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July 16, 2010

Friday 5: Jennie Finch

If you hit up "Jennie Finch" over at the'll find a slew of accomplishments.

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist.

2005 National Pro Fastpitch Co-Pitcher of the Year.

2008 Olympic Silver Medalist.

But of course nothing compares to this...Jennie Finch is the first female to step up and take her cuts at the "Friday 5".

HOVG: Who was your biggest influence and why?

FINCH: My parents, they are my rocks. They taught me how to play and try to live the "right" way. Giving all you have, never giving up, dealing with failure, overcoming obstacles and so many more life lessons learned through this great game. I am so grateful they have been there to help understand and become a better person and player from them.

HOVG: What is your most memorable travel experience?

FINCH: Italy was incredible! So beautiful and historic. We trained there for a month in 2004 with the USA Olympic Team gearing up for Athens.

HOVG: What is your favorite baseball term or saying?

FINCH: "Strike 3" of course!

HOVG: What is your best experience or greatest accomplishment?

FINCH: The Olympic Gold Medal in Athens, Greece. Amazing, absolutely everything and more than I dreamed of! A special group led by a special man!

HOVG: When did you know that you “made it”?

FINCH: I'm still trying to make it, but getting my first pair of metal cleats my freshman year at the Univ of Arizona was a pretty cool thing! Getting to go on Letterman is up there too!

Jennie Finch is currently knockin' 'em dead for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. Last week against the Akron Racers, she added another perfect game to her already impressive resume.

You can connect with Jennie in a variety of different places on the web:

BallHype: hype it up!

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