CINCINNATI, OH – JUNE 11: Robert Stephenson #29 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 11, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Colorado 11-5. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Before Sunday’s series finale with the Cincinnati Reds in which the Colorado Rockies were swept, we had a chance to talk with Rockies reliever Robert Stephenson on the field at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Stephenson was drafted by the Reds in the 1st round in 2011 and spent 2011 through 2020 with them and he spent part of five seasons with them in the major leagues. We discuss how the Reds honored him in a few ways in his return to Cincinnati, including a shoutout on the scoreboard, as well as the fan reaction to seeing Stephenson on Friday.
We also discuss how Stephenson felt when returning to Cincinnati.
We also ask him what he thinks are the biggest similarities and differences between two of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league in Great American Ball Park and Coors Field.
He also tells us what it’s like not to just play for one former MLB pitcher in Bud Black but two in former Reds manager Bryan Price.
We also talk about how he learned that he was traded from the Reds to the Rockies this offseason and who he heard it from first. We also discuss what some of the conversations are like in the bullpen and some of the relationships that he has made in the major leagues and the minor leagues, including some of his favorite teammates from both teams.
We also discuss some of the conversations that take place in the Rockies bullpen as well.
Again, a big thanks to Robert Stephenson as well as Ben Bowden, Lucas Gilbreath, and Ryan McMahon for taking some time to talk with us in the last few days, and a big thanks to the Rockies PR team as well.