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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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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Reds 7, Marlins 6 in 10

Tried to post this last night. It didn't show. Blogger is back working:

Paul Janish, instant fan favorite.

The cheered him when he made two straight plays at short. They cheered him when he made a loud out. And they went nuts when he won the game with a single in the 10th.

It was Janish's first big league hit.

"Hopefully, it will only get better,” Janish said. “But that’s going to be hard.”

Janish got the traditional walk-off beat-down from his teammates in the celebration.

"I got crushed," he said. "Somebody caught me in the nose. I actually got a bloody nose. But it was worth it."

"To have the game-winner in your major league debut, that’s heaven sent," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Sometimes, it’s your day."

The Reds have won they in a row. Of course, they a blew a 6-0 lead in ninth to set up the 10th inning drama. But the way this season has gone, they aren't going to quibble with any victory.


at 12:04 PM Blogger Peter said...

I thought for sure they'd lose it after the Marlins 6 run 9th. It wass good to see them fighting for a game. I agree with the Cowboy about using Cordero in the situation. Wasn't necessary.

at 12:07 PM Blogger Rob said...

attendance has been pathetic this year. I live in Columbus, so I cant make it to many games. However with the amount of bickering and MMQB'ing that fans do online you would think that would equate to a fan base that cared enough to show up at games. Instead, there is rampant empathy among Reds fans and it may take years to reverse.

at 12:08 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

blog is terrible John. I don't care who posts what, but nothing getting posted or updated regularly makes for a very uninteresting situation. Not saying its your fault, technical difficulties maybe? Time for a change maybe?

at 12:08 PM Blogger davetest said...

It was Freel that gave Janish a knee to the nose. What was up with that?!?!?

BA pitched a great game. He had a great curve - spotting his fast ball. He took advantage of an agressive Marlins lineup. This has to boost his confidence. Too bad the pen messed up the win.

The Reds will need near perfect pitching in this next series against the Indians.

By the way, I watched the game - Patterson in center. His throws were on the money but looked like long toss. His arm strength is nothing to brag about. Both plays were really close. Goes to show even a blind squirrel finds a lucky nut.

at 12:11 PM Blogger doctor carla said...


Long-time reader/lurker, first-time poster.

I’ve appreciated your work on the Reds the last several years. I can well imagine the difficulties of being a beat writer for this team and the pressures on journalists to do more and more work (like managing this blog) as the nature of the media changes. I’m not sure how you do it and I don’t think the average reader understands what you have to do and the number of hats you have to wear.

I’ve read the blog over the last year and I’ve found it quite enjoyable. Some of the comments have been most informative. Long ago I have moved from the Cincinnati area and there is little chance of me ever going to game at GABP. Still, I think I can be a “fan” (despite some poster’s objections) without attending the games. Your blog and some of the postings give me a much better sense of what this team is about.

I shall stay true to your rules of posting and not attack or mention other posters by name. However, I’ve found some of the most entertainment in your blog by reading the comments of the two main trolls and the frustrated responses of other posters in a pointless debate. As a practicing psychiatrist I can easily diagnose the likely problems of these trolls: insecurity in their jobs, home lives, or personal lives. The blog becomes the one place where they can achieve some sense of security, power, and recognition (even if ill deserved). Trolls usually inflate their own identity on blogs and suddenly have “sources” on the team and other supposed privileged access. The two main trolls are not likely one person—their grammar, syntax, and postings indicate two individuals. A more likely scenario for the postings that are close in time is that they both work in the same cubicle at a telemarketing firm and share access to the same computer where sometimes one forgets to log out of blogger and posts under the wrong identity.

For those who are angry at the trolls they should remember the #1 rule of blogging: do not feed the trolls. The trolls’ insecurity in their own lives and lack of attention makes them spout out every few posts the names “Cantu” or “Hamilton.” Surely enough, anti-trolls come running to attack the trolls, only feeding the egos of the original posters as just one posting could elicit as many as thirty comments.

My favorite postings of the trolls were when the trolls wanted to meet up with you at a game or lunch. This came after weeks of disagreeable postings that only confirmed the trolls were not especially nice or convivial people but instead were barstool cynics. I can only imagine the private conversations you may have had with Hal McCoy or C. Trent Rosecrans about such posters. My second favorite postings were when the trolls volunteered to take over your blog. That certainly showed symptoms that were nearly delusional, as if a professional such as yourself needed “help.”

Anyway, I shall continue to read your articles and blog postings with interest. Thanks again.


at 1:27 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I think those nasty 'trolls' should be on double secret probation. What do you think Dr Carla?

at 1:38 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

I doubt she will respond, see her rule #1.

at 1:56 PM Blogger ZNoeth said...

This may be off topic, but does anyone know the player to be named the Reds received for trading Brad Salmon? When will that be announced?

at 2:51 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Cordero was never that hot..this team did not need him this year..thanks WK

at 2:54 PM Blogger robdicken said...

blog is terrible John. I don't care who posts what, but nothing getting posted or updated regularly makes for a very uninteresting situation. Not saying its your fault, technical difficulties maybe? Time for a change maybe?

Then leave!!!

The Marlins have 4+ lefties in their lineup regularly....why not bring in Affeldt or Bray?

Dusty's decisions really aren't any better than Narron's...of course with Narron, we would still have Stanton.

at 3:05 PM Blogger Joe said...

Dr. Carla: your post is too long and doesn't have a whole lot to do with baseball or the Reds. Find another blog!

at 3:08 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

shouldn't be so nasty, Dr Rob, its bad for the BP.

at 3:08 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Rob..you did nothing but rant and rave about Dusty a couple of months ago

No offense John ..you are a wonderful sportswriter..but this blog really has become disjunct and I have to agree with CSA

Perhaps Shannon can oversee this blog if you are too busy

at 3:10 PM Blogger Joe said...

Patterson's toss from center was a bit bloated. The toss to third was much better. Marty stated he has a "gun"...not sure I would say that. Hamilton has a much better arm.

What a great first game and hit for Janish. Hope that is a sign of things to come.

Dunn needs to carry this team for a week or two, starting tonight. That HR last night snapped him out of a year long slump.

Belisle - tells you what we are up against. Nough said.

at 3:29 PM Blogger Joe said...

CSA- you were far kinder than I was in your recommendation.

at 3:29 PM Blogger JF said...

Look out, behind you Carla. There's a troll.

Or is that a mirror?

Cantu is a good player
Hamilton for Volquez was a good trade but what a shame we couldn't give Dunn for Volquez
Keppinger is a stud, A-Gone is a liability
Bruce in the minors is Owner Malpractice.

at 3:31 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Heres a completely fresh subject that is a break from on field stuff:

The stadium, in the outfield they have the smoke stacks of a riverboat, they also have a paddle wheel from a riverboat, and now have built the C.Bell party deck / boat deal.

In the future, why not combine the three to create a close to life size riverboat in center above the batters eye that has the smoke stacks do what they do now, the paddle wheel turn, and also sound a fog horn for HR and wins. (and 86 the fireworks)

Maybe this is just too cool an idea for Cincy.

If this team gets really good and the fans come back,they could even add a couple hundred more seats in the current location of the smoke stacks.

This would be way cooler than the train in Houston. (given Cincys history w/ riverboats)

Maybe give it a cool Queen City name or something.

at 3:32 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

Dr Carla, I rather enjoyed your post it was worthwhile reading and I did make an audible chuckle a couple of times while reading it.

I think I speak for a number of users when I say I would like to see you post more frequently.

at 3:36 PM Blogger Kevin said...

Carla just billed the Enquirer $200 an hour for her diagnosis.

The Reds are as frustrating as in the past but at least we have some young blood to built some buzz. This is the type of team they should have had going into the new stadium. Votto, Keppinger, Bruce, Cueto, Volquez, Phillips, EE, Janish, Frasier, Hopper, Homer, Thompson. I feel like a good prospect is popping up at every position but catcher. I trust Jockety more than Krivsky and I like the passion of Mr. C compared to Mr. Linder and Paul yes man Allen.

2008 might be a wash and swan song for Griffey and Dunn but I like the direction.

One good year and GAP will be buzzing again. Just look at Paul Brown Stadium. Who would have thought the 90's Bengals would turn into regular sellouts.

Now Baker...thats a different story.

at 3:36 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Carla and John Fay are the same poster.

at 3:41 PM Blogger JF said...

Dusty Bakenarron is NOTHING special as a manager. He's also been lucky this year, lucky that Brandon Lyon couldn't hold a lead and lucky the Marlins have been playing like last week's Reds this week.

Still, it's early. Plenty of time to go 40-20 (or 20-40) over the next 60 games. Let's see where we are in August. If it's still last place, Dusty should be fired (too).

Volquez is THE MAN.

at 3:47 PM Blogger HoosierRedsFan said...

I live 30 miles north of Evansville, In. I'll go to a game when I come up with the gas money. Fuel alone will cost more than the tickets, not to mention: food,drinks, and munchies for the trip (wife and three boys). But if I lived close to GABP then I would live there if I could afford it. Go Reds!!!

at 4:01 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"The Marlins have 4+ lefties in their lineup regularly....why not bring in Affeldt or Bray?"

Maybe even have 1 guy start and go three or four, then have each of the other guys go two, and keep the fish off guard. Set em up L / R / L

Fifth starter by committee.

What are the odds all three will suck the same day, and the other team will only see the first guy more than once the other two guys only once.

Our 5th starter:
Majerbill Belaffray ;)

at 4:03 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

I am willing to let Cordero's first truly bad night go. Remember the goal was to win now, and that is one of the things the Reds needed to win now...

Maybe the rain will prevent Belisle from starting tonight...

at 4:04 PM Blogger Brandon said...

A little off subject but oh well. Just an in general question. But everyone likes to complain about Bruce not being up in the majors, which is understandable to a point. I like Jay Bruce and think he will be a great player but with the outfield situation today what do you do to get Bruce up here? Do you cut the waste of roster space Valentin and bring him up and have 6.5 outfirlders, with Hairston being the half? Do you cut Patterson, arguably the best defensive outfielder and base runner the Reds have? Do you cut Freel? Griffey? Dunn? None of those are acceptable even to the biggest Patterson bashers when you look at the big picture. While I think the Reds could use him I personally don't blame them for keeping him down right now until Dunn, Griff or Freel gets traded. As much as most of you would like to tell yourself otherwise there is no doubt in my mind that the Reds are actively, to a point, trying to trade at least one of those outfielders to get a better situation to move Bruce up. Saying all this it doesn't even take in to fact that Hopper will be coming off the DL shortly. As much as it frustrates people, until 1 or 2 of those guys above are traded I doubt Bruce will be up...

at 4:14 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Lincoln has worn out his usefulness. Back to the retread pile for him. Time to try somebody else. Of course, Baker left him in way too long last nite. Affeldt, Bray or Weathers should have been in there after 2 batters in the ninth. Cordero should have never even warmed up.

at 4:27 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...

I just might be in love with Dr. Carla!!! Can a Dr. of psychiatry be interested in a mentalmidget???

at 4:33 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

the stadium is fine as it is.. seeing GABP on TV is limiting

I am surprised John Fay let that blog pass, certainly when you consider his lecture of the other day

I dont think John would waste his time participating in such childlike behavior

John if you need help moderating this blog..I will be glad to help

kevin..good post I agree

bullpen is starting to falter..still is very weak

at 4:35 PM Blogger Joe said...

Brandon, your topic if fine.

Psychoanalysis conducted from blog entries and then calling JBA and CSA trolls is off topic.

We all know JBA and CSA have split personalities - we just deal with all four of them and learn a little about baseball from them in the mean time.

at 4:52 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

Patterson has to get on base to be a base runner. That is his issue. Bruce could bat .280, hit for power, and be a slight worse base runner and still be a improvement over what the Reds do today.

Granted that still doesn't solve the lack of a right hand batting 1B...

at 4:53 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

if the Reds win a couple of more games most on this blog will be gushing over the team again

chuckle chuckle


at 5:03 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"the stadium is fine as it is.. seeing GABP on TV is limiting"

Ive been to GABP over a dozen times, including twice since riverboat deck was put in. It just looks like they took apart a riverboat and scattered the peices about the outfield, looks half a$$ed. (Guess it fits the team)

"We all know JBA and CSA have split personalities - we just deal with all four of them and learn a little about baseball from them in the mean time."

I have yet to read anything from JBA or CSA that would suggest they know alot about the game of baseball. They both know the Reds, and are veteran fans, but thats like saying just because you can drive a car, you know how to design and build one.

at 5:35 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

kevin ..you lectured me two months ago for suggesting that people that dont go to games are not real fans..you then told me you were a fan even though you had never been to GABP

the riverdeck looks fine in person..TV makes it look disjunct

kevin.. two..three weeks ago you had this team winning the division

chuckle /chuckle


at 5:43 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Television makes everything appear bigger than it really is..

When you actually do go to GABP, the Riverboat and deck look great..a 100% better than that black monstrosity alone

at 5:49 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"you then told me you were a fan even though you had never been to GABP".

Please, for the love of jobe, go back and read all of my posts, I have made several references to being at the park many times, also mentioned owning a home off of Kyles Lane in Ft Wright, KY and coming up every summer. Do you just say whatever, or do you ever think about what you write before hand?

"the riverdeck looks fine in person..TV makes it look disjunct"

I have seen it in person, and didnt say it looked bad, just said bringing the three seperate riverboat elements together to create a complete riverboat would be MUCH cooler than the way it is now.

You know, you are NOT the final say on all things Reds, sorry to break that to ya, hunny.

at 6:08 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

I have seen it in person, and didnt say it looked bad, just said bringing the three seperate riverboat elements together to create a complete riverboat would be MUCH cooler than the way it is now.

30 minutes before:

It just looks like they took apart a riverboat and scattered the peices about the outfield, looks half a$$ed. (Guess it fits the team)


at 6:11 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"kevin.. two..three weeks ago you had this team winning the division"

3 weeks ago was April 21st, go back and read my posts and stop talking out of your rear.

at 6:20 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Still doesnt mean that because YOU say the stadium is fine means that it couldnt possibly be improved. Get over yourself.

at 6:20 PM Blogger JF said...

Reds marketing: as successful as the search for Bin Ladin.

Jay Bruce ought not to put up with any more of this "exile island" crap.

Every other team in the NL brings up young players as soon as they show potential, especially when they have a need.

If a need is not LAST PLACE then what is it?

Even Mike Brown would have brought up Bruce by now. What an embarrassment this ownership really is. Overpaying the manager, overpaying scrubby pitchers, overpaying for trainwrecks who couldn't make it with the Cubs.


at 6:40 PM Blogger JF said...

Reds Attendance Problem Cause?

There's not ONE THING!

Bruce isn't here.

Griffey isn't within 2 HRs of 600.

The team is in last place.

The city is sick of watching a bumbling error-prone choke-prone team.

Gas prices are way too high for the outlier fans to feel good about.

And food prices are cutting into the day at the ballpark budget.

If it weren't for Cueto and Volquez, the Reds would be short another 50,000 on annual attendance to date.

at 7:03 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...



at 8:29 PM Blogger doctor carla said...

Apologies to John Fay and the other posters for the length of my previous post. This blog has many informative and thoughtful posters such as JF, arden dulou, jerbear, donkydizzle, KFM, robdicken, zippy, sabr_blogger, mr. redlegs, and, of course, mental midget, to name a few.

Baseball query for those posters who have watched Ken Griffey Jr. since the start of last season. How noticeable has the decline been in his physical abilities since Spring 2007? Is his current condition akin to that of NFL running backs once they hit 32 years of age?

I'm disappointed the game was postponed this evening. Nurse Ratched and I had planned to listen to Marty on WLW/700 tonight.


at 10:28 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

DEar Doctor Carla, is it better to have a frontal lobotomy or a bottle in front of me?

at 11:21 PM Blogger Monclova Steve said...

Dr. Carla,
Thanks for your fresh perspective. You're right -- the comments here are quite entertaining.
Hope to hear from you again.

at 11:49 PM Blogger Dave said...

Dr. Carla, you seem to have forgotten another rule - hearing hooves = horses, not zebras. The two "trolls" are one and the same, as evidenced by their syntaxes. They use one of three basic formats (nuberical lists, off-topic griping/rambling, and counter-response), and interchange amongst the two names - the idea that they're at the same telemarketing place and simply interchange computers is far-fetched at best. The idea that they play out a "not-crazy" split personality on the computer for fun, well, them and 20,000 others do it daily. I think it's amusing that someone finally made an official diagnosis on here, though - I've held my tongue and laughed for months now. As for attending games - I live in FL and made the 3 hr. trek down to Sarasota (from Gainesville) to catch a spring training game. My $20 for a ticket helps the team, as does my voice - maybe not mine alone, but mine with 40,000 others is powerful. I don't expect an average fan to drive 3 hours, but a real fan attends at least a few games a year if they live in Cincy (I caught 5 or 6 each of my last 3 years there). It's like parenting - you may not want your son to go into the ballet or your daughter to box, but you still go to the events to be supportive as a good parent. Their is rampant apathy, and it springs from losing - you do enough losing, you expect to lose when things head south (see last night, 6-0 lead evaporates like last year all over again). The Bengals drive home the point, as well as that we want to have a winner and will support one full-heartedly. Here's to turning around this year and here's to a bright, bright future for the Reds.

at 12:18 AM Blogger Hugh D. Pohl said...

Personally, I like and agree with Carla's post. John, I'm sure we don't have to tell you to ignore all the BS about the blog not being good. The only complaint I have about it is the trolls we are all so familiar with and tired of.

at 9:43 AM Blogger robdicken said...

EVERYONE: Quit feeding the trolls. It's quite obvious they don't know the game of baseball or anything involving it, so just ignore each and every single one of their comments.

Pretending these fat little bald-headed guys don't exist are your best bet.

Julie = Imaginary girlfriend.

JBA = CSA, CSA = JBA, Both = unbearable

John, you really need to get rid of the trolls. THEY are the one ruining this blog. I know you can ban them, because I have seen you do it to Jack before. They provide absolutely ZERO insight and do nothing but constantly bicker with the other posters. It's a drag having to read through 20+ posts of the same person. It truly is, and I am sure many MANY people can agree upon that.

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