CINCINNATI -- The Reds had a moment of silence and a video tribute to honor former reliever Pedro Borbon before tonight's game against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park.
Borbon, a mainstay of the Big Red Machine's bullpen in the 1970's, passed away from cancer Monday at the age of 65.
Reds manager Dusty Baker had not heard about Borbon's death until he met with local media prior to the game. Baker played the majority of his career in the Major Leagues with Atlanta and Los Angeles when the Braves and Dodgers were facing the Reds as rivals in the old National League West division.
"I faced him many times," said Baker. "I didn't do so well that I remember. He used to crowd me with that sinker. Then you'd back off the plate to get to that sinker and he'd throw that slider on you."
Baker is a prostate cancer survivor, but cancer, he said, took the life of his mother-in-law and several friends.
"Let's hope our scientists and research can come up with a cure for cancer," said Baker. "You never get used to [it]. It makes you appreciate every day."