Cincinnati Reds: Confident Amir Garrett channels his inner Ric Flair

Sep 5, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) reacts after striking out Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett (50) reacts after striking out Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Reds have started the season 3-1 and the swagger that Nick Castellanos has brought to the team is being felt throughout the clubhouse and the fanbase. During a pregame interview on Tuesday, Amir Garrett channeled his inner Ric Flair, wanting the baseball world to know that this year’s Reds squad is will be the cockiest team ever.

After Castellanos ruffled the feathers of the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday with his flex in the face of reliever Jake Woodford, the Reds right fielder said that he didn’t know if he was a leader, but he’s certainly not a follower.

Amir Garrett wants you to know that the Reds are the cockiest team in MLB.

Amir Garrett is not shy about showing you his emotions either. During his pregame interview on Tuesday afternoon, AG let it all hang out. Garrett proclaimed that he wanted everyone to think that the Cincinnati Reds were the cockiest team ever. Garrett said, via Twitter:

"“We’re some bat flipping’, showboating, son of a guns, and I want everybody to know that.”"

We’ve seen during the early-going of the 2021 season that this Reds team, as a whole, isn’t going to sit back. A whole host of players, especially the pitching staff, have not held back their emotions during the first four games of the season.

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Amir Garrett saw his first action of the season on Monday and recorded his first save of 2021. After nailing down his first career save in 2020, Garrett got a feel for being the team’s closer, and with Raisel Iglesias now in Los Angeles, AG is primed to lock down the position.

Hopefully Garrett’s next save opportunity goes a bit more smoothly. Brian Reynolds, the first batter Garrett faced, took him deep to close the three-run gap to only two. AG then allowed a single to Colin Moran before gathering himself and striking out Erik Gonzalez.

Garrett got his second out on a fielder’s choice and then allowed a free pass to Jacob Stallings. With the go-ahead run at the plate, AG induced a ground ball to the shortstop, Eugenio Suarez, who promptly threw the ball to first base, ending the Pirates’ chances of a ninth inning rally.

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Wrestling superstar Ric Flair was a often quoted as being a, “Limousine riding, jet flying, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing, son of gun,” and he had a hard time keeping those alligators (his shoes) on the ground. I’d be curious what types of shoes Amir Garrett is wearing these days. Wooooo!