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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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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Opportunity is a relative term

The Reds have 29 pitchers in camp. Everyone them probably thinks he’s going to make the club. They all do have a chance. Just like you have a chance to win the lottery. But in cases of some of the pitchers the chance is roughly the same as having their lottery numbers come up.
This came up when Jerry Narron was asked if Homer Bailey had as good as chance as everyone else to make the club.

“No, because Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo have already made it,” Narron said.

He explained: “I told all these pitches the very first day they were here that I’m sorry to say that everyone does not get the same opportunity. I’m not going to lie and say everybody’s going to get the same chance because you’re not. Everyone is not going to get the same opportunity but they are going to get an opportunity. If they do well, they’re going to get go back out there.”

The guess here is Homer does well, gets another chance and makes the Reds make a hard decision.

Looking forward to tomorrow when the full squad works out. There's not a lot to garner from watching PFP and pitchers throw bullpens. Guess it's a bit foggy up there in Cincinnati. My wife was supposed to be on a 9 a.m. to Sarasota. That was delayed and then cancelled. She's on the 3 p.m. now. Wish her luck.

Had dinner last night at the Manhattan Grill with my sister and brother-in-law. I continue my quest for the perfect grouper sandwich. Right now, Captain Curt's in the leader in the clubhouse.

One last thing: Saw all the discussion about the Josh Hamilton story. Let me just say that race in no way entered into the way I wrote it, and that I'm certain that race has not entered in the way Mark Curnutte covered the Chris Henry story.


at 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I promise you your quest for the perfect Grouper sandwich will end at Frenchies on Clearwater Beach. Trust me!

at 2:47 PM Blogger Mark said...

Should Homer Bailey make the squad this year? No question about it, he has been very dominant in the minors. Is he ready for the step up? I understand the caution since the Reds don't have a very impressive record of reaping maximum rewards with young pitching phenoms. Caution is good to a point, but if Eric Milton resorts to his 2004 form, I hope the phone rings sooner than later. At some point they've got to take the plunge.

at 3:25 PM Anonymous Chris said...

If you haven't already, try the grouper sandwich at the Mar Vista grill on Longboat Key. If the weather's nice enough, sit outside on the dock. Fantastic! You know, I think I enjoy the trivial/"folksy" parts of your blog more than the basball-related stuff. Excellent job on both.

at 3:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarasota Brewing Company has the best Grouper Sandwich; you can get fried, blackened or grilled.

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