Sunday, May 13, 2001

Five Questions with: Reggie Sanders

        It wasn't supposed to be this way. Reggie Sanders was going to rise to stardom with the Reds and become a franchise fixture. Instead, he's playing with his fourth different team in four seasons. But don't cry for Sanders.

        The 33-year-old outfielder has thrived with the Arizona Diamondbacks, batting .292 with eight homers and 24 RBI entering the weekend. Last month, he assisted his wife, Wyndee, in the birth of their third daughter, Carson. Reds beat writer Chris Haft recently caught up with Sanders, who'll be in town with the Diamondbacks for a series starting Tuesday.

        1. You've kind of bounced around the last few years. Did you think that was going to happen after you left Cincinnati?

        No, I really didn't think so. I had a good year with San Diego, but they went through the rebuilding thing. Then I went to Atlanta, and things didn't work out there. I never would have thought I'd bounce around as much as I did.

        2. They say things happen for a reason, though — why did this happen?

        I was telling somebody the other day that I've been here for only a month and a half, but it feels like I've been here a long time. I think the clubhouse situation is the best I've been a part of. There are so many veterans who know what it takes to have a great clubhouse.

        3. You hit your first grand slam on April 21, the night after Barry Larkin hit his — you're still following Barry around. (Sanders: “I know!”) You've always held him in the highest esteem, haven't you?

        Definitely. Being in the Reds organization, when he and Eric Davis were there, those were my two idols at that time.

        4. How do you look back at your Cincinnati years (1991-98)?

        I had a great time there. I remember getting called up from the minors the very first time; the experience of winning the division. There were some good memories and bad memories, but mostly it was a great experience.

        5. What's great about being a father?

        It's really an awesome feeling to know that when you go home, no matter what kind of day you had, they're always smiling, greeting you at the door and everything is always the same. My kids are the joy of my life.

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