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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, September 27, 2007

Nuxie and Dunn

Just spoke to Joe Nuxhall. He begins chemo Monday for his fourth bout with lymphoma.

He's upbeat, as always.

"Yeah, I get another shot of it," he said. "I was all geared up becasue I thought we had it whipped. What are you going to do?"

Nuxhall will make his book-signing appearance Sunday at the Reds Hall of Fame.

"You can't sit around and feel sorry for yourself," he said.

He is one tough cookie. I've dealt cancer personally and with members of my family. I've never seen take it on with such optimism and complete lack of self pity.

Also saw Adam Dunn. He's off crutches.

"I could take them," he said.

The knee was worse than expected. Dunn's not a fan of surgery.

"My first and last," he said. "It's terrible. I don't know how people go through it."


at 10:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, any way you could get this suggestion to the right people?
They should retire Nuxhall's number (or one of his numbers----he wore 3 different ones during his playing career). Considering how much he's given the team and the fans, it'd be like something obvious is missing if his number isn't up on the wall with Bench, Morgan, et al.
It's kind of like Pete Rose and the Hall of Fame. Cooperstown has so many artifacts from Rose's career, but they stubbornly refuse to give him a plaque (or even the chance of getting one). Something is missing.

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