Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Matt Klinker announced his retirement recently.
He talked about his decision with a local reporter.
I have made no bones about admitting my prejudice for Matt over the years here on Redleg Nation. He’s a great guy, he has a great family (I’ve had the pleasure of meeting his parents and his sister, all who are wonderful folks) and he’s become a good friend. Read the article and you’ll see what a bright, funny guy he is. I always knew he wasn’t going to be a great player in the bigs, but I hoped that he’d get a chance…a cup of coffee…an opportunity for him, and his friends and family to celebrate all the hard work he’d put in.
I really believe he would have gotten the call at some point last year, but due to the rib injury and ineffectiveness from it, that didn’t happen. He went to Venezuela over the winter and threw well, even pitching in their championship series (after being picked up by 2 playoff teams). But, he then decided it was time to move on with his life.
Matt, thanks for everything you did for and gave to Redleg Nation over your career. We enjoyed your reports, the pictures, your insight, and your friendship.
I’ll miss checking the box scores or listening/watching online on the nights Matt threw, pulling hard for him on every pitch. He’s a true class act, something I believe there are much too few of in professional sports.
But most of all, I wish him success in his future endeavors. I’m sure the rest of the Nation feels the same way.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.