Frisco RoughRiders Media Day

On Tuesday, the Frisco RoughRiders held their annual media day. This year we had to chance to talk to two polarizing players – Matt Bush and Lewis Brinson.

Much talk has been made about the 30-year-old reliever with the troubled past and his journey to make it back to the big leagues. Bush did everything he needed to do during Spring Training for the Rangers to keep him around. I suspect he won’t spend too much time in Frisco before he’s either moved to Round Rock or, with the way the first three games of the year have gone, up to Arlington.

Bush spent about 10 minutes with the media answering various questions about his baseball journey. Asking questions, in no particular order: Collin Young of Baseball Prospectus, Asher Feltman of 27 Outs Baseball, Kevin Carter and Tepid P of Lonestar Ball, Adam (can’t remember his last name, sorry) of the Dallas Morning News, Steve Hunt of Fox Sports and myself.

Rangers #2 prospect Lewis Brinson was, at least, to me, a surprise RoughRiders assignee and was very generous with his time and gracious with his answers. Brinson answered a wide variety of questions including who his favorite NBA team and player is. Hint: Mavericks fans will hate his answers – HATE. The same folks were asking the questions.

Finally, second year ‘Riders manager Joe Mikulik graced the media with his presence. Mik talks about Brinson, Ryan Cordell, and the talent that he will have on this year’s team. Among the talking points were Cordell not having a set position this year and Brinson being worked out in the corner outfield spots.

Get out to Frisco as soon as you can. I don’t expect Bush and Brinson to be there very long.

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Billy is a baseball fanatic and has been around the game since he was four years old. The first ever game he attended was in September of '89 and Pete Incaviglia denied him an autograph after he had a bad batting practice session. Billy has held a grudge since. Billy is also a baseball coach who is known to dance around the dugout like Ron Washington during big plays in the game.


  • Billy, looking the man in the eye, what’s your take on Bush, as a person, and as a teammate? I don’t feel we can truly judge how much anyone has matured when they truly hit bottom, and Bush came within a helmet’s width of the deepest depths. Would love to hear what you think of him, having stood in the room with him and spoken to him, man to man…

    • Chris,

      The first thing I noticed is that he made constant eye contact throughout his answers with whoever asked the question he was answering. That was a big thing for me. He was also very genuine in his answers and appeared to be genuinely remorseful for his past and extremely grateful for his second chance. I asked around afterwards and many of the folks there agreed with me that he seemed genuine and sincere in his words. He is also very confident but not in a cocky way. Confident in a good way. He knows he has talent and he knows his role will be late inning relief. He told me he concentrated on his conditioning and went after that hard while he was away which is why he was able to keep the velocity. All in all, he paid his due, his time fit the crimes, he understands all of that and remains humble. I was impressed.

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