This piece by Zach Buchanan in the Enquirer makes me like Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, and Rookie Davis even more than I already did. And I was already a huge fan of Arroyo and Bailey.
That’s what led them to have a long conversation soon after pitchers and catchers reported in the middle of February. The 23-year-old Davis was riding the stationary bike in the gym. The 40-year-old Arroyo wandered in to say hello.
As the two conversed, Arroyo moved closer and closer, almost imperceptibly. It was his subconscious way of letting the young right-hander know he was invested in the conversation.
“People say great things about him, and you understand why now,” Davis said. “Whenever you talk to him, he makes you feel like you’re the only person (in the room). It’s awesome.”
Read the entire piece. Good stuff.
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