Man, all i can say is if u could meet my family, you could pretty much tell how i am. I grew up not knowing my father, so everyone is on my mom's side. When i was young i stayed with my grandma and she and my grandpa where the ones that got me into baseball 'cause they loved the A's. My whole family did. When i was i kid i can remember being around the T.V watching Dave Stewart on the mound. My mom was a really good softball player. i loved that she took me to the park to watch her play. My uncles and my aunt played basketball and were all very good in their days. For the holidays, when we are all together, we play hoops and fight with each other while my grandma tells us to shut up. I think for me thats where i got my love for the game. i remember they would all be hard on me and i couldn't understand. But now it's a good thing cause i'm very hard on myself. My family til this day says, "Man, Chipper be killin u," and i say "man he kills everybody, but we won." Or they say, "Man, if don't pitch to Barry, i'm going." You have to be tough to make it in my family but in the end they are proud of me and i'm proud of them.