I know we were all aware of Pokey Reese's poor upbringing and I also seem to recall his fiancee dying in a car accident when he was in the minors, but does anyone else recall the other incident from this article? I sure don't.
Perhaps if some of this had been made more public, Reds fans might have had a slightly different outlook on Pokey's various adventures in Red. I'm not suggesting that past trauma excuses loafing on a major-league baseball diamond when you're paying someone millions to play a kids' game, but still. Fans in Cincinnati detested Reese by the end of the 2001 season. Just hated his guts mercilessly.