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.