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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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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Reds 1, Dodgers 0

Aaron Harang certainly did not look like a guy with a sore back or a guy who had not pitched in seven days: 8 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 8 Ks.

Brandon Phillips made two of the best plays of the year. Look for them on a highlight show near you.

First back-to-back shutouts by the Reds since 2000.

As I was leaving the clubhouse, Todd Coffey asked me if I had anything against him. I said I didn't. He was not happy with headline in the today's paper. I told him I don't write the headlines. He was very polite about the whole thing.

I like the guy, and I think he'll be a good pitcher again. I think the team would do him a favor by sending him to Louisville where he could pitch on a regular basis and work on things. Keeping him here to pitch in lost causes is ludicrous.

By the way, Jon Coutlangus gave up five runs without retiring a batter in Louisville tonight. Maybe Wayne Krivsky saw that coming.


at 9:31 AM Anonymous jc said...

no john. krivsky never saw cooters one night meltdown. he is probably depressed and shellshocked. i bet you a dime on a dollar that if you go back and look at every pitcher sent back down.... with the exception of stone.... there first night back at louisville was a disaster. can you imagine what cooters was thinking? not fair john.

at 9:34 AM Anonymous jc said...

i might be disgusted with some of their play at times.... but i was an athlete and have two sons who play a sport at a pretty high level.... they are human beings. not performers in a circus. they hear the boos and read the papers. its why coffey... who is still young, cares what you think. its why i cringe whenever people forget that gonzalez has to be torn up inside dealing with his son. i am not crying a river for them.... but to expect cooter to go down and hang zeros the first night after i am sure he spent a day wondering how and why he got screwed is kind of naive.

at 9:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be that Wayne may have destroyed Coutlangus's confidence. I think maybe his performance with the Bats may indicate that. He was much better than that with the Reds.

Coffe certainly needs to regroup, but he is far from being the entire fault of the Reds this season.

at 9:37 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can't say a guy with an ERA under 4 and has been solid the whole year, especially the last month or so would suddenly just lose it. You're giving Wayne too much credit.

It's a classic case of where a pitcher (a relatively young one like the rookie Coutlangus) who doesn't agree with the decision to be sent down and feels sorry for himself and is disinterested in the game. And he has the "doesn't wanna be there attitude."

But he'll have to learn to suck it up if he wants to be back here soon.

at 9:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There maybe a better all around 2nd baseman that Phillips in the National League this year but I haven't seen him play.

at 11:14 AM Blogger bsu1 said...

How do you explain Todd Coffee? A year ago he was looked at as a possible closer because his stuff was so good.

at 11:24 AM Blogger babull said...

John, I hope you are kidding. If Krivsky had that kinda perception do ya think maybe he would have seen that Germano was worth keeping. Cooter is ticked off. If Wayne communicated with him the way he does with the press and the fans he would have good reason. If you have 72 hrs to report when sent down it says alot about him to be there last night.

at 11:39 AM Blogger John Fay said...

I was kidding about Krivsky knowing something about Coutlangus. I can see how that happened. He had to be shellshocked when he got sent out.

I don't know how to explain Coffey's struggles. Pitch selection is part of it. But he's throwing 94, 95. I suspect he'll get it straightened out and be back in September .

at 11:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, you said you don't write the headlines for your own articles!!!
Then who does? That is hard to beleive that one. Maybe tommorrow headline should here John Fay is still here-But does not write good articles. I wonder how you would fill.
The media forgets that players are people too just like you and me!!!!

at 12:10 PM Blogger John Fay said...

No writer at any paper writes the headlines on their stories. Every paper has copy editors and a layout staff to do that.

I write the headlines on the my blog entries, thus the complete lack of cleverness.

at 12:34 PM Anonymous jc said...

thanks for clearing that up. should have given you a bit more credit.

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