Here at Redleg Nation, we’re very happy that the Reds are going to honor former shortstop Davey Concepcion by retiring his number 13 tonight.
Wasn’t Concepcion a fun player to watch? He was always one of my favorite Reds as a kid, and he remains one of my all-time favorites. It would be nice to have a shortstop of his caliber on today’s team.
As Reds fans, until the last couple of years, we’ve been really spoiled by the shortstop position. For three decades, the Reds had two shortstops — Concepcion and Barry Larkin, whose number needs to be retired next — who were widely considered elite players at that demanding position. Not many other organizations can claim that, at any position.
So congratulations to Davey Concepcion. He’s earned all the recognition he’s going to receive tonight. I look forward to watching the ceremony.
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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.
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