In the middle of what was the most talked about brawl in recent memory, news was coming across that Trevor Bauer had been traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Fans were wondering if we would get the charismatic right-hander with the rocket arm or would Yasiel Puig’s temper single handedly sink this trade before it was finalized. It was the perfect beginning to a not so perfect story.
Bauer came to Reds country after being scrutinized for throwing the ball over the center field wall. While the world was upset with him, Reds fans smiled and had flashbacks to Rob Dibble doing the same thing in 1990. It only made sense Bauer would drive south to Cincinnati.
Reds fans were thankful to have Trevor Bauer in 2020.
I made the drive to Atlanta on August 25, 2019 with my best friend and it just so happened to be the first time Trevor Bauer would take the mound for Cincinnati. We were mesmerized by his long toss and laughed in disbelief when he hit the glove of a teammate in a catcher’s position from the opposite foul pole.
Bauer’s crow hop warm up pitch was unlike anything we saw someone do before. While that likely not his fondest memory as a member of the Reds, it was when I realized that Cincinnati had something special.
This year, Trevor Bauer came out and gave everything he had in each time the right-hander toed the rubber. Bauer brought a Cy Young Award to the city of Cincinnati. He stuck to his brand, and while other fanbases and organizations rolled their eyes at Bauer’s antics, several fans across Reds Country cheered him on.
While the next time he’l at Great American Ball Park may not be in a Cincinnati Reds uniform, there’s likely to be a contingent of fans that offer Trevor Bauer praise and a standing ovation. I can’t speak for everyone but I know a lot of fans appreciated Bauer’s game and his honest approach off the field. Good luck in LA.