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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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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Off day and other things

If ever I needed a day off, it's today. And I've got one -- sort of. The Reds don't play. Still have to write something Reds' related. I'm not sure exactly what it will be. The Reds did re-assign Paul Janish to the minor league camp.

I've been tossing around the Ken Griffey Jr. thing in my mind since Jerry Narron's announcement. Here's what we know:

--Narron has made a pretty bold move. My guess is it's a move no other manager in the Griffey Era had the authority to make. Narron spent a lot of time talking to Jim Leyland before Monday's game. This is a move Leyland would make in a heartbeat. I'm sure the subject of Leyland's handling of Barry Bonds in the early days came up.

--The ball is in Griffey's court. How he reacts to this will shape his image in Cincinnati for the long term. If he says, "Whatever's best for team, I'm OK with it," he'll look very good. If he complains about the move, he's going to look bad. My guess is he won't talk about it.

--Josh Hamilton was a huge factor in the Reds forcing the issue. They think he can play right or center well enough to cover for Griffey and Ryan Freel. Freel is about as injury prone as Griffey.

--Griffey's going to have to get in the lineup this week to be on the active roster on Opening Day. The hand may prevent him from doing that.

I'm going to be on radio with Lance McAlister at 3:20 today. It will be good to get the talk show callers' take from him.

One note on yesterday. All that Griffey-to-right-field stuff came after the game in Lakeland. So I wrote it up, got in the car and called the office about the change of plans. Was informed that my Reds notes had not landed. Then I called the wife about dinner plans. Then the office called back and wanted another story for the sports cover because Griffey was going on the front page. In short, I was thoroughly distracted. Distracted enough that I failed to remember I was woefully low on gas. The Mighty Monte Carlo died at 80 in the left lane of I-75. I managed to get it to the side of the road -- the power steering goes out when the engine stalls -- and coast most of the way to the exit. I was planning to run before dinner, so my new route was to the nearest gas station and back. Took about 30 minutes, including the purchase of a $6.99 one-gallon, plastic gas container. Felt like an idiot every step of the way. By the end, a tired, sweaty idiot.

The story has a happy ending. The meal at Barnacle Bill's was delightful. Grouper Katrina. Laura had a lobster bigger than her head and about the same price as my first car. I could eat Grouper Katrina every night. Of course, I'd weigh 257 after a month or so.


at 10:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The online poll question for today is if we agree with Narron's decision on Griffey. The options are Yes - No - Wait and See...

at 1:12 PM Blogger DanH said...

John, Didn't that Monte Carlo have a low gas indicator lite? I still do not understand all the secrecy surrounding Griffey and RF. If all parties knew of the move, why not announce it and be done with it. Any word on the Reds grievance with the Nationals over Majewski? He obviously didn't fare to well in the minor league game.

at 1:44 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Oh, yeah, it has a low gas indicator. Can't get around the operator error. I found the secrecy a little curious. Majewski's case was in the hands of the lawyers last time I checked, although someone mentioned settlement so that could happen. I wouldn't be too concerned over the outing. Minor leaguers love to tee off on big leaguers in those situations, although Saarloos and Hermanson were good.

at 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Griffey batting 4th. To split up the left handers?

at 2:43 PM Blogger DanH said...

One more quick question... Does the coaching staff use the radar gun during the spring. I never saw one being used anywhere last week in Ed Smith or the back fields.

at 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comparing the "Griffey Situatin" to a "Bonds situation." Get real. That is ridiculous. The man has already said he will play wherever they tell him to. What more do you want? To get down on his knees and grovel at your feel? Well guess what: That is not going to happen. You keep making something out of nothing. Let it go.

at 8:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

good post. enjoyed it.
Heard a rumor on talk radio that Griffey & Dunn went to see Castellini. They told him they had trouble playing with Freel, he's a maniac. Griffey reportedly said he would play, but you wouldn't see him chasing the ball into the gaps.
The report was they wanted Castellini to get a legitimate Center Fielder, not a crazy man or a minor leaguer.
By the way, don't care to be anonymous, but the choices don't give you anything else.

at 11:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

who's the closer? weathers blows..is hermanson the guy?

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