GOODYEAR, Ariz. The first thing Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker told newly acquired pitcher Mat Latos was, Just be yourself.
Baker smiled and said, I said that even though I know that Latos is, uh, a little bit different.
And it is more than the Body By Ink, tattoos from neck to toes, and the spiked hair that forces his hat size to be larger than his head.
Latos is a genuine character and thats said in the best of ways. He is a guy who finds the fun in life and keeps everybody around him loose and laughing.
Before Latos began an interview, he saw fellow starter Johnny Cueto making faces at him and he said to Cueto, Come on over here. Come on over. Cueto just laughed. Latos was told that Cueto acts as if he cant speak English, but it is known he does and he understands everything.
He speaks English, said Latos. Uh, huh. Thats fine, though. I dont speak any English, either.
Latos plays golf, more for laughs than pars and birdies. The other day he told a teamma...