Crystl “The Big Bruiser” Bustos (born September 8, 1977) is a designated hitter or third base position although on the roster she is a designated player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She holds the world record for home runs during an Olympic series, with six.
Bustos, a Mexican American, was born in Canyon Country, California. She began her career playing softball at Canyon Country Little League. She is a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic softball team, which won the silver medal after losing to Japan in the gold-medal game, the first loss for the U.S. women in 23 straight Olympic games. Her accomplishments also include two World Cup Championships (2006 and 2007), three Pan American gold medals (1999, 2003 and 2007), and a gold medal at the 2006 ISF World Championships. She has also played for the NPF Akron Racers, and was the Most Valuable Player in the WPSL for the Orlando Wahoos in 1998.
Bustos announced that she would retire from international competition after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bustos was named 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year. She became the field manager for the Akron Racers in October 2009, but elected to return to the playing field for the Racers in 2010.
Crystl Bustos interviewed on The Fastpitch TV Show
Produced By Gary Leland
Ten questions with Crystl Bustos By Gary Leland
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I was 3 when I started playing baseball. I was 10 when I started playing softball.
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. My uncle Jesse Rios and my cousin Mike Castro and my family for all there sacrifices that they made for me to get to be who I am now.
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. I get ready for a game by listening to music with my headphones on to block out all outside distractions until game time. I run the perfect swing in my head visualizing the best hit in the hardest situation with the game on the line with two outs and two strikes and I hit the ball out the park with a perfect line drive.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. I like to draw.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. My Uncle Jesse who showed me that no matter what people say and even when you don’t have money you can find ways to work out and get better and achieve any dream you have.
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. I like to listen to music before the game.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. The 2000 Olympics.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. I think the mental aspect is huge and would recommend players working with a sports psychologist to help them with that aspect of the game.
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. I would have been a cartoonist. I love animation and drawing and bringing fantasy to life on the screen.
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. My greatest obstacle has been learning that nothing was going to just be handed to me. I was going to have to go out and get what I wanted by working harder than anyone I would play with or against.
That I was going to have to master what I did and that no one person was going to tell me I couldn’t do or be who I wanted to be and that was the best hitter to ever play the game. I have and will never stop learning that’s my word to the game I love.
I now train the future of our sport and I am always learning more everyday so that I can bring to the young softballers the best info for them to be better than I ever was. That’s why I have created the Ruthless sports training camps with a team of professional and Olympic and national team members to help our youth be the best they can be.
You can visit Crystl’s website at www.gotbustos.com
A Few Accomplishments
• World Cup Champion (2006 & 2007)
• Three-time Pan American gold medalist (1999, 2003 & 2007)
• World Champion (2006)
• Two-time Olympic Gold medalist (2000 & 2004)
• Olympic Silver medalist (2008)
National Team Experience
• Silver Medalist at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
– hit .500 with a record-breaking six home runs and 10 RBI; Olympic record 12 runs scored
• Retired her cleats at home plate after the Gold medal game ending a stellar USA Softball career
• One of three girls on the team to compete in all 20 games ofthe summer, either as designated player or at third base.
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Hit .375 (3-for-8); scored four runs with a double and a homerun for five RBI
• World Cup Champion
Hit .538 (7-for-13) with two homeruns and eight RBI, scoring six runs
• Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
Hit a team-tying high .500 (17-34) average with 14 RBI and a team-high 6 doubles.
Scored 10 runs with two homeruns including one in the championship game to pad the lead to 3-0, a World Championship victory.
• World Cup Champion
Hit .353 (6-for-17) with a two home runs and 10 RBI
• Gold medalist at Pan Am qualifier in Guatemala City
• Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Hit .346 with five homeruns and 10 RBI
• Gold medalist at Pan American Games
Hit .320 with eight hits and nine RBI
• Member of U.S. Women’s Elite Team
Hit .560 with four doubles, four homeruns and 13 RBI at Canada Cup
• Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
Led the team with 10 hits, three homeruns and five runs scored
• Gold medalist at the Pan American Games
Led the team with 18 hits, three homeruns and 15RBI
At Palm Beach Community College
• Team won two NJCAA National Championships
• Two-time NJCAA first team All American
• Two-time NJCAA Player of the Year
• Member of NPF Akron Racers (2006)
• Member of NPF Champions, Akron Racers (2005)
• Played for WPSL Gold, professional team consisting of 2000 Olympians (2001)
• Played for the Akron Racers of WPSL (1999)
• WPSL League MVP while leading the Orlando Wahoos to the Championship (1998)