Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Jerry Crasnick pens excellent feature piece on Bronson Arroyo

Bronson Arroyo is arguably one of the most interesting, undervalued, and underappreciated players in Major League Baseball. And the 36-year-old continues to wait for the right offer to come along in free agency, too.

While Arroyo anxiously paces around his Florida home awaiting his fate, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com took the liberty of penning an excellent feature piece on the intriguing character, which is a must read for any Reds fan who has enjoyed the stability and durability Arroyo has given the team throughout his career.

Here is an excerpt taken from the piece of one of Arroyo's quotes:

"I don't know what outsiders think of me," Arroyo said. "I've never heard a scouting report from another team, but I know what the people who are in front of me for six months think of me. I come to the ballpark every day enthused. I'm the same guy. I have a good attitude about it, I love being there, and I want my teammates to do well.

"I know I pull mad respect in that way, but people from other organizations only have the baseball numbers to go by. Yeah, your reputation might precede you a little bit, but not to the point where people can really grab or touch or taste it."

In the compelling article, Crasnick sheds some light on Arroyo's modest lifestyle, generous heart, and unrivaled passion and work ethic for his profession. The way Arroyo approaches his preparation and training for pitching is certainly one of a kind and serves as a great example of how taking care of one's self can lead to an extremely long and successful career.

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