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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, March 24, 2008

I'm out, E's in

I'm handing the keys to blog over to John Erardi for a few days.

I've said many times that the worst part of this job is being away from home for six straight weeks during spring training. It's particularly hard when you feel like you should be home.

Now is one of those times for me. My older brother, Tim, is in the late stages of a long battle of cancer. I simply felt like I couldn't wait until Friday to go home. I've enjoyed the blog this spring. Hopefully, I'll be blogging away on Opening Day.


at 4:15 PM Blogger BubbaFan said...

Sorry to hear about your brother. Don't worry about the blog, it'll be fine. Family's more important.

at 4:18 PM OpenID brooks214 said...


Your brother, and your entire family, are in my prayers.

Thank you so much for a very informative blog!! I will look forward to your return.


at 4:19 PM Blogger Zach in MO said...

Thanks for always keeping us up to date.
You & your family will be in our prayers. Hope you're back by opening day.

at 4:21 PM Blogger tb in bexley said...

john- blessings to you and your family. my mother was diagnosed this year, and i feel your pain. hang tough.

at 4:24 PM Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

Sorry to hear about your brother, John. Best wishes to you and your family. Thanks for all your work over this spring season. Hope to hear from you soon.

at 4:26 PM Blogger Mike Stapp said...

God bless you and your family, your brothers healing will be on the top of my prayers. Thanks for all the effort this spring!

at 4:29 PM Blogger Brick said...

John, the Lord's blessings on your family.

at 4:32 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

john..really sorry to hear about your brother.

Tom Pretorious, MD is brilliant, I believe he practices in the Loveland area

at 4:34 PM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

You will certainly will be in the thoughts and prayers.

at 4:36 PM Blogger Dan H said...

So Sorry to hear the news on your brother. Your brother and your family will be in our thoughts.

at 4:46 PM Blogger Daniel said...


Thanks for all the hard work and effort you put into the blog.

Thoughts and prayers with you and yours at this time.

at 5:13 PM Blogger KY side of Cincy said...

JOhn, safe travels. We'll keep you, your brother, and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


at 5:14 PM Blogger Dan said...

Best wishes to you, John, and your brother. And the rest of your family too.

at 5:16 PM Blogger Jeff said...

John -- Everything pales in comparison when it comes to your family's wellbeing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your brother, and the rest of your family.

at 5:18 PM Blogger Stan said...

Good luck, John. Thanks for hanging with us for as long as you did.

at 5:20 PM Blogger jdeezman said...

Gods blessings and comfort to your brother and your family John.

at 5:20 PM OpenID miami87 said...

Your ST coverage has been tremendous. Keep the main thing the main thing. Look forward to your return once the show moves to Cincy.

at 5:35 PM Blogger Ol' Timey Redsfan said...

My God be with you and your family in this time of need. God Bless!

at 5:49 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...


Sorry to hear that about your brother.Prayer is powerful thing & your family is in our prayers.

Thanks for keeping us up to date on current red's news.The reds website just made some changes & they still have kinks to work out.Plus,Like all team's personal websites,it's all slighted.Mark Sheldon has nothing on you buddy.Reds.com is boring & the same jargon over & over again.

at 6:15 PM Blogger SparkysGhost said...

"To find out what is the most important thing, is the most important thing."

- Shunryu Suzuki

All the best to your brother and family, John. I wouldn't give another thought to the blog in the meantime.

at 6:16 PM Blogger docproc said...

Thanks for sharing, John. Baseball pales in comparison.

Thoughts and prayers with you,


at 6:30 PM Blogger anti-media said...

John, God bless your brother/family!Many thanks to you for the spring blog,helps all of us to get to spring!! Enjoy your break as best possible...all the best !!

at 6:56 PM Blogger Gweedoh said...

God bless, John

at 7:02 PM Blogger Jon said...

Sorry to hear the news, thanks for all your info, and I'll say a prayer for your family!
God Bless!

at 7:31 PM Blogger outtatown tim said...

John -- thanks for all your hard work. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

at 7:35 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

John, your brother, you and your family are all in my prayers, God Bless You All.

at 7:48 PM Blogger RPA said...


my thoughts are with you and your brother. in the last few years, i have lost a couple of close family members to cancer and i can tell you one thing: without a doubt, the best thing you can do for your brother is be there for him (and the rest of your family) as much as you can.

at 1:03 AM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Best wishes, John. And thanks for a great job here.

at 5:15 AM Blogger mredsnut said...

John...sorry about your brother...hope things turn out ok...I just lost my father to cancer last Monday...he was diagnosed about a month ago before he died with bone cancer...like someone else on here said, the best thing you can do is be there and spend more time with them and your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your brother in this trying time.

at 12:13 PM Blogger cleatson said...

John, as so many have said already, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your brother and your entire family. May the nearness of the Lord be a strength for you all. You are appreciated by many.

at 7:25 PM Blogger Chris in Venice said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Best wishes and thank you for everything.

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