SBOTD Presents: Chad Durbin, Pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
Sports Babe of the Day: Chad Durbin, Pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
Although our next babe is happily married, it would be a shame if we didn’t feature him. You might have seen him on the pitcher’s mound if you ever went to a Major League Baseball game. Chad Griffin Durbin has played with many teams since he has signed as a free agent in 2006 with the Detroit Tigers. Aside from the Detroit Tigers, Durbin has appeared on the following MLB rosters: Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves. On January 28, 2013 the Philadelphia Phillies announced they had signed Durbin for a one year contract. The deal is pending a physical and Durbin would be used as a middle relief pitcher. Durbin is familiar with the Phillies as he was a key part in their bullpen during 2008 World Series. Now let’s get to know this babe!
21 Questions with Chad Durbin
1.If you could tell your fans any three things about you, what would you want them to know?
I think I’d tell them how grateful I am to the support they give. Basically, I’m with a different team almost every year…so, to get some support is much appreciated. The second thing I’d express is how much it means to me to pass the knowledge and experience I’ve gained through the years to the players I share a clubhouse with each year. It’s important to young players to learn through their own success and failure, but it’s also important to learn through other’s successes and failures. Lastly, I hope to play a role in baseball when the day comes that I decide to retire. I’m not sure what that role will be, yet, but the game has given me and my family so much…I feel I’ll give back in some capacity.
2.What sports did you play growing up and why did you choose baseball?
I played every sport possible growing up. Once I reached high school, we limited it to baseball and basketball. Baseball came extremly natural to me, but I probably learned more about discipline and hard work playing basketball. The coaches I had were a huge influence on me and I am a product of all of their time and effort.
3.When you were young and first learning to play baseball, what made you fall in love with America’s favorite pastime?
I grew up, until we moved to Louisiana at 12 years old, about an hour out of Chicago. I would come home from grade school and watch the Cubs games. Ryne Sandberg was my favorite player and I loved to listen to Harry Carey and Steve Stone announce the games.
4. What baseball player did you look up to growing up?
Ryne Sandberg, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, and Will Clark were four of my favorites.
5. What are some of the obstacles you overcame to get where you are today?
Some of the obstacles I overcame were mental and injury based. Mentally, I failed miserably in my first couple call ups to the big leagues. I became gunshy of throwing strikes and ended up back in the minors several times. Once I started to throw the ball over the plate, I was excited about where my career was headed…only to tear my UCL in my right elbow in 2002. Recovering from Tommy John surgery was a difficult, but maturing, process. I was a much better pitcher, teammate, and friend as a result of stepping away from the game for that period of time.
6.Do you have any crazy pre-game ritual?
There’s nothing crazy about my pregame ritual. I get ready nearly the same way every game…because I have to assume I’ll be in every game we play.
7.Do you have a quote or motto you live by?
I really enjoy quotes as motivation and others who have been through trials have great points of view. I tend to stay simple with a “motto” or “mantra” in that I think you’ll get out of it what you put in it. I think that goes for anything you’re doing.
8.If you were not a professional athlete, what would you want to be doing?
When I came out of high school, I was thinking about a degree in engineering. Life has steered me in different directions since. I would like to stay a part of sports in one way or another. I also have a passion for wealth management and advising wealthy individuals and families as they prepare for retirement and life.
9.What is your favorite twitter account to follow – sports or non-sports related?
I’m ecclectic in whom I follow. I don’t currently have a twitter account, but I enjoyed it when I had it. Athletes are entertaining, but I tend to follow technology based individuals or companies as well as financial influencers.
10.If you could spend one day with anyone in the world – dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I sat and thought about this, I’d probably have a long list for you. Jesus Christ would be first on the list and whatever he wanted to do would be fine by me.
11.If you could be a fly on the wall in any sports locker room, which locker room would it be in and why?
I’d enjoy being in any major championship winner’s clubhouse post-clinching win. I’d like to watch how different teams and sports celebrate the highest victory in their sport.
12.If you could go back and attend any sporting event game ever, which would it be and why?
I never saw Michael Jordan play live. I would want to see him play in the early 90’s…or, even better, see him and the “Dream Team” win gold.
13.What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?
The advice I’d give myself at 15 years old would be to enjoy every day and breathe it in, defeat or victory. The hard work pays off, and the joy is in the journey. AND, if it’s not going to be important 5 years from now…it’s not that important.
14.What is your most memorable moment as a professional athlete?
Winning the World Series in 2008 with the Phillies.
15.Up until this point, what is your proudest achievement in both your career and personal life?
My proudest achievements in my personal life have been getting married and the birth of my two boys. On the field, I was extremely proud of coming back from a terrible 2011 and an awful start to 2012. The hardest thing for us to do sometimes, as athletes, is to stay in the moment and stick the process that works for that moment. I tried not to look at a statistic for a couple months.
16.What is the most played song on your iPod?
I wore out Mumford & Sons at the end of last year.
17.What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movies rotate in and out…the floating 4 are Gladiator, Braveheart, Shawshank Redemption and Tombstone.
18. For all our female readers, are you single or taken and what do you look for in a girl?
I’m married and she’s a great wife and mother. What I looked for in a girl was someone strong, motivated, caring, and prettier on the inside than the outside. Someone who will stand her ground and independent enough that they could walk away if things weren’t up to par. Must love sports to some degree, too!! Haha
19.What is your idea of a perfect date?
I like good food and a sporting event or movie. Ideally, going to the sporting event first works better for me. Then, after the game…find a good place to sit down to a great menu and good bottle of wine or drinks.
20.How do you want to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as someone who was reliable on the field and a good teammate off and on the field. I’ve been blessed to play as long as I have and with the men I’ve played with so far.
21.Who do you want to see featured on Sports Babe of the Day?
Ooooh, this is a tough one. Female athletes are awesome. Lolo Jones is a friend and an amazing athlete. She’s also a wonderful person. Alex Morgan also brought good attention to female soccer in the past year or so, which is a great thing.
How perfect is Chad? Yes, we all may be disappointed he is taken and can all agree his wife, Crystal, is definitely a very lucky woman, but that does not mean we cannot appreciate Chad for the person and athlete he is. Chad’s a loving family man, who is extremely grateful for the opportunities he has been given in his life, down to earth, undeniably good looking and talented. We wish Chad best of luck this season with the Philadelphia Phillies and hope he gets his twitter back so we can keep up with him.
(Feature and Interview by Paulina Strzelec, @PaulinaElvira on Twitter)
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)