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04-23-2006, 02:06 AM
When did Paul Wilson start throwing left-handed? ;)

Dunn's worst fear about to come true
By Hal McCoy

Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE | Adam Dunn rues the day May 13 — and nine Saturday home games after that. Nearly everybody loves the sun, but baseball players hate it shining in their eyes and that's what Dunn has to look (squintingly) forward to on May 13.

On that day, the Cincinnati Reds play the first of 10 games in Great American Ball Park that begin at 6:10 p.m., with the sun directly in the left fielder's eyes.

"The first five innings it is going to be really, really, really, really hard for the left fielders and the center fielders," said Dunn. "The first two innings of 7:10 games are hard to see.

"That needs to be changed, those 6:10 games," he said. "At 7:10, the sun is right over the top of the stadium, right in your eyes. And the second inning, when it's in the gaps between the roof and the stands, well, it's terrible."

Dunn shook his head and said, "If I get hit in the face with a line drive, you think that — naw, forget that. They wouldn't change it."

Pitcher Aaron Harang overheard the conversation and said, "You can change it. You've got pull."

Said Dunn, "Who lied to you?"

Manager Jerry Narron brought up the subject first and said, "The games that concern me are those 6:10 games. It is going to be nasty in left field. I love the starting time, but it is going to be a tough field to play. Sometimes the sun is directly in the pitcher's face with the 7:10 starts."

A Dayton appearance

That rumored start for Paul Wilson in Dayton is no longer a rumor.

The Reds left-hander begins a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday for the Dragons at Fifth Third Field against the Peoria Chiefs, probably four innings.

Wilson could be within two or three successful rehab starts of joining the Reds and moving into the rotation, which should make struggling Dave Williams nervous.

Bouquet to Berry

Give credit to Brandon Phillips for scoring the winning run from second base an a shallow infield roller Friday night, but give third base coach Mark Berry a sniff of respect, too.

Before Phillips hit third base, Berry was waving his arm in a circle like a windmill in a hurricane.

"Yeah, I sent him," Berry said. "You need the right situation — a player with speed who runs hard every time. That's Phillips. Not all players run hard from base-to-base. You need a ball that is going to be a tough play, one that the infielder is going to have to make an off-balance throw that might be in the dirt.

"Plus, there were two outs and we weren't doing much against Ben Sheets (two runs, six hits, no walks, 10 strikeouts), so you have to take chances."

Two for LaRue

Jason LaRue was Brandon Claussen's catcher Saturday and he'll be in the gear again this afternoon to catch in the series finale.

"LaRue might be the only guy we have who hits against Doug Davis," said manager Jerry Narron, referring to Milwaukee's starter today. LaRue is 5 for 15 with a home run against Davis.

LaRue's eight home runs in Miller Park are the most for any member of the Reds.

Here comes Roy

For the Reds, so far Friday night has been Beat The Best Night. Two Fridays ago they beat Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals, 1-0. Last Friday they beat Ben Sheets, 3-1.

"Houston's Roy Oswalt is pitching (today), so we'll get him on Friday," said manager Jerry Narron.

Now that's the Challenge of the Century for the Reds.

"That'd be three straight Fridays," said Narron. Told that Oswalt is 15-0 for his career against the Reds, Narron asked, "What's the record? What's the all-time record for one pitcher against one team?"

That's it, Jerry, Oswalt vs. the Reds.

"Ever? Of all time?" he said. Ever. Of all time (19 starts, 15-0, 2.41 ERA).


04-23-2006, 02:07 AM
They probably made the games at 6:10 to try and convince Dunn to move to first base and since when has Paul Wilson been left-handed?

04-23-2006, 02:09 AM
Dunn needs to stop complaining about the sun and start times. He sucks in left field no matter where the sun is.


04-23-2006, 02:33 AM
I have tickets for that May 13th game...Adam Dunn figurine night.

I have to agree with Dunn. I prefer the 7:10 start, sole reason being because I love baseball under the lights.

04-23-2006, 03:02 AM
Sun isn't bad if you can get it behind one of the light towers :D

04-23-2006, 08:54 AM
When I read the title, I thought this thread was going to be about me and stalking... ;)

04-23-2006, 09:00 AM
When I read the title, I thought this thread was going to be about me and stalking... ;)

I have to admit, that's what I thought too.


04-23-2006, 01:50 PM
I'm truly surprised that someone didn't think of that before they changed the Sat night start times.

Personally, I think he has a legitimate gripe. Sounds like JN isn't thrilled about it either.

04-23-2006, 02:02 PM
Tell Dunn the sun at 1B isn't that bad. :D

04-23-2006, 03:28 PM
A retractable roof would have solved this


04-23-2006, 03:37 PM
A retractable roof would have solved this


And rain delays...

04-23-2006, 04:09 PM
Why are they doing this.

Chip R
04-23-2006, 04:26 PM
Why are they doing this.

It is obvious, isn't it? It is so Tracy Jones can have more time on Extra Innings. ;)

Seriously, I believe they probably feel they might get more people to games on Saturday nights if they start an hour earlier. People can go down to the park an hour earlier then afterwards, go out to eat or party. I don't know if they are doing this on Saturday nights too but they are getting local bands to play at the picnic area on Friday nights. Maybe they want people sticking around for that too. Yeah, it is going to suck for the LFers on those nights. That's show biz. My advice to Adam is to shag some flies in LF about that time before games during the week to get used to the sun. Or ask to play 1st that night, which may not be a bad idea. Or he can pray for an overcast day.

04-23-2006, 05:25 PM
I don't want to sound selfish, but I'm really glad the games start at 6:10. My brother and I go to a handful of games (almost always Saturday games) but live in Northern Indiana. I like getting back at 1:00 am much more than 2:00 am.

But overall I would guess they're trying to get more famililes to the Saturday games... but that 's just a guess.

04-23-2006, 06:11 PM
A retractable roof would have solved this


I don't know, Krono. It didn't look like much fun late in today's game when the sun was shining through the windows in Milwaukee. The field looked like a distorted checkerboard of sunlight... and was also in the faces of the batters.

04-23-2006, 06:12 PM
I don't care much for the brewers version, it could have been done well, like Houston has it.

04-23-2006, 06:13 PM

04-23-2006, 06:45 PM
Who's stadium am I thinking of? :dunno:

04-23-2006, 06:49 PM
Ahh..Safeco is what I wast thinking of.

The D-backs also block the sun, with large advertisements ;)