Meet The Cardinal: Caitlin Breen

April 22, 2010

Each week will feature a Q&A with a different member of the 2010 Stanford Softball team. This week get to know freshman Caitlin Breen.

Nickname: Breenie, CB, Jelly Breen
My goals for this season are: To go to the College World Series in Oklahoma City and win and to make a significant impact on the program
A moment in my life I will always remember: The phone call I got from Coach Ford saying I got into Stanford
The most noteworthy thing about my hometown: It is home to the one and only Pez Museum
Talent I would most like to have: To be able to fly or to be taller
My parents’ occupations are: My dad is a PharmD and my mom is a teacher
Favorite napping spot: Pretty much anywhere
The perfect meal includes: Sushi, anything with peanut butter, and/or frozen yogurt
My favorite thing about our team is: Our chemistry and how much we laugh on and off the field
The furthest from home I have ever been is: The Bahamas
The first sport I ever played was: Gymnastics or Swimming
The person I would most like to meet is: John F. Kennedy and Lou Arnold (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player (The movie A League of Their Own was based on this))
Superstitions/pregame rituals: Lucky headbands, and putting my batting gloves, elbow guard, and helmet on in the same order when I'm on a hitting streak
When I leave Stanford, I want to: Go to a prestigious medical school, become a pediatric cardiologist or cardiac surgeon, and have a family
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: How to speed-bike, eat on the run, nap at any time of the day, and to survive off of Power Bars, fruit and peanut butter during the day
My sports hero growing up was: Mia Hamm, JT Snow, and Amanda Freed
My earliest sports memory is: Competing in my first swim meet when I was 5 against 7 and 8 year olds
I collect: Bracelets, movie ticket stubs, pictures, and mementos from memorable trips
In my off-time, I’m most likely to be found: Outside either running, at the beach, or playing some other sport and always with friends
Something people would be surprised to know about me: I have 3 scars surrounding my right eye. One from a softball injury, one from a soccer injury, and one from getting something removed when I was 7
The best thing about Stanford is: The helpful learning environment, encouraging all students to succeed and the friends and teammates who are the best support system and amazing people to have a good time with
The biggest thrill of my life to date: Getting into Stanford or beating my high school team's rivals in softball for the first time in over 6 years in the last league game in order to make the playoffs my Senior year
Least Favorite Food: Mayonnaise
My favorite movie: You've Got Mail, The Holiday, all the Harry Potters, and Disney movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast
My favorite TV show: Brothers and Sisters
Ten years from now I hope to be: Finished with my residency and starting to practice as a pediatric cardiologist (unfortunately, I might still be doing my residency since I have 7.5 years of schooling left before that even begins)
One wish I would make for the 21st century: That inter-country relations worldwide can be peaceful and that hunger across the globe is stifled
If I had to cook all of my meals, I’d probably survive on: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
Sports teams I followed when I was younger: The Giants, Stanford basketball, soccer, and softball, and the Red Sox
The place I’d most like to visit: The Mediterranean, Spain, Italy, and the moon
I’m afraid of: Failure
Over the summer, I: Went to Disneyland on a senior trip with my best friends, played softball, worked out, and gave pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons to girls ages 7-12
Hidden talent: I can still do back handsprings and walk on my hands
My favorite place that I ever visited is: Hawai’i and the beaches on Coronado Island
My favorite place on the Stanford campus is: The Oval and the top of the Dish where you can see all of the Bay Area
My favorite class at Stanford has been: The Science of Sports
My primary inspiration in sports is: My parents and my own will to succeed
I’m most thankful for: My parents, extended family, and friends who got me where I am today
Best book I have ever read: The Book Thief, The Root Cellar, East of Eden, and Harry Potter
My parents were right when they told me: Dream the impossible
The best advice I ever received was: Have confidence in all aspects of life and have a positive attitude, because when you do, things will fall into place for you
After my Stanford career is over, I’d like to be remembered as: a good teammate, a hard worker, and an impacting player in the Stanford softball program
The reason I chose Stanford University is: The unbeatable combination of the best academics and athletic programs in the nation and it is close enough to home for my family and friends to be able to come out to the games
My favorite thing to do on campus is: Play sports and tan on Wilbur field
I would love to trade places for a day with: President Obama; running the country for a day would be a thrill
My funniest teammate is: Maya Burns
The sport I am the worst at is: Tennis
My favorite softball memory is: The entire summer after my sophomore year with my San Jose Sting team
Favorite midnight snack: peanut butter and bananas
Stanford softball will be fun to watch this year because: We have a lot of extremely talented players from all walks of life, but we gel on the field and off of it we are like sisters
Favorite city: Coronado, Calif.

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