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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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Friday, December 7, 2007

Griffey at Redsfest

Ken Griffey Jr. was a surprise guest Friday at Redsfest.

Marty Brennaman asked that Griffey be included in the tribute to Joe Nuxhall.

"Because of Joe Nuxhall, he's here," Brennaman said.

Griffey participated in several of the events, including the "Kids Only Press Conference." I missed it, but John Erardi reports this exchange:

Griffey, of course, doesn't like talking about his home runs -- not the ones he hits, hopes to hit or how many he'd like to hit before his career is over.

But he answered this question from a kid:

Q. “Have you set a goal for hitting home runs?”

A. "“I’ve definitely got put on the spot. And I thought John Fay was tough. Have I set a goal about hitting home runs? No. What would I like to end up (with? About seven hundred.”

The crowd, some of them the parents of the kids asking the questions and others adults just listeninig in, applauded enthusiastically.


at 8:55 PM Blogger flard said...

He'll have to kick it in gear to reach 700. I appreciate that he answered that question for a kid, I know he wouldn't for the press.

at 11:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

He probably will end up back in Seatle as a DH this time next year. Figure maybe 35 homers next season takes him to 623, maybe 3 more years with the Mariners, averaging out another 35-40 a year (since he won't be expending energy in the field as much), 700 is not out of the question. Much more than that is a longshot

at 6:19 AM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

I love Jr., but I am hoping that anon 1150 was being sarcastic when they said Jr. expanded energy in the field. We all know that is a rarity. With that being said I hope he gets the homers he wants.

at 7:47 AM Blogger Trevis said...

I like Junior a lot but it seems to me like a perfect fit for tim to go to the Rays. Rosenthal reports that the Rays are looking for a LH hitting RF. Who could possibly be better? Hello! He would like nothing better than to be near his Orlando home. Aren't the Rays trying to sell the public on financing a new ballpark? What better way than to bring in a HOF guy who still oozes talent and character to a team that sorely needs both. Oh, by the way, it frees a spot for Bruce too.

at 9:33 AM Anonymous Red at the Beach said...

Thank you Ken Griffey for being the class of the Reds, if not all of baseball right now.

I know he can be sensitive in dealing with the media, but he is also the only guy with a real sense of history and the meaning of the game around here.

Whatever his numbers end up being with the Reds, I am always proud to have him represent the team and the city.

at 3:05 PM Anonymous dg said...

The best thing about Ken Griffey Jr. is that is not the abilities that he has displayed in how to hit, throw and run. But, it is his respect for the game. That's why he is not tangled up in all this enhancement coversation. He SHOULD be the first ever 100-percent ballot HOFer because of the steriod question in his era, and NEVER being linked. He may be moody, but he is all class.


at 3:20 PM Anonymous Redsfan in Colorado said...

I agree with you red at the beach - a good guy that gets a raw deal sometimes. Overall, I'm glad and proud that he is a Cincinnati Red!

at 4:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice how we're not hearing much from Cheviot Sports A-hole on this one

at 9:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to worry, I'm sure CSA at this moment is stewing at the thought someone and anyone is talking of Griffey in a positive light.

Rumor has it he is working on a rambling message about how Griffey has infected the fans to th point the fans weren't hustling from line to line. Or how they were "dogging it" from line to line!

But the best rumor I hear is he will predict a rash of injuries will fall upon anyone who came in contact with him!

at 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to believe, but I just realized that Griffey is the longest-tenured player on the Reds.

at 11:54 AM Blogger KLUTE said...

Any talk of the Reds trading Griffey Jr? If so would he veto a trade?

at 12:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 4:23....
just thought i would mention...the guy who uses the name Cheviot Sports Authority passed away last week of a sudden heart attack...

at 10:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm am sorry to here that about CSA.

at 10:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really. Any idea how old he was? I'm in my late 30s and trying to cut down my cholesterol. The late 30s and early 40s are an age when sudden heart attacks happen. It happened just lat week to a friend of my sister's----he was 42.

at 11:19 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I'm sorry to hear about CSA as well. He emailed once or twice. But I don't recall his real name.

at 10:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well just saw a CSA post on the latest report from john. If someone was kidding about that you are an absolute jack**s for it. Death is no joking matter.

at 10:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Griffey attends Redsfest...so did about 20 other guys. Griffey didnt juice..neither did a vast majority of other players. Why is this guy's presence at a club function news, and Matt Belisle's or Joey Votto's isn't? Didn't they make the same effort to attend? And the notion that Griffey wasnt on Mitchell's list is nice, but have we really progressed to the point where it's admirable? I like Griffey as much as the next guy, but why always the extra credit to Junior for doing (a)what many others are doing and (b) what's expected?

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