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Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:15 pm
 
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With closers playing musical chairs this winter, the biggest question of the spring became . . . music?

Sure.

Jonathan Papelbon moved from the Red Sox to the Phillies, so the Dropkick Murphys say he can't use "Shipping Up To Boston" as his walk-in music. Andrew Bailey moved from the A's to the Red Sox, and the music question is big enough that Bailey opened a Twitter chat Wednesday night by saying, "FYI, no walk out song yet."

And what about Ryan Madson, who moved from the Phillies to the Reds?

Last year, Madson entered games to "Don't Stop Believing'." Theoretically, he could do the same this year, since the song isn't exactly tied to Philadelphia.

But Madson said he doesn't want it. In fact, when the Reds asked him what song he wanted, he said he told them he didn't want anything.

"I just want to go out there and get three outs," Madson said Thursday morning.

Madson is in good spirits, despite some elbow soreness that has kept him out of early Cactus League games, and despite a winter that saw him leave the Phillies after talks about a multiyear contract strangely fell through.

"I'm a simple guy from California," he said.

He signed a one-year deal with the Reds for $8.5 million, a little apprehensive about changing teams for the first time in his career.

"I didn't really know what to expect, but it's been great," he said. "I like all the guys. They're very cool."

And about what happened at the end in Philadelphia, when he was offered at least a three-year deal and then seemed close to signing a four-year deal?

"I don't even care anymore," Madson said.
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

And about what happened at the end in Philadelphia, when he was offered at least a three-year deal and then seemed close to signing a four-year deal?

Redsfan just said it---Scott Boras.  MLB would REALLY benefit from Boras's quest for a new hobby.  Rumor has it that the Reds have purchased several water coolers for those "Off Nights" for Madson.  And Madson might actually be in charge of that klepto T-shirt pitcher, outside the stadium during the season.  OK OK ENOUGH CIN-aimed Trash Talk.

I've seen Ryan Madson be absolutely "Shut-Down".  And I've seen him be the "Wild-Thing".  As long as he adheres to his "Anger-Management" training, he will be a solid "ADD" for the Reds.   And even if those 140 degree heat index nights in the Midwest make him occasionally angry, he will still help them. 



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

Why would Toronto trade Bautista when they could just as easily sign Votto as a FA after 2013?  And if Cincy can't afford Votto, what makes you think they could afford Bautista's next contract?



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

Well, he's definitely an upgrade over Cordero.  Cordero's stuff just declined so much over the second half of the season.  I don't think Madson is an elite closer and he'll be challenged as a FB/CU pitchter in a small park like GABP.  But Philly is a small park and I love his stuff.  My main concerns for this team is Rolen's age, LF, and Dusty frankly.  I just wish we could have signed Madson to a multi-year deal.  Either way, this is Walt "going fot it".  I think we needed another big bat.  We'll see how the rotation sets in.  Cueto, Latos, and a possible Chapman is very strong.  That can compete with anyone if developed.  That's why Dusty worries me.  He's not as much of a teacher as he is a manager.  I'll target one or two years for this team to be ready, if they sign Votto.  Or trade him to Toronto for Bautista.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

what happened at the end in Philadelphia, when he was offered at least a three-year deal and then seemed close to signing a four-year deal?


I'll tell you what happened, that Madson doesn't want to talk about....Madson's agent, Scott Boras, tried to stonewall the Phillies for more money, and it backfired. Since Boras was exposed for using a ficticious "other offer" to bluff the Dogers into increasing Manny Ramirez' contract offer TWICE, Boras has zero credibility. I'm shocked any players still retain him.  



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

Philly fans will miss Ryan. He was a great guy and worked himself into being a great relief pitcher.

I also don't see Papelbon as being an upgrade. The phils overpaid for him when they could have kept Madsen for much less money.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Madson on walk-in music: 'I don't want any'

Amen to that, even if it's to the dismay of the attention-deficit-disordered fan base that professional sports stadiums have turned people into. Go back to a more-serene feel at MLB parks. 


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