MIAMI — Rob Brantly arrived in Miami last August as the catcher of the future as part of the Omar Infante-Anibal Sanchez deal with the Detroit Tigers.
The 23-year-old hit .290 with eight doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs over 31 games. This year, he’s getting his first full season in the big leagues — batting .241 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs.
In the latest segment of Random Questions, we discuss fashion — credit Preston Wilson’s snazzy suspenders in New York — as well as his indescribable excitement for the latest Superman film.
Q: What item other than suspenders would you want to be purchasing [on your iPad] to make yourself super fashionable?
RB: I love ties. I’m obsessed with ties.
Q: Skinny ties, or?
RB: No, real ties. I have a couple of skinny ties. I tried them.
Q: How about bowties?
RB: I couldn’t do it.
Q: You’re not that adventurous?
RB: I guess there would have to be an event where bowties were necessary like a tuxedo or something, but even then I would probably go black tie.
Q: We previously talked about the new Superman. How excited are you for the movie this week?
RB: I can’t even tell you. Words cannot describe how excited I am to sit down and watch that movie not once — but twice — or maybe three times in the same day.
Q: You have a game the next day, but you could do the midnight screening…
RB: Midnight to 2 a.m. to as long as that thing will stay open.
Q: Did you ever dress up as Superman, or was that Batman?
RB: I dressed as them all for Halloween. All the superheroes.
Q: Were those the ones with the abs already built in?
RB: I was actually as a little kid in pretty good shape. I did OK back then with filling out my own uniform. I’ll have to get a photo of me at the beach as a little guy and just straight chesty.
Q: And you were wearing the bowtie, too.
RB: No bowtie. I did have the white zinc all over my nose because my mom was always afraid about getting burnt.
Q: What’s one of the best perks of being a Major Leaguer?
RB: Getting to play every day in the coolest environment there is to play baseball.
Q: Where’s the coolest place you’ve visited for baseball?
RB: Other than my home stadium, which I love playing at, when I got to play at the Padres’ stadium because I watched a lot of games with all my family there from San Diego. It was cool to have everyone there at the game that I was on the field for.
Q: There wasn’t PETCO when you were younger…
RB: It was Qualcomm [home of the San Diego Chargers].
Q: Were you a Chargers fan?
RB: No, I was actually a Rams fan growing up when they were the Los Angeles Rams.
Q: Who was your favorite player?
RB: Trent Green. The Bus was another one I liked. Jerome Bettis was another one that was really good.
Q: What’s been your favorite moment on the baseball diamond so far?
RB: Catching 20 innings and winning! That was awesome.