Where did Be Humble, Play Loud come from?
My whole upbringing has always been to do what you say you’re going to do. Do it because you want to do it, not because you want to show everybody else. Especially since social media started coming about, do something because you want to do it and not because you want other people to see you do it. My dad would tell me all the time, like when I hit a home run or something, act like you’ve done it before. Celebrating is great and we should do that. But go out there, do your job, and if you do great, act like you’ve done it before. If you do bad, do better next time. The game should be louder than what you talk about.
What are the straight line and the squiggly line about?
It represents the ups and downs of life and playing softball. There are ups and downs and lefts and rights, but that would have been hard to draw. Taylor and I were talking about this earlier. Am I going to play next year? Am I going to have a shot? It’s a lot. It’s stressful. You know that that this is what you want to do, but there are little bitty opportunities. It’s just the career. Success and failures. At the end of the day, it smoothes out but you have to go through the ups and downs.
Why ‘fire truck’ red?
It’s loud. The color stands out without you having to say ‘look at my red shirt.’ It’s bright. It’s vibrant. And I want to live like that. I know it’s just a color but it says so much without saying anything. I fell in love with softball long before high school. Being able to express myself without using words or not in a conversation, the color red represents that a lot. And I still see my dad in these red cleats. He’s been a huge part of my journey. He had a fire truck red truck when we were growing up so I just relate a lot of the meaning of this color to him.