January 24, 2006
As I alluded to before, I'll be attending the Reds Winter Caravan stop in Indianapolis from 5-7 p.m. Thursday night.
The event will go down at Pinheads at SR 37 and 141st St. You can find the directions here. The Pinheads website looks really cheesy and plays obnoxious music. I am really, REALLY looking forward to this event.
Scheduled to appear in Indy are:
- Manager Jerry Narron
- Broadcaster Marty Brennaman
- Other broadcaster Steve Stewart
- Reds Hall of Famer Lee May
- Senior director of business operations Phil Castellini
- Casey-trade booty Dave Williams
- the Minor League Player of the Year, to be announce tomorrow night
I'm in a bit of a pickle because all the questions I had ready to ask were for Dan O'Brien, who, surprisingly, is no longer planning to attend. Maybe Williams will be able to tell me when the Reds are going to land those two additional second basemen they'd need to field one at every position.
If you're going to be anywhere near the north side of Indy on Thursday afternoon, do stop by and say hi. I'll be the brunette in the red sweater. Be the first one to identify me, and get a free copy of Funnyball. Be a subsequent person to identify me, and get a broad smile and a hearty handshake.
If you can't make it to Pinheads, at least you'll be able to enjoy my full write-up of the event. Maybe I can even rig up some cheesy music for the occasion.
January 24, 2006
Former Expos and Orioles general manager Jim Beattie started as special advisor to owner Bob Castellini today. Beattie is one of the potential candidates for the GM position, along with our own interim GM, Brad Kullman.
Redleg Nation linked to a two part interview with Kullman on Baseball Prespectus. I didn't read it all, but I was very surprised to see someone from the Reds organization actually give details. It was sort of…thrilling. Like being let in on a big secret. Ooh!
Just for that, he has my early support.
Speaking of Reds General Managers, Dan O'Brien offered his final words about his tenure with Cincinnati to the media today. You can read them over here. As far as parting shots go, they're not parting shots at all. Did he storm about losing his job at all or is O'Brien really this mature? Perhaps he should consider a career as a high school guidance counsellor; he's got the patience for it and he's certainly used to taking the crap.
In other Reds news, former Reds pitcher Ted Power joined the management as the organization's Pitching Rehabilitation Coordinator. I've never heard of a Pitching Rehabilitation Coordinator, but if there's one team that needs one, it's the Reds. Plus, Power provides the ever-important opportunities for headline puns, so this is clearly an all-around good move.
January 24, 2006
I heard on the radio this afternoon that the charges against Ryan Freel brought as a result of his adventures at the pool hall/sushi bar have been dropped. Marc confirms it, though I can't find it mentioned anywhere else online.
So what will the Reds do with Freel now? Will they make him go through the EAP again? Force him to give up sushi? Require him to compete with Aurilia, Womack, and a half dozen other second baseman hopefuls for playing time?
UPDATE: This was a subhead in this story on the official site:
Charges avoided: A disorderly intoxication charge was dropped against Reds utility player Ryan Freel on Tuesday by the state of Florida, pending the completion of 35 hours of community service and six months without any further incidents.
Freel was arrested in the early-morning hours of Jan. 8 in Tampa after an alleged street corner altercation. It was the 29-year-old's second arrest within a year. He was charged with driving under the influence in Bellevue, Ky., on April 4.