Homer Bailey has never been the overly talkative type. The 29-year old Texan will speak when spoken to and answer questions when asked, but if you’re looking for humor you might want to try another guy.
That wasn’t the case when the Reds right-hander met with reporters Tuesday and turned a question about preseason predictions into his brand of stand-up comedy.
“I always say you can go online or read the crap you write predicting this trade or that, and they never happen,” Bailey said with a smile. “Who had Houston going as far as they did last season? Didn’t everybody have the Nationals winning last year? How’d that work out?”
Bailey went on to get more specific about the experts that have the Reds losing 100 games this season. “Is it far-fetched to say we could lose 100 games?” Bailey asked. “We play 162 so everybody could lose 100. I really hope that we don’t, but it’s part of the rebuilding process.”
Bailey admitted there’s only one safe bet looking to the future:
“The only prediction you can make is it will be sunny here tomorrow, and even then we might get a monsoon.”
Votto speaks: Jey Votto admits he kept a close eye on the front office during the off-season, and what he saw, although expected, was not fun to watch. “The last six, eight months has been a real change here and it’s not something I’m excited about,” Votto said. “Hopefully this means we are headed in a different direction, a better direction.”
Votto echoed Bailey and other veterans about the possibility of another losing season. “I refuse to go into a season thinking that it’s already set in stone that we will finish in last place,” the first baseman insisted. “That’s the one thing I would confront people on if there is any sort of conversation about us being a poor club or a team that has no chance.”
Cozart comeback: There’s no more rehab for Zack Cozart. The Reds shortstop reported to camp early after knee surgery that ended his season in June of last year.
“The legs are just tough injuries in general,” Cozart said. “Everything you do in life you gotta have your legs. Walking upstairs or playing with my baby boy. When that stuff gets taken away it’s tough, but it seems like a long time ago that I got hurt.”
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