Originally Posted by Ludwig Reds Fan
Yesterday Hopper was scratched last minute, Griffey moved from DH to RF and Valentin got the DH spot.
Why, Jerry Narron?
Lie: "I had a couple of different lineups," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "One was posted ... I wanted to get Javy some at-bats at DH. Nothing was wrong with Hop."
Truth: "Because Ken Griffey Jr. told me so.:"
("I was slotted in the DH spot," Griffey said. "I talked to Jerry. I wanted to go out there because it wouldn't be fair to the people of Seattle to just have me DH.
"That was it.")
I'm not saying I don't like the switch. But if Griffey is making the lineups, then why does Narron even have a job? I like the way he squirmed around the question too... I'm surprised he didn't option EE to Louisville as a result.
Nothing wrong with a vet going up to the skipper and saying he wants to play in the field. Nothing wrong if manager obliges the request either as long it isn't a horrible move (this wasn't). Thats how it is in the bigs. I don't like Narron's "lie"...but to harp on him for listening to Jr's request is a little extreme....it happens all the time (manager's listening to players). Give Narron a break. (I don't like Jerry, but this is ridiculous)