Catching up with Arroyo
One of the things that was expected with this Reds-Diamondbacks series is seeing former Red Bronson Arroyo with Arizona. Of course, Arroyo caught up with teammates on the field during batting practice.
For a few minutes, Arroyo talked to Cincinnati media members and caught up with us as well. It’s no stretch or exaggeration to say Arroyo was the most accessible, intelligent and honest players I’ve ever covered with the Reds. As far as best to interview, I’ve always had a hard time deciding between Arroyo and Torii Hunter when he was with the Twins.
I won’t be able to get all of what Arroyo said into my story for Reds.com/MLB.com. That will also feature quotes from Bryan Price and Leake. For now, here is some expanded quotes from Arroyo:
“It’s a bizarre situation because this is the first time I will pitch against an entire team that almost every guy came up as a rookie when I was already an established Major League player. I dressed these guys in diapers. It’s weird, it’s like pitching against your best friend that’s lived next door to you your whole life for the first time – not just Leake, but everybody.
I might be on the mound laughing tomorrow. I have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a strange experience.
You know these people so well, on and off the field. It seems like it might slow the game down in a way. Every pitch instead of just being a batter at the plate, it’s Zack Cozart, who you had lunch with here. It’s kind of a different vibe. I don’t know how the game is going to go.
These guys know my game as good as anybody. Bryan Price, I’ve probably been as intimate with him as anybody I’ve ever been with in the game about my pitching style and my selection and why I do things. He’s heard me talk about my idea of how to beat hitters and my theory on it for a very long time. They have as much knowledge as I have against them. It’s going to be a very strange chess match because it’s playing against somebody that you have to try and make two moves to see if you can just beat them at one because they’re already a step ahead.
They know I’m very unpredictable but there’s a lot of predictability inside of that unpredictability and the way my style has been all these years.
I don’t know. I feel like it’s going to go one way or the other. I’m either going to put all zeroes on the board, or I’m going to put up a nine spot. I don’t think it’s going to be anything in between.”