HOUSTON -- Relieved like Bill Murray's character finally getting to Feb. 3 in the film "Groundhog Day," Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez was pleased to have made it to Aug. 1 still in a Reds uniform.
Hernandez was one of the main Reds names involved in trade rumors, especially for the catching-starved team his club just played -- the Giants.
"I'm happy to be here," Hernandez said. "We have a good team and a good group of guys. I want to be here. I want to play with this team. We're going through tough times right now and I want to be here for that, too, so I can help us get out of this. We've got a good shot. We still have two months to go and we're going to fight all the way."
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty squashed rumors on Friday by saying he wasn't interested in dealing Hernandez. But the veteran catcher was still worried about being moved.
"It was because you were thinking every day you might get a call to the office, and you don't know," Hernandez said. "It was a distraction, but I was trying to keep my focus and concentration on the game, on what I have to do to help the pitcher and make the right calls and help my team win."