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Josh Holden: from prospect to soldier

Jul 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

Josh Holden

Good story in the New York Times this morning about Josh Holden, a West Point graduate-turned Cincinnati Reds farmhand.  His baseball race was run as of 2008, so he went back to fulfill his five-year commitment to Uncle Sam. As is often the case with stories about servicemen, one is struck by the subject’s positive attitude and puts the petty complaints you and I have about our job in clear relief:

“Personally, it couldn’t have worked out better for me,” Holden said. “I got to chase a dream, and now that I’m a soldier, I hope that I am giving the Army as much as it has given me.”

And here’s a random thing from the article that I never knew:

On the final day of spring training, Holden showed up to the Reds’ complex and noticed that one of the clubhouse attendants was wearing a black shirt, a baseball ritual that signals players are going to be cut.

Did you know that? I didn’t know that.  And how does that work for the Rockies?  When I was down at their place for spring training this year — on a non-cut day — everyone was wearing black.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Jul 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Sounds like he made a different kind of All-Star team.

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Jul 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Sounds like he made a different kind of All-Star team.

  3. canucks18 - Jul 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Calcaterra did you forget to use spell check on your headline?? Solider??

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