You Don’t Mess With Texas
We always love to learn new and exciting things about our favorite baseball players, therefore we spend a lot of our infinite free time attempting to discover as much as we can about our Redlegs’ personal lives. One day, while on a quest to find out what Drew Stubbs’ favorite food is, the Rockin’ Redlegs crew discovered that an abnormal amount of our beloved Reds are from the great state of Texas. In fact, on any given day, over one-third of the Reds starting lineup could consist of Texans. While we have only been to Texas once when we were children, we’re thinking about going back to scope out what it is about Texas that creates such great Reds. So, here’s a spotlight on all of the members of this great organization who call Texas their birthplace.
If anything says “Texas,” it is Homer Bailey in a cowboy hat holding a deer head by the antlers. Homer is from La Grange, Texas, which is located in eastern Texas near the Colorado River. And now, any time we hear ZZ Top’s “La Grange,” we can’t help but think of Homer.
Who knew this little Texan would grow up to be one of the biggest baseball stars this side of the Ohio River? Jay grew up in Beaumont which is located about as far east in Texas as you can get. We think we can safely say that all of Cincinnati is thankful for Beaumont, Texas for giving us such an amazing player!
If you’ve been to a Reds game lately, it is not hard to tell from Paul’s at-bat song that he is a proud Texan. Pictured here with his mom, Debbie, Paul was born in Houston and attended Rice University before joining the Reds organization. Paul has really come into his own as our regular starting shortstop this season and we’re really excited to see his career continue to grow. We see a Gold Glove in Paul’s future!
Logan Ondrusek is the real-life testament to the cliche, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Shiner, Texas gave us an incredible gift in 6’8″ Logan Ondrusek, who helped to solidify the Reds bullpen in 2010. He continues to make us proud in the 2011 season with his stellar 7-2 career record. We think big big Logan is just great.
Atlanta, Texas is the great city that gave us the fastest baserunner Cincinnati has seen since Ryan Freel (who was also #6, coincidence?) as well as someone who may end up to be the greatest centerfielder in recent history. Stubby is not only the anchor of our incredible outfield, but he’s also in the running for cutest Red (although Tina’s heart will forever belong to Jay Bruce). This Texan has the unstoppable combination of speed, power, and debonair that we just can’t get over.
So, thank you, Texas, for being such a wonderful place. Without you, we might never have had such incredible guys playing for our Redlegs!