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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, July 29, 2007

Latest on Harang

Kevin Kelly is having Blogger problems at the ballpark, but he sends this piece of news from the Reds:


Reds manager Pete Mackanin said starting pitcher Aaron Harang, who came out of Saturday's game after one inning because of lower back soreness, was to be re-evaluated this morning.

"I spoke to him last night after the game," Mackanin said. "He said he didn't think it was a big deal. He said his back acted up last year a little. He didn't seem to be concerned at all, so that made me happy."

Right now, Harang is still scheduled to start against the Nationals on Thursday.

"We should know today, probably, or in a day or two. I'm not sure," Mackanin said. "We're waiting to see what the doctors are going to say."
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10 Comments:

at 10:39 AM Anonymous Greg said...

I have to say, it was sickening to be walking the streets of Cincinnati and see that many Cubs fans. It reminds me of all those Bengals games in the 1990s and early 2000s, when the Steelers fans would come to town and it would turn into a road game for the Bengals. I don't blame the Reds fans. I blame the Reds management. Put a good team on the field, and you will have the fans flocking out in droves. I know they are "working" hard on this, but it is frustrating to go to a ballgame, and hear "Lets Go Cubbies". Where's your civic pride, Reds Management? It's pretty sad when a group of fans will drive 5 hours to support a team that hasn't won anything in 99 years, but Reds fans won't come out to support their team. Hmm. I guess the fault lies with management and with the fans.

 
at 11:52 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on, Greg.

I live far from Cincy and only got to see the Sunday game on TV. I listened to the other two Cubs-Reds games on the Internet.

It looked and sounded like a game in Wrigley. Ridiculous.

 
at 12:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's typical big market vs. small market. The Cubs have a national following because of WGN and they've always had lots of fans, even though they have not won a championship in most people's lifetime.

JDee

 
at 12:41 PM Blogger Taylor said...

The AP and ESPN is reporting that Harang will miss his next start and will not travel with the team to DC, but could pitch vs. Pittsburgh.

 
at 12:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt, a winning team will bring more fans..however, I think it's safe to say that a good number of the Cubs fans you saw and heard at GABP this weekend did not drive five hours from Chicago to see the Cubs play. Most of those Cubs fans you see in Cincinnati are not even from Chicago. I think a lot of those fans are from Indiana, Kentucky, maybe other parts of Ohio, etc. They may not have a local team to follow, so they have adopted the Cubs as their team. When the Cubs come to Cincinnati these fans know they can get tickets to a game, because the greater Cincinnati area has about 1/3 the number of people living here, so obviously the demand for tickets isn't as high as in Chicago. I talked to a number of "Cubs" fans this weekend, none of them were from Chicago, and they all told me they come here to watch the Cubs play because they can't get a ticket to Wrigley. That's funny..because I have been to approx. five Reds -Cubs games at Wrigley, and always have been able to get a ticket. I have always enjoyed going to games at Wrigley and talking baseball with Cubs fans in Chicago; they are knowledgle, respectful of Reds fans, and friendly. These are not the same type of Cubs fans that for the most part attend games in Cincinnati, acting obnoxiously and heckling Reds fans. I know it bothers many Reds fans to see all of the Cubs fans in GABP, but these fans remind me not so much of Steelers fans in the 90's, but of Packers fans when the Bengals would host the Packers. You knew all the guys wearing cheese on their head were not from Green Bay, however the Packers were the "cool" team to root for. That's what the Cubs have become, minus winning an actual championship of course.

 
at 12:59 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Face it, adding Pinella and Soriano to the kiddie corps (Pagan, Pie, Theriot, Sean Marshall et all) made the Cubs the REAL team to beat in this division this year.

Reds fans have taste and class. We wouldn't embrace losing as being "okay."

Losing is the official "religion" at Wrigley Field. We shouldn't want to adopt such nonsense here!

This is Big Red Machine country. Cincinnati is where winners play. Reds management has to make sure to live up to those expectations, or leave, and don't take decades to get "competitive" either, that would only be okay for a Cubs fan!

But who cares what Cubs fans do? Let them come to town. When you see one, just say to them:

"1945"

If the results are unsatisfactory, say:

"1908"

Smile and walk away!

That's all.

Let them embrace 100 years of solitude (well, 99 years and counting...) They might make the playoffs this year but the Reds will win another Series before the Cubbies ever even get there again!

Since 1945, with no Cubs team in the Series, kinda makes 1990-2007 seem "okay." What's a little 17 year drought? Nothing to a Cubs fan but about 12 too long for any Reds fan worth his salt!

 
at 1:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was at the game Sunday... this past weekend we saw the real reds

For those of you that thought these Reds were gonna be anymore than maybe a 500 team..have fun .

With Bengals football starting soon most will be shifting to football.

I have gone to about 15 games this year. It has become pathetic

Blow the darn team up. Start fresh Develop a plan. Who cares if Griffey and Dunn are traded..What has our record been with em.

No need to read into why the Cubs fans were at GAB.. The answer.. Lou Pinella and they have a good team

anon 11:46...nothing wrong with good natured heckling..we gave it right back and everyone laughed.. thats sports..quit crying

 
at 1:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm here searching for info on Harang's next start. I have him in two fantasy leagues and have to set my lineup by 6:40 tonight. Is there a good probability that he will start vs. Pittsburgh??

 
at 1:34 PM Blogger John Fay said...

He's not going to Washington, if he's OK, he'll start one of the games in the Pittsburgh.

 
at 3:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Face it, adding Pinella and Soriano to the kiddie corps (Pagan, Pie, Theriot, Sean Marshall et all) made the Cubs the REAL team to beat in this division this year.

Reds fans have taste and class. We wouldn't embrace losing as being "okay."

Losing is the official "religion" at Wrigley Field. We shouldn't want to adopt such nonsense here!

This is Big Red Machine country. Cincinnati is where winners play. Reds management has to make sure to live up to those expectations, or leave, and don't take decades to get "competitive" either, that would only be okay for a Cubs fan!

WHAT PLANET ARE U LIVING ON DUDE?
CINCINNATI WINNERS TOO FUNNY

 
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