The kind of guy you want on your team.
If I were buying a Reds jersey right now, it would be Frazier's (now that Rolen is no longer on the team).
Ha, just noticed Ted is wearing one wristband like Dusty. What an awesome opportunity the Reds are giving this young man. For some of the struggles he's likely had from having Downs, this is certainly great to see and keeps in perspective the value sports can bring to our culture.
Here's another one from last night:
PS LOVE his attitude towards the game too. I think his enthusiasm is highly infectious to his teammates as well, so it really helps the team. It's not easy staying highly focused and motivated over the big 162, so his kind of enthusiasm is a real plus IMO.
Pete is cheesy, but when Pete was a player he was all in all the time and pretty doggone honest with the media. Some of his quotes that people took as being competitive were flat-out greedy (ex: I want to be the first million dollar singles hitter). His quote about the Fisk game (paraphrase: That was the most fun I've ever had on a baseball diamond) were not politically correct.
Pete is the classic tragic hero. On the field he was everything I want my kids to be, off the field everything I loathe. And it is somehow intertwined. I used to love Pete, then I was very angry. Now he makes me sad.
To compare Todd's passion for the game, passion for winning and passion for life with Pete is all good, buy I hope the comparisons stop there. I do love watching Todd play the way I loved Pete, Davey C, Barry, Eric the Red, and The Kid play. All favorites of mine, along with DatDude.
Last night was my favorite moment in recent Reds history. Teddy's enthusiasm and smile were nothing short of powerful and moving. If the story of a season of baseball could be told through a scrapbook, and last night's magic would definitely need two pages.
Frazier's power continues to surprise me.