Friday June 25th, 2021

An interview with Combat infielder John Williams!




John Williams

USSSA Playing History Player Page

Interview conducted on 11/19/2015

Who are you playing with in 2016?
Team Combat (M)

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I can play anywhere on the diamond would say infield is my better positions though 

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
This is my first year in the conference and from what I see up here it is not only a hitters game gotta play the other side and Brian Wegman does it very well among so many other players

Why do you like the game of softball?
Simply because it fills the void of what I had to leave behind in baseball and it's crazy competitive while also getting to me and be around a really close tight nit group called the softball community

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I would have to say Kyle Pearson of SIS.  He's a really down to earth guy as well and great all around player with nothing but time to get even better than he already is and he puts in a ton of work

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Johnny Jigggssss or Buke em

What is your height and weight?
6'4 285

Where do you call home?
Chi Town / Chicago IL

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
BP and hanging with my kids

What do you do for a living?
I work for a precision manufacturing company

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yes Everything under the sun

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My now boss that I work for Ninos Merza got me started playing softball out of college and Jason Wilkins and Keith Laski helped me out with making it to the upper level this year

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The amount of just all around great players who come to compete rather than drink hahahaha

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
No I'm Unique

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Haven't even begun to hit my stride yet

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
James Kersten aka TANK was always there for me to be blessed to lean on when I wasn't sure really what to do in a situation and I could always count on him to pick me up if I was down

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep working hard and never take a play off because you never really know who is watching you

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I drop bottom fingers and overlap the top hand

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Hit a ton of BP

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Chicago Cubs baseball

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Nope ain't no time for that lol

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Standing Ovation by Young Jeezy

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
I'd have to say Cincy or the Smoky

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Seems like I always end up at applebees with Jason Wilkins hahaha

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
That i'm half black

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Jr. Olympian champion in the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle



6 responses to “An interview with Combat infielder John Williams!”

  1. laski17 says:

    One of the best teammates out there. This guy is a monster and will become one of the best softball players out. Period

  2. Wilk says:

    He’s as good as he desires to be. The only thing that can stop Johnny Jiggs is Johnny Jiggs. Do work son because next year is going to be fun.

  3. Jrock says:

    My Man ….. Sky is the limit, work hard and stay focused. Great teammate and never stops having fun and laughing. Buke’d Em!

  4. Ross H says:

    Looks at those knickers!!! Love JJ to death you are someone who makes the game fun. Got to work on your Jordan game though brah. See ya next year bro.

  5. Nimmo says:

    Your half black? What?? No way!! Good luck this year brother. #Bukem

  6. Bukeee emm says:

    Thank you for the love my brothas I am blessed to have you dudes in my corner and I’m motivated and humbled from this year can’t wait for next year and to see you mofos on the reg

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