November 2, 2007
Wherever he has played Eric Byrnes has become a fan favorite. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he seems to give everything he has on every play. What he lacks in ability he makes up for with intensity. A lot of players hide behind a stoic faÃ§ade and fans never really know what they may be feeling. Eric Byrnes is the diametric opposite of that definition. If he has a bad plate appearance you immediately know about it. He smacks himself on the head, kicks the dirt or somehow demonstrates his emotions. It is never in a way that demeans his teammates or the game. It appears to be just raw emotion. Since coming to the Arizona Diamondbacks Byrnes has endured himself to the fans at Chase Field. He is always good for an exciting play or a funny remark. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, in a game filled with millionaires and self-centered personalities Eric Byrnes is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.