Over the years, I have met a lot of elite athletes in National Pro Fastpitch. Better than that, I have met some really great people. Taylor Edwards is fits both categories.
Taylor starred at the University of Nebraska. She was teammates with her twin sister Tatum. Together they started their NPF career with the Pennsylvania Rebellion. After their rookie season, they were traded to the Chicago Bandits, where they played for 2 seasons. In the last offseason, Taylor was traded to the Scrapyard (Houston) Dawgs (and Tatum retired).
I really loved watching Taylor play. She was a thumper on offense, solid behind the plate and wonderful off the field. She hit .242 and .353 in her two seasons here, with 19 home runs and 63 rbi's.
Off the field, she was always a great interview. She was also good for chatter around the field. I will always remember her as the catcher for my infamous one at bat against the Bandits. She tried to give me advice, for which I am grateful, even though I had no chance.
The Dawgs are in town for a series with the Bandits. I look forward to seeing Taylor, even if she is wearing the wrong colors. I'm sure she will get a nice ovation when she is announced. Taylor was a big part of 2 NPF titles here and she deserves all the love from Bandit Nation.
Welcome back Taylor, even if it is just a visit. Thank you for all you did here!
Taylor Edwards and me in Rosemont, IL-July 2016.