|Dennys Reyes, Matt Albers talk for first time as official members of the Red Sox||03.28.11 at 12:58 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a good day for Matt Albers and Dennys Reyes.
The pair of relievers were informed Monday that they had been identified as the final two players to make the Red Sox’ 25-man roster, with pitchers Alfredo Aceves and Hideki Okajima being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The down-to-the-wire dynamic wasn’t anything new for either pitcher, with Albers having had to wait until the final days of camp for a decision regarding his major league fate for the past four seasons, and Reyes experiencing last-minute decisions numerous times (including when he had an opt-out close with the 2004 Royals).
Here is what each told WEEI.com after learning the news:
(How how it feels) It feels good. All the work, pitching well and having the right attitude paid off. Especially making a team the caliber of this team. It’s a good feeling
(Anxious after tough outing Sunday?) Kind of a little bit. You just kind of don’t what what’s going to happen. I didn’t look too much into it. You’re going to have days you don’t throw the ball well. I knew today was going to be the day I was going to find out, so it was nice to just get some news.
(What was said in the meeting?) They just said go get ‘em but understand this is just the beginning. Now the season starts. Making the team is just the first part of it. Now the games start to count.
(Was there more competition than you thought there would be?) Maybe a little bit I guess because I was one of the first ones to sign, but they had told me they were going to go out and get some guys. You try and not play the numbers game and see who’s here, but I figured they brought me in to try and earn a spot and if I did well I would have a spot on the team and that’s what I was able to do.
(How it feels to get the news) It’s exciting. It’s another goal that you have in your life, coming here and competing with all these good pitchers and I respect all of them and to win the competition is really neat. But it’s another step. I have to work harder now that I’m on the team and I have to show them I can help win some games.
(Was he optimistic about chances?) It was going to be 50 percent chance. One or another. I stayed positive the whole time. Every time out I tried to show them I could throw at this level and thankfully they gave me this opportunity.
(Nervous about the decision?) It hasn’t been too nerve-wracking. You can only do what you can do. I think what I did was do my best, and there was nothing more I could do than that.
(How would this rate to other last-minute decisions he has had to go through?) It was kind of the same. The only thing I knew was that you can’t control their decision. You just have to give everything you have.
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