|Copyright 2006 Oshawa Dodgers
Ryan Crotin is back with the Dodgers after
playing the 2005 season in Germany. He
played with the team from 2002-2004 and
holds team records in many categories.
1. What was the first sport that you played?
2. At what age did you start playing baseball and at what level?
Age 9 - Tyke
3. What number do you wear and is there any significance to it?
13, Lucky 13
4. Day games or Night games and why?
Day games. Nothing like a ballgame on a sunny afternoon
5. What is the best present you have every received?
An autographed napkin by Joe Dimaggio
6. What is your favourite restaurant to eat at?
Teddys is my place hands down …the best deli in the GTA!
7. How do you want to be remembered when you leave the Dodgers?
A man dedicated in heart, body and mind to the greatest game on earth
8. If you could have dinner with three people, living or deceased, who
would they be?
My Opa, my grandfather and my grandma
9. What is your dream job outside of playing baseball?
Guiding baseball players around the globe in reaching their goals in the sport and
conducting baseball research for major league organizations
10. Do you have any superstitions?
I hop over the line coming into the firstbase dugout from the field and touch third
base going into the thirdbase side dugout.
11. Do you have any phobias?
Rollercoasters give me fear
12. What is your favourite television show?
Gotta love the Sopranos
13. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you
have with you?
A lawn chair, a pina colada and a cellular phone (in case someone wanted to
14. If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and why?
Michael Jordan's run with the Bulls…simply sensational
15. Do you have any bad habits?
Not at all…I have a well-balanced diet, train hard and read
16. Why should fans come out and watch the Oshawa Dodgers?
It's our year for success folks….and we are a much better looking bunch than the
17. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Trash talkers in the game…no need for it…good players let their bat and glove
speak on their behalf
18. Who have been the most influential people in your baseball career?
My mother introduced me to the game. Mike Hill was my first baseball coach and
bought every player on our team a pack of Opee-Chee Baseball Cards for each
game. I still remember the taste of the baseball bubble gum in every package.
Sugary cardboard flavour…yummy.
19. What should younger players in the game do to keep improving to get
to the next level?
Athletes Made in Canada (athletesmadeincanada.ca)
20. What are your baseball/career goals?
To give back every bit of the experience, passion and education that I have
received from the game to help our youth reach their goals and dreams in baseball
21. Detail three Career Highlights:
Playing professional baseball in Australia and Germany; Representing Ontario at
the Canadians with the East York Bulldogs in 2000; and being named to the First
Team All Region Squad (NCAAII North Atlantic Region) in 2004.
22. How do you spend your time when you are not playing baseball?
High intensity strength and conditioning, learning exercise and sport science,
23. What other sports did you play growing up or are still playing?
Basketball and Volleyball
24. What was it like playing baseball professionally in Australia and
Germany and how does it differ from playing baseball in Canada?
You receive an international perspective on the sport both in playing and
coaching. You have a chance to meet many new people and expand your
cultural awareness as well.
25. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go back to Sweden, or Norway if the summer lasted longer than 7
weeks. Scandinavian countries offer interesting nightlife, tourist sites and
26. Tell us about the new business you are starting.
Athletes Made in Canada is a sports firm that is the first of its kind. We cover all
the bases and guide athletes and coaches together through athletic development,
skill development, collegiate development and professional development. We even
have our own clothing line…designed by a baseball player for baseball players.
27. You are known for having a tremendous work ethic, what motivates
you to work so hard?
My mentality and perception of life drives my work ethic each and everyday. I
think that if I am not aiming to do something better than the day before in baseball
and in life then I am wasting my time on this earth. We have one chance at life,
live every second with a purpose in mind.
28. What is your most memorable moment as an Oshawa Dodger to date?
Becoming the first Dodger to hit for the cycle in the history of the franchise was
special, but hitting two homeruns, a triple and scoring the winning run with my
sister on hand to watch the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2003 takes
the cake. My sister attends a baseball game once every 6 years. Every player
loves family support.