As many of you know, I am one of the biggest Narron bashers on this board. Sometimes it embarrasses me and I quit posting for awhile because the sing-song negativity of my posts are counterproductive to the board. I know that. I haven't post but a couple of times in the game threads and tried to be positive in those and have just stayed away. Some say I sweat the stuff too much and others negative rep me. No matter, I can tell when I'm harping on the same stuff and I know when to keep it inside. I've been doing that.
But the last two nights, the camera has panned toward Jerry Narron. The jaw is tense and it looks like he's gritting his teeth so much that he's going to explode. If you don't have a little sympathy for him, you're not human. It must be very frustrating. Every move he makes backfires. A lot of it is his own doing, but a lot of it is just bad luck. He has so much faith in his veterans that he doesn't use his head sometimes. He's so paranoid about Edwin's throwing errors, even when behind, he pulls him for defensive purposes. Tongiht it was for Freel and Farney immediately missed a ground ball. Go figure. No matter who he brings in from the pen, they get bombed. It makes no difference who he picks, it's like gasoline on a fire. Every time. Post a new lineup and somebody fails. Unlike Tony LaRusa or Joe Torre, who seem to make the right decisions 60+% of the time, Jerry is down there at 40%. He knows baseball, but bad decisions just flow from him. Put Stanton in and three bloops fall for hits. Bring in Saarloos and the lead is given up. Rely on Coffee and homeruns happen. He's got to be talking in his sleep.
I don't care who it is, this has to be a tough situation. Some guys just make the right decision on instinct. Jerry does not. And I think he knows that his time is just about up and he can't figure out for the life of him why. Someday, somewhere, Jerry Narron will look back on this and wonder why everything went wrong. No one deserves for everything to go wrong no matter what you do. It's not only not fair, it's bloody unlucky.
Jerry Narron must wonder why, when he took out his pitcher last night to pitch hit Norris Hopper with two out, it all didn't work out. He has to wonder why that shot down the third base line wasn't fielded by Freel. He has to wonder why everything goes wrong late in a game. Maybe it has something to do with his pick for pitching coach. I don't know. My Dad used to say that folks like Jerry were snakebit. No matter how much they cared and no matter how logical their decisions were in thier own mind, it wouldn't work out. It's unfortunate that we're dealing with that kind of guy for the third manager in a row. Boone and Miley weren't especially likeable, but Narron is a likeable guy. You want to see him do well, but he can't.
If I had one wish for Jerry Narron it would be to do better, make better decisions, but I fear it's too late for that. the owner has appeared on the field to send a message to the fans. the obvious choice is to change the head man as it has been forever. I've gone on record as saying that the Reds will never contend for a championship with Jerry Narron at the helm and I haven't wavered from that thought. But how in the world can anyone make the wrong decision so much? It's just not normal and for that, all my sympathy goes out to this man.