Ever since I was a youngster playing Tony Larusa baseball, I’ve had knowledge of just how nasty Arthur Rhodes was. While his velocity rating on the game wasn’t a 10, his stuff was absolutely frickin unhittable (I also liked Alan Mills). That was over 15 years ago when I was still picking my nose in my bean bag chair while playing games on my old Sega Genesis.
Finally after all this team, my team is the proud owner of Arthur Rhodes. It’s clear that Rhodes probably chose Cincinnati over other known baseball towns like St. Louis because we gave him a 2-year, $4 million dollar deal. We might have been the only team. Arthur isn’t stupid. He probably looks at this like one last payday as he rides off into the sunset, even if it’s for what has been a losing franchise (admittedly).
Hired gun or not–the guy is one of the finest lefty specialists in baseball. Now watch the snake bite that is Cincinnati cause a guy who’s been healthy his entire career to spend the next two years on the DL. I’m sorry, I can’t help it. The thought crossed my mind.