Saturday, February 25, 2006
Harang gets the early nod
BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SARASOTA, Fla. - Reds manager Jerry Narron went beyond his it-isn't-written-in-cement comment.
"It isn't even written in mud," he said.
But right now the plan is for Aaron Harang to be the Opening Day starter April 3 when the Reds start the season with the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park.
"Aaron Harang deserves a chance at it," Narron said. "We'll see what happens. We have to get aligned by the middle of March. It might even be lined up now."
Harang was the Reds' best starter last year. He went 11-13 with a 3.83 ERA.
He's not marking Opening Day on his calendar yet.
"For anyone, it would be exciting," he said. "But I'm going to go out and prepare myself for my start - no matter when it is."
Being the Opening Day starter in Cincinnati is a big deal, given the tradition and pomp and circumstance of the day.
"It would be an honor," Harang said. "This is the oldest franchise."
Incidentally, one of the hallmarks of the club in recent years has been different Opening Day starters every year.
Harang would be the sixth different Opening Day starter in six years: 2005 - Paul Wilson; 2004 - Cory Lidle; 2003 - Jimmy Haynes; 2002 - Joey Hamilton; 2001 - Pete Harnisch.