PressBox caught up with Orioles closer Zach Britton.
Who was your favorite athlete when you were a kid?
Zach Britton: I enjoyed watching Tom Glavine pitch. A [fellow] left-handed pitcher, and the Braves were my favorite team.
If you weren't playing baseball, what would you be doing for a living?
ZB: It's hard to say. I feel like there'd have been a lot of things I'd have done differently. I was focused on baseball from such a young age. My dad builds homes, so maybe something like that. My brother's a police officer, so there's so many paths I could've taken.
What is your all-time favorite movie?
ZB: So many good baseball movies, but "The Sandlot" was one I really liked when I was coming up.
What's your favorite thing about Baltimore?
ZB: I enjoy the people around the area. Growing up on the West Coast, it's just a different feel from out there. The people here have been great, and it's felt like a second home because I've played for all the minor league affiliates in Maryland.
What's your favorite thing to do during the offseason?
ZB: I have two young kids now, so basically being at home and being a dad.
What's your favorite "cheat" food?
ZB: My kid's cereal. Every now and then we give him French Toast Crunch, and I find myself eating it when it's supposed to be for him. That's one of the perks of having a young kid.
Do you have any hidden talents?
ZB: I've always been a semi-good drawer. I haven't really done it much, but I've always enjoyed doing it when I've had some spare time.
What's the best advice you were ever given?
ZB: I can't remember the guy's name, but when I was in the minors he came in and talked to us about how hard it is to get drafted, how hard it is to get to the big leagues, and to never take the opportunity for granted. Especially being in the big leagues for a while now, you can take it for granted because you don't realize that the average career is really short. "Enjoy it while you're in it but never take it for granted" was good advice I got and it kind of stuck with me when I was at a young age.
What's something that everyone's obsessed with but you just don't get?
ZB: I would say reality TV shows. My wife will watch some of these shows, like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," and I just don't get how people get into it. There are even some guys [on the team] who watch shows like "The Bachelor." I just don't get the hype with reality TV shows.
What is the most annoying or dumbest question you've ever been asked by a member of the media?
Our media's been pretty good here. I think after one of my first blown saves in 2014, it was obviously a brutal loss, and somebody came up to me and said, "So, how do you feel?" "Oh, I feel awesome." I always tell [media members] to bring something better to the table than the "how do you feel?" question after a bad game. It gets under my skin. After a good game, you don't care if they ask it.
Issue 235: July 2017