From today's Enquirer:
Okay, fess up...this was clearly a RZ move...who claims this one??Fans, of course, don't get the full reasoning behind a move when something like this happens. Narron recalled a game last year when a pitcher took himself out early. The Reds ended up winning, but there was a voice mail on Narron's office phone awaiting him after the game.
"The guy called me the dumbest person ever," Narron said.
Seriously, last night was a tough loss...but if there is a singular strength IMHO of Narron it is his steady, even-keel sense of perspective that will allow the ship to right itself...
Also from the Enquirer:
The bullpen isn't as good as it was for 10 days and isn't as bad as it's been the past 4 days...it is somewhere inbetween, hopefully closer to the good...and yes, I think Bray and Majewski will help when they return..."We need to get our bullpen back to where it was," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "The thing about this division is it's going to be tough all year. Teams that are resilient, that grind it out, are going to be there at the end.
"If you panic at any time, you're going to get buried."
Hamilton > good
And the moment this happens (from Reds.com) it will secure the hollywood rights to the life story:
But Hamilton catching would be a unique sight because he is left-handed.
"The first time I ever saw him, he was catching," Narron pointed out on Thursday.
That was when Hamilton was a teenager in North Carolina.
"I was the MVP of three games of a national tournament when I was 12, catching. That was cool," Hamilton said. "I also played shortstop for five years in Little League."
Hamilton no longer has his left-handed catcher's mitt.
"I might order one, just for fun," he said.
When Hamilton was a kid, did anyone ever try stealing on him?
"Tried to," the rookie responded. "It didn't matter with a left-handed catcher and right-handed batter. Just throw over the top."
Maybe that's the answer to the problems with the offense...just play Hamilton at catcher???
And yes, things could be worse, Reds fans...we could have paid big money for Jimmy Rollins' Psychic Hot Line