Have You Seen My Changeup?
If you’re married to a baseball player, MLB trade rumors may be your secret lover. If you’re anything like me, you spent the offseason wanting to know what your lover was up to. You checked and you checked, you refreshed and you refreshed. The real irony of this story is that I was never expecting to find anything that would be personally relevant. In fact, when I did read a rumor that teams were interested in Mat on a Wednesday, I laughed, “Hahahaha! We’re not getting traded” and dismissed the notion. I lived that Wednesday through Friday without a care in the world. I think I even stopped looking at trade rumors. Then there was Saturday morning…
I’m not sure what we did on Friday night but I do recall feeling like I’d been hit by a semi truck on Saturday morning around 10 am. I woke up to my mother screaming, “WHY didn’t you tell me you guys were traded?!”. I respond, “What? MOM. You’re insane. We DID NOT get traded”. “Yes!”, she insisted- “Yes you did! You just got traded to Cincinnati! It’s all over ESPN!”. (my head explodes) SAYYYY WHATTTTTTTTT. Half alive, trying to find my face, I freak out and grab Mat, “Babe… What’s going on?! Where am I? Is this real life?!”, I say while frantically trying to breathe. If you know me, you know that mornings are not my friend. You know better than to ask anything of me before noon. Most importantly, you know not to freak me out before I’ve had my black iced coffee- thanks Mom.
In probably a matter of 6 seconds, during which it felt like time had actually stopped, Mat grabbed his phone… The 6 missed calls from his agent and numerous text messages were peculiar. He switched the TV to Sports Center only to see headlines of, “Perhaps the biggest trade of the offseason” associated with our last name. I followed suit and grabbed my phone. 27 text messages that all read something like, “DUDE! You guys are going to Cincinnati! Did you know about this?!”. It took me about 28 minutes to realize this was real life.
To answer all of those texts at once, no. We had NO idea Mat was even being shopped. In fact, we were so convinced that we’d be in San Diego for a while that we signed a 1 year lease there only a week before the trade- but that’s a terrible disaster I wont burden you with. To say that this trade was shocking to us is an understatement. I think I was shaking for a whole 3 hours before I my mindset changed to.. “Alright. We’re Reds now. Let’s do this!”. By, “Let’s do this”, I meant, “Let’s celebrate!”.
One of Mat’s friends bought him a Reds hat, we went to dinner with our close buddies to celebrate new beginnings, I drank the largest margarita I’ve ever seen in my life and I tweeted a picture of Mat in that awesome hat. The rest is history.
San Diego, you were so good to us, thank you.
Cincinnati, we’re all yours now.
Party on, Wayne.