Brian Bruney was a solid reliever and a very good guy for the Yankees the past few years, and I was glad to hear that he would be getting an opportunity to compete for the closer’s job after being traded to Washington earlier this winter. Matt Capps is legitimate competition but I’m sure Bruney is planning to give the former Pirate all he can handle in spring training.
Bruney recently did a Q & A with a Nats beat writer where he says that a) he’s healthy now and his poor performances in the postseason had nothing to do with injury; b) that he’s happy to be reunited with Mike Rizzo, who drafted Bruney in Arizona and is now the Nats GM; and c) that winning could be more fun in Washington since no one expects the Nats to do much (“When you expect to win every night like we did in New York, I don’t know if the winning is as fun as when nobody expects you to win. You are the underdogs every night and you prove people wrong. I think that is a lot more fun.”)
The best part of the piece, however, is the part where Bruney talks about the first thing that occurred to him when he heard he was traded. Much like many Yankees who leave town, his first thought had to do with a razor blade.
“I can finally grow some facial hair after four years,” he said. “That’s great. That was one of the first things I thought about. When I was traded, I said, ‘Wow, finally, I can grow a beard.'”