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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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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Reds up

It's the bottom of the 10th. The Reds are down 5-3. Up next: Edwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, Javier Valentin.


at 4:32 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

This is getting redicoulous, we are 7-11 and Krivsky has done absoloutly "NOTHING", he dosent care about this team or the fans at all. Please Bob fire him, hire me I know what to do. This team will be winning in no time.

at 4:34 PM Blogger Bogey said...

Sure hope the Brews toss their #5 pitcher tomorrow. Our guys need a few hits to work on their stats. Can't seem to do much against better pitching.

at 4:39 PM Blogger Zippy said...

Wow, I completely missed Baker's explanation for hitting Phillips third today. "It came to me during the game last night," Baker said. "Brandon, with his young legs and his speed, we'll see. Usually how people pitch to Griffey is how they pitch to Dunn. We'll see what happens back-to-back."

THIS is how the guy decides the lineup?! With months to prepare for this job, he comes up with "It came to me during the game last night" that Brandon Phillips is a fast runner?

Honestly, is anyone actually prepared to defend this guy anymore? Can everyone who attacked me last week finally agree that Baker doesn't really know what he's doing out there? I realize, as Fay pointed out, that a manager makes many decisions during a game, but few decisions are more fundamental to a team's success (or failure, in Dusty's case) than who plays and in what order they hit. If he can't get this right, he shouldn't be managing a major league team.

"It came to me during the game last night." He should be fired just for that comment alone.

at 4:43 PM Blogger mrtonyb40 said...

this is tuff to watch.no passion,no desire,no fire,no heart.patterson could be the worst leadoff man in baseball. dunn can't even pretend to try and throw out the "fleet" footed fielder at the plate.3 hits or so off cy young candidate jeff suppan. same crap different year.better do something quick wayne!!

at 4:43 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Dusty Baker. What a waste of $3.5 mil per year and thanks for bringing us Corie Patterson.
BOOM! (the sound of blowing up this team)

at 4:48 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Di the reds cut Billy Hall or do something to piss him off ?

He always beat's the reds & bad & he rise's to the occasion & singly-handly beats the reds himself.

at 6:07 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

I wish we had Joe Gerardi throwing some non performing players around in the dugout

Sadly..as was the case with Narron, if the players dont perform what can the manager do.

at 7:07 PM Blogger NVreds said...

joe girardi made the dumbest managerial move I've seen in a long time when he didnt walk manny ramirez with first base open in the eighth w/ 2 runners on, waaaaaaaaaaaaay worse than anything I've seen dusty do and i doubt dusty tops that one ever this season. while i havent agreed with everything he's done either, he still hasnt blown a game with anything, relax a little.

dont read into that dusty comment too much, he's shaking the lineup a bit which is something he should do according to everyone on here. nothing, i repeat, nothing was wrong with that comment.

the patterson expirement should now start to include hopper splitting time, who cares if patterson didnt work out (and we still cant say it hasnt, you can credit 2 of our wins to him by the way). hopper deserves his shot now, so hopefully a 50-50 split occurs. dusty isnt blind he can see patterson isnt working out. putting bruce out there in CF, making his major league debut, hitting lead off, and saving the reds season is too much pressure and he would struggle. it doesnt take a genius to see the reds need some personell changes, let it happen, wait a little and see before jumping ship after 16 games. we've still got 140+ left to play, a lot can happen.

at 8:00 PM Blogger NVreds said...

"It came to me during the game last night." He should be fired just for that comment alone. -

wow, talk about overreacting, if the comment was, "it came to me as I was filling out the lineup card" then yeah you might be right. He even said in ST phillips was probably the future #3 hitter, so it probably "came to him then". Its cool if you want to hate on baker, but pick your battles better man. I have yet to see a move that loses a game.

at 8:49 PM Blogger Zippy said...

Yeah, I'm sure when he said "it came to me during the game last night," what he actually meant was "it came to me several weeks ago, but I just didn't feel like doing it until today, even though I've known for several weeks that it was the right thing to do." Thanks for clarifying.

This is a guy who continues to have Patterson lead off, and you're still convinced he knows what he's doing. Amazing.

at 10:03 PM Blogger NVreds said...

never said I thought patterson should lead off, all i said was you were overreacting to the quote. hes made some questionable moves I said that, personally i would start "at least" a 50-50 timesplit with hopper, because he deserves a shot at the CF spot. this will probably happen, we're 16 games in the players are losing the games, not baker. patterson had his shot, obviously has blown it, no big deal just put in the next guy. if this doesnt happen, then i agree with you. theres 140 more games this season, relax. us being down at the trade deadline would mean we could unload some of these guys that probably woulndt help us in the playoffs if we even got there. then maybe they play better and surprise some people, its happened a lot in baseball. not saying it would, but its possible.

there was nothing wrong with that comment, criticize his moves or whatever, but dont go crazy over a very small quote.

at 9:02 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Joe Gerardi is managing the NYY...yeah he cant be too bright

platooning Patterson and Hopper aint the answer to anything

Hopper deserved his shot after the way he performed the second half of last season

at 10:34 AM Blogger LittleRedMachine said...

The whole 'The Reds have no fire' is a pathetic arguement. What are we talking about here? Are they supposed to jump up and down? Yell at each other? Two guys getting thrown out of the game certainly doesnt define it for some so what is this unquantifiable 'fire' that the Reds lack?

Tough game but Cueto pitched well and Votto had a clutch HR. ITS EARLY PEOPLE! I realize those complaining are because of all the losing the Reds have done in recent years but the pieces are coming together but there is a lot of youth and it will take a little time. As for the Corey haters, he is a stopgap measure who pays a good CF, hits a few HRs (leads the team I believe) and while he is no leadoff hitter, is better than what we have as a replacement. Bruce is still striking out a ton and isnt there....yet. Kiss your wife, take your kids to the park, walk your dog but get rid of the venom already. Its unwarrented.

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