We returned to Cobb Field at four in the morning from a long and hard 7-day road trip eagerly awaiting our day off. Scott Carroll’s host family had invited anyone on the team to come to their cabin on the Stillwater River for the day. Cabin is no way to describe this beautiful mountain home (picture attached). However, the house was destroyed in a wildfire last summer and construction on the new house is almost finished. Of the eight players that made the trip, only two other players and myself remembered sleeping bags, although none forgot their inner-tubes for floating the river (64 degrees that day).

On our way to the house, before we were out of cell phone range, one of the guys received a text message informing him of the coaching changes. We quickly started calling around to find out more concrete details. There was one clear feeling among all the guys I spoke with, “Thank God we won’t have team fundamentals at 2 anymore.” Basically, because we are in rookie ball, at the beginning of the season most teams have a lot of early work to learn the organization’s bunt plays, 1st-and-3rd defenses, etc. The only problem was we were 3/4 of the way through our schedule and we were still showing up at 2 pm everyday. On days when it is 103 degrees, our players were shot by the time our 7 pm games rolled around.

The timing of the firing is what makes me want to ask questions. I can see small stuff (like what I previously mentioned) that the organization might not have been happy with, but with only 15 games to go, I figured they just would not be asked back. In the end, the organization acted in the best interest of the players and organization. There was a completely different (and by different I mean upbeat and positive) attitude among the players the first day back from our day-off. Personally, as a pitcher trying to move up, who wouldn’t want the pitching coordinator to watch you throw everyday?

Sorry I couldn’t be more forthcoming, but I know about as much as the next guy. Enjoy the pictures.

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6 Responses

  1. JinAZ

    Thanks for the very interesting first-hand take on this move. It does sound like this was a good decision on the Reds’ part. -j

  2. Bill

    Sounds like something that should have been done long before now.

  3. ChicagoRedsFan

    Certainly sounds like the 2pm practices had moved well into the diminishing returns category.

  4. Vince

    😈 Matt, it’s nice to know that the education you got at Furman is being used. You’re not a bad writer. And now we know you take pictures too. Writer, Reporter & Photographer. Good luck the next two weeks.

  5. Mom

    Matt –
    Glad you were able to enjoy some beautiful scenic moments off the diamond in the state of Montana!
    Hope your last week there is truly enjoyable!
    😀