W Wants To Know: Lauren Gibson

Lauren Gibson, who was the 2013 SEC player of the year, is starting her third season with USA Softball. AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry

In “W Wants to Know,” espnW poses five questions to some of our favorite athletes. This week, U.S. softball star second baseman Lauren Gibson checks in and shares some of her secrets.

What do you need to consider your day complete? Dr. Pepper. It's just been one of my favorite drinks, and it's actually one of my biggest superstitions. Before games, I'll always drink a Dr. Pepper. I basically drink it all day, every day. It's like a huge joke because everyone knows I'm addicted.

What's one thing you will never do? Smoke weed or do any drugs. I care too much about my athletics, and I care too much about my grades and all that stuff. And I know I'm a role model for a bunch of girls. If I ever got caught doing drugs or anything, I could penalize their lives because I'm supposed to be a role model.

What song best describes your life? Waka Flocka Flame's "I Don't Really Care." It's not really my life, but I guess it's how I tried to play softball this year. The reason I chose it for my walk-out song was I felt like I was putting too much into softball, trying to make the results happen instead of just allowing the results to occur. I feel like it would remind me every time I get in the box, it's not a life or death situation. If I hit the run in then yay, and if not, I'll have another chance.

What is the one thing you really want to do off the field? Be able to influence a bunch of girls. One thing I want to do over summers is do camps and clinics and stuff like that. Any way possible that I can influence girls to follow their dreams, that's definitely what I would like to do. ... I looked up to a Crystl Bustos, a Lisa Fernandez and all those people, but you don't really think you're having that big an effect on people's lives until, like the other night, I went to a football field and there were a bunch of little girls that came over to me. One little girl almost started crying, and it's like, 'Wow, I really do have an influence on people's lives.” That's when it hits you that you might think you don't have an influence, but in real life, you can have a huge influence.

What is your biggest weakness? Perfectionism. I always try to be perfect at everything, and sometimes I think it comes back to bite me in the butt. When you expect perfection and you don't get it, and it's very unlikely to get, I kind of beat myself up sometimes. I feel like in some situations that hurts me more than it helps me.