One of the Tigers Top catching prospects Bryan Holaday, took the time to answer some questions for our readers of the Country Strong Tigers. Here are the questions with Bryan’s answers applied:
Q: What’s the one thing you have to have on long road trips?
A: I have to have my iPad and headphones. I need to have my movies and games.
Q: Any Pre-Game superstitions?
A: I wouldn’t define it as superstition as much as a routine, but basically I try to repeat every step I take every day. That ranges from swings in the cages before batting practice to my coffee with 2 sweet-n-low before the game.
Q: Who was the person you looked up to growing up?
A: The person I look up to the most is my older brother Bobby. He has helped shape me into the person I am today.
Q: Who influenced you as far as playing the game of baseball?
A: There were really a lot of people who have had a hand in influencing me as I was growing up. If I had to narrow down the list it would be: My brother Bobby, My Dad, Chad “Gator” Haag (my hitting coach since I was 13), Cade Griffis, and my high school coach David Shepherd.
Q: What made you choose TCU (Texas Christian University) as your college of choice?
A: Academics: They have a highly respectable business school with a great student to teacher ratio and it was close to home.
Q: How did it feel to play in the College World Series?
A: It is tough to describe because I have not experienced anything else like it. It was truly amazing on the field and off. The City of Omaha is fantastic and the people there were great.
Q: Favorite Pro sports teams? (NBA,NFL,MLB etc.)
A: Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars
Q: Favorite player growing up?
A: Chipper Jones.
Q: Do you play any type of video games? If so, what kind of system?
A: I play FIFA a lot and Call of Duty but that’s about it. And it’s definitely PS3.
Q: Favorite hobby to do in your spare time?
A: Golf. I love getting out enjoying nature and competing with the guys. It’s a tough and expensive hobby but I really enjoy it.
Q: Why did you choose the number you chose, any special reason or was it just given to you?
A: No special reason behind it, it was given to me. My favorite number is 16 and for no reason really I just think it looks right on me.
Q: Best manager you have ever played for throughout your career?
A: So far I’ve only played for two Andy Barkett and Chris Cron and they were both great managers and I have a lot of respect for them.
Q: Best player you have played with or against?
A: I’ve played with a lot of really good ones but if I had to choose a best it’d be Clayton Kershaw. I played with him on a team called DBAT.
Q: If you could have gone pro or played any other sport besides baseball, what would it have been and why?
A: Golf. I really love how mentally tough you have to be to play the sport and how it is such a simple game but unique and challenging.
Q: Best/worst parks to play in? (or cities to travel to)
A: So far the best for me was Reading Phillies and the worst was Binghamton Mets.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
A: In 20 years I see my self enjoying life on a golf course with my wife and a few kids. Hopefully I will have played in the big leagues so I can accomplish that.
But if I have to work then I would want to be a manager or have a front office job with a MLB team.
I’d like to personally thank Bryan for taking the time out of his busy baseball schedule to do this interview for our readers of the Country Strong Tigers. The writers and readers of the CST appreciate and thank you as well. Hope to see you putting down the signs for the Tigers pitching staff in the near future.
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