D-backs starting pitcher Barry Enright was gracious enough to take some time out of his schedule to share with us his thoughts and opinions on a multitude of topics. Since becoming a Twitter regular last year, Barry has endeared himself to not only D-backs fans, but to the Twitter baseball community as a whole. His passion for both life and baseball is clearly evident for all of those who follow.
Andrew Ryan:What were your favorite sports to play growing up as a kid?
Barry Enright: Loved almost everything growing up. I played Soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf. Soccer turned into Football when I got to High school and football is one of the sports I miss most. Played four sports in High School. I'm a big believer in playing everything for as long as you can.
AR:Were there any family members or friends that were particularly instrumental in forming your love of sports?
BE: Everyone in my family has played their part. My dad (who past away when I was 13) played the biggest part as he coached all my sports growing up. If it wasn't for my mom staying committed to all my camps and my schooling along the way I wouldn't have had the opportunities that I did tho. Also my brothers, I would make them play with me everyday, sometimes I even make them play catch with me when I'm home to visit haha.
AR:What was your major at Pepperdine, and were you more of a stay-at-home studier or a partier?
BE: My major was Advertising with an emphasis on Business. I wasn't much of a partier. I came from a small Catholic High School and the transition in a 2,800 student body and Pepperdine wasn't too different. It made it easier to focus on school and especially Baseball.
AR: If you weren't a professional baseball player, what would you envision yourself doing?
BE: If I wasn't playing baseball I would probably be coaching or something along the lines of helping people. I love to teach and love to be able to make a positive influence on peoples, especially young kids lives.
AR: How would you describe your diet (the good, the bad and the ugly)?
BE: I try to do the best I can. Its hard sometimes after a game when you are hungry and there isn't much variety to eat. I try to "eat in" more often because I'm able to dictate what I'm making. When I eat out I eat tons of Sushi. Not always the best for you, but much better than most and it's my favorite!
AR: Favorite movies, TV shows?
BE: My favorite movie is "Boondock Saints" and I have a lot of guilty pleasures when it comes to T.V. Shows. Some embarrassing some not haha!
AR: What inspires you to strive for greatness in life?
BE: What helps me wake up and be motivated everyday is knowing I'm so blessed in getting to do something I love. With my dad passing away when I was 13 it showed me life and anything in life can be taken away from you at any moment. I try my best to never take anything for granted. God has blessed me and I do my best in glorifying him.
AR: You are a great addition to the Twitter nation, as it's so rare for a professional athlete to engage with fans the way you do (and seem to enjoy). Do you have any concerns with athletes giving real-time criticism of players in their own sport, or do you find the impromptu and candid expression a positive addition overall?
BE: When it comes to anything like that I'm a very positive person. I try not to bash other players because I know someday someone might not always agree with what I'm doing or have done. Some people might be different and that doesn't mean I agree with all that other players have done. I just like to "try" to keep most of that stuff to myself.
AR: Where do you call home now in the offseason? With the new Salt River Fields complex now complete, will that make it any more likely for you to be in the Phoenix area year-round?
BE: I actually just bought a home out in Chandler Az. I love it out here and hope to be a part of the Dbacks for a long long time. We need to bring another ring back to the desert and that starts with putting some wins together this year. I can't wait to see everyone out at the ballpark! It's almost here!!!