Spent a wonderful afternoon n Sarasota Sunday watching the Reds and D-Rays...weather was absolutely perfect...75, Sunny a slight breeze. Bought my bleecher ticket and ended up next to a Rays fan and we shared insights into our favorite teams.
While its way to early in the spring to give real good reports on guys - a couple tings I did notice:
1) Kearns is a differnt guy. I couldn't believe it. I saw him in his exile to AAA last year when he came to Buffalo...he looks 30 lbs lighter and quick as well.
2) Bubba Nelson got pounded, but its not awful for this reason...when I last saw him pitch a AAA, he was afraid to go after hitters. He seemed more confident now, as he was definitely throwing strikes. Still, the result was awful.
3) Edwin E looks great already, terrific swing and made a great play early in the game in the field.
4) Womack is the 2b, you can just see it. And he still sucks.
5) Tuffy RHodes really smacked a ball as a pinch hitter. Jacob Cruz had good abs as well when he came in for Dunn.
6) Dumatrait was solid in the first then couldnt find the zone in the second. Was pulled after that.
7) The Reds didnt hit until late in the game, lead by Cruz, Edwin, Tuffy...
8) Upton looked fantastic for the Rays...made an absolute spectacular play at SS.
9) Edwin Jackson for the Rays looked very solid in his 2 innings. Kept the Reds hitters off balance.
10) I cant imagine a better way to spend a sunday in early march.