Zavada unwilling to accept less than best
Journey back to The Show one of courage, determination
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A non-roster reliever trying to pitch his way onto the Reds' roster out of camp, left-hander Clay Zavada knows he can't have more outings like he had on Sunday against the D-backs. That's partially why Zavada was still kicking himself quite a bit on Monday."I'm disappointed," said Zavada, who gave up six runs (four earned), three hits and three walks in one-third of an inning against Arizona. "I wanted to pitch well against the Diamondbacks and I did not. I've got to own that. That game is on me. I lost it for our team against my old team." Zavada, 27, has had much bigger roadblocks and setbacks during a professional career that has zigged and zagged away from anything resembling a straight path to the Majors. A 30th-round Draft pick by the D-backs in 2006, Zavada was out of baseball within a year. In December 2006, his father Clarence, known as "Big Clay," died of a heart attack and Zavada became charged with taking care of the family and a farm in his hometown of Streator, Ill. He also decided to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. "My dad enjoyed watching me. When he passed away, I had promised him I'd graduate college, which I did," said Zavada, who earned his degree in business administration in the spring of 2008.