It's a good thing I learn names quickly. When I come to a new team, I look around to see who else is here and introduce myself right away. As a teammate, you always want to contribute to a good, friendly environment.
I want new teammates to know I'm a fun-loving guy, but I also want them to know that when the game starts I'm all about winning.
This is my sixth big-league team since 2001 and it's been a journey for me. It's also been tough. I came up with the Tigers and they traded me to the Rockies. From there I went to Texas, where I didn't have a good year. Then I went to Milwaukee for two years. I had a lot of fun there.
The Brewers gave me the opportunity to start in the big leagues and I took advantage of that. Then I was with Pittsburgh last year and I had a couple of injuries. Now I'm with the Reds. Here I'm working hard every day and concentrating on getting people out. It's been a lot of fun. The guys here are great.
Playing in so many places has given me the opportunity to see a lot of things and make a lot of friends. That's the positive aspect of moving around. I've had a lot of teammates and I've played with a lot of great players. Here in Cincinnati, for example, I play with Ken Griffey Jr.
Every time I leave a place and go somewhere else, I try right away to be the best teammate that I can be. I want to contribute and win.
This year I was coming off injuries. I had missed a big part of last season. So I pitched winter ball in the Dominican Republic to show people I was healthy. I threw about 40 innings there, and after the Rule 5 draft, signing with Cincinnati as a non-roster player was my best opportunity.
But I still expected to make the team. That's why I signed here. They told me that I would get a good opportunity to make the club and I came in here ready to go and feeling 100 percent. The biggest thing on my mind was getting hitters out so I could make the team.
Having worked as a reliever and as a starter makes me more attractive to clubs. I'm pitching out of the 'pen here in Cincinnati, but they know that if they need a spot starter, I'm out there and I can get the job done. Right-handed pitcher Victor Santos is in his first season with the Reds, the sixth big league team he has pitched for since breaking into the Majors with Detroit in 2001. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Dominican was 1-0 with a 4.45 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings entering the Reds' series with Houston.
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