Posts like this one are why I think it’s great when a beat-writer takes blogging seriously — as Trent Rosencrans does. It’s a nice forum for little nuggets that won’t make it into the printed edition of the paper. Plus, we get anecdotes like this one:
Whatever happens the rest of the day, I’m good. It’s not every day you get a compliment on your baseball skills from a future Hall of Famer. Today I did.
While I was standing around while the players were warming up, a ball got past Ken Griffey Jr. and came to me. I bobbled the grounder, but I picked the ball up and threw it back.
After he caught it (and it was a strike, I must add), Junior just looked at me for a second.
“What?” I said.
“Nice overhand motion. I like it,” Junior responded.
“Hey man, I’m fundamentally sound,” I said.
And that was it. My dad will be very proud.
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.