Q&A with USA Softball’s Aubree Munro
Get to know USA Softball standout catcher Aubree Munro in this exclusive one-on-one interview.
USA Softball catcher Aubree Munro knows what it takes to succeed at the highest levels of fastpitch. In the summer of 2021, she will step up to the plate with her Louisville Slugger LXT against the game’s best international competition. Go one-on-one with the American backstop to learn about her favorite moments on and off the field.
Q: What's the best play you've ever made?
A: Anything where I had to dive and catch the ball, which for me as the catcher is usually like a popped up bunt or a little pop up, where I only have so much time to get over there and dive. Anything like that is always way cool. And honestly sometimes it is about when I make tags at the plate, any play at home is super important because I don’t let anybody score. But because it's so important I don’t have to worry about anything, I'm just catching and tagging because I trust my Wilson glove that much.
Q: What's your go-to walk-up song?
A: Everybody Dance Now by C&C Music Factory
Q: What's one thing the entire USA Softball team has in common?
A: We’re very passionate about the sport. Obviously, we all want to win a gold medal. We want to win in general. We wouldn’t (and you don’t) get to be on this team if you don’t care about competing at a high level. I think what’s cool about this team and this year is we’re not guaranteed to be back ever again. So our team is passionate about how we can make it better. We ask ourselves: “What are we doing to maybe get back in?” We have a pretty forward-thinking group.
Q: What is your advice for players who want to be like you?
A: The intangibles of being a teammate and caring about your teammates takes you so far. It creates deeper experiences in future relationships. The older you get, the more you realize that as much as you love the game, those relationships and memories are so important. Make sure people know that you care about them and pay attention to what they’re doing outside the game. Make sure people understand you care about who they are whether they go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4. That’s really powerful.
Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: Since my sophomore year of college, I’ve had the same ponytail style - half because I like the way it works, half because it’s very functional. As a catcher, I am constantly in a helmet. So I needed something that would stay. I do my hair and makeup the same and usually listen to Christian music.
Q: What do you do when you’re not playing or training?
A: My husband is a tugboat captain so we spend a lot of time on the boat. We live in Naples, Florida, so we go out in the Gulf a lot. We fish and we hunt. And I love movies, too.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
A: When I was 12, I was at my peak of wanting to be an Olympian. I was everything red, white and blue. A coach actually told me I wouldn’t play Division I softball - that I looked too frail. That moment was totally heartbreaking.
Then, I had another coach come over to my house and she wrote down this quote and it said, “Doctors and scientists said that running a four-minute mile was an impossible feat. That one would die in the attempt. So after crossing the finish line, I figure I must be dead.” I cut out the quote on that piece of paper and had it up in my bedroom from the time I was 12 to when I graduated high school. Then I took it with me to college and I still have it today. Just because an expert says you can’t doesn’t mean it’s true.
On top of that, it was the first time I really learned I get to choose who I let speak into my life. I’ve never been one to want to prove people wrong. It’s just not how I’m wired. I really just want to prove the people who believe in me right.
Q: What is your most memorable game-winning moment?
A: We were in Japan playing their national team in the championship game and we’d gone into extra innings. I came up. In international tiebreakers, we start with a runner on second. We were down by two, which is usually the kiss of death. I drove in the tying run and Kelsey Stewart ended up driving in the winning run.
It was an incredible environment to play in and that’s part of the reason the Olympics are going to be so great. People in Japan love baseball and softball. They create such a cool environment. To come out on top in that game and be right in the middle of the dogpile was so much fun.