TJ Braff


All Your Favorites:

  • Food: Pasta
  • Movie: Remember the Titans
  • Movie Character: Leonardo DiCaprio; Catch Me If You Can
  • Book (Author):  Friday Night Lights (H.G. Bissinger)
  • Book Character (what book?):  Harry Potter
  • Show: Homeland
  • Type of Music: Country
  • Musical Artist or Band: Atmosphere
  • Song (Artist):  Two Coins (Dispatch)
  • Artist: Picasso
  • Painting: “Starry Night”
  • City (foreign or domestic): Palo Alto
  • State: Idaho
  • Country: USA
  • Place (anywhere): On any lake
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Activity: Working out
  • Hobby:  Playing any kind of sport
  • Board Game:  Monopoly
  • Monopoly Piece: Race car
  • Quote: “You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” Wayne Gretzky

Why did you choose Santa Clara?
I choose Santa Clara because of the coaches, facilities and location.  I wanted to go to school close to home and Santa Clara was a perfect match.

What draws you to baseball?  What is special about the college game?
I have always loved playing baseball ever since I was a little kid.  The team aspect as well as individual aspect of baseball is what draws me towards the game.  I have also learned that many of the lessons I have learned from baseball can also be applied to the real world.

Who is your favorite guy on the team to compete with? To compete against? Why?
I enjoy competing with CJ Jacobe because of his competitive spirit. I enjoy competing against Zach Loony because he always wants to beet you in everything.

Top 5 people, living or dead, to compete against? In what?

  • My brother (anything)
  • Hit off Justin Verlander
  • Lebron James (1-on-1)
  • Cover Calvin Johnson
  • Derek Jeter (ground balls)

5 people, living or dead, to have coffee with?

  • My mom
  • Vince Vaughn
  • Tom Brady
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Miguel Cabrera

What would you do with a billion dollars?
If I had a million dollars I would buy a lake house in Idaho and live life to the fullest.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
I want to still be playing baseball.

What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day starts with waking up and having a great breakfast. After a quick workout I would then come back home and hang out with my friends.  We would both play football or baseball and then watch a funny movie.

What’s the #1 item on your Bucket List?
Play in the big leagues


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