Daily Archives: May 25, 2006

May 25, 2006

Methinks He Protests Too Much

So Griffey is pissed off at the media. Rather, he's pissed off at a couple sports radio guys who said he ought to change positions for the good of the team and he's taking it out on everyone.

In response, every damn media outlet is talking about how awesome he is. He had a couple good plays in center field and a couple dropped that Denorfia would have gotten to. But it's the good ones that are all anyone can talk about as they seem to try to get back on his good side.

It's not just the the official site, who says cites his “spectacular defensive plays that were … buzz-worthy”. Or Kevin Kelly in a story in the Enquirer says that “Griffey is showing naysayers, particularly some in the talk-radio genre, that he remains one of the game's premier players.” The FSN guys were doing it before yesterday's game too. It's a freaking epidemic.

But here's something to consider: if a 9-year old walked past you on the street and said “you have three arms!” would you be upset? Probably not. You know you don't have three arms, and what do you care what some 9-year old thinks anyway?

On the other hand, if you had a large protrusion coming out of your shoulder that you were really self-concious about, would you be upset? Would a bunch of newspapers writing about how not-three-armed you were make it all better?

The voices of sports radio are not well-regarded in general; it's not as if someone Griffey admires and respects told him he was hurting the team. So for Griffey to get so worked up over this says a lot more about how he's feeling about himself than how he's feeling about the Cincinnati airwaves. He might not even acknowledge it to himself, but deep down he's been thinking that maybe he's not the best choice at center anymore.

I predict we'll see Griffey “filling in” at first base before the end of the season. And there's nothing wrong with that, man. We'd be glad to have you there.

May 25, 2006

Reds Trade Williams to Mets

Wayne Krivsky and the Reds actually managed to trade Dave Williams today, just five days after he was designated for assignment to make room for Eric Milton.

According to the story on the official site, the Reds traded Williams for minor league pitcher Robert Manuel:

Entering his second professional season, Manuel is scheduled to report to Class A Dayton. The Mets had planned to use him at their short-season Class A affiliate in Brooklyn.

The 22-year-old right-hander was 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA last season for the Gulf Coast Mets before a promotion to Brooklyn. Overall, he struck out 54 with only four walks in 61 2/3 innings.

I don't know what kind of magic Kriv-dawg has to make things like this work out, but not only has he gotten out from under Williams salary, but he's also picked up double-A pitching fodder. It seems too good to be true.

May 25, 2006

He May Just Win Me Back

Technically, this is not allowed, so watch it quick before someone has a chance to complain and make me take it down. And shop at Champion Ford!

May 25, 2006

Game 46: Brewers 3, Reds 7

The Reds finally got a winning streak going when they took the second game of the series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday by a score of 3-7.

Elizardo Ramirez, recently chosen over Dave Williams to take on the role of fifth starter, took the mound and finally got some run support. He worked five innings, allowing three runs (earned) on five hits and three walks, to get the win.

Chris Hammond took over for the sixth and seventh, allowing zero runs on two hits. Todd Coffey worked the eighth and ninth, allowing zero runs on one hit. We're a quarter of the way through the season, and Coffey's ERA remains well under one at 0.65. Perhaps even more astounding, Hammond's ERA has fallen all the way to 5.87.

The Reds scored in four different innings beginning with the first. With two outs, Ken Griffey, Jr. doubled and Rich Aurilia brought him in with a base hit to center field. Adam Dunn walked, but Austin Kearns struck out to end the threat.

In the fifth inning, Felipe Lopez and Brandon Phillips both singled to set up Griffey for a three-run home run. Two retired batters later, Kearns singled, Edwin Encarnación was hit by a pitch, and Jason LaRue walked. Alas, Scott Hatteberg grounded out to strand those ducks on the pond.

In the sixth inning, Lopez doubled and Phillips singled to again put Griffey in a RISP position. He knocked in Lopez with the first of three sacrifice flies on the night. Phillips stole third base while Aurilia was batting, and came home on Aurilia's sacrifice fly to center. Dunn flied out to end the inning.

In the seventh, Kearns doubled and Encarnación walked to move him to second. The runners advanced on a wild pitch while LaRue was batting, and Encarnación scored on LaRue's sac fly. It was the last sacrifice fly and the last run of the game.

The win brought the Reds record to 27-10. They would go on to try for the sweep against Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Brandon Claussen versus Doug Davis.