I have been meaning to post a “Hot Stove” update for several weeks, but the misery of watching and writing about the Bengals has taken its toll. However, when I read this story written by Paul Daugherty, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to comment.
Jay Bruce is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I think he is primed to have a big season in 2011. However, my growing admiration has nothing to do with his walk-off home run to clinch the division last year. It is not influenced at all by his abilities with a bat, glove or the rocket attached to left shoulder.
Bruce is simply a good dude.
He (and all of the Reds for that matter) have always been receptive to my family. Whether it be the season-ticket holder picture day, Redsfest, or a chance meeting on the street, the guys on this team all seem to be genuinely nice people.
I remember watching Bruce at Redsfest playing whiffle ball with disabled children. I was amazed at his maturity and wondered how I would have responded to that situation at 23-years-old. It was obvious that Bruce wasn’t putting on an act either. He was enjoying himself.
Daugherty’s article mentioned that Bruce is taking over Aaron Harang’s program that provides free tickets to military families. He is also adding a ticket program to benefit the families of special-needs kids. Bruce said he has learned not to take things for granted through his sister, who is mentally disabled.
Another Red was exposed for his charitable contributions. Apparently, Francisco Cordero donates “well into the six figures” to local causes.
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