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Five questions with Reid Gorecki

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 04, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ranked among the top prospects in the Cardinals’ system earlier this decade, Reid Gorecki’s career hit a wall in 2005 and he was ready to give it up before the Braves gave him a second chance. Now 29 years old, he made his major league debut with Atlanta last season, and got his first big league hit in New York against the Mets.

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You grew up on Long Island, so did you grow up a Yankees fan?
Gorecki: No comment. (laughs) I was a Mets guy until right around Jeter stepped in, and Mariano, and they started crushing people. The Mets kind of fell off there for a while, so I was a fair weather fan. I was always on the fence, I always rooted for both teams, but now it’s a little different. There’s only one team here now.
It must be cool to play with these guys.
Gorecki:
Oh, is it ever. Just being around them, you see how hard they work and the kind of work ethic that they put in and the mind frame that they have. It’s something special over here. These guys really know what they’re doing and they have a goal. I’m happy to be a part of that goal… Being a new guy, I really don’t want to go mix it in too early. I like to get to know guys by watching them and how they act and see what kind of things they do. I don’t want to go opening my mouth, being a young guy, too early.

What brought you over here? Did you see some opportunities in the outfield?
Gorecki: To be honest with you, I’ve always wanted to play for the Yankees. Even though I grew up a Mets fan, this is such tradition. There are so many things about the Yankees that bring players in. I had an opportunity. My agent called me and said, ‘The Yankees are interested,’ and I said, ‘Sign the papers.’ I want to be a part of that, that winning atmosphere like these guys are a part of every year.

You were pretty highly touted when you coming up with the Cardinals, then things fell off for you when you were getting close to the major leagues. Did you think the big leagues would never happen?
Gorecki: I broke my hamate bone, and I kept twisting my ankle every day. I thought I was on the outs, to be honest with you. I went home and I got a job after the Cardinals released me, an everyday job with a couple of friends who had started a business. I was ready to give it up, and the Braves called and really gave me a second chance, a second breath of fresh air. Since then it’s been one goal in mind, and it’s been unbelievable. My road back from the Cardinals releasing me has been a real special road.

What was the big league debut like?
Gorecki: Unbelievable. The guys in the clubhouse really welcomed me with open arms. I had known a lot of them from being up and down in spring training every day. They were giving me opportunities. They threw me in the outfield the first day, and my heart was racing. The first fly ball, I pretty much caught it behind my head. I might has well have caught it behind my back. I was pretty nervous out there. And then we went to New York the next day and I was in front of my home fans and family. It was unreal the atmosphere, playing in front of that many people was nothing like anything I had ever done before.

For people who have never seen you, what kind of player are you?
Gorecki: I’m a scrappy dirtball. I like to leave the field the dirtiest guy on the field. I’m going to dive for a ball. I’m going to throw a runner out. I’m going to steal a base. I’m going to occasionally hit with some power. I just love winning. Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve been blessed with good surroundings and we’ve always been a part of a winning team.

 
 

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32 Responses to “Five questions with Reid Gorecki”

  1. Chuck58 March 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    GGRG. :-D

  2. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    These are his 15 seconds of fame.

  3. Bronx Jeers March 4th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Hey at least the guy is honest.

  4. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Aww, I like him – I like all of these kids. If he doesn’t make the team now, maybe he can help the team down the road.

  5. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Chad, great piece on Reid….You have a great touch with these guys…..As Spring Training whines down, it’ll be interesting to hear your take on these guys that you’ve interviwed come April…..

  6. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Betsy

    “Aww, I like him – I like all of these kids.”

    I don’t dislike him, but he is almost 30, which is hardly a kid in baseball. The real kids interest me a lot more.

  7. Pat M. March 4th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    He might be almost 30, but he’s in The NY Yankees Spring Training Camp….At this he’s looking for luck….When preperation meets opportunity……

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Rich, I didn’t mean to imply you didn’t like him. I know he’s not a baby, but we have no OF depth in the minors. We’re not looking at them to be saviors, just to possibly be contributors in some way.

  9. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    btw, I was just lurking at NYYFans for the first time in months. It was great to see so many people calling out a moronic RS troll.

  10. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 4th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Rich, in the Sox thread? I don’t visit there very often…….

  11. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Anyone who saw today’s game.

    How did Z-Mac and Nova look ?

  12. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Betsy,

    Yes, I think his name was Nathan.

  13. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I look at Gorecki like the new version of Shane Sspencer. If he gets a shot, he could do the same thing. Nobody ever expected Shane Spencer turning into Shane Spencer, The Home Run Dispenser for 8 weeks, either. Not saying he will, but, who knows? My money is on Winfree.

  14. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    MTU
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:51 pm
    Anyone who saw today’s game.

    How did Z-Mac and Nova look ?

    ————————————————————

    They both looked very good. Of course, that wasn’t the cream of the Philadephia crop, but, they threw free and easy and except for one pitch by McAllister, they were right on target. It’s been a while sonce I’ve seen McAllister, but, he did exactly what he did then…made it look easy.

  15. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    GB-

    My priority scheme would be:

    Curtis
    Golson
    Winfree

    Pullin’ for the homegrown first. :)

  16. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    GB-

    Thanks.

    For me Z-Mac should be a keeper.

  17. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Rich in NJ
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:44 pm
    btw, I was just lurking at NYYFans for the first time in months. It was great to see so many people calling out a moronic RS troll.

    ————————————————————

    Why should that be a surprise. They do that with anybody that has a different point of view than them. It’s run by a bunch of prepubescent children.

  18. Im in FLA March 4th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid gets the first shot, he does have the most “experience”

  19. Frank & Beans March 4th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Just wanted to thank the 2 people that joined my BB draft.

  20. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    “Why should that be a surprise. They do that with anybody that has a different point of view than them. It’s run by a bunch of prepubescent children.”

    Because RS fans have often been a protected class there.

  21. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    MTU
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    GB-

    My priority scheme would be:

    Curtis
    Golson
    Winfree

    Pullin’ for the homegrown first.

    ————————————————————

    I think that Golson is about 4th on the Yankee list, possiblt because of numbers with Hoffmann being there. That’s going to be bar brawl for playing time in Scranton. Watch out for Austin Krum, though. The younster to watch for later in the season is Scranton is Daniel Brewer. I still hope that Seth Fortenberry figures things out, though.

  22. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    MTU
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    GB-

    Thanks.

    For me Z-Mac should be a keeper.

    ————————————————————

    If real disaster befalls the Yankee rotation, he’ll probably be 2nd, right Jason Hirsh.

  23. MTU March 4th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    GB-

    Thanks for the tip.

    You obviously know more than I do. ;)

    I may miss the game Fri. and will be anxious to hear your impressions of the 2 young guns.

    Have a good night.

  24. crawdaddy March 4th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    “Because RS fans have often been a protected class there.”

    They ran off NDBoston there last week. He publically whined to the moderators to delete his account.

  25. Rich in NJ March 4th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    crawdaddy

    I’ll never forget when ND told me that scouts told him that Cano stunk at AA.

  26. GreenBeret7 March 4th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    MTU
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    GB-

    Thanks for the tip.

    You obviously know more than I do.

    I may miss the game Fri. and will be anxious to hear your impressions of the 2 young guns.

    Have a good night.

    ————————————————————

    I assume you have an MLB.com account. They’ll have the game in their archives. If you don’t, let me know. We’ll work something out.

  27. crawdaddy March 4th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    “I’ll never forget when ND told me that scouts told him that Cano stunk at AA.”

    He must have talked with the same scout that advise BA that Cano wasn’t a ML 2nd baseman.

  28. KO March 5th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    another 5 questions with another journeyman who we won’t see in the majors all season. sweet.

  29. Nick in SF in the Barra de Potosi March 5th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    It must be infuriating knowing that Chad has crucial information he’s gotten from Cashman, Girardi, Jeter, Arod, and the winner and non-winners for the 5th rotation slot… yet he isn’t telling us! :mad:

  30. Rich in NJ March 5th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Just tell me who the Giants are going to sign.

  31. brian d March 5th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    a scrappy dirtball!!! good thing he’s OUR scrappy dirtball… lol i like his answer, for sure: maybe he was a *gasp* lenny dykstra fan? (we all know how THAT turned out, so let’s hope not…)

  32. Carl March 5th, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Gorecki


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