Tuesday was an exciting day at Reds spring training. The full squad reported including Jay Bruce who was nearly traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Bruce told me he didn’t fear a trade saying “I love change, I think going status-quo is the most inhibiting thing you can possibly kind of take in as a person if there does come a time to change (teams) I welcome the opportunity”.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips who was also the center of trade talks this off season seemed very happy to still be playing for Cincinnati saying “It feels good just to be here and put on this Reds jersey that I really love I’m just happy to be here”
Manager Bryan Price says he expects Homer Bailey to be back in the starting rotation by early May. I asked Homer what it’s like to be the veteran among so many young pitcher and his response was “there goes the neighborhood”. Homer is always good for a laugh.
Joey Votto also sat down to talk and was just as funny as Bailey. I said to the Reds first baseman, “a lot of new young blood in here, you were young once, what’s that like?”. His response, “I still am young, single, no kids, good looking”. Votto said he is not happy so many of his friends and teammates were traded away, but hopes it’s the start of something good. Votto also said he expects to win now, we’ll see about that.
On a personal note, I had Chinese for lunch and my fortune cookie, had no fortune in it, not really sure how to take that!