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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, March 18, 2007

The other four

Just was out watching batting practice. One half of the Big Red Machine's starting eight were in attendance. Cesar Geronimo showed up today. Dave Concepcion and George Foster have been in camp for a while. Ken Griffey Sr. came through on his way to a scouting trip.

The reunion made for some fine entertainment. Griffey wields a pretty good needle. To Davey: "You're ass is big enough for three people. It wouldn't fit in that dryer in Chicago anymore."

That's one of the classic Reds stories. Davey climbed in a dryer in Wrigley in an effort to get out of slump. He was none too pleased when somebody turned it on.

Tony Perez, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan are the more famous members of the Big Red Machine, but none of the championships would have been won with Geronimo, Griffey, Foster and Concepcion. Griffey was talking about Dan Driessen. It would good to see him in camp as well.

Doug Flynn, Tom Browning and Todd Benzinger have also been in camp. Credit goes to Bob Castellini for bringing the old guard back.


at 11:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine somebody doing that to A-Rod?

at 12:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

imagine bonds trying to do that. his head wouldn't even fit it in the dryer!

at 12:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

imagine bonds trying to do that. his head wouldn't even fit it in the dryer!

at 3:36 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

I saw a fan pic of Concepcion from yesterday (viewed from behind), and had the same thought as Griffey.

I'm also amused by the thought of Todd Benzinger (first baseman with a SLG below .375) and Doug Flynn (less than 400 AB as a Red) being part of the "old guard." I know what you mean, though - good memories associated with both guys, regardless of their own mediocrity.

at 8:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long do you think Griffey Sr. or any of those other Big Red Machine guys would have "pouted" around if they were told they'de have to switch positions for the betterment of the team. (See Pete Rose/George Foster) ?

Just asking.......

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