At 9:30 a.m. today, from a spot inside the Reds’ spring training clubhouse, Johnny Bench stood in full uniform and tingled many a spine.
The Hall of Fame catcher gave a rare and rousing motivational speech to a large gathering of Reds players, the coaching staff and other team officials.
You won’t be surprised to discover that Johnny Bench is one of my favorites. Well, more specifically, he’s my favorite Reds player ever, which might not be surprising since we all seem to lean toward our childhood favorites.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.