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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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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Griffey gets a break

Ken Griffey Jr. got a day off - and it had nothing to do with the ball he dropped Monday, or the one he bobbled. Reds manager Dusty Baker said it was simply time for a breather.

“He’s played every day. And I’m sure he didn’t want a day off, but sometimes you’ve just got to do it,” Baker said.

Griffey would rather have played, but was in good spirits this afternoon.

"It’s a good solid benching," he joked.

Griffey said Baker alerted him of the day off a couple days ago.

He elaborated on his error in the eighth inning of Monday's game (he was trying to protect himself as a speeding Brandon Phillips came toward him). He also reeled in the inning-ending out after bobbling a fly ball.

"If I'd have dropped the second one, I probably would have thrown my glove into the stands," he said.


at 6:51 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

thats the problem with this team..it still focuses on the drama surrounding ken griffey

keep the same players expect the same results


at 7:04 PM Blogger Donkey Dizzle 4's said...

You lead a bitter bitter life.

at 7:35 PM Blogger Joe said...

I peeked over at the TV as Jr. made that second catch, he actually looked fairly good going back to his right on that ball.
Sure wish he had been a Red when he was a rookie.

JBA: Jr. isn't what he used to be and he would tell you that himself. But, he deserves a bit of respect from those of us who haven't played the game at that level, much less accomplished what he has. I would trade him in a minute, but only if it worked for him and was what he agreed to.

at 7:35 PM Blogger Jeff In Vegas said...

I agree. Why so angry and bitter. It's pieces like this that give the ordinary fan a glimpse into the clubhouse. I'm sure Griffey will be gone soon enough, but not soon enough for some people.
If you don't like what you're reading, don't read it.
Don't click on this blog or any others if you don't want to see things like this.

at 7:56 PM Blogger Joe said...

Freel's overall talent is not the best on the team, but you sure have to love the guy's hustle. His head first into 1B for a hit with bases loaded, pure hustle. You have to keep this guy in the mix.

at 8:01 PM Blogger Jeff In Vegas said...

If you don't like what you're reading, don't read it.
This might be a better place without some of the negativity.

at 8:39 AM Blogger Mark T said...

Nice guy, good for baseball, but the wrong guy to be playing right filed for the Cincinnati Reds at this time. It's a better team without him, as we saw tonight.

at 11:18 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Joe..everyone in Cincinnati has suggested Ken Griffey is a good dude, good family man ..

the fans are tired of losing and everyone in this town realizes his salary is a financial drain on this franchise for a number of years now

I help to pay his salary..he gets paid handsomely for what he does..thats respect enough. Yet..I agree with 74% of the local fans..time for him to go

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