Bronson Arroyo does it again, now 5-0 after Monday night’s win over the Cardinals. It’s been fun to watch his starts. It’s funny, I talked with a friend of mine tonight who reminded me he was at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota for Bronson’s first start for the Reds in Spring Training, and that the Twins knocked him around in that start. That was just days after the Reds acquired him. Then in his next start, in Fort Myers at the Red Sox spring home, he was lights out.
This season he’s been "lights out" in five of his six starts, including Monday, when he threw his second career complete game, and raised his record to 5-0.
For a guy who loved the whole Fenway experience and was initially disappointed by the trade, he’s enjoying his new team. He told me on the radio after Monday’s game, "I’m having a great time. Anytime you can come to an organization and make an impact right away, it’s nice. And to be on a team that wasn’t picked to be in first place, it feels even sweeter."
By the way, this was the fifth time (five big wins) that he’s been my guest as our star of the game. That’s five envelopes containing Montgomery Inn dinner coupons (as well as coupons for Frontgate outlet stores). He’s still new in town. Has he had the chance to try the "world’s greatest ribs?" Apparently superstition has prevented him from enjoying the dining experience… so far.
"I have not. I’m scared to use any of these coupons. At the end of the year hopefully I’ll have $2,000 worth of Montgomery Inn stuff to give away."