BASA STAFF: Another two-sport star on the BASA circuit and from an HBCU.
actually I played 3 sports baseball, football, and track in college.
BASA STAFF: Tell us a little about your college days at Alcorn State?
funny you asked that. My wife and I were just talking about our college days
yesterday. Going to an HBCU is and great experience. When I came in I was the
#5 back and by the first game I was the #1 back. I also got a chance to
play with both of the McNair quarterbacks, (Fred and Steve). Most people donít
know but my best position in baseball was centerfield. I was always the
smallest one on the field, but carried a big stick. HBCU's are so much like the BASA tournaments now, itís always a grill going and friends just hanging out
having a good time.
STAFF: There is a lot of talk about getting celebrities involved in sponsoring
Black American teams, but Steve McNair was one of the first, and has been for
quite a well?
Head: When I
first asked Steve, I was told to get what I needed and let him know. I was
just starting myself and didnít know the players that I know now. He has done
some great things for this team over the years. Hopefully we can get him more
involved with the BASA program.
BASA STAFF: Does having a big sponsor increase the pressure to win a World
Head: In a way
it does, because you want to let him know that his money is not being wasted.
The good thing about our sponsor is as long as we are competing he is happy.
BASA STAFF: Speaking of World Championships, you guys are one of the top teams
every year, but have yet to bring home a title. And this year, you are the
only team on the circuit who has notched a win over both Class Act and Atlanta
Storm, are you getting close to that elusive title.
Head: We have
always been maybe one or two players from getting there but I think this year
may be our year. If we continue to play as a team and with heart, we will have
a great finish this year. All I can say is: WATCH OUT FOR AIR MAC, WE COMING.
BASA STAFF: And speaking of Atlanta Storm, the road to the title seems to go
through them this year, are they more rival or more nemesis to you?
Head: I would
consider them a rival more than anything. Over the years we have given Storm
some great games. My kids are always telling Owen we want Storm LOL. I have
much respect for those guys. That is who I won my ring with. I still want to
win one with my team Air Mac.
BASA STAFF: And speaking of Class Act, you were courted quite heavily by Wolf
to join the Act family; did you give it any serious consideration?
Head: Yes I
did give it some thought. Wolf is a great player, who wouldnít want to play
with him. I also thought what Wolf was trying to put together I already had.
With the pickups I had this year (KJ, Jerome, Scott, Cap and Speedy) I knew we
would be a better team.
BASA STAFF: How long has Air Mac been together?
Head: We have
been together since '99.
the nucleus of the team pretty much remained intact over the years?
Head: For the
last couple of years it has. We have always played and competed with what we
had. We have had a few pickups here and there, but so far it has been the same.
Thatís what has always made us a family.
STAFF: How did you guys come together as a team?
started playing with this team called Club Escape and the next year I decided
to talk with Steve and put my own thing together. Air Mac has been here every
STAFF: How did get you involved with softball?
Head: I got
involved with softball when I met my wife. I went home with her one weekend
and her family saw me hit the ball and I have been playing every since.
STAFF: Your son is an avid supporter of you on the softball field, he is
obviously a good student in the classroom, is he going to be a baseball or
Head: Yes, he
is. My daughter is also a big supporter. You will hardly ever see me at the
park without my family. My son just finished his first year playing baseball
and he was 35 for 45 at bats with 4 homeruns. He is playing All Star ball
right now. The good thing about it is he is a lefty. This will also be his
first year playing football too.
STAFF: You guys have a strong fan base that seem to be with you at every
tourney, do you think fans play any part in the outcome of games?
definite. Our support has come mostly from our families. We have also picked
up fans along the way. Our families are with us every time we travel. They
donít mind telling us what we are doing wrong or getting on the opposing team
either. Our fans play a big part in the outcome of some of our games. You
donít want to face some of them when you lose. They really make us focus.
STAFF: Give us your thoughts on BASA as it stands today.
really enjoy the atmosphere at the BASA tournaments. Itís very different from
when I first started playing softball. It great competition, it just brings
out the best in me.
STAFF: As we always ask, if you could make one change in BASA, what would it
Head: I would
like to see everything even across the boards, meaning, not favor certain
players or certain teams. I would also like to see better umpires. As we all
know there is always room for change.
STAFF: That just about wraps it up; do you have any shout outs?
Head: I would
like to give shout outs to my wife and kids who are my biggest fans, the Air
Mac Family, and the rest of the BASA family. I would also like to thank you for the interview.