Friendly Encounters is a weekly series about friends who have met celebrities.
I met Tony Feddeler while covering the Chicago Bandits. Tony is a huge fan and attends most (all?) of their home games. He can usually be spotted sitting in the first row behind home plate.
Upon getting to know Tony, I learned we share an interest in wrestling. Tony has met some interesting wrestlers and I will feature those right here in the future. For now, I am still on a Bandits high from their NPF (National Pro Fastpitch) championship and I am featuring Tony with one of the star players on the Bandits and in the NPF.
Tammy Williams is an elite player. In 48 regular season games, Tammy made one error last season. That is ridiculous. Aside from her defensive wizardry, she is also an excellent offensive player. She has been this type of complete player for her entire seven year career, all of which has been spent with the Bandits.
When I interviewed Tammy late in the season, she was undecided on playing next season. She did say that if she returned, next season would be her last. Of course, things can change.
I think Tammy will return for one more season. I sincerely hope she does. I know Tony and all of Bandit Nation hopes she comes back. As sad as it will be, Tammy deserves a farewell tour.
I sincerely hope we get more chances for current pictures with Tammy. I'd hate to only see Tammy in "Throwback Thursday" material.
Tammy Williams and Tony Feddeler in Rosemont, IL-June 2013.