dr marten style boots Reds Caravan rolls in to Morehead
MOREHEAD With baseball season fast approaching, the Cincinnati Reds still found time in their busy schedule to come out and thank all their supports.
The Reds Caravan made the stop in Morehead last Thursday afternoon at Buffalo Wild Wings.
It was the first time the tour had made the stop in Morehead. Members of the local media and athletic community came out to meet members of the East Tour.
After introductions, members of the tour answered questions and signed autographs.
The tour consisted of manager Bryan Price, young pitchers Sal Romano and Cody Reed, minor league infielder Nick Senzel, former Reds player and Hall of Famer Tom Browning, Vice President and Senior Advisor Buddy Bell, Fox broadcaster Jeff Piecoro and even the team Mr. Red.
Price enters his fifth year as the Reds Manager after replacing Dusty Baker in 2013.
Price is 276 372 in his four seasons with the Reds. In his first year with the team the Reds had 76 wins but fell to 64 wins in 2015. They have since seen back to back seasons with 68 wins.
Price addressed the Q session with optimism.
“The future is a lot brighter and I think we should expect a much better performance as far as wins and losses go. I am very optimistic about where we are headed,” said Price.
The Reds will lean on young talent in their pitching line up to cut some of the losses in the upcoming season.
“We have to get into that expectation of winning. We have to stay away from the sags where we’ll lose two or three series in a row. A lot of that comes with starting pitching. If starting pitching keeps us in the game, we’ve got the back end bullpen to finish games, the line up that are going to score runs and the defensive club that I think is as good as any,” said Price.
Two of the pitchers who will be battling for a starting spot were among the tour members, Sal Romano and Cody Reed.
Romano started 16 games last season for the Reds. It was his first year in the majors. He went 5 8 with an ERA of 4.45.
Reed played his second year in the Majors and looks to improve upon his his career record of 1 8 with a 6.75 ERA.
During the Q session both players left a strong message for the high schoolers who dream of playing in the big leagues one day.
“Stay humble and second be a good teammate,” said Romano. “When you are pitching you want guys to want to be playing behind you and have you on the mound.”
Reed talked about his debut like it was just yesterday. He mentioned how he ignored the advice of Jay Bruce to cover the top tier of the stand with the brim of his hat. He said the key to making it there was having confidence.
“That’s something you need to bring to the field every day. You’re going to have a bad game or two game stretch. There’s always the next day, the next game. You can always bounce back. Never stop believing in yourself. Never give up on yourself,” said Reed.
Senzel agreed that the biggest hurdle is believing in yourself.
“High school is a weird time. You are still going through growing pains. You might not be as big or as strong as you’d like but always believe in yourself that you can do it.”
Senzel was No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft out the University of Tennessee. In the Minors last season he hit .321 and had a .391 on base percentage. He stole 14 bases and hit 14 home runs.