My friend Tony and I just got back from Peoria, Illinois for a Women's Professional Fastpitch game. The Oklahoma Spark plays the USSSA Pride at the neutral site.
Tony and I are big softball fans. I probably first met Tony at a Chicago Bandits game, although we aren't sure about that. It might have also been a wrestling show or comic con. We share several of the same interests.
A few years ago during the last season of the National Pro Fastpitch league, Tony told me there were a handful of players he never met. One of those players was former Chicago Bandits player Brittany Cervantes. When I saw Cerv was coming to town with her new team, the Cleveland Comets, I helped Tony get a picture with her after the game.
Cerv was a special player. She eventually moved on to the University of Kentucky Softball Director of Operations. An alum of Kentucky, Cerv returned there to oversee the program.
Meeting and chatting with the players was one of the special parts of the NPF. The elite women athletes were great with fans, young and old. The new leagues are fun and softball is still softball, but I will always cherish the fun we all had with the Chicago Bandits and other teams in the NPF.
Go to WProFastpitch.com and AUProSports.com for more info on the leagues. Check back here for my recap.