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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, March 14, 2007

"If Griffey can play. . . "

Jerry Narron was talking about the roster when he said this: "A lot will depend on if (Ken) Griffey can play." He was talking about on Opening Day, not spring training. It's the first time anyone on the Reds talked about the possibility of the Griffey not being ready to start the season. "If it's Match 14 and a guy still can't play. . . " Narron said. "You've got to have some spring training. Hopefully, he'll be able to get out there and play enough." Griffey would not say if he thinks he'll be ready to play by Opening Day. "I'll let you guys know when I'm ready to play," he said. He's not real happy with me over what I wrote Sunday. "If you think I'm that shallow you all need to never talk to me again. That's bull," he said or words to that effect. Griffey hasn't played in a game. He's still recovering from the broken left hand he suffered in December. I wrote that there was possibly more keeping him out than the hand. Apparently, he disputes that.


at 2:14 PM Blogger docproc said...

It was easy to see this coming. "Day to day" with Griffey really means "week to week" or even "month to month."

I'd be fine with Hamilton (or Freel) patrolling center field on Opening Day (and beyond).

at 2:37 PM Blogger docproc said...

And John, what you wrote on Sunday was on the nose. You only said what every Reds fan has been wondering...

at 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't find the Sunday story about Grif. Anyone have a link?

at 3:20 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

Junior's situation is a good reason why it is nice to have Hooper and Deno in the wings waiting to step in.

at 3:21 PM Blogger Justin said...

Griffey needs to worry about what is happening on the field, not in the press. It isn't like you visously attacked him, it is your job. His job is to play baseball to teh best of his ability.

at 3:38 PM Blogger Mark said...

Kudos to you, John. It's good to acknowledge the elephant in the room. No matter how touchy he is, enough is enough. It's just more of the same with him. If Hamilton is ready to make good, Jr's chronic injuries will no longer be a distraction to this club. It's time to break loose with what might have been so the Reds can move on with what is to be.

at 3:42 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Here's the link: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070311/COL09/703110403

at 3:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I don't think my girlfriend would even get mad at that. Come on Jr., not everything is a personal attack.

at 3:58 PM Blogger Dunn4President said...

I have always thought the media and fans were being a little tough on Griffey. He was and is one of the greatest players of all time...just not in a Reds uniform. I am done making excuses for him. He says "You'll see me out there when I'm out there." What a d*ck. No wonder everyone he comes in contact with, he rubs the wrong way. He is the one that got injured in the offseason and should be apologizing. He is talking above everyone and we are his customer base, employer and the one's that paid for that damn Yoht he broke his hand on. Good column John and keep exposing these flakes.

at 3:59 PM Blogger Colin said...

It's quite a difficult job you have Mr. Fay. If you write what you truly think about a player and they don't buy into it you won't be able to get the scoop the next time around due to spite. On the flip side, if you cater to the players all the time you won't get that edgy story the readers are looking for (like the article in question) and the readers won't respect you. I don't envy you. On a personal note, if I made 10 million dollars a year you could write whatever you wanted about me; I'd be too busy on my yacht to care. Maybe some ball players should take a similar stance.

at 4:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a good article, John. If Griffey gets upset over any of that, then, well, maybe the truth does dig deeply. Keep up the good work.

at 4:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see the breaking news about Pete saying he bet on his team every single night? I guess it's good that he bet on them to win all the time but I don't know how much it will help or hurt that he's admitting he bet on them that often. What are your thoughts?

at 5:07 PM Anonymous patbut said...

good article - what's the old saying? "the truth hurts..." he just needs to be honest with himself, the Reds, and the fans. If he's hurt he's hurt - say it and move on and rehab.

keep up the good writing and blogs - I love your site - see ya at "the deck" in a couple of days - i'm on my way down from Mo tomorrow!

at 5:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John: You were fair to Griffey. He looks like a wimp to many fans. Mike

at 5:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John: Griffey is over the hill and he is stealing money. Mike

at 6:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1969, Pete Rose broke his hand and had to watch the Reds from the press box. He missed about 2 1/2 WEEKS, not 4 months. And it drove him crazy.

BTW, Pete said last night he bought a couple of tickets for Opening Day and will be attending.

Do you think he had to also buy the Power Pack for a bunch of other games, or did he get "lucky" and land a couple of single seats?

Odds are (pardon the expression pete)he'll be sitting closer to home plate than the pitcher.

at 7:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, your report today asks hypothetically "You (golf) every day until you're 21," "then forced to stop playing."
Who "forced" Hamilton to "stop playing?" Anyone? Are you suggesting that he would have tried to play while losing weight during crack cocaine and meth-smoking binges? WHY kiss these guys butts? Why? They'll still talk to you if you write the truth.
We want REAL sports journalism in this town. Okay? I know what you were trying to say, but it comes off as weak and that you're afraid to simply state the facts. That's poor reporting.

at 10:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly, has there ever been a player with more bad luck then Jr. Griffey since he has come to the Reds. I am one of the few it seems that still thinks he is a great ball player, but man, has he had a horrible run since he signed on with the hometown team. This broken hand thing is a fluke accident, but most of the time Griffey has been hurt diving for a ball, running into a wall, or hustling around third to score. And when healthy, he always produces. Unfortunately for Griff and the Reds, he just hasn't been able to be healthy. What I wouldn't give for one of his monster years he had with the Mariners. Here's hoping for a healthy year for you Griffey..you and the Reds' fans deserve one.

at 10:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamilton was suspended from baseball (read: forced to stop playing) for the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons.

I think you, Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous, need to give John a break for his use of the term "forced" in his article. Not that big of a deal, y'know?

-Chas., WV

at 10:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Griffey needs to retire because he is totally useless and has been a clubhouse cancer for some time courtesy of hanging with an other pathetic fake injury wimp larkin both whom felt entitled. My theory is players need pay took away from them for being useless.

at 10:35 AM Blogger OchoCinco said...

6:17 Anon:

Huh?? Do you know who Josh Hamilton is? He was addicted to a lot of drugs and was suspended for a year from baseball and didn't play for nearly 4 years. Everyone knows this. We don't need to bring it up in every article ever written about him. I'm sure John just didn't want to write those words for the 1,000th time and used a metaphor. And in actuality he was 'forced' for a couple years to not play baseball due to a suspension.

On another note, please Griffey be a man and stand up and tell us what the problem is. Don't give us this crap about "I'll be there when I'm good and ready." That sounds an AWFUL LOT like a Mr. Barry Bonds.

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