Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/14/14
CINCINNATI Homer Bailey wasnt the most likeable guy ever to put on a major league baseball uniform when he walked into the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse for the first time in 2007.In fact, he was rude, condescending and cantankerous and remained that way for a couple of years.Then, as if somebody slipped Get Nice powder into his Gatorade, Bailey did a 180 and today is one of the most cooperative and fun guys with whom to talk and not just about baseball.He is a voracious reader, a country music lover, a horseman, a hunter and, oh yeah, a doggone good baseball pitcher.What people forget is that Bailey was drafted No. 1 in 2004 out of high school in a small Texas town, LaGrange, and was only 20 years old when he arrived in Cincinnati.A writer told him Wednesday, a day before he was to face the Pittsburgh Pirates, Im going to be frank with you, I didnt much like you when you first came up.Bailey smiled and said, Thats OK, I dont blame you. And I didnt much like you guys, either.While so...
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