May 2010

My Wrigley Return

It’s definitely different coming back here to Wrigley Field. After playing here for two years, driving to the park, walking past the home clubhouse, after you’ve played in a place for a while, it’s a strange feeling coming back. This will be a good test for us as a team, though, to see where we’re at. Those guys are playing better and they’re one of those teams that, you have to figure, will be there at the end of the year with the talent they have. I got a chance to see some of my friends over there a little earlier. Ted Lilly, we played together in Toronto and here. Theriot and Fontenot. You develop relationships in this game, even though you realize how tough it is to stay in one spot for any length of time. — Reed

Knowing My Role

Now that Manny is back in the lineup, I know I’ll be seeing less playing time. But I knew the role when I signed, I knew this outfield had Manny and Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp and if they’re all healthy, they are going to play. They are game changers. That said, I’ve been in all but about five games so far, so I’m pretty happy as far as how much I’ve gotten into games. You can ask just about any of us on the bench, we’re all guys that know we can be called on at any time and you have to be prepared and ready. Look at Jamey Carroll, with Rafael Furcal going down, Jamey was prepared to step in and he’s done really well, offensively and defensively. This bench has a lot of veterans who know what the deal is. — Reed