Reds keeping eye on Hurricane Ike

Reds keeping eye on Hurricane Ike

PHOENIX -- Televisions in the Reds clubhouse were tuned to a different channel than normal on Friday.

Screens that might have otherwise shown a movie or another game showed coverage of Hurricane Ike as it closed in on the Texas coast.

"That's a monster," manager Dusty Baker exclaimed as his office TV showed the weather radar image.

Reds players Jay Bruce, Gary Majewski and Paul Janish have homes in or ties to the Houston area. Bruce wasn't sure what to expect from the Category 2 storm.

"We'll see in the next few hours," said Bruce before the Reds played the Diamondbacks. "They said it would hit at the Port of Houston. My house is two miles from the Port of Houston."

Several Houston area sporting events were postponed in anticipation of Ike, including games between the Astros and Cubs on Friday and Saturday.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.