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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 11, 2007

RedHawk Madness

I'm thinking about petitioning my boss, Josh, for a temporary re-assignment to the Miami beat, so I can cover the RedHawks in the Large Dance. Their win over the Akron in the MAC Final was a thing to behold. Two teams playing all out for 40 minutes. Banked 3 at buzzer to win. Controversy.

Congrats to Charlie Coles and his players.

Watched the game at Daiquiri Deck. I was only one of the 300 or so people in the joint paying attention to the game. But I had my own personal flat screen right across the bar as a I enjoyed Florida's Finest Fish sandwich and the game. Watching the tilt without the sound showed just how hard both sides played. One quote from Charlie lifted from enquirer.com shows that he's a guy who gets it:

"We were very fortunate ... what a great night for the RedHawks," Coles said. "It's been so long that we have been to the NCAA Tournament. I was as happy as I thought I would be, but after being happy, I felt very bad for Akron. What a phenomenal team they have. How can you have 26 victories and not hear your name for an at-large (bid). Something is wrong with the system. My heart goes out to Akron because they have been a phenomenal team all year long."

On the Reds front, some of you have asked about cuts. Jerry Narron and Wayne Krivsky met for a half hour this morning. Could see something tomorrow. But keep in mind the club has a split-squad, day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

The lineup is what you might get if the Reds faced a lefty on Opening Day and Ken Griffey Jr. was out:

Freel CF
Gonzalez SS
Encarnacion 3B
Dunn LF
Conine 1B
Phillips 2B
Hamilton RF
Ross C
Milton P


6 Comments:

at 12:25 PM Anonymous fbcoach said...

Does saying this could be an Opening Day lineup without JR meant that not only is Hamilton going to make the squad, but he could get serious playing time?

 
at 12:28 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Yes and yes. I'd be stunned if he doesn't make the team. And, so far, he's looked good enough to play. He's hitting .478 and not striking out very often. That said, it's March 11.

 
at 5:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could be a lineup against lefties without Jr? Alex "Career OBP of under .300" Gonzalez batting SECOND?

Ummm, that would be quite dumb on Narron's part.

 
at 9:55 PM Anonymous Zippy said...

I still think Akron should have made the tourney, The MAC does not get enough respect.

 
at 8:22 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Gonzalez's hit .278 against lefties and .244 against righties last year.

 
at 7:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Batting average of .278 against lefties? Whoopee!

On-base percentage is much more important. Alex Gonzalez has a career OBP of .292. In 2006, his OBP was a whopping .299. These numbers are horrible. This guy should NEVER bat in the No. 2 hole. He makes outs at a higher rate than probably everyone on the team except for the pitcher.

The No. 8 hole was made for guys like Gonzalez.

 
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