Originally Posted by Ludwig Reds Fan
My point was only that Narron feeling that he had to lie about the reason for the lineup change, speaks volumes about his lack of leadership.
Again, I agreed with Griffey's request. A better manager might have had Griffey in RF to begin with. Who knows... But he obviously DH'ed Griffey for a reason. A good reason, I hope. It would have to be a good reason, to take Griffey out of the field during a series in SEATTLE.
Guess not though, because Narron then "changed his mind" after the request from Griffey, then tried to act like it was his idea. Again, the only thing missing was Narron forgot to option EE to Louisville when he got called on his lie.
The point to this thread was not to bash Narron aimlessly, but to chalk this up to yet another symptom of the need for a manager with a backbone.
And this is not to say Narron as a person doesn't have a backbone. I'm sure he does. But Narron as a Reds Manager? He manages scared. And that makes us a worse ballclub for it. Add his little "lie" to the list of reasons how.
This is just totally blowing something minor way out of proportion in my opinion, and making it into something it isn't. Narron has stated before that many times he makes up more than one lineup card a game before he decides on one. Maybe the one he eventually put out there was one he was considering and his reasonings behind it were exactly how he said. Calling him a liar is just speculation, baseless and unfair.
As far as not originally putting Jr. in RF, he is a manager first and foremost and it's his job to put what he feels is the best lineup on the field and to also give his veteran superstar a rest when it's most convenient. We may not always agree with it, but he has to put his team before what visiting fans want. Maybe he should have considered the circumstances more, but I won't hold it against him.
I'm not the biggest Narron fan either and I disagree with a lot of his decisions, but the bashing he gets by Reds fans is sometimes way over the top.