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M2
08-03-2005, 09:10 PM
Jeffy has a great throwing arm. He will be a star in time

My guess is he could do a fair Grady Sizemore imitation already.

He and Jeremy Hermida were the two Grade A OF talents of the 2002 draft (when the Reds selected Chris Gruler).

PuffyPig
08-03-2005, 09:10 PM
Pitchers always win the CYA because its for the best pitcher of the year.

I'm guessin' I meant MVP.

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:11 PM
braves strike back with a few hits, I'm tellin you i'd like a few more runs

So would I. Narron seems dead set on letting the Braves back in the door by not pulling Claussen after Furcal's hit.

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:11 PM
Guys, Casey is dissapointing many with his recent downward trend in Ground-in-Casey-plays...

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Sham
08-03-2005, 09:12 PM
My guess is he could do a fair Grady Sizemore imitation already.

He and Jeremy Hermida were the two Grade A OF talents of the 2002 draft (when the Reds selected Chris Gruler).

Anyone know what Gruler is doin' these days?

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:12 PM
He's still on course to break the record though :D

creek14
08-03-2005, 09:13 PM
Don't worry Smith, he'll come around.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:13 PM
Claussens good game went to crap.

flyer85
08-03-2005, 09:13 PM
get ahead ... and throw balls

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:13 PM
Anyone know what Gruler is doin' these days?
I thought he was hurt again?

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:13 PM
Don't worry Smith, he'll come around. im scared...i had high hopes he would shatter it to bits and pieces.

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
Claussens good game went to crap.

The Braves have good luck fairy godmothers in their jocks. They get so many breaks, flukes, opportunities, it's unreal.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
hmmm dont be surprised if the Reds lose.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
2 out rallys blow

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
Where did you get it from? That would make a nice wallpaper. I'm getting a little tired of my current one.
I could e-mail it to ya' if you'd like.

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
He still needs some more seasoning in the minors. He is definitely a hacker at the moment, that's OK when you're hot.

One of the FSN South guys keeps referring to him as the "Bible hitter", Thou shalt not take a pass", or something. I wanted to comment on the lack of walks earlier, but the guy is hitting .389/.400/.833 Like you said, he's hot.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
Old man river owns us

OnBaseMachine
08-03-2005, 09:14 PM
Francoeur has some big time pop in his bat, but he is a hacker. 21 walks in 335 atbats in double-A and 0 walks in 58 atbats with the Braves.

Hermida, on the other hand, has a keen eye at the plate, walking 94 times in 322 atbats at AA. Hitting .307/.469/.540. If I were the Marlins, I would call him up and send Pierre to the bench.

KearnsyEars
08-03-2005, 09:15 PM
and just like that....

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:15 PM
HEre we go... Thank god we had Adam tonight.

Aronchis
08-03-2005, 09:15 PM
Furcal probably K's to.

Weathers is pitching like a wuss. You get the Ricky Stone award bud.

westofyou
08-03-2005, 09:15 PM
Help me Mr Wizard.

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Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:15 PM
hmmm dont be surprised if the Reds lose.

I won't. And don't say I didn't see the distant lightning from over the hill.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:16 PM
Good call ump lol. Theses FSN south announcers are awful!

PuffyPig
08-03-2005, 09:18 PM
The Braves announcers complaining about a called strike on Franco.

Thay obviously missed last night's game.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:18 PM
Yes! inning over 6-4 putout close play at 2nd.

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:18 PM
We need more runs.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:18 PM
geez the inning is finally over and Claussen is dealt a hand full of crap.

6 2/3 IP, 7 Hits, 5 Runs, 0BB, 5K

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:18 PM
Inning over.... 6 more outs to go.

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:18 PM
I could e-mail it to ya' if you'd like.

That'd be sweet. You can e-mail me through the board if it's not too much trouble.

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:19 PM
Good lord, Narron's a stooge for not having Weathers already warmed with Claussen at @ 100 pitches. What a fool.

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:20 PM
That'd be sweet. You can e-mail me through the board if it's not too much trouble.Won't take attachments... I don't think.

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:20 PM
The Braves announcers complaining about a called strike on Franco.

Thay obviously missed last night's game.

I'm beginning to think they don't realize it's where the ball crosses the plate and not where the catcher sets up that matters. And now they are arguing the call at 2B.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:20 PM
Good lord, Narron's a stooge for not having Weathers already warmed with Claussen at @ 100 pitches. What a fool.

Weathers should have been warming up durring that injury delay.

:bang:

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:21 PM
What FCB and CTA said. :thumbup:

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:21 PM
Weathers should have been warming up durring that injury delay.

:bang:

He should have been warming to *start* the 7th.

creek14
08-03-2005, 09:22 PM
Good lord, Narron's a stooge for not having Weathers already warmed with Claussen at @ 100 pitches. What a fool.
Now see, this is what drives me nuts about you, FCB. I am never sure how you feel on any given subject.

:)

Tony Cloninger
08-03-2005, 09:22 PM
If Francoeur has that bad of walk totals....then these moronic pitchers are the ones to blame for just giving him anything at all to hit.

The words....Reds pitchers and morons go hand in hand though.


I watch the Braves games on TBS and MLB EI.....they always....ALWAYS come back once the other team scores. Confidence......combined with the team's other pitchers not having the cajones to bear down ..makes the Braves about as annoying as a Mike De La Hoz rambling post.

M2
08-03-2005, 09:22 PM
The Braves announcers complaining about a called strike on Franco.

Thay obviously missed last night's game.

Not to mention the 1990s.

flyer85
08-03-2005, 09:23 PM
Good lord, Narron's a stooge for not having Weathers already warmed with Claussen at @ 100 pitches. What a fool.that'straight out of the Miley handbook

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:24 PM
Now see, this is what drives me nuts about you, FCB. I am never sure how you feel on any given subject.

:)

Yeah, I need to be more evasive--like use Navajo or something. :)

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:24 PM
was that 3 stright swinging strikes for Mr. Pena?

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:25 PM
Who is John Foster? :help:

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:26 PM
Mercker in to pitch the 8th.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:28 PM
Wow

SteelSD
08-03-2005, 09:28 PM
TRULY AMAZING WEB GEM DP turned by Lopez and Freel (Mercker might get credit for an assist).

Wow.

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:29 PM
Gicp. :)

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:29 PM
DP!

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:29 PM
That was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:29 PM
that was friggen nice 6-4-3!

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 09:29 PM
Rock and Roll Hoochie-Koo.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:29 PM
Inning over


Score that DP 1-6-4-3

PuffyPig
08-03-2005, 09:30 PM
The Reds defence helps the Reds win???????????

What's next? Free beer?

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:30 PM
That was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thats what all the women say.

;)

j/k

Ill have to wait to see the double play later. :thumbdown

SteelSD
08-03-2005, 09:30 PM
And now Lopez ranges behind the bag to snag almost the exact same ball (after Mercker again tried to stop it with his bare hand) and throws to Casey for the third out.

Braves announcers on Lopez: "He's everywhere."

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:30 PM
3 more outs!

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:30 PM
Won't take attachments... I don't think.

NP, I'll send you my e-mail addy.

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:31 PM
Cool Nd2...

SteelSD
08-03-2005, 09:33 PM
Casey K's looking on a ball.

Braves announcers need to shut up about the strike zone now.

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:33 PM
Braves announcers on Lopez: "He's everywhere."

Lopez is "The Man"

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:34 PM
Geez Dunn gets thrown out by the Rocket.

Gainesville Red
08-03-2005, 09:34 PM
Boy, he's got a damn cannon!

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:34 PM
Someone call 911 because hes on fire.


Oh crap Franceur is the fireman.

creek14
08-03-2005, 09:34 PM
What is this DP you people speak of?

Are you trying to tell me someone grounded into a Casey?

IslandRed
08-03-2005, 09:34 PM
Jotting into notebook: "Do not run on Francoeur."

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:34 PM
Adam?

SteelSD
08-03-2005, 09:35 PM
That was just a simply spectacular throw to snag Dunn at 2B. Wow.

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:35 PM
We'll need extras for the triple.

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:36 PM
Cool Nd2...

PM'd it instead.

Matt700wlw
08-03-2005, 09:36 PM
What's next? Free beer?

Where?!?!?!

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:37 PM
Well here we go...


Pinch Hitter, Furcal and Giles due up.

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:37 PM
That was just a simply spectacular throw to snag Dunn at 2B. Wow.

That's two of those tonight by Francoeur. This guy is something else.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:37 PM
3 more outs

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:38 PM
Merk stays in... Orr hits for Kolb

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:38 PM
Nice play by Jason

1 down

2 more outs

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:38 PM
bunt out... 2 outs to go.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:38 PM
Please dont let Franceur bat! Get these two guys out

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:39 PM
PM'd it instead.Done! :thumbup:

flyer85
08-03-2005, 09:39 PM
would be nice to have a real closer

M2
08-03-2005, 09:39 PM
That was just a simply spectacular throw to snag Dunn at 2B. Wow.

It's just not fair. He's even got a better arm than Gruler.

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:39 PM
Furcal doubles here we go.

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:40 PM
Furcal Double

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:41 PM
oh joy

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:41 PM
(music playing) Wouldnt it be nice if we had a closer (music)

2 and 1 on Brians brother

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:42 PM
What A Play By Mercker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Down!!!!!!!!

1 More!

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:42 PM
One more out please

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:42 PM
Furcal to 3rd ... 2 out

PuffyPig
08-03-2005, 09:42 PM
And complaining about the strike zone again.

SteelSD
08-03-2005, 09:42 PM
And now Mercker with a fantastic field and throw of a swinging bunt for the out. Great job of getting out of the way by Larue. That one could have easily been botched.

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:42 PM
1 out to go.

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:43 PM
Mercker with another Reds Gem tonight.

Matt700wlw
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
Ballgame!

Reds win!

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
and this one belongs to the Reds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reds44
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
And this one belongs to the Reds!

SteelSD
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
Reds win!

KronoRed
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
:clap:

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
Y este le pertenece a los Rojos! :jump:

RedsMan3203
08-03-2005, 09:44 PM
Reds Win.

Goodnight

Gallen5862
08-03-2005, 09:45 PM
"This one belongs to the Reds."

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:45 PM
Yippeee

Tony Cloninger
08-03-2005, 09:45 PM
Cervecas para todos!!!

TheBurn
08-03-2005, 09:46 PM
Cervecas para todos!!! :beerme:

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:46 PM
Dancin' Dancin' Dancin'...

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CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:46 PM
The Reds have a chance to take the series with Harang pitching tomorrow!

Tony Cloninger
08-03-2005, 09:47 PM
I could use a Newcastle....or a Jack and Coke right now. :beerme:

Gallen5862
08-03-2005, 09:51 PM
This has to help the teams confidence.

smith288
08-03-2005, 09:55 PM
Coming back after yesterdays butt whoopin' is good stuff...hope tomorrow is more of the same

CTA513
08-03-2005, 09:55 PM
This has to help the teams confidence.

I bet it hurts the teams confidence when they know Ortiz is going to pitch.

:laugh:

:evil:

Reds Nd2
08-03-2005, 09:59 PM
Done! :thumbup:

Got it and thanks. Check your mail.

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 10:01 PM
I could use a Newcastle....or a Jack and Coke right now. :beerme:

No doubt. This team ages me prematurely.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 10:38 PM
I guess some Braves fan is mad they lost and is now trying to say Dunn is on steriods.



From: bravesowntheeast

its obvious, he reminds me of bonds up their the way he crowds the plate, making hte pitcher come to his pull zone. He just takes an easy swing and launches it. Then again i bet half the freakin league is on steroids. Their all a bunch of freakin liars including palmeiro, i bet most players are on steroids. I say ban all their @$$es.


:angry:

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 10:41 PM
I guess some Braves fan is mad they lost and is now trying to say Dunn is on steriods.




:angry:

Don't sweat it. You could check the guy's pee from here till the crack o' doom and it ain't gonna test positive for 'roids. No way Dunn is on 'roids. Not a chance in heck.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 10:44 PM
Don't sweat it. You could check the guy's pee from here till the crack o' doom and it ain't gonna test positive for 'roids. No way Dunn is on 'roids. Not a chance in heck.

I know but its kind of sad to say someone is on steriods just because he can hit for power and just went 3-4 with 5 RBIs against the Braves.

RFS62
08-03-2005, 10:44 PM
Don't sweat it. You could check the guy's pee from here till the crack o' doom and it ain't gonna test positive for 'roids. No way Dunn is on 'roids. Not a chance in heck.


Dunn isn't on 'roids. He's on grits.

Big difference.

CTA513
08-03-2005, 10:50 PM
Dunn isn't on 'roids. He's on grits.

Big difference.

Dunn and Pena eat whole cows for snacks.

:devil:

KittyDuran
08-03-2005, 11:03 PM
No doubt. This team ages me prematurely.There was a guy in the section that me, Chip and RBA were in that had I believe a heart attack - someone said he received CPR and an IV - took him out on a stretcher... :(

Falls City Beer
08-03-2005, 11:13 PM
There was a guy in the section that me, Chip and RBA were in that had I believe a heart attack - someone said he received CPR and an IV - took him out on a stretcher... :(

Oh man. Let's hope it's nothing more than heat stroke--which is no walk in the park, but it beats a heart attack.

DoogMinAmo
08-04-2005, 02:38 AM
There was a guy in the section that me, Chip and RBA were in that had I believe a heart attack - someone said he received CPR and an IV - took him out on a stretcher... :(

That was the section right next to mine, same row. It was really really sad, and put a lot of things in perspective for me. You don't know life, until you see one leaving in front of your very eyes. Defibrilators, just like any sort of crazy involuntary activity, are plain scary. I felt really bad for the guy's grandson who was with him, watching the whole thing.

They spent nearly an entire half inning trying to revive him, before taking him away on the board. Considering they taped off the area, I fear the worst. The man may have gone happy, he seemed to fall right after Dunn hit the double with the bases loaded. However, I along with a lot of Reds fans that night, were bowing our heads, shocked beyond belief. At least the Reds won for him tonight, my prayers are with that family.

Big Klu
08-04-2005, 02:39 AM
Just got back from the game! Great game! Claussen pitched well. (BTW, Weathers was warming up before and during the injury timeout forthe ump.) Adam Dunn is an absolute monster! The Braves rookie RF Francoeur has an awesome arm--I thought both Encarnacion and Dunn made the right decisions to go for the extra base, and he just made a great throw to nail both of them! Got my first Bobblehead--it's now proudly being displayed on my desk!


Updated Reds HR list:

Reds All-Time Home Run Leaders
1. Johnny Bench - 389
2. Frank Robinson - 324
3. Tony Perez - 287
4. Ted Kluszewski - 251
5. George Foster - 244
6. Eric Davis - 203
7. Barry Larkin - 198
8. Vada Pinson - 186
9. Wally Post - 172
10. Gus Bell - 160
11. Joe Morgan - 152
11. Pete Rose - 152
13. Adam Dunn - 150
14. Lee May - 147
15. Dan Driessen - 133
16. Ken Griffey, Jr. - 126
17. Reggie Sanders - 125
18. Ernie Lombardi - 120
19. Sean Casey - 114
20. Frank McCormick - 110
21. Dave Parker - 107
22. Chris Sabo - 104
23. Dave Concepcion - 101
24. Gordy Coleman - 98
25. Paul O'Neill - 96

Big Klu
08-04-2005, 02:42 AM
Whoa...I missed the part about the man having the heart attack...I pray he is all right.

savafan
08-04-2005, 02:46 AM
Updated Reds HR list:

Reds All-Time Home Run Leaders
1. Johnny Bench - 389
2. Frank Robinson - 324
3. Tony Perez - 287
4. Ted Kluszewski - 251
5. George Foster - 244
6. Eric Davis - 203
7. Barry Larkin - 198
8. Vada Pinson - 186
9. Wally Post - 172
10. Gus Bell - 160
11. Joe Morgan - 152
11. Pete Rose - 152
13. Adam Dunn - 150
14. Lee May - 147
15. Dan Driessen - 133
16. Ken Griffey, Jr. - 126
17. Reggie Sanders - 125
18. Ernie Lombardi - 120
19. Sean Casey - 114
20. Frank McCormick - 110
21. Dave Parker - 107
22. Chris Sabo - 104
23. Dave Concepcion - 101
24. Gordy Coleman - 98
25. Paul O'Neill - 96

So Adam Dunn is 239 homeruns away from equaling Bench's career total as Reds' all time leader. If he played six more seasons in a Reds' uniform and hit exactly 40 homers in each of those six seasons, he'd be 1 homerun ahead of Bench as the all-time team leader.

Hey, it could happen.

Heath
08-04-2005, 07:30 AM
woke up this AM from going down last night - first Reds game in a long time that I went to that I had people around me watching the game. Bobblehead mania strikes.

It was HOT in the Upper Deck. I sat there for 2 innings and then left....wayyyy to hot. Saw the games from multiple angles and with multiple bottles of water alternated with multiple beers and multiple Skyline Cheese Coneys.

Spent three innings at the notch and another 3 at the Stacks. Mr. Dunn absolutely crushed the ball. EdE was thrown out at the plate - Mark Berry did his best Statue of Liberty play - he didn't move at all...Mr. Francouer has a chance to be Jim Edmonds-like for a career...if he doesn't get hurt...

Good game - got to the car rather quickly for such a big crowd - I got there just in time to hear Marty' Scoreboard Show - with a shout out to our own Matt700WLW - :thumbup:

Not too bad on the way home - traffic was light....

cumberlandreds
08-04-2005, 08:13 AM
It's Tom Paciorek (sp?) and (I believe) Ernie Johnson Jr. IIRC

Paciorek sucks, Johson is ok. They're the fox south dudes, which is always on wednesdays in Atl. Painful.

I agree with you those two are terrible. I'll take the Caray boys,VanWeiren and Sutton anytime over these two. :thumbdown

Caseyfan21
08-04-2005, 08:14 AM
That was the section right next to mine, same row. It was really really sad, and put a lot of things in perspective for me. You don't know life, until you see one leaving in front of your very eyes. Defibrilators, just like any sort of crazy involuntary activity, are plain scary. I felt really bad for the guy's grandson who was with him, watching the whole thing.

They spent nearly an entire half inning trying to revive him, before taking him away on the board. Considering they taped off the area, I fear the worst. The man may have gone happy, he seemed to fall right after Dunn hit the double with the bases loaded. However, I along with a lot of Reds fans that night, were bowing our heads, shocked beyond belief. At least the Reds won for him tonight, my prayers are with that family.

I was a couple sections over in 144. It was kind of scary to watch although (at the time) I didn't think it was that serious. I pray for him and his family, that is a scary situation and up in the stands at a baseball game is a horrible place to be in terms of getting medical attention. Hopefully he can pull through and be able to enjoy some more Reds games this year.

KittyDuran
08-04-2005, 11:09 PM
BTW... Rosie posted this on the Peanut Gallery forum. :(


BTW, the guy Chip saw paramedics attending to in the stands last night? If you guys haven't heard, well ... he died. So sad. He was there with his 6-year-old grandson.

Chip R
08-05-2005, 12:37 AM
Oh no. I saw on the Reds web site he had a heart attack and he was there with his 6 yr. old grandson. I guess they took the boy into the clubhouse afterwards. That's just so sad - especially for the boy. My sympathies go out to their family. :(

KittyDuran
08-05-2005, 06:03 AM
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050805/NEWS01/508050410

Here is the article from the Enquirer this morning...

Friday, August 5, 2005
Grandpa stricken in stands, boy finds comfort on field
Reds rally around frightened child

By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer

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Bill Summee has been a police officer since 1992, but nothing prepared him for the situation he encountered Wednesday night.

Summee, now a security officer for the Reds, responded to an emergency call to Section 143 at Great American Ball Park during the seventh inning. A man had collapsed, and paramedics were working on him.

As they tried to revive the man, who did not survive the apparent heart attack, an officer handed the man's 6-year-old grandson to Summee.

Little Antonio Perez had come to the game with his grandfather, whose name the Reds did not release, to celebrate Tony Perez Bobblehead Night.

Over the next 2 hours, Summee and numerous Reds players and coaches stepped up to comfort and entertain the boy.

"It was a bad situation," Summee said. "But I'm proud of the way we handled it as an organization."

Once he had the boy, Summee's first order of business was to get Antonio out of the stands.

He wanted to get him away from where his grandfather was being treated.

"With all the commotion, I wanted to get him out of there," Summee said. "I took him down to the concourse. He laid his head on my shoulder and asked, 'Is my Pawpaw going to be all right?' "

Summee knew by then the boy's grandfather would not recover.

"We didn't think we should be the ones to tell him," Summee said. "We didn't lie to him, but we thought his parents should tell him."

At one point, the child asked: "How am I going to get home?"

"I told him I'd take him home," Summee said. "But he knew his grandmother's name and phone number."

A call was made, but the boy is from Hamilton, and it would take awhile for his parents and grandmother to get to the ballpark.

Summee still wanted to get Antonio away from the stands, so he took him into the Reds' bullpen, where bullpen coach Tom Hume let him sit on the bench for the last two innings of the game.

Then Ken Griffey Jr. became aware of what was going on and took charge.

"Win or lose, he was coming in the clubhouse," Griffey said.

As the Reds wrapped up their 8-5 victory over the Braves, Griffey went to the bullpen and got the boy.

The players included Antonio in their high-five celebration. Then they took him into the clubhouse.

"We play a game," Griffey said later. "What he was going through doesn't compare.

"It was important that the little guy not be by himself."

Clubhouse manager Rick Stowe said the other players followed Griffey's lead and rallied around the boy.

"Jacob Cruz, Jason LaRue, Junior, they were all great with him," Stowe said. "They gave him bats, balls, wrist bands. Felipe Lopez signed the helmet he wore in the All-Star Game and gave it to him."

"Ken Griffey Jr. was extraordinary," Summee said. "He went completely out of his way to do everything he could."

Said Griffey: "We just tried to make a bad situation a little better."

E-mail jfay@enquirer.com