Ok... we all love the Reds and want everyone to do great... just because they are Reds... but setting aside that and any opinion you have about a players talent or lack thereof... which player in the Reds organization would you most like to see have a fantastic year/career just because you like who they are?
As a Bengals fan this is never a very difficult decision because most of the roster is full of guys you would not like to have live next to you if they were not pro athletes, but the Reds appear to be different.
Granted I have almost zero personal interaction, but just by watching and reading, this team seems to be filled with many folks folks I would enjoy spending time with even if they were ordinary joes. This makes the choice a lot harder. (Really, I think only Volquez and Cueto have given me reasons to wonder if I would not like them personally)
My initial thought was Jay Bruce or Joey... but I think that maybe skewed by my respect for their talent, but there smiles and attitude are infectious... I also am tempted to say Cordero after hearing about all the silent charity he does for Cincinnati... I really respect a guy who gives without fanfare.
But for some reason, and I am not sure why, I think I am gonna go with Wood. The guy seems dedicated, maturing,... I dunno... there is just something about him that screams home-grown old time Cincy baseball.
As far as newbies to the Reds... I confess that I am rooting hard for Willis... I love the idea of stars that lose their shine then learn humility and get rewarded... probably more than I like the story of the vet looking for one or two more years to shine, like that of Renteria. Willis is still very young in baseball pitcher terms.
Finally, on Scott Rolen... am I alone in hoping that this guy retires as a Red (BEFORE his body totaly falls apart) and moves immediately into a coaching position with the Team?