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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, April 7, 2008

Early Dusty

Some tidbits from the pregame session with Dusty Baker:

On giving Junior Griffey the day off: "I'm trying to keep him strong. We've had a lot of day games. He's going to play a lot on this road trip because of the teams we're playing. He hasn't seen Hamels much. It's a good day to rest him.

On resting Junior in general: "You don't need days off that much early. He might only get one off this month. Another month he might get three or four. It averages out. He's got some hop in his step. That means his legs are feeling good. If his legs are feeling good, his bat feels good."

On the lineup: "(Juan) Castro hadn't played yet. (Norris) Hopper hadn't started yet. (Cole) Hamels today is especially tough on big swingers. We tried to find more speed and defense."

On bench players: "That's hardest part about starting the season. In spring training these guys play almost everyday. Rarely do they go more than two days without playing. Then the season starts and for a week or so you don't play. You lose your stroke and your timing. Then all the sudden you call on them to do something and they don't feel ready -- and they're not ready."

On the schedule ahead: "This is a big road trip. It's all in the division. We're playing teams that play well at home."

Is a chance to make a statement? "I just look at chance to gain ground and not lose ground. You can make it up quick or you can lose it quick. I'm not concerned about making statements. I'm just trying to figure out a way for us to win games."

First base breakdown between Joey Votto and Scott Hatteberg: "It's more how Votto settles in. It's sort of synonymous with the way the Brewers when they had young Prince (Fielder) and (Lyle) Overbay. You know Votto's going to have more power and productivity, but, right now, Hatteberg is a better hitter."


at 12:45 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...


at 1:51 PM Blogger Art Shamsky said...

It is time that Bronson gets a day job...oh yeah...he doesn't like those...maybe the Cubs would really like this guy, considering the number of day games they have...

at 5:10 PM Blogger Joe said...

I really like reading the comments of the CHEVIOT SPORTS AUTHORITY, they're just full of so much insight! Just kidding CHEVIOT.

4-3 out of the gate against D-Backs and Philly. Anyone who would not have taken that start two weeks ago is a liar or does not understand how good the D-Backs and Phillys were last year. D-Backs swept COL in three games in COL when they left CIN last week. Philly's won the toughest division in the NL last year and should be better this year. 5-2 would have been inspiring, but you have to like 4-3 given the competition.

at 5:58 PM Blogger greg said...

4-3 every 7 games equals 92-69 with one game left over the long season. I think we all will take that. Probably wins the divison.

at 10:22 PM Blogger tennesseered said...

Interleague play is one of the most unfair things going to BB today. Check out the Reds vs. the other primary Central contenders.

CIN: Cleveland (6); @NYY (3); @TOR (3); BOS (3)
MIL: Min (6); TOR (3); BAL (3); @BOS (3)
STL: KC (6); TB (3); @BOS (3); @ DET (3)
CHC: CHW (6); BAL (3); @TOR (3); @TB (3)

The division could be very close, and I expect when it's all said and done, the interleague won/loss records will be the difference. This must be changed for the credibility of the game.

at 11:20 PM Blogger Dave said...

IMHO >> Dusty says more in one week than Narron & Mac said in 2 years.

Jury's out on his managerial talents but at least he's fun to listen to.

at 6:19 PM OpenID dnx54 said...

"I'm just trying to figure out a way for us to win games."

Ok. This one didnt work out.Lets never forget it.

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