The Tigers 6’8″ lefty pitching prospect Brian Flynn was nice enough to take some time to answer a few questions about various subjects for CST. Here are the questions with Brian’s answers applied:
Q: What’s the one thing you have to have on long road trips?
A: Definitely music. I also received a Nook for Christmas this year so I will be doing a lot of reading on bus trips to games this year.
Q: Any Pre-Game superstitions?
A: Nothing really crazy. I always put on and lace up my left cleat first. I always eat either Subway or chinese food before a start. When its possible I always try to give the ball I warm up with in the bullpen to a young kid in the stands on my walk to the dugout.
Q: Who the person you looked up too growing up?
A: I looked up to my mom the most when I was growing up and still to this day. She always did everything she could to help me be successful in life. I definitely wasn’t the easiest child to raise and she made sure I grew up to be a good person. I feel like everything I am enjoying right now is repaying her for all the years of pitching lessons and gas she paid for to help me hone my baseball skills.
Q: Who influenced you as far as playing the game of baseball?
A: My father. My dad was my coach from ages 4-8 and even back then we shared the mutual goal that I would play in the big leagues. He passed away when I was 8 years old so everything I have done in baseball since then has been for and because of him. He is the reason I compete and strive to be the best i can be. Between my inspired play because of him and the motivation I have from my mom, I had/have more than enough influence from my family and everything I do on the field is to make them proud and achieve our goals.
Q: Why did you choose the number you chose, any special reason or was it just given to you?
A: I have never had a consistent number. In high school #32 was my only option because it was the only jersey that would fit me. When I got to college #32 was already taken so i went with the next closest available in #35. #43 was assigned to me when I showed up at West Michigan and I had a pretty successful year with that so if I had the choice I’d probably stick with #43. But I am not picky, I will take whatever is assigned to me and make it my own.
Q: Best manager you have ever played for throughout your career?
A: That would be my High School coach Larry Turner. He helped me grow up a lot in my younger days and took me under his wing. I learned how to play the game the right way in my days at Owasso and the program that he has built there speaks for itself. Their consistency speaks volumes about his skills as a coach/game manager.
If we are talking about “manager” and “career” in terms of pro ball then thats a no brainer… Ernie Young, he is the only one I have played for so far. Haha.
Q: Best player you have played with or against?
A: My usual answer for this is Pete Kozma, he was the Cardinals 1st round pick in 2007 and my high school shortstop. He was just a stud all around athlete and he made his big league debut this year. Now, I might actually have to adjust that to say Castellanos. It seemed like there was a month or two stretch there in West Michigan where he just forgot how to get out. He is an extremely talented pure hitter.
Q: If you could have gone pro or played any other sport besides baseball, what would it have been and why?
A: That is a tough one. Baseball has always been my sport and it was always obvious that it would be my main calling. With that in mind if I could somehow get a different set of genetics I would love to be an offensive lineman in the NFL. Playing in front of those crowds, getting all that gear, and crushing as many buffets as you want sounds like a pretty good gig to me.
Q: Best/worst parks to play in? (or cities to travel to)
A: I’d definitely have to go with Beloit, WI. That was a rough place to play. Tiny dugouts, no crowd, rough clubhouse, and the hotel location wasn’t ideal to say the least. That being said, their pre game spread was very good and its hard to complain about fickle things like that when you are playing baseball for a living.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
A: In 20 years I would like to be opening my own small business. Either a restaurant or a bicycle shop. Something that I can control my own working hours so that I can spend as much time with my family as possible and still keep myself busy. This coming of course after a long successful career in the big leagues. But mostly relaxing, enjoying my family time, and doing a lot of traveling.
Thanks for your time again Brian, hope to see you wearing the Olde English D one day.
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