You already know about The Legend of Scooter Gennett. Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free. Raised in the woods, so he knew every tree. Killed him a bear when he was only three.
No, wait. That’s a different legend.
The Legend of Scooter Gennett, about which you should be familiar by now, began taking shape on March 28, 2017, when the (then-)26 year-old second baseman was waived by the only professional team he’d ever known, the Milwaukee Brewers. He was claimed by his hometown team and made his Cincinnati debut less than a week later, when he entered the game in the 7th inning as a pinch-hitter. That first at-bat, he hit into a double play. Later, however, Scooter hit a two-run ninth-inning home run and was off to the races.
At the time, the acquisition of Gennett appeared to be a solid move by Reds general manager Dick Williams to shore up the bench with a somewhat-versatile and still young infielder who had been the starting second baseman for a division rival for parts of four seasons. Five months later, Scooter has presented the Reds with a conundrum they hadn’t anticipated.
Read the rest over at Cincinnati Magazine, then come back and tell me how wrong I am.
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.