Jan. 21, 2012
BERKELEY - Underneath Elia Reid's athletic 5-4 frame beats the heart of a consummate competitor. The starting right fielder for the past three years, Reid was a 2011 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Last year, she was fifth on the team with her .254 batting average and slugged .485 with 26 RBI and seven stolen bases. Off the field, the Buena Park, Calif., native is known as a jokester, all the while being more serious than her twin sister, Jamia Reid, who plays left field for the Golden Bears. CalBears.com caught up with Elia Reid to get all the details on her, as well as with a few of her teammates to get the real dish on Elia.
CalBears.com: What is your favorite thing about Cal softball?
Elia Reid: Being able to make new friends each year. And sharing laughs with Coach Ninemire in the outfield with the other outfielders.
CalBears.com: How did you get started playing softball?
ER: My mom signed Jamia and I up when we were eight-years-old, just so we would have something to do because cheerleading and dance class were not working out for us.
CalBears.com: What made you choose Cal?
ER: I wanted to challenge myself, not only athletically but academically as well. A degree from Cal is an accomplishment that will help me succeed in life after softball.
CalBears.com: What is it like being on the team with your sister? Is there any sibling rivalry?
ER: I love being able to play with my sister and it would be hard to play without her. No, there isn't any sibling rivalry. We are both always looking to help each other get better.
CalBears.com: If you could play any other sport besides softball, what would it be?
ER: I would run track because I was really successful in that sport out of all the sports I've played besides softball.
CalBears.com: What is your favorite thing about Berkeley?
ER: This is a tough question, but I would say seeing all the dressed up people on the street that you would only see in Berkeley. And this past year the protesting was a good sight to see.
CalBears.com: What is something about you that Cal fans don't know?
ER: I have extreme OCD. I like things clean and in order. I never liked to clean in high school but I am a clean freak now.
CalBears.com: You started slapping first and then your sister. Do you think you usually try things before your sister or does it go back and forth?
ER: I would say it goes back and forth because normally when one of us is going to do something, the other one will try it.
CalBears.com: How would you say you're different than your sister?
ER: Well she likes to smile a lot while I'm the more serious one when you look at us. But sometimes people say I'm mean because I'm the serious but really I'm the nice one the majority of the time.
CalBears.com: What is your biggest pet peeve?
ER: It bothers me when people put their jacket strings in their mouths and chew on them.
CalBears.com: What is your favorite Holiday? Why?
ER: I would say Christmas because I get to share it with my family.
CalBears.com: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
ER: I would want to be able to read peoples minds. That would be a good superpower to have so I know what others around me are thinking.
CalBears.com: Would you rather spend a day at the beach or in the snow? Why?
ER: I would much rather be in the snow because I already get enough of the sun. And I would be able to build little snowmen all around.
CalBears.com: When you're not playing softball or studying, what are you most likely doing?
ER: I am most likely watching movies on Netflix or talking on Skype with my boyfriend.
CalBears.com: If you could be on a reality TV show, what would it be?
ER: I would start my own reality TV show called "Life as a Twin." But if I had to choose I would say the "Love & Hip Hop." I think that's the most exciting one.
CalBears.com: What is one thing you want to do before leaving Cal?
ER: Graduate, of course. But making it to the Women's College World Series and coming home champions would be a great achievement.
What Her Teammates Are Saying:
Elia is an all or nothing type of player! She does not know how to go half-speed. She goes 100 percent after balls in the outfield, throws a million miles an hour, beats out routine ground balls from the right side of the plate! She is an absolute monster in the weight room and incredibly fast, agile and athletic! She can make "impossible" plays look easy without ever leaving her feet. She is a heads-up player, who really knows this game in and out! Off the field she is hilarious! She has a blunt sense of humor that I find to be quite hilarious. She is always kidding, but if you don't know her personality and take her seriously then she will probably scare your britches off. She always tries to intimidate me, and it usually works, which is funny. She is a crazy driver, but not as crazy as her twin sister Jamia! Watch out for these Geminis!
Elia is the kind of player who leads by example. She puts a lot of effort and time into working on her skills and she never gives up. Off the field, I'd say Elia is a very chill person and quite hilarious. She's definitely a good time!
Elia is unique and an amazing person! She is very aggressive player and she cares so much about everything.
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