This weeks interview is with Reds Boys hitman Casey Stewart. Casey worked with the questions
nicely and it proved to be a worthwhile interview. The door is open fellas for some more interviews so email me at RayDeWorth@aol.com
and lets get it on. Thanks and Enjoy
RD: How long have you been
involved in Nky softball? CS: I started when I was 18 with a small team called News Boys. I've played competitive since about 1996 .
RD: You left Southern Rental to join Reds Boys. Who else have you played for in the
CS:I started with AQW in 1996
and won the NSA "B" state and world with them in 1997 . I played about half of a season with No. Ky. Knights and another with the Storm .
The past 2 years was with Southern Rental .
RD: Casey, a handful of talent left Southern Rental to join
Reds team in 2003. They are defending "B" state champions. This is just one of their many accomplisments in the last
two years. My question is. Why would you want to leave them? Was they're internal problems?
CS:Good question ! I wish Southern could have stayed together , but a good core of our team was going with Reds
and 2 players went to Berardis . I think we are going to take a shot at some "A" tourn. and that was what I want to
try . I did hate leaving some of my good friends though .
RD: Expectations are running high for you guys
this year. Sometimes just reading your guys roster, makes me wonder how you guys would ever lose. It is absolutely star
studded. How will you guys handle the pressure knowing you will be a big favorite in this area in every tournament you
play in? I mean if you lose a game it will be a big deal. Thats a lot of pressure. How do you deal with it?
CS: I never like to lose , but I also know that it is going to happen . No. Ky. softball
should be very competitive this year and that's what I play for .
RD: Speaking of all of the talent
you have, you have 14-15 players on your team. With talent there comes egos. Its elementary math that states that only
12 players at the most can play in a single game without using substitutions. That means that someone has to sit. Now that
usually isnt much of a problem with other teams, but with this team there is absolutely no players on this Reds Boys who arent
stars in some aspect. Do you think this will become a problem?
I can only say I hope not . I don't think Ronnie is playing now and we have 4 or 5 guys working swing shifts so I hope it
will work out.
RD: Casey, you have many accomplishments in this game. You have two "B" state titles ( ASA,NSA) and
a World Championship(NSA) under your belt. Other than the love of the game, what drives you to continue at this level. Does
Casey Stewart have a goal he hasn't already accomplished?
CS: I could leave
knowing my career hasn't been a failure , but I always play for another shot at a state and world .
RD: Without using any of your team mates. Give me Casey Stewarts all star team at these positions.
CS: I would like them if you could only use them in a home-run
derby . Other
than that , I think the bats were hot enough already . I don't like the fact that people will still use them to hit
the middle .
Casey's picks are as followed.
1B Jerry McGonegle
2B Jason Brown
SS Chad Johnson
3B Steve Klute
C Lance Fossitt - if
he would travel !
2 OUTFIELDERS Kevin Hall , DeWayne
AH Brandon Black
RD: Having watch you
play before, I know that you have no problem dropping a softball 30 feet beyond the fence. You have been doing it for some
time now. You were doing it long before Mikens were available. So other than the nice " eye candy" a 375 foot home run
looks like, do you think theyre is a place in the game for these type of bats? Do you like the Ultra 2?
RD: If theyre was one thing you would change about softball, what would it be?
CS:10 run rule . Too much hitting can happen in 1 inning . But also you have to have
something or some games would never end .
RD: Give me some good things and some not so good things about
CS: Good -
competition ... you have great teams and players at every level . Bad - bats or fences ... bats are too hot or the fences are too
RD: This is a fill in the blank question. The biggest misconception that people have about
Casey Stewart is______?
CS:That I am a smart-ass . Well , I am , but
if you know me, then you
know its all in fun and jokes.
RD: This is somewhat a fun question
to ask. Casey almost everybody that plays sports competitively has a sports hero. Having played the game myself, mine was
George Brett. Who would you say yours is. CS: Pete Rose or Mark McGwire .
RD: As far as rivalries go, I know this
is Reds first year but if you had to say who your rival is, who would you say it would be? CS: I dont know yet . I would say that my boys from
Southern are wanting
to put it in us though, esp. Mark Ashcraft. Hopefully
it will all be in good clean fun though !
RD: Of all of the parks you have played
at. Which one would you say is the best and which one would you say is the worst? And why? CS: Best - Freedom Park in Valdosta , Ga. - the cleanest park
I've ever been to and great playing conditions . Worst - Green Mountain. If you been there you know why.
RD: If you had to use one word that would describe the way Reds Boys
play, what would it be?
RD: In your opinion who do you think is
the most under rated player in the game today? CS:
Jerry McGonegle - he hits year in and year out .
RD: When your last swing has been swung
or your last inning has been played, how would you like to be remembered ? CS:Since I've played with alot of sucessful teams , I hope to be known as a winner . I never
have thought of myself as a star , but I hope to be remembered as a contributer and competitor .
There is no way to find out for it would be impossible. But just for fun, if Reds Boys played the 2002 "B" state Champs Southern
Rental who would win?
CS: Too many of the same
players to say . If we can win a state this year, we'll call it a tie
RD: Are the Reds Boys playing "A' or "B" this year? CS:As far as I know we are going to play both . I would like a shot at "A" , but I guess it will depend
on how we are playing at the end of the year .
RD: Okay this is the question that seems to
keep popping up when someone speaks of Reds Boys is that they wont stay together longer than a year, even if that. The
assumption is there is too much talent and egos will clash. What is your take on this assumption?
CS: That is a very understandable assumption ! For this team to make it each one of us will have to forget about our egos . We
have as much talent as anybody , but we are going to have to gel to get to the level we are capable of . If that happens this
team can do alot of great things and get some big wins this year . Only time will tell !!