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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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Monday, December 31, 2007

A post on the Post

I've got nothing Reds-related today. Just wanted to wish all the best to those at the soon-to-be-late, great Post.

I've been around so long that Tony Jackson told me the other day that he assumed I worked at the Post at some point. I did not. I did deliver it for a couple months when I was about 12, and, like most West Siders, I grew up reading it.

Some of my best friends in the business are former Post writers. I'm sure the current crew -- Lonnie, C. Trent, Josh and Go-Go -- will land on their feet. It's going to be weird seeing that empty spot on the press row.

Sad day for Cincinnati. Sad day for newspaper people.


at 11:26 AM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

Yes it is sad. At least i could get the west coast box scores from The Post when I was a kid. Maybe I am old school but I would rather have a sports section to comb through box scores than a computer screen.

Two of Cincys most treasured things are gone this year. The Post and Joe Nuxhall.

But John I hope you can convince the powers to be to upgrade stats,scores,notes etc. etc in the sports section. Judging by the response this blog gets it would serve your paper well. Happy New Year!

at 1:05 PM Anonymous stubby said...

Just like The Enquirer is calling for changes at the reds and the bengals here is the papers chance to change for the better and give us a great paper instead of the waterdown version of usa today

at 1:17 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

John, how about a new post to discuss predictions for the upcoming year and 2008 season?

I'd be most interested in what you might foresee in the Reds future.

at 10:56 AM Anonymous mikec said...

Just looking at the Tribe's roster. It would seem the Reds and Indians would be a good trade match for the Reds to acquire Cliff Lee.

The Tribe are pretty weak in the outfield with Jason Michaels and the young Franklin Guttierrez as starters.

Lee right now might not even be in there fifth starter spot. He's got to earn a spot. So he's fairly expendable for the Tribe.

Then there are some other intriguing options. For example, Casey Blake might make a good match for the Reds. He can play third and first and is good defenisvely at both. He's a good leader too. He may be expendable to some degree with Marte coming up sometime.

Then there's Kelly Shoppach, Martinez's backup at catcher. He could be a starter.

And I love Ryan Garko. He could be a righty platoon with Votto. But I don't see how the Reds would get him.

at 4:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, when do pitchers and catchers report?

at 7:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life in the Newspaper business. Name an afternoon edition which has flourished lately? I can't think of any.

It was also a sad day when the San Francisco Examiner went under. They blew the Chronicle away but that's life.

Now go interview Catfish and drag out something of substance. Like signing Livan Hernandez.

at 7:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobody cares about the post...GO REDS!!

at 9:10 AM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

nobody cares about the post...GO REDS!!

Really? I see 6 or 7 posts on here about the Post and what they mean to the people...

You're the epitome of why people complain about anonymous postings -- by making a completely ignorant and inconsiderate post and not having the testicular fortitude to even put your name.

Either post anonymously as a halfway decent human being (although having a Google or Blogger account would be nice for all of us), or don't post at all.

at 12:54 PM Blogger ctrosecrans said...

thanks john

at 1:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you know where Trent went from the Post? I have enjoyed reading both your blogs and am disappointed that the Post is gone. You both do an excellent job. I read them way more than I commented but I still live in a dial up area.

Also, I hope that the Post's demise is now why the Enquirer is trying to charge me to read your column yesterday on Jay Bruce. Living in Virginia, it's not like I am trying to skimp out on paying for the paper.

Richmond, VA

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