DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team will face off against Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., May 5, at 5 p.m. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior Ryan Munger to learn more about The Woodlands, Texas native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Ryan Munger: My proudest moment would probably be beating Georgia Tech this year, two out of three. I really enjoyed being able to work with the pitching staff and limiting such a potent offense to so few runs that weekend was really exciting. It was just a good overall team experience and a good series win.
GoDuke.com: What is the most misunderstood thing about baseball?
RM: Just how physically demanding the whole season is. A lot of people think that baseball is easy, you just stand around for nine innings and it doesn’t take much. The physical and mental grind of a whole season, the total wear that it takes on you.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite part about being a Duke student-athlete?
RM: Just getting to know the Duke athletic community. I have gotten to form really good bonds with my teammates and I have been lucky to form some friendships outside of my own team. I have really enjoyed that part.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class that you have taken at Duke?
RM: I will say sports media with Johnny Moore. I had a lot of fun in that class. We just talked about the world of college sports works and all of that kind of stuff. I really enjoyed that class and really enjoyed Professor Moore.
GoDuke.com: What has been your most challenging class at Duke?
RM: The most challenging would definitely be my senior capstone. Having to write a 25-page paper is not easy. I enjoyed that class, because I liked the professor. No part of that paper was enjoyable.
GoDuke.com: Tell us about a time when you first started playing baseball.
RM: I started playing baseball when I was about four. Everybody in my family played baseball. My father played baseball, my grandfather played baseball, my great uncle played in the big leagues. My little brother played after me. It was kind of assumed that I would play baseball. My dad had me watching from a young age and had me collecting baseball cards.
GoDuke.com: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
RM: I would say my father has been my mentor. My father, I think, has raised me as best he could and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. He has helped me in the baseball world and academically. I have been blessed with the way my father has raised me and I wouldn’t change anything about that.
GoDuke.com: Was there a team or player you grew up watching as a child?
RM: I grew up a fan of watching Craig Biggio. I grew up in Houston, so watching the Astros. Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman were the two guys that I followed the most. Now, I watch a lot of Paul Goldschmidt, the first basemen for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I kind of grew up around him, he is from my area. I enjoy watching guys I know play now.