Addison Reed Interview
It’s Saturday and that means I’m listening to White Sox Weekly. Today’s show featured a great interview by Chris Rongey of Sox pitcher, Addison Reed.
Here are some highlights from today’s interview:
- Reed said that Fundamentals Friday (Pitchers Fielding Practice - PFP) went well. He added that Robin’s first meeting with the team was great. In that meeting, Robin told the team: “We’re going out there to get our work done. Leave everything that happened in the past behind.“ Reed stated that: “Robin doesn’t talk as much as Ozzie did but then again, I wasn’t here very much last year to be able to compare the two.” Reed thinks it is going to be a good year for the Sox. Reed also said PFP is something that pitchers need to do. PFP keeps pitchers in tune and doing the little things right can make or break a ballgame.
- Reed said he’s going out there trying to prove that he belongs on the major league squad. He’s giving it 110% and his goal is to break camp with the Sox team.
- Rongey then asked Reed about becoming a closer. Reed responded that it is something he has always wanted to do. Reed said he will be happy to pitch in the 7th or 8th inning if that is what the Sox want him to do, but he hopes to one day be a major league closer.
- Reed added that he grew up watching Troy Percival (big Angels fan) as a kid and loved seeing Percival run out in the 9th inning to close ballgames. Reed said the adrenaline rush is the thing he likes the best about being a closer.
- Rongey asked Reed about what he can learn from other closers in the league. Reed said two things a) Confidence – successful closers know they can get the job done b) Short term memory – let go of bad outings quickly, forget what happened yesterday and get the job done the next time.
- Rongey asked Reed why the last 3 outs of a ball game are so difficult. Reed responded that he really didn’t know why, but he thinks it’s because of the pressure situation and it is the last chance the opposing team has to score. Reed said he loves the pressure in the 9th inning and looks forward to getting the job done.
- Addison Reed is 23 years old. He was the closer for San Diego State and played with Stephen Strasburg. Reed said he loved playing for Tony Gwynn and learned how to play the game right while he was in college.
On this cold, cloudy, gray, snow-flurries-filled Saturday in Chicago, I was glad to listen to the Reed interview. Reed is another young Sox pitcher with a great attitude that I am super excited about and can't wait to see pitch!
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October26 - Twenty-SEVEN years ago, I married my husband on October 26. Since that day, we have been blessed with a wonderful family. Then, on October 26, 2005, when the baseball gods bestowed their good fortunes upon us, we saw the White Sox win the World Series. An incredibly talented team of grinders made every Sox fan's dream come true. My family and I celebrated with reckless abandon. And now, we look forward to that day when our White Sox will once again be World Series Champions!