"I got hit in the elbow. Some things never change," Redmond said. "It doesn't matter if I'm playing, coaching or managing, the ball seems to find me. I was like, 'Come on, man.' It was almost impossible for him to hit me from home plate. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was far enough over. I was thinking there was no chance I was in the line of fire.
"I'm used to taking those foul tips. There is no way I can go down right there. The guys would be all over me."
• Friday was a first for Redmond. It was the first time he stepped foot in Citi Field after all the years he visited Shea Stadium as a player. The difference?
"I've got to be honest with you, I really miss the smell," Redmond joked. "They asked me what the difference is, and I said, 'By far, the smell.' When you walked underneath the stadium there, there was a smell very unique to Shea Stadium."
How would he best describe the smell of Shea?
"Stale," the manager laughed.
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