Passion unites UA softball fans | News
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC)- The NCAA regional softball tournament is underway in Tuscaloosa and the fans - no matter which team they're cheering for - have one thing in common: They're passionate.
Shirts, shakers, and sombreros are just a few sights you'll find at Rhoads stadium in Tuscaloosa this weekend.
"This whole outfit is the rowdy outfit so when I start jumping up and down it's kind of the signal to everyone else in the crowd to do the same," said Emily Pitek-Clifford.
Pitek-Clifford has become known as the super fan among Alabama softball. So what does it take to become a super fan?
"It takes a loud voice, some creativity, and the ability not to get embarrassed," said Pitek-Clifford
Pitek-Clifford doesn't get embarrassed easily. Before the game she goes around the stadium fist-bumping with fans, even from opposing teams.
They don't seem to mind because they understand what it takes to be a softball fan.
"What does it take to be a softball fan? Well, when you travel with a bunch of ladies like I do because I got all girls, it takes a lot of patience," explains David Wade, a University of Tennessee Martin fan. Wade and his family drive nine hours from Illinois to watch their daughter play.
For fans closer to home, being a super softball fan means something else.
"You have to like softball and not mind the heat and enjoy all the camaraderie with fans," said Jeanie Johnson, an Alabama softball fan.
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