One on One with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett
I think just being on a team and having a goal to win and watching everyone participate and come together from all over the world. To come together and have a common goal to win, that’s a lot of fun.
Did you play anything besides baseball growing up?
Yes, I played a lot of football and basketball from the age of four all the way to high school.
What kind of music do you like?
I grew up listening to country music but now I like to listen to just about everything. I like everything from classical to rap. I like it all.
What do you do in the offseason?
I like to do a little hunting and a little fishing and I like golf, whatever the weather permits, and hang out with my family.
Where do you live in the offseason?
I live in Atlanta GA
Whats the best and worst thing about this job?
It’s constant traveling , and you’re always away from home. It’s tough on families, on moms and dads, on marriages and its tough because you have to be away from them a lot.
Do you do anything special before a game?
Not really. Every time I catch I try to get with the pitcher before the game and come up with a strategy so that when we get in the game , we have less focus on what we’re going to do, and more on how we’re going to do it.
If you could change one thing in baseball what would it be?
The DH, I’m not a big fan of the DH.
If you had been stuck on an island, who would you choose to have with you?
My wife, because I love her.
If they made a movie about you who would you want to play you?
Brad Pitt, because he’s a pretty good actor and the ladies seem to like him a lot.
What is your most memorable clubhouse moment?
My first day in the big leagues. When I saw the big league jersey with my name on it in the locker for the first time, it was the best thing ever.
Name someone you would like to meet…
President Bush. I have a great deal of respect for him and he is the President and I just think he is the most powerful man in the world right now.
If you could take a vacation with any of these people, who would you pick? Leno, Letterman or Will Smith.
I’d say Letterman. He’s funny. I like Letterman a lot. I think he’s the funniest guy on tv right now.
Do you ever get tired of squatting?
Sometimes. We had a 15 inning game and by about the 13-14 inning your legs start to get tired and start to hurt a little bit and it’s tough to walk back to the dug out .
While catching, what is the funniest conversation you’ve had with a batter or umpire?
I always try to have fun with the umpires to keep things loose, as free up and as less tense as you can, so when the big play is on the line everyone is relaxed and he can make the right call.