Swag Week features interesting collectibles I have gotten through my coverage of various teams and people.
Kelly Kretschman is a softball legend. A four-time All-American at Alabama, she is a two-time medal-winning Olympian. She played 15 years of National Pro Fastpitch, most notably with the USSSA Pride. She was on seven NPF Champion teams and was a three-time NPF Player of the Year.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Kretschman on the field after a victory against the Chicago Bandits during the 2019 Cowles Cup Championship series. Kretschman's Pride won the series. The previous night at the NPF Awards ceremony, Kretschman announced her retirement. I talked about that with her in the interview. I ended by thanking her for the years of fun watching her play. I was gld to have the opportunity to interview her, but also to express my gratitude. That interview can be found at On the Beat With Kelly Kretschman.
I would never ask for an autograph while on press duty, but the next night I was just a fan. I asked Kretschman to sign a ball for me and she graciously did it laughing that I didn't ask the previous night.
Kretschman was a true pro. She is missed on the field. I wonder what she would have done in Athletes Unlimited Softball.