From Joey Votto:
"I'm not going to say where I should be, that's embarrassing and out of respect for my teammates, that's not how you go about your business," Votto said. "I'm going to enjoy it while I'm here and play hard. I'm swinging well, working hard, sticking around the cages."
From Brandon Phillips:
"I'm happy where I am, I've got a job, that's all I've got to say," said Phillips, who was acquired in a trade with the Indians early last season. "I want to be here long-term and stay here for the rest of my career. I love (manager) Jerry (Narron), I love (general manager) Wayne (Krivsky). I love the Reds. I'm not mad at nobody, I have no reason to be."
A funny from Paul Wilson:
"I'm sure there are other ways to figure that out other than getting my (rear) kicked, but, you know, I told the guy earlier I'd normally come in and be destroying this clubhouse. But I'm figuring it out."
"I love (baseball) too much (to quit). I love it," Wilson said. "It's the only thing I know how to do well. It shouldn't define who we are as people, but it does. It shouldn't make me a winner or loser because I play baseball. I do play baseball, but deep down it does."
Matt Belisle on Paul Wilson:
"Nobody works harder and he's as competitive as anybody. Those are two qualities you have to have," said Reds right-hander Matt Belisle, one of the other pitchers vying for the fifth spot in the rotation with Wilson. "He does it with class; it's a good thing to see. If you have trouble keeping yourself in check, you just look at him and see how you should be getting after it. It's great to be around the guy."
And the best exchange of the Spring yet:
Hamilton starts out with a clout
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Post staff reporter
Zoom AL BEHRMAN/Associated Press
The Reds' Josh Hamilton gets a base hit in the sixth inning Thursday afternoon.
BRADENTON, Fla. - With the wind blowing out of the Pirates' spring training home of McKechnie Field, Pittsburgh's Luis Matos hit two home runs and Andrew McCuthen hit another in the first four innings of the Reds' 9-7 victory on Thursday.
In the dugout, Reds catcher David Ross observed to outfielder Josh Hamilton that two of the Reds' home runs - by Adam Dunn and Mark Bellhorn - traveled farther than the three hit by the Pirates.
"You missed one," said Hamilton, a Rule 5 pick from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and former first-overall pick in the draft.
"What are you talking about?" Ross asked.
"Mine," said Hamilton, who hadn't hit a home run in any kind of game since 2002. "I just haven't hit it yet."
And, then - "Next AB, boy," Hamilton recalled later. "Bam!"
Actually, add a couple of exclamation points onto the 'bam' and maybe capitalize all the letters - "BAM!!!!!!"
With right-hander Allan Simpson pitching to Hamilton in the seventh, Hamilton hit a home run that cleared the 30-foot high batter's eye in center field, 400 feet away.
"I saw where he pitched to (Dewayne) Wise," Hamilton said. "It was away, away, away. Then he put the first two away to me and I knew he had to come in. It was a slider and he kind of floated it in there."
And then, well, you know, BAM!!!!!!
"That was awesome," Ross said. "That was at least 500 feet. That's a bomb."
This is why I love Spring Training. I am seriously encouraged by the Reds youth. No whining about playing time. To date I have yet to hear "the front office is disrespecting me I'm just here to get my money" BS. Just play Basbeall and go about your business. There are a lot of people here on Redszone that think character and chemistry play no part in sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Character and Chemistry alone will not win you a championship but it does play a part in the game.