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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Greetings from Sarasota

Greetings from the Hal McCoy Press Room at the lovely Ed Smith Stadium Complex.

So begins my blog. During spring training, it's going to be a lot like last year's diary. What it will be once the season starts remains to be seen.

Bernie Stowe, the clubhouse legend, opened the door and greeted me at the Ed. Bernie's sporting a goatee, a major violation of the club's old facial hair policy. "Marge is turning over in her grave," he said.

The other legend around here, Joe Nuxhall, is in Sarasota Memorial Hospital as you've likely heard by now. Bernie, PR Rob Butcher and Marty Brennaman all visited Nuxie this morning. They report he's in good spirits. He was doing gags and laughing. That's a good sign. Get well, Nuxie.

Spoke to Ken Griffey Jr. He was a little evasive about how he broke his hand. The only thing he said for sure is he didn't break it in motorcycle accident. He says he'll be ready to go when things start -- pending an examination by Dr. Tim Kremchek.

Homer Bailey arrived today. No, I haven't seen him throw yet. Most of the baseball activity was over when I got here at noon.

We've got to have a little weather talk here. A woman in front of me in line at McDonald's (I needed food quickly) was shivering in her heavy fleece jacket and saying how cold it was. The temperature on rented Monte Carlo read a bone-chilling 51 degrees. It think it was 52 in my kitchen this morning as I got ready to go airport.

Another big difference between Sarasota and Cincinnati: On my drive to ballpark at home, I don't pass a dog track or a Cheetah's, as I did on the way from the airport to the Ed. By the way, tonight's Service Personnel Night at Cheetah's. The track had a good crowd for the matinee. Haven't been to track here in a couple years. Last time, I went my friend, Mike, had a unfortunate misunderstanding with a track worker. But, as far as I know, we're free to come back.


at 5:57 PM Blogger BubbaFan said...

A "bone-chilling" 51F?! Sure, rub it in. It was, like, 5F this morning here. :-P

at 9:07 AM Blogger docproc said...

Delighted to see your Sarasota blog up and running, John. My son and I will head to Florida two weeks from today to catch three Spring Training games--hope to see you there.

Can you give us an update on Majewski's arm? Sure would be nice to see him return to form while Felipe Lopez makes 30 errors for the Nationals and looks apathetic at the plate.


at 10:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stowe has been spotted with that goatee at Elder basketball games all season.

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