Krivsky didn't see change coming
BY SHANNON RUSSELL | SRUSSELL@ENQUIRER.COM
When Reds president and CEO Bob Castellini asked Wayne Krivsky on Tuesday night what time he’d be in the office the following morning, Krivsky didn’t think much about it.
Eight-thirty, he said.
“Good,” Castellini said. “We’ll have a meeting.”
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At that meeting, Krivsky learned that Reds ownership brought him in to be fired.
Less than three years after taking over the club’s general manager position, Krivsky was replaced on Wednesday by former St. Louis general manager Walt Jocketty.
Krivsky was said he spent an hour trying to save his job. Castellini didn’t budge.
“I did not see this coming all,” Krivsky said.
“Having said that, I told Bob I was real appreciative of the opportunity. I worked 29 years to get an opportunity like this in the city of Cincinnati, starving for a winner, (with a) great sports town and great tradition, and I still think it’s a gold mine. I really do. That’s what hurts so much – not to see the job through to the end and bring that winner to Cincinnati.”
Until Wednesday, he said he dreamed of celebrating in the clubhouse someday with champagne. In his 15-plus minute farewell speech, he mourned his abbreviated stay and gave thanks to many people at Great American Ball Park.
When asked if he had had enough time to do what he wanted to accomplish in Cincinnati, the New York native became emotional.
“I can only say good things. I love it here. And…” he started before stopping to compose himself.
One of Krivsky’s biggest regrets is not working with manager Dusty Baker. He recommended Baker for the job, and still believes the skipper is “the right guy to take this team forward and win.”
When Baker talked to Krivsky Wednesday, he said the former general manager was upset, bewildered and emotional.
Baker was also surprised, although he’s convinced Krivsky will land with another team.
Krivsky, 53, isn’t ruling out another run at general management. But to be frank, he said, the only place he wants to be is here.
He said one of his Reds highlights was bringing up pitcher Tom Shearn from Triple-A Louisville last season. Krivsky said Shearn recently returned the sentiment.
“When Tom Shearn goes to a booster club at the Louisville ball park and says Wayne Krivsky is the only GM I’ve ever seen that comes down to the field and interacts with the players and knows their names – that’s really neat,” Krivsky said.
In the end, the Reds’ losing records were the impetus for change.
“Wayne Krivsky did a whale of a job in so many areas,” Castellini said. “It just comes to the point where … we’re just not going to lose anymore.”
Krivsky said there was nothing he would have done differently.
“I’m going to walk out of here with my head held high and feeling good, and I’m going to sleep good tonight, I hope,” Krivsky said. “You know, maybe not tonight. Maybe the next night.”