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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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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Griffey v. Encarnacion

Got a lot of emails like this morning:

"I thought Narron made a good move taking Encarnacion out of the game last night. However, is there a double standard here? Was Griffey penalized for not running his double out last Sunday and settling for just a single? That could have been a big play in that game. Just curious. Thanks."
Mark, Bloomington, Ind.

That's basically what I wrote my off-day analysis about. There are different rules for different players. But I think Jerry Narron is forced to act the next time Griffey - or anyone else - doesn't break out of the box. I wasn't there for the game mentioned in the e-mail, but talking to Chris Welsh today he said Griffey did run, albeit not very hard. I know Jeff Brantley got on Griffey on the radio about the play and then gave it to him - good naturedly - in the clubhouse the next day. My guess is it doesn't become an issue because by saying what he said Narron served notice and the veterans will respond.

I'm writing from CVG. Got a 3 1/2-hour layover here. The wife made the trip out to meet me for lunch, although we couldn't have lunch because every place semi-decent to eat is on the other side of security. Oh well.


at 6:50 PM Blogger Pat said...

Is it possible that Narron and Krivsky has told Griffey to save his legs because we need his bat in the lineup. If he pulls something running out a grounder, it doesn't do us any good. I would think there would be two different standards for a healthy player and one that has a history of injuries.

I heard about Gonzalez. Prayers go out to him and his family. Will the Reds move Phillips to short and play Freel at second opening up center for Hamilton? Or will Castro play short and we end up juggling the outfielders? I like the first alternative, but then again I like lots of offense.

Arizona, USA

at 8:56 PM Blogger SolarAl said...

getting to see your wife for an hour or two in a six day span is always better than a real lunch. But then John knows that 2. (-:}

at 8:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gaslight Baking Company and Damon's are both good restaurants before security in Terminal 2.
As I'm sure you already know, Moe's in Concourse C, and Outback are the two standouts after security.

at 12:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked at the replay and it honestly looked like he thought the ball was fouled back. He has been praised for his work ethic, and possibly should have been given the benefit of the doubt, but he'll be OK. I think the best thing to happen from this is it could be used as an example to players if they don't hustle.

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