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reds44
05-15-2006, 07:36 PM
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Buckeye33
05-15-2006, 08:04 PM
This from rotoworld:

Monday's Hall of Fame game between the Pirates and Reds was rained out after three innings. The Reds were up 3-0 at the time.
Quinton McCracken had a two-run homer in the game. Eric Milton, knee surgery, pitched two scoreless innings before it was called. Because he wasn't able to get in as much worked as hoped, he might not rejoin the Cincinnati rotation this week.

TeamBoone
05-15-2006, 08:05 PM
I believe the little boy in the picture with Griffey is Dernell Stenson's son; I know he was supposed to throw out the first pitch (per KGJr's request).

reds44
05-15-2006, 08:08 PM
I believe the little boy in the picture with Griffey is Dernell Stenson's son; I know he was supposed to throw out the first pitch (per KGJr's request).
Wow really? A classy move (as always) by Junior. If Derek Jeter did this the media would have a frenzy.

BCubb2003
05-15-2006, 08:20 PM
By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A little rain wasn’t going to spoil the day for Ken Griffey Jr. and 4-year-old Kobe Stenson, even though it did put a damper on the Hall of Fame game.
As the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were milling around before Monday’s annual exhibition game at historic Doubleday Field was canceled by rain, Griffey grabbed Kobe by the arm.
“You want to see all the guys? Come on,” Griffey said as he led the budding tee-ball star through the Reds’ dugout.
“He’s excited, but I don’t think he understands,” Kobe’s mother, Sara Richards, said as she snapped pictures. “He thought he was going to play.”
A month ago, Griffey contacted the Baseball Hall of Fame and asked if Kobe could throw out the first pitch to him in honor of the boy’s late father, Dernell Stenson. The 25-year-old Stenson, one of the Reds’ most promising prospects, was playing for the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions when he was killed Nov. 3, 2003, in a carjacking.
“That’s 90 percent of the reason I’m here,” Griffey said. “It’s bittersweet, but it’s a chance to see the little man and how much he looks like his dad.”

reds44
05-15-2006, 08:20 PM
I believe the little boy in the picture with Griffey is Dernell Stenson's son; I know he was supposed to throw out the first pitch (per KGJr's request).
TB you are correct.


Kobe Stenson, 4, of North Syracuse, N.Y., whose dad Dernell Stenson was a minor league prospect for the Cincinnati Reds and was killed Nov. 2003 in Arizona, sits in the dugout with Reds players Ken Griffey, Jr. left back, and Adam Dunn at the Baseball Hall of Fame Game on Monday, May 15, 2006, in Cooperstown, N.Y. The game between the Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates was canceled in the bottom of the third inning due to rain.
(AP Photo/ Jim McKnight)

MrCinatit
05-15-2006, 09:35 PM
It is acts like that which seperate a guy of pure class like Griffey from others, like Bonds.

cumberlandreds
05-16-2006, 07:50 AM
What a fine thing to do by Griffey! He's a great ballplayer but an even better man!

RedFanAlways1966
05-16-2006, 08:40 AM
It is acts like that which seperate a guy of pure class like Griffey from others, like Bonds.

Absolutely.

paintmered
05-16-2006, 09:37 AM
It is acts like that which seperate a guy of pure class like Griffey from others, like Bonds.

Indeed. :)

TeamBoone
05-16-2006, 10:48 AM
Publication date: 05-16-2006

Reds step back in time
Rain, travel snafus dampen exhibition
Column by The Post's Lonnie Wheeler

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - From here, it's a good 200 miles to the city that never sleeps. As for this tranquil hamlet in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, that description only applies to the teams playing in the annual Hall of Fame game.

"You almost have to leave two days in advance to get here," remarked Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky. The observation was not merely casual on his part. Monday's game was an hour away, and he was still awaiting the arrival of several minor-leaguers who had been called in to give the regulars a bit of a rest on their day off.

It didn't help that the Reds went 12 innings Sunday, all to suffer their third consecutive loss. Then came the bus to the airport, and the flight to Oneida County, and the hour-long ride to the Otesaga Hotel, all of which put the Reds in the lobby so late that most of them passed on the private tour of the Hall of Fame.

But Krivsky and manager Jerry Narron took advantage of the opportunity, and so did the younger Reds who happen, unlike so many in their situation, to also be baseball fans - guys like Matt Belisle and Todd Coffey - and the history-minded veterans like Scott Hatteberg and Rich Aurilia, both of whom had bats on display for the occasion.

Aurilia, who will remain on the disabled list until at least Friday, wasn't scheduled to play in the afternoon exhibition against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his plan was to duck out early and head back to the shrine for which Pete Rose remains ineligible. That was foiled when the game was called on account of Eric Milton not being able to find a dry spot to stride to when he went out to pitch the third inning.

For his part, Hatteberg would have liked to stay longer in the hallowed halls, "but we were all gassed," he said. In fact, around midnight - about an hour and a half before Krivsky's party closed the place - he elected not to wait for the bus back to the Otesaga, instead walking the deserted village sidewalks.

"You kind of feel sent back in time," he reported. "I kept waiting for Paul Revere to come riding through."

If the British weren't coming, the rain surely was, although you wouldn't have known it much in advance. It was lovely when the Reds bused over to the Clark Sports Center to change into their uniforms. It was beautiful when the parade down Main Street commenced at noon. The sun was still making appearances when the team rode the faux trolley to Doubleday Field. The afternoon was quite pleasant when Ryan Freel hit three home runs (out of 10 swings) in the pre-game derby; then David Ross hit three, one of them settling on the roof of a house beyond center field; then Adam Dunn hit six, the last one clearing a residence in right field and also the street beyond it. (Pittsburgh's Jose Hernandez won the thing with eight homers.)

The steady drizzling started just before the first pitch, which was Junior Griffey's cue to jog to the car that waited just outside for him and a few pitchers. Fans were of course lined up on the other side of the barricade. "All right, let's go to the bar," shouted one, as Griffey disappeared into the sedan.

The Reds' center fielder was not in the Monday lineup, for understandable reasons such as just coming off the disabled list. Plus, there wasn't much room in the tiny dugout after the minor-leaguers finally arrived (except for a couple from Louisville who never made it). At any rate, Griffey's work was done. His objective here was to involve Kobe Stenson - the son of Dernell Stenson, the former Red who in 2003 was killed while playing in the Arizona Fall League - in the pre-game ceremonies. He succeeded.

So did Milton, for two hitless innings. The lefty is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery on April 24, and had been scheduled to throw 75 pitches. He didn't come close to that.

"The second inning was terrible," he said, referring not to his pitching but the increasingly wet conditions. "I couldn't put everything into it because I'd slip and fall down if I did. I had to alter my stride because it was a mess. I was holding back, or I really could have gotten hurt out there."

The umpires picked up on that, no doubt persuaded by Narron's anxieties. By mid-afternoon, the Reds - who had been ahead, 3-0, after a two-run homer by Quinton McCracken - were back on the bus to the Sports Center to change into their traveling clothes and ride another hour to the airport and fly to Pittsburgh, which would be a really good city for sleeping.

Contact Lonnie Wheeler at lwheeler@cincypost.com.

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060516/SPT05/605160324/1027

StillFunkyB
05-16-2006, 11:43 AM
It is acts like that which seperate a guy of pure class like Griffey from others, like Bonds.

:thumbup:

BuckeyeRedleg
05-16-2006, 02:54 PM
This from rotoworld:

Monday's Hall of Fame game between the Pirates and Reds was rained out after three innings. The Reds were up 3-0 at the time.
Quinton McCracken had a two-run homer in the game. Eric Milton, knee surgery, pitched two scoreless innings before it was called. Because he wasn't able to get in as much worked as hoped, he might not rejoin the Cincinnati rotation this week.

Well, I hope they take the opportunity to send Q out with a HR in his final game. I know, I know, we may just have to wait a tad longer to DFA Mr. McCracken.

He needs to go - soon.

KronoRed
05-16-2006, 05:17 PM
Looks cold and miserable.

Caseyfan21
05-17-2006, 12:14 PM
For some more pictures, make sure to check out the Bad Boys blog. He has a lot of very cool pictures from the Reds tour of the HOF. Here's a link:

http://badboy.mlblogs.com/

TeamBoone
05-17-2006, 02:15 PM
Those pictures are GREAT!

Thanks.