Josh Reddick came to the Dodgers in August of 2016 as a part of the deal that also brought Rich Hill, with Los Angeles giving up prospects Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes, and Frankie Montas. Reddick struggled when he first became a Dodger, hitting just .161/.223/.172 in the month of August. He was able to bounce back a little bit to lift his regular season numbers with the Dodgers to .258/.307/.335, and hit two home runs. Though these numbers aren’t amazing, his 2016 postseason was pretty good. His slash line in the NLDS and NLCS combined was .308/.333/.308.
After the season was over, he signed a four-year deal with the Houston Astros for $52 million. He was exceptional for the Astros in 2017, putting up a slash line of .314/.363/.484 and hitting 13 home runs. However, his bat has fallen asleep in the postseason this year, getting just 7 hits in 41 at-bats. So why are we talking about old friend, Josh Reddick?
The Astros defeated the Yankees on Saturday and will head to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in the World Series. After the game, Josh Reddick commented on why he wanted to play the Dodgers in the World Series, citing the fan base as the main culprit.
This is what he had to say, compliments of Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times:
Josh Reddick said he wanted to play the Dodgers in the World Series because of the way fans treated him in his two months there last season. pic.twitter.com/FplDH3odBm
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) October 22, 2017
Well, Josh Reddick got what he wanted. In just a couple of days he will be playing at Chavez Ravine in front of a sea of blue. He specifically notes that getting a reaction from Dodger fans would be a personal win for him. Hopefully he isn’t too crushed when the Dodgers win and all he sees is smiles in the stands!
In all seriousness, it’s pretty crazy to think that Dodger fans are a driving motivation for Josh Reddick after all this time. In a weird sort of way, it’s almost a bit flattering. What do you think about his statement regarding Dodger fans? Let us know in the comments below!