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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, May 27, 2007

Pirates 14, Reds 10

I did not witness this debacle in person. And I only watched the first inning while vacuuming my family room. Didn't need to hear the commentators to know this would be a bad day for Redlegs.

I only caught a bit of the rest on radio. Every time I tuned the Reds would score to two to get close. When I tuned back in, the bullpen would have given up two. Example: When we parked in Hyde Park, Adam Dunn had just hit a home run to and Jeff Brantley said the Reds are within 3. During lunch, my wife looks up at TV and says "I think it's 11-6." It was.

Ugly, ugly day. Uglier streak. Going from 13-13 to 18-33 isn't easy.

A lot of people in the organization have said "you don't want to panic." I think you do.

Do something irrational. Bring up Homer Bailey. Bring up Joey Votto.

I know I didn't say fire anyone. I never will. I don't think that's the place of a beat guy.


26 Comments:

at 5:34 PM Anonymous OCRedsFan said...

A beat guy doesn't even watch the whole game?? No offense just have to question your ability to judge/report what's going any better than a fan like me.

 
at 5:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'm off today.

 
at 5:44 PM Blogger jbench5 said...

Give the guy a break ocreds fan ... it's his day off. It's enough that even watched an inning.

 
at 6:07 PM Anonymous mikec said...

At this point the only way I'd watch the Reds is if you paid me.

 
at 6:18 PM Blogger John Fay said...

That might be the September promtion at this rate: "Come see the Reds and we'll give a crisp five-dollar bill."

 
at 6:47 PM Anonymous ADMS said...

John - can I add a couple of ideas to your September promotion list?

- Execution night. For players that don't perform, you get the idea...
- Little League and High School Night. It has nothing to do with discounted tickets (they should be free by September.) Instead, anyone under the age of 17 gets to pitch an inning.
- Philadelphia night. All fans get four D batteries, a bag of snowballs, unlimited beer, glass bottles, and a bullhorn. The fun comes watching the fielders run in terror once bad plays are made and they soon realize that isn't rain coming from the sky. The bullhorn adds the Philadelphia atmosphere.
- Los Angeles night. They don't open the gates until the third inning (so we can miss the first) and force everyone to leave by the seventh inning to avoid the 8th inning.
- Anti-All-Star game. Instead of voting players to the All-Star game, we fill out ballots on who to get rid of. The fans are able to vote on the punishment the top vote-getter receives.
- The 11 Fielder game. Why stop at nine positions? Let's play "beer softball league" rules for a game! This way we can concrete Dunn's feet to the grass and let others make his plays.

Is there any way that a STOP PAYMENT order can be applied to the Reds paychecks?

I don't have the stats, but I'm betting the loss percentage rate of teams scoring 10+ runs a game has to be in the single digits.

when the Reds allowed 8 runs in the top of the 10th, I thought that was the bottom. During the game I was at last night, I then thought I saw the bottom with Bronson giving up 4 runs in less than five minutes in the first. I just got back in after once again being at the game and now I don't think I've seen the bottom. I'm still stunned...14 to 10??? what is the bottom now?

I'm at least glad the Indy 500 was delayed due to rain. I forgot to hit the record button on the old DVR and I believe at this time, there have been 23 lead changes among a lot of different people.

I think I'm going to enjoy Memorial Day - no Reds tickets!

 
at 8:14 PM Anonymous Chef Rahn said...

How about a crisp five dollar bill and a nice cold five dollar beer!

 
at 8:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

September promotion? At this rate, management better start paying fans now--maybe Castallini fruit baskets to every fan in attendance?

 
at 8:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At this point the only way I'd watch the Reds is if you paid me."

Yet you'll take the time out of your day to let us know that on a Reds blog. Makes sense to me.

 
at 8:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At this point the only way I'd watch the Reds is if you paid me."

Yet you'll take the time out of your day to let us know that on a Reds blog. Makes sense to me.

 
at 9:08 PM Blogger RedsFan3 said...

I only have one question: When does Bengals training camp start?

 
at 9:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh come on, John. The reason a beat guy won't say "fire" anyone is because he's afraid he might lose access or be avoided. Have some guts and say it.

 
at 9:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at Homer's last start in Columbus, he needs to stay with Louisville. He was topping out at 92mph and he threw 93% fastballs, 6.5% curveballs, and 1 changeup. He will be pitching the same BP pitches that the current staff is serving up. Honestly it was brutal watching him because he kept throwing fastballs over the middle of the plate and Columbus couldn't square them up and kept fouling them off. That is why his strikeouts are down but pitch counts are up. Larry Barton Jr. said it best "I agree with Krivsky on one thing and that is that Homer is not ready".

 
at 9:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at Homer's last start in Columbus, he needs to stay with Louisville. He was topping out at 92mph and he threw 93% fastballs, 6.5% curveballs, and 1 changeup. He will be pitching the same BP pitches that the current staff is serving up. Honestly it was brutal watching him because he kept throwing fastballs over the middle of the plate and Columbus couldn't square them up and kept fouling them off. That is why his strikeouts are down but pitch counts are up. Larry Barton Jr. said it best "I agree with Krivsky on one thing and that is that Homer is not ready".

 
at 9:43 PM Anonymous BobtheRedsFan said...

Key point from Sunday game was top of 5th inning. Santos throws 2 pitches to start inning and looks tired. Manager and pitching coach should have realized he had pitched as well as he could (and was out of gas)and batted for him in previous inning but...
So he gives up 3 more runs and Reds can't catch up even though they score 5 more runs.
If Narron wants to win some games with this crew, he has got to pick up his energy level and take command of a game and his players rather than watching it happen.

 
at 12:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Have some guts and say it.

That's awful gusty of you as well -- under that Anonymous tag.

--Tommy
Dallas, TX

 
at 2:32 AM Blogger mike said...

the reds need to trade dunn and cut their pathetic bullpen and try to bring in some new blood.

 
at 4:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kearns and Lopez having tough seasons.

(BA/OBP/SLG)
Austin .262/.324/.414
Felipe .255/.304/.363

 
at 6:25 AM Anonymous mikec said...

says the guy who posted anonymously:

"Oh come on, John. The reason a beat guy won't say "fire" anyone is because he's afraid he might lose access or be avoided. Have some guts and say it."

 
at 8:26 AM Anonymous PaulS said...

Is there any way we can bring back Pete Rose, Jose Rijo, and Chris Sabo?

 
at 9:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure what Homer Bailey game that earlier poster was watching but the games I have seen, he has been throwing the change as much or more often than the fastball. Either that guy doesnt know the difference or he hasnt actually seen Homer pitch. Homer looks as good as anyone in the minors with his fastball and has been working hard to get his changeup right. The fact he is throwing it for strikes is a good thing. Bailey's only problem is his control, and that seems to be improving as he gets comfortable mixing his pitches. He is as ready as anyone on that staff and should be the #1 guy come August if not sooner. Bring him up and let him get to work, he isnt learning anything else at AAA, and we have too good a team to be losing like this!!! Votto isnt ready, just because he is hot right now, he needs to do it for longer stretches. The last thing we need is a hole in our lineup, bring him up when he is ready to hit #5 not #8.

 
at 9:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barton is too busy figuring out just what a train wreck the Rangers minor league system is, he hasnt seen Bailey pitch since last year, and yeah last year Bailey was all fastball. I have seen Bailey throw twice and its been heavy on the changeups and a ton of ground balls. (Ground balls are good things in case you were wondering, a guy named Greg Maddux makes a living off of them) Bailey and Gallardo are probably the most impressive guys in the minors right now, and its going to be fun watching them pitch against each other for the division in the very near future. Bailey is the best guy on the staff already.

 
at 9:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great American Ball Park is a joke passing as a majoe league ball park. Batters are fooled but their fly balls still sail for home runs. No top pitcher is going to sign with the Reds to pitch in this park. One cannot develop a competent team when the stadium is more condusive to a beer league softball game. Move back the plate and raise the height of the walls to eliminate cheap home runs. Thanks, Stu

 
at 10:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having spent some time on the 'three moves' while listening on and off to yesterday's game...

1. A big non-move: Trading Dunn is silly so don't do it. He is finally starting to improve and if (everything hinges on this if) he hits .270+ and hits 50 home runs with 100+ RBIs, that equals a guy you trade for, not trade away. Sure, I would like to see RBIs everytime some one is on base, but he is still 27-28 on front side of the prime of his career... When did 'Big Papi' take off? Just about this same time of his career... 'Wake up America!" (or just Cincy)

2. No more bullpen starts. If Phil or Homer is even close to coming up, bring them up and for the rest of the year (based on comments I woul dbring up Phil D. to replace Milton and if Lohse is traded away then bring up Homer). Trade Milton or give him long relief. Heck, even try him in the ninth. Maybe he is the next Eckersly/starter going closer and having better stuff. 9 million is what a top flight closer would go for anyway...

3. Prepare for a outfield of Hamilton, Dunn and Grifey for next year. There is no room for Freel out there as a starter next year and with Bruce 2-3 years away as Griffey's replacement (maybe). Whatever that means for Freel, Hopper, or any infielder... do it before the trade deadline.

AdrianE

 
at 10:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Sparkey Anderson? Sparkey would love this team. Strong up the middle, two speed merchants in Freel and Phillips, lousy pitching and bona fide home run hitters in Dunn and Griffey. Sparkey could be tough or a cream puff. Never would he let Valentin run the bases when he had speedsters like Arroyo on the bench. Come on Narron get in the game, you can be detached when you're fishing in North Carolina.

 
at 11:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey mikec,

would you know the guy if he posted as joeyt? What would it matter? Do you have more credibility if you post under a name? LOL what if he just used joeschmoe? would you and the others be happy and give him better credit for his comment? Give it a rest!

A name makes no difference on what one comments on. The problem here is the Reds are going nowhere and the only way to get something done is to make the owners suffer by not attending games. You continue to go, hoping they will turn it around and when they do not and you ask for a change from the owners, well guess what, you won't get it due to they all ready have your money and then some. Enjoy the circus!

 
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