Pitcher Trevor Bauer is what I like to call “an odd duck.” That’s not a criticism, he just marches to the beat of his own drum unlike almost anyone is who plays professional sports.
So of course, a day after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds (much to the surprise of Reds outfielder Jesse Winker), the 28-year-old Bauer showed up in the stands at Progressive Field to watch his old team take on the Houston Astros.
I guess when you get traded to a team located only 250 miles away you can take your time getting there.
Here’s the video of Trevor Bauer leaving Cleveland in the middle of an Indians game pic.twitter.com/UgmgbsXMFL— theRealDavefromMentor (@TheDavefrom) August 1, 2019
Then, Bauer being Bauer, he randomly showed up in the press box dining room to deliver an improptu speech and answer questions from the media.
“I hope my legacy will be defined by the fans and the people I’ve met here. It’ll be different for every person based on what they know about me and how well they know me and how little they know me,” said Bauer. “I think, at the end of the day, I am myself, to a fault. There are good parts, bad parts, and middle parts about everyone. I’d like everyone to know that I was true to myself, passionate about the game, and tried to help as many people as I could while I was here. Am I perfect, no? Far from it
So the Reds lose Yasiel Puig, but gain Trevor Bauer… seems like a pretty equal exchange when it comes to “unique” individuals, doesn’t it?