Before Nick Longhi did an interview with the media after a game earlier this month, he politely asked that no one bring up the trade that sent the talented minor leaguer from Boston to Cincinnati.
It was understandable. Yes, he grew up in Florida, moving to the Sunshine State before his first birthday, but he was born in Massachusetts and made regular trips there to visit family. His loyalty to the Red Sox never faded.
He seriously considered playing college baseball coming out of Venice High School in 2013. That is, until the Red Sox drafted him in the 30th round. For the record, he fell that far only because of concerns over signing him rather than his talent.
His dream was to one day play in Boston and he seemed on the right track based on his performance with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, where he was hitting .262 with 33 RBIs and six home runs.
On July 2, the Red Sox struck a deal with the Reds, receiving international pool money in exchange for Longhi, who was shipped off to Florida to play for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
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