game. 

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Atlanta Braves. Other than softball has to be college football. Though it’s been a rough couple years for us Florida State fans. 

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
No superstitions. 

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Anything 80’s rock. Grew up getting pumped up to Kiss in the truck before baseball and football games. 

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think the game is in a good spot right now. It’s very competitive at the upper level right now. And with the addition of a few new big teams this year 

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Military Band-aid in Colorado. This was my first year going and it was an absolutely beautiful place to play. 

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Space coast. I’ve only been down there twice now. But both times it’s been amazing. Fields are in great shape. And playing in the stadium is just an incredible feeling. 

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Anywhere with some good wings and a cold beer. 

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Watching a goose fight an outfielder for territory in center field. 

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I spent 9 years growing up in various countries in Europe. 


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