Catching up with Arroyo

If you haven’t, please be sure to check out the story I did today about Bronson Arroyo’s unique donation to the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The Reds made me aware of it last week while I was out and I didn’t want to overlook it this week.

Because it was out of context from the story, I didn’t mention other elements of the phone conversation I had with Arroyo. He has spent his off-season traveling all over the country doing various things. Of course, he’s played his guitar in shows but he also just got back from New York, where he shot a cameo scene for an independent movie.

The film is called “Goat.” It stars Armand Assante and Vincent Pastore, who is an alum from “The Sopranos.” Arroyo, who is friends with the film’s writer and is listed as an executive producer, shot the scene in a barbershop with Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis and former Red Eduardo Perez.

“It probably took four or five hours to get everything right,” Arroyo said. “It was amazing how much detail goes into making a movie.”

Arroyo believed the movie could be out by the end of the year.

“I’m not 100 percent sure it will hit theatres,” he said. “They think it will but you never know.”

Earlier in the chat, Arroyo was clearly focused on baseball and getting to camp.

“I’m healthy and strong,” he said. “I’m ready to go. This is the most I’ve ever wanted to get Spring Training going my whole career. The more years that go by and the older I get, I appreciate the hard work if takes to stay at this level.

“These days, I enjoy going to the weight room and killing myself and trying to see if I can pitch 200 innings again. It’s a constant battle to stay on top of it. This is a game that when you’re 35, you are supposed to go downhill. I’m looking to improve.”

Arroyo will turn 33 next month. He has pitched at least 200 innings over each of the last five seasons. He won 15 games the past two seasons. 

Here was Arroyo’s take on the Aroldis Chapman signing:

“I was totally shocked. I didn’t even know the Reds were in the running at all. I assumed a bigger market team like the Red Sox or Blue Jays would get him. The Reds have talked about not being able to spend a whole lot of money. I was surprised but I’m glad. A left-handed arm that throws 94-99 mph, you can’t help to think good things will come — either now or in a couple of years.”

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