I will always have a special place in my heart for Brittany Cervantes because she was my first interview with the Chicago bandits. I watched my first game and interviewed her on the field right after.
Cervantes had a stellar career at the University of Kentucky. She is the only player in UK history to hit at least 10 home runs in each of her four seasons. Despite her success at Kentucky, Cervantes went undrafted by the NPF.
The Bandits signed her in June of 2012 after a tryout. She definitely is one of the best undrafted players in NPF history. Among other awards in the NPF, she was the 2015 NPF Offensive Player of the Year. She was also excellent on defense, while playing multiple positions. She was a big part of the two consecutive NPF champions the Bandits won in the last two seasons.
Unfortunately, in this offseason, Cervantes was traded to the Scrapyard Dawgs. There is no doubt that she will continue to be one of the league stars for the Dawgs. It's going to be painful watching her play for them.
Cervantes is a real pro. She's everything you'd want in a ballplayer. She is a credit to the sport and the fans adore her. I thank Cervantes for her time in Chicago and her part in the two titles. I appreciate her always having time for me during interviews or simply chatting casually. I will always recall that first interview. I wish her luck and success as she takes her incredible talent to the Dawgs. "Cerv" will truly be missed in Chicago.
Brittany Cervantes and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2014.