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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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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reds 16, M's 1 (and a priceless memory)

Ken Griffey Jr. never said what he expected upon his return to Seattle. Turns out he couldn't have expected what he got.

“It was more than I expected, a lot more than I expected,” Griffey said. “Awesome, if you had to put in one word. It was something – that many people for that long, cheering. It was pretty unbelievable.”

The only trick was keeping the eyes dry.

“I was pretty good,” he said. “I had to take a couple of deep breaths. I looked around and it was touching. But I didn’t want to start crying. I didn’t want to home and have my kids say, ‘Daddy, you were a punk.’ But it was real touching.”

Someone asked Griffey if he nervous before the first at-bat.

“The first at-bat was OK,” he said. “It was other four. The first at-bat when he threw over (to first), I settled down. The second at-bat I was trying to get the runners over. The last three I was trying to hit it as far as I could.”

He struck out swinging on all three of those.

As for the game: David Ross and Brandon Phillips each went deep twice. Josh Hamilton hit a solo shot. And Aaron Harang pitched eight innings of two-hit ball. The only run he allowed was unearned. He's 8-2 with 3.59 and should be getting All-Star consideration. He’s 3-0 with 1.85 ERA in his last six starts.

“It would be outstanding,” Narron said. “He’s definitely deserving, not only for what he’s done this year, but for what he did last year. It would be good to see him make it.”


at 3:25 AM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Wouldn't it suck if LaRussa left Harang off because of that "intentional" HBP against St. Louis?

at 11:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, glad to see that the Reds won & scored 16 runs. However, Narron batting the light hitting Conine 4th -- a guy since 2001 is averaging 12.67 HR per year -- is mind boggling to me. That guy is NOT a 3,4, or 5 hitter -- In my opinion, last night the Reds won in spite of Narron. Dunn or Hamilton should bat 4th after Griffey.

Anyway, glad to see the Reds won & here's hoping that the Reds turn it around and win a bunch of games and that Narron proves that he knows what he is doing. Like any other Reds fan, I would like to see that ownership prove me wrong in its apparent steadfast support for Narron & that the Reds & Narron do well. This happened, at least, for one game.

at 3:27 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Good point Kingseyland. I had forgotten all about that. I don't think LaRussa would be that shallow.

at 3:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John,
I find it interesting that 6 out the Reds' starters now have at least 10 HRs (Hatty and Conine have 11 combined so you could argue the number is 7 out of 8). Can any other teams match that number? So much for HRs as an indicator of team success.

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