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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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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Will he or won't he?


First a bit of baseball news. There's a little confusion on Gary Majewski. Manager Jerry Narron said the right-hander was shut down for a week. Majewski said he talked to the doctor and he's starting a throwing program today. My take: Majewski will be throwing, but not throwing like the other pitchers. We can't get a clarification from the trainers or the doctors because they are not longer allowed to talk to the media under the new labor agreement.

Majewski threw a bit early in the offseason and then shut it down after having shoulder pain. Majewski's setback will heat up the debate on the Washington trade. He expects to be full go shortly. He said he's never been overly worried. "I knew it wasn't anything major," he said. But until he's 100 percent and getting people out, the trade looks awful.

I'm a beat writer by day, Sarasota tourist by night, thus I hit Siesta Beach last night for sunset. The beach wasn't very crowded because of the weather. But there were two weddings going on. That probably seems like a good idea until you find out it it's going to be 48 degrees with a howling wind. The sunset (right) wasn't great by Siesta standards -- but nice nonetheless.

All hands are on deck, as far as pitchers and catchers. Ken Griffey Jr. and Josh Hamilton are the only position players cleared to officially work out. The first workout starts at 12:30 p.m. I'll report back after seeing what Majewski does.

By the way, heard a commercial for the Rays Day, a promotion day for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It seems the club is bringing in Kobayashi, a hot dog eating legend, to get fans out. Not sure he's going to actually eat any dogs. But if he does I'm sure my buddy, Marc Lancaster, will be covering that -- hot dog counter in hand.

Speaking of food, I did the Sarasota trifecta for my last three meals. Lunch at Gus's, grouper at Captain Curt's and break at the Broken Egg. No Dick Vitale at the Egg. Must be doing a game. Culinary tip: Get your grouper at a dive. The piece you get on a $8.95 sandwich at Captain Curt's is as good as $20 entree at fancy joint.


11 Comments:

at 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - keep the info coming. I am enjoying it. Expecially interested in what Dunn looks like coming into camp

 
at 12:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick to Reds news please. Nobody cares about what you ate or where you went after the workouts.

 
at 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I enjoy hearing about the Sarasota experience, Reds related or not. Keep it up...this is surpassing the scoop factor of Bengals blog already. I say Dunn shows up with a 3rd chin and 15lbs on the gut over last year.

 
at 2:34 PM Blogger BearcatinSCarolina said...

john -- Please ignore comments like that of anon 12:43 criticizing your posting of stuff not directly involving the Reds. I think the vast majority of fans including this one enjoy hearing about the local flavor and everything that's going on, including dining, tourism, traffic, weather, leisuretime experiences, etc. For those who've been down there, and I have several times, it's a big part of what Spring Training is all about.

 
at 9:16 PM Blogger DanH said...

John,I also agree with bearcat, keep up with the total picture of spring training. I too will be there in 3 weeks Reds baseball,Siesta beach, Dacquiri Deck, sun and warm weather. Woo Hoo!!

 
at 9:49 PM Blogger docproc said...

Complete agreement with bearcatinscarolina--keep the Sarasota news coming. Spring Training is about more than just the games and the workouts. Can't wait to get down there.

 
at 11:12 PM Blogger Fred Davies said...

Dickie V now has his "own" Broken Egg. It is near his Lakewood Ranch home. He is seldom at the Siesta Key site. P.s. His newest Sarasota project is a "Night with Coach K". It is in May and for only $1,000 you can spend the evening with Coach K and Dickie V---at the Ritz.
(Don't forget to get to Javier's!)

 
at 11:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 12:43 needs to learn to speak for his or herself, and avoid statements like "nobody cares..."

Plenty of people DO care, and enjoy John's folksy style of delivery from Spring Training. Indeed, Spring Training itself is all about a more laid-back style. That's part of its appeal, from a fan's perspective.

Lighten up.

 
at 8:02 AM Blogger Paul said...

Thanks John. Please keep the posts coming. I'm making my first Spring Training trip in two weeks. I'll take 50F over the current Cincinnati weather. Even my 4-year old is eager for some baseball.

 
at 8:52 AM Blogger Brad said...

Dukie V must have been busy sniffing Coach K's jock.

 
at 10:47 AM Anonymous grouperfan said...

Where is Captain Curt's on the
Sarasota Mapquest?

 
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