This piece by Zach Buchanan in the Enquirer makes me like Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, and Rookie Davis even more than I already did. And I was already a huge fan of Arroyo and Bailey.

That’s what led them to have a long conversation soon after pitchers and catchers reported in the middle of February. The 23-year-old Davis was riding the stationary bike in the gym. The 40-year-old Arroyo wandered in to say hello.

As the two conversed, Arroyo moved closer and closer, almost imperceptibly. It was his subconscious way of letting the young right-hander know he was invested in the conversation.

“People say great things about him, and you understand why now,” Davis said. “Whenever you talk to him, he makes you feel like you’re the only person (in the room). It’s awesome.”

Read the entire piece. Good stuff.

3 Responses

  1. Jim Zimmerman (Reds fan since 1963)

    Would like to read that Chad but don’t have a subscription…alas.

  2. cfd3000

    Great story. Pitchers and hitters develop in such different ways, I’m always fascinated by the details of that process from both sides of the mound. And I like to see guys like Arroyo providing leadership, and guys like Bailey (and even Votto!) embracing the veteran mentor role. Go Reds!

  3. Earl Nash

    Got to wonder if Bronson Arroyo is interested in being a coach after he retires from what you can tell from articles, he seems to perhaps have that type of make up and obviously he has been a pitcher that maximized what he could do with his talent.