Dennis Turner 2015-11-24 04:28:09
DT: Chitty, tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and what were your hobbies growing up? TB: I grew up in the small town of Palatka, Florida. Growing up, I always loved being outdoors, so most days I could be found shooting basketball, playing in the woods, climbing trees, fishing, or playing baseball. DT: Who were your sports heroes while growing up? TB: I have always been an avid Braves fan, so I kept up with their players the most. Guys like Dave Justice and Chipper Jones were my favorites, so I imitated their swings and stances when I played baseball or Wiffle ball. DT: How did you get involved with slowpitch softball? TB: Slowpitch softball has been a part of my life since an early age. My dad played league and tournament ball, so many nights and weekends were spent at the complexes watching him play. I started playing a little when I was 16, but it didn’t become regular habit until I was 20, which was when I played junior college baseball. DT: Who has had the greatest influence on you in life and in sports? TB: My parents have been my greatest influences in life and an absolute blessing from God. My pops, as all my friends and softball know him, spent countless hours working with me on baseball and softball. My mom was always sure to get me to baseball games and practices when my pops was working. I’m very thankful to be blessed with such an amazing set of parents. DT: What are your goals in life and sport? TB: My goal, at this point in my life, is to be a good father, a positive role model, a successful provider for my family, and hopefully to be my son’s hero. On the field, I have achieved my first goal of making it to a major level team. Thank you for everything, Louisville Slugger. Now I have my sights on winning the Major World Series. I would also like to be crowned as a batting champ before my playing days are over. DT: What is your greatest accomplishment, either on or off the field? TB: My greatest accomplishment off the field has definitely been becoming a father. My son is my world and I couldn’t be more proud. On the field, I would have to say that it has been making it to a Major team. Also, the All-Conference First Teams and the All- Major World Series team I made have been some highlights. DT: What is your greatest challenge? TB: I would have to say that the biggest challenge I face is finding the free time to work on my game with such a busy schedule. DT: How much time do you spend training? TB: I don’t spend as much time as I would like to work on my game. However, I do try to get in the gym a few times a week as well as getting in some BP every week. I put in the bulk of my work during the offseason when preparing for each new season. DT: Why do you consider yourself to be someone who is a good ambassador for the sport? TB: I believe I am a good ambassador for the sport because I play the game the right way, always have fun on the field, try to do the right things in the situations I’m put in on the field, and I am always willing to help other players better their game. DT: What do you think of the Louisville Slugger slowpitch product that is starting to leave its mark on the game? TB: I’m proud to be a part of the Louisville Slugger brand. They provide the best of equipment, such as bats, batting gloves, and gloves as well as athletic apparel. I love the bats and the soft feel of the barrel when you connect on the sweet spot. The line of apparel is second to none when it comes to comfort and style. The gloves are easy to form and are top-notch leather with great design. I really can’t say enough about the products and their durability. Thanks again, Louisville Slugger, for letting me be a part of such a great company!
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