JockBio Vital Stats
  • San Francisco Giants • Pitcher • #75
  • Height: 6' 4"
• Weight: 215 • Born: 5/13/78
  • As part of a team ritual for rookies, Barry was forced to wear a wedding dress with the Oakland A’s. He admitted later he kind of liked it.
  • Before Barry notched his 200th strikeout in 2001, the only Oakland lefty to reach that plateau was Vida Blue. Barry’s 23 wins in 2002 were the most by an AL southpaw since Frank Viola won 24 in 1988.
  • In 2005, Barry gave up fewer hits than innings pitched in 14 consecutive starts.
  • Barry notched his 100th victory in August of 2006.
  • Barry was named to the AL All-Star team for the third time in 2006.
  • Between 2001 and 2006, no pitchers in the majors made more starts than Barry.
  • Barry’s first start against his former teammates in 2007 was a disaster. The Giants lost 15–3.
  • Barry made his first relief appearance in a 2007 game against the San Diego Padres.
  • Barry knocked in his first run as a major leaguer in a 2007 game against the Washington Nationals.
  • Barry did not miss a start in his career until 2008.
  • Barry grew up surrounded by musical instruments. As a boy he played everything from the valve trombone to the piano to the synthesizer.
  • Barry’s uncle is actor Patrick Duffy of Dallas fame.
  • Barry’s grandmother founded a church that preaches Metaphysical Christianity. The Teaching of the Inner Christ Church now has more than 50,000 followers.
  • Given the choice, Barry says he would prefer to play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix than pitch a perfect game. He has a mini-recording studio in his bedroom, and takes music lessons in the off-season.
  • One of Barry's biggest thrills was joining the Dave Matthews Band on-stage in Cincinnati for a rendition of "Crash into Me." Heather Mitts of the U.S. Soccer team sang vocals.
  • Barry says SpongeBob SquarePants is one of his favorite shows.
  • As of 2007, only five major leaguers had contracts with more guaranteed money than Barry’s—Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez, Todd Helton and Alfonso Soriano.
  • Barry played himself on a 2006 episode of Girlfriends.
  • Personal grooming has never been a strong point for the Oakland A’s, but Barry’s unkempt appearance once prompted GM Billy Beane to ask him if he combed his air with a rock.
  • Barry used to date Susie Mora, a member of Mexico’s Women’s World Cup squad.
  • Barry pitches and hits lefthanded, but he does most everything else righthanded.
  • Barry has appeared as a wooden soldier in the Oakland Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” He also did voiceover for the animated film Liberty Kids.

 


 

 

 


Vida Blue, 1975 SSPC

 

 

 


Jimi Hendrix, Vintage Album



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