Interview conducted on 3/2/2017
Who are you playing with in 2017?
So far i just been getting picked up waiting for military ball to kick in
2017 Free Agent – [email protected]
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Utility player, i feel my best position is CF, but do love playing in the infield.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
probably have to say brian wegman, i seen him at a few majors events in arizona and guy just knows how to play the game to his pace. Also luis reyna in the infield is just great to watch.
Why do you like the game of softball?
I feel like anybody else, got out of high school and started playing just for the love of the game. Feels like home.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Honestly don't know anybody up and coming. Don't wanna sound selfish but I'd say me. I'm young, i out hustle everybody and play the game with the intention of always trying to up the level of play.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Everybody usually calls me Rome, just short for my last name. If your close to me you know you always throw out the line " only my homeboys call me rome "
What is your height and weight?
Im 5'10 and 203
Where do you call home?
I'm from el mirage, Arizona
What do you do for a living?
Been serving active duty for 4 years now here in fort campbell KY
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
In high school I pretty much played any sport i could, football to start the year basketball mid and baseball to end the year.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got it by a bunch of friends playing in a league and they asked if i wanted to come. After that the more i played, the more i got picked up got put under a few wings to get where im at today. ( clayton shaw, aaron sandoval and nick utley to name a few)
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Honestly the speed of the game and the select few that stay humble.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I wouldn't say i compare myself to a certain player, but i see what smart players do and try to add that to my game.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Probably the game that gave us the gold medal in 2016 armed forces, against the all marines team. Game kept going back and forth and i hit a backside ball that skipped 3rd to give us the momentum to carry it forward.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
I'd have to go with clayton shaw, he's definitely taken the time to help me get better as a player and helped me become a smarter spectator.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Stay humble and just know theres never to much bp.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky on the knob and 26oz
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Take as much bp as i can and try to take infield. Not to different from regular season.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Basketball has been my #1 for as long as i could remember. From Arizona so i gotta go with the Phoenix Suns(even tho we're on our same rough patch)
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
None, everything is a mental game, just gotta stay focused.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
A$AP rocky – Lord pretty flacko joyde 2 or Montana of 300 – computers.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I wouldn't recommend anything. If it isnt broke dont fix it.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Only got to play it once but armed forces. You get competitive and talk smack and you get to see for the most part the best other branches can bring to the table.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Gotta love big league dreams in las vegas. Turf infield with no lip to the outfield is every infielders dream.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Peter piper pizza or Panda Express
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
The elegant " hit and sits " that come off the wall. I laugh a little every time
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I mean nothing really comes to mind. Only thing i can think of is the people who see me on the outside looking in think I probably joke to much while I play cause i like to have fun. Just know i do take the game serious.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
I got a softball signed by the 2016 all army softball team. Best thing to be able to play for the branch of service and have a winning outcome.