Trent Rosecrans is, as usual, doing the best reporting about the Reds. Today, he interviewed Jerry Hairston, Jr..
–He came back to the Reds out of loyalty to the organization for giving him a shot last year.
–He says he’ll be healthy from now on, since his hamstring problems were the product of a bad diet. He’s got a dietician now, and says 2008 is repeatable.
–He prefers the infield, but will play anywhere.
–He sees himself batting #2, behind Fast Willy The Out Maker. He mentions them table-setting for Votto and Bruce.
(Unfortunately, I bet BP bats third, making for a lot of “Votto, Bruce, and EE in the second.”
–His goals for 2009 “1. Get on base. 2. Score a ton of runs. 3. Helping the team win.”
I like the goals, at least. He understands how offense works a lot better than most people.
Trent also interviewed Jocketty, who said a bunch of stuff that didn’t surprise and didn’t please me.
No big bat, I don’t think: “I think right now, if we had to go to camp, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be fine with that. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve talked to Dusty a couple of times today. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still looking to improve our bench.”
And nonsense like this: “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got guys who are better athletes and create some havoc on the basepaths and do something that is a little of different than weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done in the past.”
So we’ll have havoc, if nothing else.