D-Backs infielder Ryan Roberts tells Too on One about his collection of tattoos.
Page Too: How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
Ryan Roberts: I was 18. It was a cross with a crown of thorns.
PT: Was it something you always wanted to do?
RR: No, not really. I never really thought about it, and then right before I got it I started thinking about it. I got one, and that was going to be it. Then I ended up getting one here, two there, two here, and before you know it I was where I am now.
PT: Is there one that means the most?
RR: Pretty much all of them mean something. I never went in and picked something off the wall. They’ve all been drawn up and customized how I wanted them to be. They all took time and thought, and I couldn’t pinpoint one as my favorite.
PT: Did your friends or family have tattoos before you started getting them?
RR: At the time, no. None of my friends did and my parents didn’t. Then I started getting a bunch of them, and now my mom has two, my dad has one and my wife has a few. I think it rubbed off.
PT: Were they ever against you getting them?
RR: At first my mom was. I was 18 and they were supporting me, and they were giving me money to eat and I’m trying to save it to get tattoos. They didn’t like that a whole lot. When I started paying for my own stuff, they really couldn’t say a lot and they started dealing with it. The more they realized that I was getting them for certain reasons instead of just filling up tattoos, then they slowly evolved into liking them.
Up close and personal
Favorite movie: “Boondock Saints”
Favorite TV show: “Dexter”
Last book read: ”Baby Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy
Car you drive: Lexus GS300 and an Escalade
Song you’d sing on “American Idol”: ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”
Worst habit: Dipping tobacco
Ringtone: Standard ring
Favorite childhood toy: A red motorcycle
First job: I sacked groceries at Winn-Dixie
What would you have for your last meal? Steak and chicken fajitas with black beans and rice
Best sports movie: ”Legend of Bagger Vance”
Something about you that would surprise people: I’m a lot nicer than people would expect.
Person you’d want to switch places with for a day: A big-time architect who built a skyscraper
Favorite athlete in another sport: Allen Iverson
Favorite city to visit: L.A.
Reality TV show you’d like to be on: None. Can’t stand that.
Favorite fast-food restaurant and item: Jack in the Box tacos
Your hero: My parents
Bucket list: I’d like to do more traveling outside the U.S., own a Bentley GT Continental, go to culinary school and be around long enough to see my kids get married.