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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, September 5, 2007

Reds 7, Mets 0

Not a bad debut for Joey Votto: 3-for-3, bomb off the batter's eye, nice defensive play.

“I hope Joey Votto doesn't think it’s going to be that easy,” Pete Mackanin said, “or maybe it is going to be that easy. He certainly made a nice debut. What a thrill for him. It was thrilling for me and everybody on the team.”

Tom Shearn threw six innings of three-hit ball. Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The Mets did not run out their best lineup. But it was a nice win for the Reds, who desperately needed one.

The thing I'm stunned about? I haven't gotten one "why wasn't he here earlier?" comment about Votto.


17 Comments:

at 5:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John

Why wasn't he here?

 
at 6:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John,

just because you asked for it.......

About Joey Votto, why wasn't he here earlier?

you don't have to answer it haha

 
at 7:56 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I don't know.

 
at 8:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me that from here on out, we should see Votto, Hamilton, Hopper, Encarnacion & Keppinger in the lineup damn near every day. We need to see what they've got on a daily basis. Nothing against Dunn, Junior, Gonzalez & Hatteberg. For better or worse, we know what they are. Lets learn more about the other guys so we can make the right decisions regarding who to keep & who to deal for pitching.

John Burroughs
Hyde Park

 
at 9:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John

Would you have asked such a question if you hadn't put Justin on probation last night? Come on, that's the kind of question that might elicit a 2000 word screed from Mr. Fernandez

 
at 9:20 PM Anonymous mikec said...

Man for the horrible start he got off to take a look at Edwin Encarnacion's stats. He's played the same number of games (exactly) as last year. Has about 20 more ABs. His strikeouts and batting average are up (even though he played for about a month and a half hitting under .200). His power numbers are just a bit down. And he's made 11 errors vs. 25. That's a pretty good improvement all things considered.

 
at 9:34 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Hell, I asked where you been on your earlier post "must be great to be Votto".

Now, where is Jay Bruce? and why doesn't Keppinger play every day? and why is Krivsky still here?

 
at 9:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wasn't Tom Shearn here 2 years ago?

 
at 10:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so painful to be a Reds' fan this year. Every time you want to give up on this team for the myriad of reasons we all know all too well, something good (like Joey Votto) happens to make you think maybe all is really not lost.

On a separate note, there was a very interesting article in USA Today today about the San Diego Padres and how they've built their team on pitching and defense and how they're winning with some of the worst hitting in baseball because they built a stadium whose dimensions are more pitcher friendly than hitter friendly places with Great American AA Ballpark. It made wonder whether the Reds could drastically change their fortunes next year by moving their fences back to S.D.-like dimensions. I realize that this would never happen in a town where folks actually believes a notch in its stadium is a good idea, but John I would be interested in your thoughts as to whether the Reds would be better off if it did happen.

 
at 10:13 PM Blogger docproc said...

Here's the answer:

Hatteberg, Conine, and Cantu have held down 1st base quite well, thank you.

I'm convinced that Cantu is the future at 1st base, if for no other reason than he's a right-handed hitter (and he had 117 RBIs two seasons ago--more than Dunn has ever had). Love Votto, but I think he's going to be (good) trade bait.

 
at 1:31 AM Anonymous redifil said...

John, Thanks for the reference on Tuesday's blog (as usual, I'm running a day and a half late). In case yo u missed, I wrote a post apologizing for being a jerk after Sunday's game. Hey, I'm a Reds maniac and that one put me over the top. Like Crash Davis, "I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon" (especially after Reds losses). And how about this nickname: John "Power-mad Man" Fay?

 
at 7:05 AM Anonymous ADMS said...

Anon 9:05 - Just a couple of comments about PETCO Park in San Diego. After looking at that rather huge expanse of grass they call an outfield (others would call it a small farm...it's that big), you can imagine the Padres phone ringing off of the hook with pitchers that want to sign with them! PETCO is a beautiful stadium with the sandstone beige, huge waterfalls on the outside, decent prices and unlike GABP, it has actually helped the surrounding neighborhood - when I saw my first Padres game in 2004, the entire area was filled with building frames and rubble from demolition. Now, the huge urban renewal just outside the Gaslight District continues - basically it looks like they put it in the right spot (and one can only imagine what downtown would look like if home plate was near on or a certain Greyhound station off of Gilbert.)
I haven't looked it up yet, but I want to say that San Diego did move in some of their right field wall - it is something that Bonds would aim for since it is a huge notch towards home plate. Dunn would have a field day. Anyone that aims for center field with a moonshot would be reminded of Houston in a second.
After a season or two in Detroit, didn't the Tigers move in their walls at Comerica? I want to say their walls were the furthest out at the time.
We can hope the Reds do move the walls back a row or two. With the exception of Opening Day and yet another bobblehead night, we don't sell out the park, and you know they would adjust the price to compensate for the missing seats. Maybe something that drastic would help us land some pitching.
Freel and Hamilton would have a field day with an outfield as large as San Diego's.
On a side note, I understand our "Bring Your Dog" night was modeled after San Diego's example. There is a HUGE difference in the parks! PETCO has a huge "family grass" area in the outfield near the home bullpen, and sandboxes behind center field. At the time I was there, it was 5 bucks, bring a blanket and food, and watch the game like you were at the LLWS. Dogs had a place to do their business and run around. Last I checked...well...we have a lot of concrete but not grassy areas in the park! Good luck GABP staff...you'll need it!

 
at 11:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how are you sold on cantu being the future first baseball he dont even have 20 at bats and hes never played there before now on a regular basis votto wont be traded .... trade gonzalez and have votto on first, cantu second, phillips shortstop, and edwin on 3rd, trade dunn and gonzalez for pitching and have bruce hamilton and griffey in the outfield with hopper keppinger hatteberg coming off the bence

 
at 11:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

On September 12th, I'm taking Wayne Krivsky on a leash to Great American Dog Park.

Votto rules, any fan who want to trade Votto drools!

 
at 4:56 PM Anonymous Gary214 said...

Why, why, why do people still want to move Phillips to short? How many games has he won, or saved, for the Reds this year at 2nd? My God, the guy COULD be the best 2nd baseman in baseball in the not too distant future. An old boss of mine used to remind me that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'...and 2nd ain't broke!!!

 
at 9:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krivsky's setting up to trade Hatteberg and his below market contract. Votto/Cantu will platoon at 1st next year. That's it. They have no clue what to do with Keppinger...so he'll waste away on the bench until EE or Gonzo get hurt or go into their 30-game slump. Jay Bruce will play RF for Griffey in 2009. Until then, what you see is what you get.
No pitching help for 2008. 2009: Maloney, Cueto and maybe Homer get it together.
Playoffs in 2012--if Harang is still around.

 
at 12:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if dunn leaves in the off season and we dont pick up his option jay bruce will have left field next year and then take right field the next year if griffey is gone but if dunns leaves this winter bruce will be up next year and maloney and cueto and bailey will all three have a good chance to make the team in spring training as a reds fan im not gonna say playoffs in 2012 im saying we got the offense, we got 2 good starters and if belisle , cueto , bailey , and maloney can fight for the other 3 spots and get some bullpen help in the offseason im saying playoffs for the reds in 2008

 
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