Reds players ponder a life outside of baseball
By Hal McCoy
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Several Reds were asked what
they thought their profession would be if they weren't major-league baseball players. Some knew right away, some thought about it.
Jeff Keppinger: "I would have taken school more seriously, and you may not believe me, but I'm going to go the lawyer route. I'm pretty good at arguing. At least my mom told me that."
David Weathers: "Always wanted to be a jockey, but it would have to be a Clydesdale. A writer asked me that once and I told him 'a jockey,' and didn't say anything else. He stared at me as if I had two heads and said, 'What kind of horse could you ride?' Actually, I'd be a high school coach. I've had a lot of practice working every day with my son, Ryan."
Adam Dunn: (Long, long pause) I'd be a financial adviser. (Several teammates laughed out loud.) Hey, I would be. I majored in finances in college. I'd have to put this head to good use in some way."
Joey Votto: "I'd be a chef. I've spent a lot of time around kitchens. My mother and father owned a restaurant in Canada, and I was always in the kitchen with him. I don't have a signature dish, but I'd come up with one."
Brandon Phillips: "I'd be Jerry Maguire (Show me the money!). I'd be a player agent. I've been around my agent a lot and see what he does and how good he is. That's what I'd like to do."
Corey Patterson: I always thought I'd be a pro football player. It's still sports, but it's what I always wanted to be. I grew up around it. My dad (Donald) played a couple of years of pro football for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants. I'd be a defensive back."