During his two seasons in Baltimore, Mark Reynolds never sugarcoated his responses, always taking on questions about his game straight on, whether it was regarding his slumps or strikeouts or defensive errors.
So he wasn’t going to pretend that coming back to Camden Yards for the first time since signing with the Cleveland Indians last offseason didn’t mean anything.
“It’s going to be fun,” said Reynolds, who is batting sixth and playing third base for the Indians on Monday. “It’s easy to say it’s just another game, but it’s going to be weird playing against these guys, especially that I had relationships with.”
Reynolds was a big part of the Orioles’ pennant push last year, playing through injuries to hit 23 homers and drive in 69 runs – playing particularly well in the second half. The club decided not to pick up his option or tender him a contract, instead choosing to go with Chris Davis as the club’s full-time first baseman.
Reynolds was disappointed this offseason that he was never even offered a deal by the Orioles, but said he has moved on.
“It’s good to be back, I miss playing here, I miss the guys, I miss the city,” he said. “But where I am at now is a good situation. Great team, great manager. We are winning games.”
Reynolds started out this season red hot – batting .301 with eight homers and 22 RBIs in April. He’s hit six homers and driven in 22 since May began. Heading into Monday, he was hitting .231 on the season and .164 in 19 games in June.
“Obviously, it’s had its ups and downs, that’s me,” Reynolds said about the 2013 season. “I started out good, didn’t dig myself in a hole like I did last year and I’m trying to stay afloat right now.”
Reynolds said he still keeps tabs on his friends from the 2012 Orioles club he says he’ll never forget.
“Being from where we’ve been to where we were at the end of last year, in the playoffs, and kind of resurrected the feeling of the fans around here, it was cool,” Reynolds said. “It’s neat to see them doing so well and I wish for the best for them and not just this year.”