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Ryan Ludwick is a caring guy, a guy who wears his emotions right in the middle of the wishbone-C on his Cincinnati Reds baseball uniform.
...So forgive him if he was a bit emotional the last couple of days, especially after his wife received a tweet that said, “I hope your husband dies.”
It was the aftermath of Ludwick’s post-game chat with the media when he said he wished there were more fans in the stands for this week’s New York Mets series with so much on the line and he wished the fans that were in the stands had displayed more emotion, more intensity, more vociferous support for the team.
He wasn’t ripping the fans. He wasn’t criticizing them. As he said, “It was a pep talk. I was trying to fire them up. I was trying to get them more involved. I wanted them to show some energy, something off which we could feed.”
But fans and talk radio took it negatively and they fired away at the 34-year-old left-hander and one blogger said it was apparent Ludwick did not know the history of Cincinnati.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. And Ludwick admits, “It really hurt. I was very emotional about it.
...“I heard the comments that I don’t know the history of the city and I know the history of the city,” said Ludwick.
The reaction in some quarters took Ludwick aback and on Thursdays off day he roamed his neighborhood, “And I asked everybody if what I said was wrong. I asked at the dry cleaner’s and at the sandwich shop. Nobody said I was wrong for saying what I said. Nobody has said it to me face-to-face. I just want everybody to know I love Cincinnati with all my heart and I’ll do anything I can to help bring a World Series championship to this city.”
Thanks to Vince.
Posted: September 28, 2013 at 07:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
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