1. How did you first get into baseball?
My mom told me that one time, when I was two or three, she put a ball on top of one of those vacuum cleaner hose extensions and gave me a toy bat, and I ran up and hit the ball off of the extension. I think she took that as a sign and signed me up for baseball whenever I was old enough to join a league.
2. What is your favorite aspect of the sport? Why?
That’s a tough question. I don’t think I have a specific aspect I like the most. I think what makes baseball so special are all of the different things that go into a game and how all of them matter just as much.
3. What is your proudest moment in baseball?
My proudest moment in baseball would have to be when I hit my first home run ever—over the fence—on my mom’s birthday when I was 9. I got the ball from one of my teammates’ dads and I wrote “Happy Birthday Mom!” on it, signed it and then gave it to her after the game.
4. Who do you look up to most? Why?
I look up to my parents a lot. Both of them have taught me a lot of valuable lessons and have worked really hard to allow me to have the opportunities that I have today. I’m probably going to send them my home run ball as a small showing of my gratitude.
5. How does it feel for you and the team to have such a dominating weekend performance?
It feels great, and knowing that we could respond after a tough loss like we did on Sunday is important. We knew that we [had] to start [the] game off quicker and be more aggressive, and we showed that we can. Having such a great weekend as a team is going to give us a lot more confidence, especially now that we’ve started conference play.
6. How did it feel to hit your first UR career home run?
It was awesome. As a team we’ve been hitting for a lot more power than we did last year, which was one of our main goals for the season. Joining the home run club and helping to continue to reach our goal was a lot of fun.
7. Would you rather go trick-or-treating with Robert De Niro or Eddie Murphy?
Definitely Eddie Murphy. I used to watch a lot of movies his growing up and still do, so I think going trick-or-treating with him would be hilarious. I would definitely dress up as Puss in Boots from “Shrek,” and he can dress up as Donkey. We’d make a good combo.
Eber is a member of the class of 2017.