Sunday, July 04, 1999

Five questions with Pokey Reese




       

        Pokey Reese has been as much a part of the Reds' recent success as anyone. His average has been hovering around .300, and he's playing a Gold Glove-caliber second base. Reese, a 26-year-old from South Carolina, answered five questions from Enquirer reporter John Fay Friday:

       

        1. How did you go from being born Calvin Reese to being called Pokey Reese?

        When I was born, I was fat. My grandma, Clara Barnes, started calling me Pokey. From slow poke. I was fat until I was about 6. The name just stuck. A few people still call me Calvin. Not many.

       

        2. What's the deal with the cornrows hairdo?

        It was something I wanted to do. I didn't do it because of Latrell Sprewell or Allen Iverson. I did it because I always wanted to do it. I found a lady who does it. She comes to my house. It takes two, 2 1/2 hours. I think she charges $30, $40. I give her $100.

       

        3. What's the best thing about being a big-leaguer?

        It's a dream come true. You start thinking about it when you're 8 years old. But I never thought I'd make it. But it was a goal. Now, I'm enjoying it. Being with the fellows, winning. It's a lot of fun.

       

        4. What would you be doing if you weren't playing in the big leagues?

        I'd probably be in the Marines. Or driving a truck. That's something I wanted to do when I was a little kid. I wanted to play college football, so I may have gone to college. I was a quarterback/receiver. I ran back punts, kickoffs. A lot of schools were interested.

       

        5. What was the best play you ever made?

        It was my senior year in high school. The second last game. We were playing Lancaster, S.C., in the regional game. There was a ball up the middle I dove for. I didn't think I had a chance. I just layed out for it. I got it. That's the play that got the scouts' attention. They really came around after that. That play was better than any play I've made up here, because that's the one that got me where I'm at today.

       



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