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Rattle Addison Reed? Good luck

The White Sox reliever is zeroed in on closing games

September 25, 2012|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

In most lines of work, having a short memory is a liability.

That is unless you're a closer for a Major League Baseball team, in which case White Sox closer Addison Reed says being able to forget blowing a late-inning lead is nearly as important to his job as being able to twirl a breaking ball.

"No matter if it's good or bad the day before, it's over with and all I can do is what's in front of me that day," Reed said.

He hasn't had to put many bad memories out of his head this season.

The fresh-faced, 23-year-old righty took over as the Sox closer in May and hasn't given the ball back since. Now he's a big reason why the Sox find themselves in first in the American League Central, converting 28 of his 32 save chances entering Tuesday. All this despite the fact that he started last year in Single-A.

Some people are born to be accountants. Sox manager Robin Ventura said Reed was born to do exactly what he's doing.

"He's built for the job of closer," Ventura said. "He's a tough-minded kid, has a lot of confidence. That's the one thing you notice in Spring Training is that was his mindset all along."

The stakes are whole lot higher now than they've been at any point in his brief career.

Reed enjoyed a cup of coffee with the Sox late last season, appearing in 7 1/3 innings over six games in middle relief with the team out of the pennant race in September 2011. Despite the fact that his role on the team has become significantly more important and these games matter a whole lot more than those did, Reed said his mindset hasn't changed.

"There really is no difference," he said. "I think that's when you start to struggle is when you start putting pressure on yourself and you start worrying about things you can't control. If we were in a pennant race or not in a pennant race, we're gonna play to win, so it doesn't change too much."

While he's made it look easy for the most part, Reed bristles at the notion that his sweet success this season has been a piece of cake.

"I wouldn't say it's been easy," he said. "I was hoping I would get the opportunity to close at some point this year. It happened early on and I'm happy to have it, and hopefully I can continue to do it and be a closer the rest of my career."

One thing that's definitely different this year—his ability to go out on the town unnoticed.

Reed, who said his favorite haunts include Gibson's and Smith and Wollensky, said it's a lot harder for him to go out without being recognized. It's something he says just comes with the territory of being a high-profile player on a high-profile team.

"I'm playing more so I think anytime you play more, people are going to start recognizing you," he said. "Last year I could just walk around kind of unnoticed. It's changed a little bit this year, but nothing too big."

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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