Clay Zavada has joined the Cincinnati Reds and besides the killer mustache there is another reason I like having this kid on the team. His birthday is on June 28th. The same as mine, Brandon Phillips and Chris Speier. I wrote already about Brandon Phillips and Chris Speier in my post, I share my birthday with and I talked a little about Zavada in my post, ‘Oh Mo!’ – LeCure better look out. I have not had a chance to see him pitch too much lately but hopefully this spring training I will be able to see a lot more and of course I hope he will get on the 40-man roster so I can see him pitch even more. He will have a lot of competition though so only time will tell.
I am starting to think Walt Jocketty likes me. I think he has been reading my posts and thinking of ways to make me happy. Or, it is just a fluke that the Reds signed another players that has the same birthday as me. Zavada and Phillips are the only active players that I know of right now that were born on June 28th. I stated before that I would love to see Zavada and Sam LeCure pitching in the bullpen in 2012. People have already been calling this seasons bullpen the Ma-sty Boys, I think we will have to change that to the Ma-stachey Boys. Of course Zavada will have to prove himself worthy at spring training and there are a lot of great pitchers going to be trying to get big league jobs. With all of these pitchers being invited to spring training I am starting to think another trade is coming very soon where the Reds will send some of their out of options pitchers for bench players. When Mark Sheldon asked Walt Jocketty about LF and SS/INF he said, “Hopefully, by next week I’d like to have both of them resolved.”
Funny story before I end this post; I was looking through all of the players that have or had a birthday on June 28th and saw Clay Zavada’s name and thought to myself, it would be nice if Walt could get this kid so then I can write more about June 28th. 2012 is going to be a great year and I am going to have fun celebrating my birthday this year. Thanks Walt.
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips and Bench Coach Chris Speier and I share the same birthday, June 28. So I am always watching to make sure they stay on my favorite team. Brandon Phillips is in talks with the Reds to try to sign an extension and Chris Speier is a great bench coach who I feel could one day become the manager.
Brandon Phillips was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of the 1999 amateur draft and Chris Speier was drafted by San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 1970 draft.
Brandon Phillips has played 1017 games at 2B with a career .987 Fld% and 656 double plays and a 4.99 RF/9. Chris Speier played 1900 games at SS with a .970 Fld% and 1043 double plays and a 5.02 RF/9. Another interesting thing about Speier is he is ranked 24th overall with most career defensive games as SS with 1900.
Phillips debuted on September 13, 2002 at Jacobs Field playing for Cleveland Indians. He went 0 for 1 with a strike out. Tony Fiore threw 5 pitches to Brandon in the bottom of the 7th. (1st a called strike, 2nd, 3rd and 4th were foul balls and the 5th was a swinging strike.)
Speier debuted on April 7, 1971 at San Diego Stadium playing for San Francisco Giants. He went 2 for 4 with 1 walk, 2 RBIs and 1 run. Other players in the batting order that day for the Giants were; Bobby Bonds, (1st) Willie Mays (3rd) and Willie McCovey. (4th) Chris Speier batted 2nd.
Both of these guys are people I look up to as a fan and I hope that they have great careers with the Reds for many years. Watching them both win a World Series ring in 2012 would be a late but great birthday gift for all of us.