Harang shows 'appreciation' for staff
Harang bought a souped-up, six-seat golf cart for the attendants who take care of him and the rest of the Reds players. When clubhouse manager Rick Stowe saw the cart sitting outside the clubhouse door on Thursday, he was overwhelmed.
"That thing's awesome," Stowe said, before getting behind the wheel, beeping the horn and setting off down a ballpark concourse at a quick pace. "I don't know what to say."
Harang has been on the disabled list since getting an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 23. The right-hander became ill during a series in Pittsburgh, and drove back to Cincinnati with Stowe to have the surgery. Doctors didn't want him to take the risk of flying.
The 31-year-old pitcher is in his seventh season with the Reds. He saw that a local auto dealership sold golf carts and decided to have one custom-made for the clubhouse attendants, who had to share smaller golf carts with other staff members.
As part of their duties, the attendants transport equipment and players around the ballpark.
The dealership delivered the golf cart to Great American Ball Park before a game Thursday against Florida. Harang said the cart cost about $6,500.
"I've been here so long," Harang said. "They've got to hunt for carts to go get stuff and take guys out to the bullpen. These guys take care of me. They'll do anything for me. It's a way to show appreciation to them for all they have to deal with from us."
The bright red cart has a roof, Reds emblems and "CLUBHOUSE STAFF" affixed to the front.
It's not the first time that Stowe has received a vehicle from a player. Shortstop Barry Larkin bought him a silver Mercedes in 2003, the year that Great American Ball Park opened, as a sign of his appreciation. Larkin wasn't sure whether he'd be back for another year with the Reds. Harang has one more guaranteed year on his deal.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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