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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, May 17, 2008

Reds 4, Indians 2

That old try-to-bunt, then-swing-away strategy works again. Adam Dunn's three-run homer, walkoff homer beat the Indians. Dunn tried bunt on first two pitches. The ball he hit was well struck, as they say. The at-bat went exactly like Edwin Encarnacion's against Arizona in the first series.

That's nine RBI in six games for the Dunn and homers in three straight games.

I talked to Walt Jocketty today for the Insider for the paper. Three things worth mentioning:

--There have been no calls from other teams about Ken Griffey Jr.

--The Reds haven't approached Dunn or any free agents about new contracts.

--Starting the arbitration clock is not a factor with Jay Bruce. Jocketty said what he said the other day: It's a playing time issue. "We're going to have do it sometime and just figure it out."


at 7:20 PM Blogger bench5 said...

5 in a row...do not want to be accused of actually getting excited about this but with the starting pitching we are looking formidable. If they can start using all of the field offensively we can compete.

at 7:20 PM Blogger AFMike said...

Well blow me away! 3 games under .500. According to one of your smart posters, if the Reds were to play .500 ball this season, he would consider it a success. I believe they will play better than .500 ball, because of the starting pitching and the hitting will get better.

What a great time to put a run together and hopefully going out West won't kill it.

John, Do you have any thoughts on weather the Reds sign Dunn or not. Unlike most, I would like to see him resigned and continue to be the leader he's growing into. Your thoughts?

at 7:24 PM Blogger Pokey Reese said...

A playing time issue? The Reds have a terrible CF and Bruce is a CF. Problem solved.

at 7:26 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Jocketty's continual meaningless rhetoric is starting to grate on me. "A playing time issue"? HUH? If that is the excuse for not bringing Bruce up then I'm going to believe it IS an arbitration issue as Kevin has suggested.

I would rather here him say we are sticking with Dunn, Patterson and Griffey to make sure they get plenty of playing time and a good look from other teams in the hopes we can get some decent prospect's in return.

Bring him up now while they are hot and the pressure is not as great. Come on Walt take a swig of that Geritol and pull the trigger already.

at 7:26 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think there's a chance they re-sign Dunn. Castellini likes him. When he gets hot, he can carry a team. He seems to be coming around. I think the next two, three weeks are critical for the Reds and what they do with all those free agents.

at 7:29 PM Blogger redsfaninchitown said...

If Dunn can hit well enough over the next 20 or so games to get to his career numbers for average, homers and rbi's he'll put up some monster numbers in that time and that will make everyone else that much better because they'll get pitches to hit. With the starting pitching the way it is a 14-16 out of 20 could happen. As far a Walt's "three points of wisdom" how is playing time an issue for bringing Bruce up. You put him in CF and release or bench Patterson who is contributing nothing. Funny, I thought the issue with bringing Bruce up was not rushing him, now it's how much will he play. John, quick question, is there a stat for relievers for blown leads or giveaways of games? It seems every time Weathers comes into a game with a lead or the team close he gives up just enough runs and hits to lose the lead or warrant a rally to stay in it. Why does this guy get so much praise?

at 7:33 PM Blogger Joe said...

Dunn has hit two monsters in the last two games. Both HRs were either the go ahead run, Friday night or drove in the tying and winning run.

He is going to get it going and carry this team for the next few weeks. Dusty needs to keep him in the 7 hole until he has to put him back in the 5 spot.

Harang, toughest 2 win pitcher in the game this year.

Tommorow should be an awsome pitching match-up. Dunn will do it again tommorow. He is getting hot like he can...

at 7:37 PM Blogger bench5 said...

I have been and continue to be a big Griffey supporter...however, it is getting increasingly frustrating seeing he and Dunn continue to try to beat the shift by pulling the ball. They both need to start using the opposite field. Beat them enough by using the shift against them and the rest will take care of itself.

As to the trade scenario I would love to keep Griffey but if they can get anything respectable for him it is probably time for it to happen(provided he allows the trade with his 10/5 rights).

at 7:42 PM Blogger WTF said...

Too think what our lineup could be.
1.Keppinger SS
2.Phillips 2B
4.Miguel Cabrera(tried to sign wReds as a 16 year old, but got lowballed)

at 7:50 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...



I think John Fay agreed with me earlier..if this team plays .500 ball it is a success..lets hope they do


at 8:01 PM Blogger bench5 said...

Just so you do not get too worked up if you will notice I couched my post by saying "with the starting pitching" and then followed it up with "if they can start using all of the field offensively".

Take it easy and chuckle because we have won 5 in a row. We might not see this for again for a long time so enjoy!

at 8:11 PM Blogger Jeff said...

“Formidable - having qualities that discourage approach or attack.” Hope this helps, Jack. Let me know if you have any more trouble with multi-syllable words.

at 8:28 PM Blogger Joe said...

Is it JBA/CSA or CSA/JBA? I get confused.

How bout Dunn the last couple games? I say leave him in 7 hole until he has to be moved.

Gonna need Bruce soon, very soon, just to keep the offense going. Jr. may not hit 600 until the end of June, no sense getting excited yet. Then again, I hope he hits two tommorow.

Anybody see what Hamilton did today?

at 8:36 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

no team in the central is formidable bench5..and thats ok..thanks for the clarification..we did enjoy the win

Joe..I agree with John..they keep Dunn..hes much younger than Griffey and can improve with the team.

Kepp will be back.

bottom of the 4th ...Hamilton 2 at bats .. 1 hit



at 8:48 PM Blogger Aaron said...

John: when he gets hot he can carry a team.

That's the problem John! He waited 6 weeks into the season to "heat up" so that we are buried behind 5 teams in the standings. 2 yrs ago he decided to "cool off" for the last month when the Reds couldn't score runs.

Don't you think for more than 13 million dollars we should have a player who can consistently carry this team offensively? Have we as fans become deranged gamblers of hope? Look at Lance Berkman and Derek Lee and Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder -- all in our division and all making around the same money as Dunn. Are you telling me you'd rather have Dunn more than any one of those elite players? You know you wouldn't and the reason is because he is ridiculously streaky, gets a good percentage of his numbers against weak pitchers -- and no I didn't say all I said a good percentage. This team's identity right now is Adam Dunn: goofy, strong, dangerous, but streaky and prone to strikeout and make defensive mistakes. 13 million is not chump change for Cincinnati and his price tag is going higher not lower.

If anybody here isn't as disgusted by this Jocketty thing as me please say aye. Why do they pull the trigger on firing Krivsky if they have absolutely no inclination to make changes? If they were gonna take a wait and see approach couldn't that have been done with Jocketty in his advisory position? I am starting to think my conspiracy theory of Krivsky refusing to release his boy Castro was the reason for his dismissal. Seriously couldn't this team have done exactly the same thing with Krivsky at the helm? As of yesterday they were one game better than under Krivsky's tenure in the win/loss column.

Oh yeah one final note. I know everyone here agrees Dunn has finally heated up. His average during the span of the last 6 games has climbed exactly one one thousanth of a percantage point: .209 to .210

You may wanna go take a look at Lance Berkman's stats during the same span of time before sending in your hall of fame vote for Big Donkey.

at 8:55 PM Blogger Jaybee said...

I was at the game today and Dunner made one of the best catches of the year. He got a prolonged standing ovation from the 41,000+ fans. It was a good game, in spite of Stormy grooving one to Francisco. Go Reds!

at 9:01 PM Blogger Steve said...

Sorry but I hope we don't sign Dunn longterm. He's goes weeks doing absolutely nothing then has a couple good games. I want consistencty for my huge investment. If you dig deep, the negatives far out-weigh the positives.

Look, I'm happy we've reeled off five wins in a row behind some solid starting pitching but we're still three games under .500, in last place plus an awful 7 and 14 on the road. Keep it real.

at 9:03 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Shouldn't have been bunting in that situation anyway. Giving up an out with Bako and P spot to follow isn't smart.

Hamilton having a great year so far, but even his performance thus far has the Rangers under .500. They could use Volquez.

at 9:07 PM Blogger JF said...


Hamilton pulled for a PR immediately after hitting a single in the fifth inning today. I wonder what injury he suffered? Hope it was just a tweak--no reason to pull him with a 4-2 lead unless he got hurt...

at 9:07 PM Blogger Joe said...

Hamilton 2 for 3, singles so far today.

at 9:14 PM Blogger don s said...

PLEASE, HELP ME UNDERSTAND! If Baker is such a great manager, what does he see in Patterson? With Freel on the bench and Bruce in the minors (not to mention all the other good outfielders getting splinters)I don't get it. Jr. and Dunn have at least had good to great years so I can see being patient and waiting for them to catch fire. But C.P. has been a bust everywhere he's been. I'm way down here in Baton Rouge so maybe you guys know somthing I'm not aware of. Way to go REDS keep it going!

at 9:20 PM Blogger People Eating Tasty Animals said...

Hamilton was 2-3 before being lifted for a pinch runner. He might have hurt something because it was just a 4-2 game at the time

at 9:53 PM Blogger steveallenky said...

1--There have been no calls from other teams about Ken Griffey Jr.

Really. What a surprise.
This just in
Its going to take alotta talkin' and alotta liquor to get somebody to take him, you don't wait for the phone to ring when you're trying to dump a has been. I can't help it if he's a nice guy.

2 I think there's a chance they re-sign Dunn. Castellini likes him.

Thats whats wrong with this picture. Castellini needs to stay out of the way and let his GM be a GM. You get Dunn hot and get him out of here. If you have to throw Jr in for window dressing do it in a hurry.

All in all I wouldn't want Jay Bruce around these 2 any more than necessary.

If Griffey hustles and draws the throw to second then Hairston scores Friday night. Basic baseball but he failed.

at 10:08 PM Blogger JerBear said...

Reds really getting the timely hitting and pitching in this 5 game winning streak.

I understand what Jocketty is saying about the playing time, but I also am in agreement with the masses.

If Jay Bruce is as good as we hear, and a .365 average in Triple A seems to back up the hype...then he should be in centerfield pretty soon.

Corey Patterson is solid defensively, but besides that he is an average major league player. Nothing wrong with that. He can play in the majors. But he shouldn't be holding back the best prospect in baseball according to most people!

And Ryan Freel can still get some at-bats filling in for Encarnacion and playing in the outfield when Griffey/Dunn/Bruce would need a day off.

Can't Freel still play SS also? It seems like they never play him there anymore.

Corey Patterson would probably lose most of his playing time and be a pinch hitter and late game defensive replacement.

And we're not even considering Norris Hopper who I still believe is a better option than Freel or Patterson on a daily basis when healthy.

Baker and Jocketty have some big decisions to make. I actually think Baker has done a good job with this team, but I worry a little bit about his future decisions with Hopper, Valentin, Patterson, Bruce, etc.

One final thought...is Griffey Jr. entering the final stages of his career? I thought he looked really bad today at the plate a few times. With his swing and approach I think you have to be incredibly talented and athletic.

He's lost a lot of that athleticism with the accumulation of all those injuries and just getting older.

I know it's harder than it looks, but I just don't understand his approach against lefties at times. It seems like he should be trying to go the other way against lefties 80% of the time. But maybe Griffey will get hot at some point. I just thought as I was watching the game today that we may be witnessing the start of the last year or year and a half of Griffey's career which is kind of sad.

at 10:10 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

hamilton left the game early with an apparent leg injury today

at 10:37 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Hamilton was still sore from the spill he took trying to make a sensational running catch Friday night. That is why he left the game.

at 10:39 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Hamilton out with soreness
8:15 PM Sat, May 17, 2008
Richard Durrett

Just as suspected, Josh Hamilton left the game because he was still sore from last night. It was the diving attempted catch in the first that did it. He said his shoulder, hip and calf were sore. He's listed as day-to-day and I'm sure this is precautionary. I would expect Hamilton to get tomorrow off.

Source: Dallas Morning News
Texas Rangers Blog

Sounds minor, hope hes back at it soon, he has an oppourtunity to do something special.

And yes, this is different than posting his line everyday.

at 10:42 PM Blogger Monclova Steve said...

Junior is simply not the player he used to be. Sad but true. I love the guy, except when he trots to 1st on a supposed home run.
I'd love to see him finish his career here, but I don't see it happening. The Reds don't need to tie up payroll for him when they have better and younger -- not to mention cheaper -- options like Jay Bruce.
I'm sure Walt Jocketty is aware of all of this. Everybody, just be patient. This will take care of itself.

at 11:09 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

this team has shown that with solid starting pitching and coco on the back end, they are capable of playing very good baseball as long as 2 of the big 3 are going well offensively - BP, Jr, and Dunn.

but I just don't see Jr getting it going, he looks so....old...this year. and we know how streaky BP and Dunn are.

he's untradeable right now, and since they'll never bench him and there's a logjam in CF, an inury to dinosaur jr may be the only way Bruce gets a legit shot...too bad the contract and ego of the aging superstar may get in the way of the team's success

at 11:15 PM Blogger Jeff said...

The Reds play horribly, Jack posts at feverish pace. The Reds go on a five game winning steak against two of the hottest teams in baseball, Jack calls it an early night (but does manage to give us a Hamilton update). Quite the Reds fan.

at 11:25 PM Blogger That One Guy said...

Hey, did anyone hear that Josh Hamilton was pulled today for a pinch runner? Also, was anyone as shocked as I was to find out that Josh Hamilton is no longer a Red? I figured with all of this talk about him on this blog that he was still on the team.

Seriously, Hamilton is no longer a Red. While I enjoyed his time here and would like to still have him on the team, I don't need to hear about every time he takes a dump.

at 11:33 PM Blogger Jeremy said...

What I don't understand is the keeping Patterson in CF, but not letting Hatteberg play 1B a lot more than he has. I am not saying that Hatteberg should be playing over Votto but in terms of productivity Hatteberg can do more than Patterson. If the Reds can afford to let a productive bat like Hatteberg sit on the bench for young talent (which has great numbers), I don't see why Patterson gets a chance over the number one prospect in baseball.

Great game tonight. I got excited after Dunn missed that first bunt, you could just tell something big was about to happen.

at 11:33 PM Blogger CoffeeMan said...

Why do we care what Josh Hamilton did? I thought this was a Cincinnati Reds blog, not a Texas Rangers blog. Who cares what he did.

at 11:39 PM Blogger Showtime said...

Man oh man... was at the bar up here in Cleveland, watching the Preakness and and Reds-Indians... not only did Big Brown come through, but our Big Donkey came through once again with that monster shot... wow, I was ecstatic, so glad I got to rub it in to these smug Indians fans' faces... keep it up Redlegs! Hopefully Edinson pitches yet another gem tomorrow

at 12:48 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

One more for the sweep.

Id love to see Janish get the start tomorrow, Hairston in center, and Freel in right.

Jr needs the rest, or something.
Only problem is, Votto is struggling a bit now and may not protect BP very well. I suppose they could go ahead and bump Dunn up to the 4 spot and bat BP 3rd, Im sure at this point the tribe wants none of Dunn, so he should protect well, and EE is enough to get Dunn a strike or two.

My lineup for tomorrow

Freel RF
Hairston CF

For you batting average guys that would swap Votto and Dunn, Dunn is producing RBI's right now, and has gone deep in both Cleveland games, so I think hes the guy that will get BP fast balls tommorow, Votto not so much.

at 12:59 AM Blogger Jeff said...

I have no problem with critical fans. There’s plenty to criticize. As a fan of the team for over 38 years, I understand the frustration. What I have problem with is so-called fans who seem to enjoy it when the team struggles just so their predictions of failure come true.

at 1:27 AM Blogger jeff said...

Did any one see what Hamilton did today? I can't seem to find any updates on him anywhere. Would this be the place to check for this particular player's statistics and day-to-day happenings?

at 6:48 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

"Hamilton having a great year so far, but even his performance thus far has the Rangers under .500. They could use Volquez"

Texas is at .500...the Reds could use Hamilton

Nice to see the collective interest in a great player like Josh Hamiliton, CSA and I appreciate all of you "coming around "


at 7:31 AM Blogger redfuture said...

Dunn obviously thrives with less pressure. He likes the #2 hole but I'm sure he'll settle for #7. He puts to much on himself in the #4 thru #6 holes. Here is the proper lineup:
SS Hairston (Kepp when healthy)
CF Bruce
2B Phillips
1B Votto
3b Enacarnacion
RF Griffey
LF Dunn
C Bako/Ross

at 8:41 AM Blogger Joe said...

coffeeman: Some of us care what Josh did because his story is about more than just the Reds or Baseball. Some of us care because he is fighting demons must of us cannot imagine, while excelling at a game we love. Some of us care just because we got to know a little about the guy in his brief stay with Cincinnati and can't help pulling for him. Lou Gherig had a lot of fans outside New York while confronting his illness? Hamilton has a lot of fans outside Texas and Cincinnati too.

at 10:00 AM Blogger Nathan said...

I say play Griffey as he's 4 for 11 with 3 HRs against Cliff Lee. This one's going to be a tough game today... should be great to watch.

at 10:59 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

I don't think anybody is really enjoying 7 straight years of losing

If you don't like the blog..as John would say...leave

Jeff.. attack the post..not the poster ..Thank you


at 11:10 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

change of plans..we will be in the sundeck .. section #142 Row B..great day for a game..



at 11:45 AM Blogger Chillicothe redfan said...

I personally don't want to see Dunn or Griffey in the lineup next year. It is highly possible that, should the Reds trade grifffey and let Dunn walk after the season, they could sign Mark Teixiera to a FA contract without increasing the payroll. Your lineup would look like this:
CF Freel/Hopper
RF Bruce
1B Teixiera
LF Votto
SS Kepp
C Bako/Ross/Hanigan/whoever they put here

With a rotation of
Bailey/D. Thompson?

To me, great mixture of youth and vets, and a potent lineup

at 11:57 AM Blogger jdeezman said...

No one cares if you're at the game, at home, or in the sanitarium.

As much as most of the posters here don't care about Josh Hamilton updates of Jorge Cantu updates... we are even less about what you're doing and where you might be sitting updates.
This is a Reds blog, not a social calendar.

at 12:03 PM Blogger Joe said...

JBA/CSA - will you be wearing your matching shirts?

I gotta think Dunn is going to do it again today. He is getting hot. He won't be officially hot until he has back to back 2 or 3 hit days with a couple HR included.

Aaron: Hitting is streaky and the vast majority of hitters pile up the stats against the weaker pitchers. I would argue the team identity has not been established and that is part of the problem. If I were to pick a player the Reds were noted for by others outside Cincinnati it would be, Brandon Phillips who I suspect got much more national press than Dunn year.

Dunn getting hot just tears some of you guys up! Admit it and face your frustrations head on. In the right role and with support, Dunn is a good fit for this team long term! A player the quality of Bruce in this line-up and the entire picture of the team changes.

at 12:06 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Kevin, like the lineup, but no way you bat Dunn clean-up against a lefty on top of his game. CP with 4 ground outs yesterday? I mean, I was a huge fan of the signing in spring training, but you gotta realize he is cold and put him on the bench.

at 12:07 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I agree with you about a lot of things, Jack, but I am perfectly capable of posting my own opinions. I appreciate that you realize that I know what I am talking about but you using by initials to sign your opinions is getting a little annoying. Some of the lesser-lites reading these posts actually think that I am you. I do not take that as a compliment.
Thank you,

at 12:09 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Almost forgot what I wanted to say:

The Crawl to 600 continues!

at 12:51 PM Blogger Jeff said...

I like the blog and have no problem with criticisms of the team’s play. My problem is with just a couple of posters who call themselves fans but seem to enjoy it most when the team plays poorly. I mentioned no names, but the fact that you felt I was targeting you is very telling.

at 1:00 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

no lineup to post day? must be a hectic sunday down at the old ballyard, jockety must have something huge in the works...wish i could be there

at 1:07 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"Kevin, like the lineup, but no way you bat Dunn clean-up against a lefty on top of his game."

Your right about this given Dunns history vs lefties, but my thinking was that IF Griffey is not in the lineup, then you protect BP with Dunn, not so much for Dunns average. Dunn is on a little warm streak here though and has hurt the Indians in the past, so I think you can throw history out the window in that case.

Maybe a flawed theory, but thats why Im not a big league manager.

at 1:13 PM Blogger Joe said...

CSA: "lesser-lites" - we should be offended. But we won't be.

Sounds like there is a little tension in the blog. May have to bring Dr. Carla in for consultation. As you know, JBA was just stirring the pot/blog with a thread of humor for the rest of us.

Kiss and make up so we can move on to baseball.

at 1:41 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

dinosaur jr can't get the run in from 3B with no outs, yet for some reason, does not get ripped by marty like dunn does when he fails in similar situations

at 1:48 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Great at bat by Janish, Im a little suprised Dusty has him in the 2 hole, but with Hairston not in the game I guess he didnt have much choice.

Lee doesnt look like he has his a game today (at least in the first).

2nd and 3rd no outs and JR K's, rediculous.

Freel being Farney in center, turns a single into a double.

at 2:06 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Just noticed MLB had its 6th highest attendance day yesterday, say what you want about interleague but when youve got Mets / Yanks Dodgers / Angels Stros / Rangers and Tribe / Reds, you get sellouts.

at 2:18 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Is this Kepp Jr?

at 2:22 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Lee is pounding the outside corner with Griffey, hes going to have to decide to poke it the other way or just needs to come out of the game, no way hes getting anything to pull.

at 2:26 PM Blogger Joe said...

Jr.'s second AB not any better. Getting older sure takes a toll on the great athletes.

Listening to Marty and McCoy's description of the type person Homer Bailey is, did not surprise.

Suprising that Valentin is playing first today. Jave hasn't played much but I wondered why Hattiberg did not get the start? I hope the Reds are actively looking for another team for Hattiberg to play with where he can get some time in the line-up.

at 2:37 PM Blogger Joe said...

Anybody doubt that Dunn is heating up?

He's not done yet today!

at 3:08 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

John, if Volquez doesnt give up any more, does he become the MLB leader in ERA or is there someone else in the AL still better?

at 3:14 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Never mind.

at 3:27 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Bye bye Cliffy, thanks for coming out!

at 3:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, get off the whole Hamilton daily stat line, he's not here anymore! Thats like telling everybody constantly about this girl you used to date who was pretty good looking back when you dated her but now shes just unreal, unfortunately shes dating a complete d-bag. Your friends are sick of hearing your constant whining about what might have been, move on!

at 3:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, get off the whole Hamilton daily stat line, he's not here anymore! Thats like telling everybody constantly about this girl you used to date who was pretty good looking back when you dated her but now shes just unreal, unfortunately shes dating a complete tool. Your friends are sick of hearing your constant whining about what might have been, move on!

at 3:49 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Yep, Kepp Jr

at 3:56 PM Blogger Da Phoenixx said...

Lets not ever compare hamilton to Lou Gherig (hope I spelled that right). Lou's disease was a disease, Hamilton is a crackhead. Not a disease, an addiction. Completely self-afflicted. Hopefully he gets over it and has a hall of fame career, but you same people that are pulling so hard for Hamilton are the same ones that dog Chris Henry out. He has an addiction too.....stupidity. No one made him break so many laws, and no one made Hamilton snort so many lines of coke or smoke so much crack. Lou had no choice in his ordeal. Any Lou/Hamilton comparison along those lines is just asinine.

at 4:06 PM Blogger ST fan said...

I like Josh Hamilton and hope he does well. BUT remember he has a weakness that could return. I hope it doesn't but it surely reduces his value.

at 4:06 PM Blogger ST fan said...

I like Josh Hamilton and hope he does well. BUT remember he has a weakness that could return. I hope it doesn't but it surely reduces his value.

at 4:47 PM Blogger Joe said...

Da Phoenix: Maybe you should talk to a MD or Psychiatrist about whether or not a chronic addiction is an illness. You might be surprised.

at 4:54 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"The Crawl to 600 continues!"

So of everything that happened today, this is what your going with? (again)

at 5:01 PM Blogger Hugh D. Pohl said...

Phoenix, Good points. Although there is a disease element to addiction and it is certainly admirable that Hamilton appears to have overcome his, there is no comparison to a Lou Gehrig situation. Hamilton was and is a good story but on this blog I think he is referred to more to put down the Reds for trading him than for any true fan interest in his career. But then true fans would not take delight in the Reds losing or give themselves monikers such as "Another Losing Year", would they?

at 5:07 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Volquez has another good start, Janish goes 3 for 4, Valentine is actually capable at first base, Dunn throws out a baserunner (and goes yard), Freel has good game at the plate, and the Reds get the sweep, and CSA goes with:

"The Crawl to 600 continues!"

Its your right CSA,
I for one would like to see the old + / - format come back.

at 5:09 PM Blogger Da Phoenixx said...

It doesn't matter. That chronic addiction was self-inflicted. The only reason addictions are recognized as diseases are because of insurance companies and doctors getting paid to treat em. It may end up at a point where you need physical and/or psychological intervention to get over it, but it only got that way because of his own self doing.

at 5:51 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

CSA is not me..I am much younger and better looking

addictions are diseases


at 5:52 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Kevin, what is "rediculous"?
Did you learn that one from "Dr Carla"? LOL

CSA: "lesser-lites" - we should be offended. But we won't be.

..........who are "we"?


at 6:15 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

da phoenixx..unbelievably bad post done in poor taste not to mention totally inaccurate. I'd like to know which idiot is allowing these posts?

at 9:19 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Kevin, what is "rediculous"?


Sorry, right finger, but wrong hand. (Typo)

at 9:36 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Kevin..regardless of the type of restaurant.. the owners of Skyline would not have allowed their name to be used

Nor was there ever a Skyline on Dixie Highway in the 1950s


at 8:06 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"Kevin..regardless of the type of restaurant.. the owners of Skyline would not have allowed their name to be used"

Skyline Chili is their name, they have NO exclusive rights to the word "skyline". See Skyline Tavern in your 2008 Cincy Bell phone book. Also see Skyline Medical Equipment, which if you were being honest about your proffesion you should be aware of.

"Nor was there ever a Skyline on Dixie Highway in the 1950s"

You sound very sure, can you tell me how you are so sure of this?

Obviously you must have first hand knowledge of this, maybe you lived in Florence in the 50's? Maybe you went down to city hall and did a complete search of the Occupational License Archives?

Short of those 2 things, (which neither is true) you have no basis of fact or qualification to say what was or was not on Dixie Highway between 1953 and 67.

In our home in Ft Wright we still have the service counter, the cash register, one of the booths, and several menus. You are welcome to come and see them, someone will be there mid June through August.

at 8:38 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...


You certainly are the king of talking out of your rear.

People who do this love to assume, and then by some flaw in logic and normal intelligent thinking, perceive their assumptions as fact even though they have no first hand knowledge, experience, or data to back up their assumption.

You have demonstrated time and time again that you suffer from this flaw in intelligent thinking and it causes problems with other people who actually do know better.
Im sure you have this problem in your every day life, not just on this blog.

It has gotten to the point where noone on this blog gives an ounce of credibility to anything you say.

Prime example:

"Nor was there ever a Skyline on Dixie Highway in the 1950s"

You have:
No personal experience
No research
No fact

Yet you say this with the utmost authority and conviction.

There is a difference in opinion and fact, just as there is a difference in thoery and fact, you unfortunately dont seem to comprehend these differences.

Sad really.

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