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    Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

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    Castellini says he'll fire himself if Reds don't have winning season

    Baseball-themed chamber dinner honors Nuxhall


    HAMILTON — Cincinnati Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini stood in what he called "the heart of Reds' country" and told a crowd of more than 400 the professional baseball team will be competitive in 2008.

    "If we don't win this year, we might all get fired and I'll start by firing myself," he said.

    Castellini was the keynote speaker Friday night at the 98th annual Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce dinner held at Vora Technology Park.

    Baseball was the theme of the event, which also honored Tim Nichting — who led the West Side All Stars to the Little League World Series — as citizen of the year. The lifetime achievement award was given posthumously to Joe Nuxhall.
    Chamber President Kenny Craig, who donned a baseball tie, said event attendance of 443 set a record.

    At the dinner, which funds most chamber activities, Castellini discussed off-season progress he believes the Reds have made by signing additional pitching.

    In honor of Nuxhall, Castellini said the organization was trying to name a portion of Main Street Nuxhall Way in Cincinnati close to the Great American Ball Park, which also has a bronze statue of his likeness.

    "I'm not promising anything yet, but I'm working on it hard," he said.

    Castellini also said he hoped to see the crowd again on June 10 at the ballpark for Hamilton Day, which also marks the 64th anniversary of Nuxhall's history-making pitching debut at age 15 as the youngest player in the Major Leagues.
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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Well, I'm always in the market for a good houseboy.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Cincinnati Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini stood in what he called "the heart of Reds' country" and told a crowd of more than 400 the professional baseball team will be competitive in 2008.

    "If we don't win this year, we might all get fired and I'll start by firing myself," he said.
    Why does it always seem the goal of Cincinnati franchises is to just be competitive. Couldn't they shoot for a championship team more than once every 15 years?
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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Wow, that's quite an ultimatum for BC to give to himself.

    I'd suggest way more pitching if his goal is to win this year. And if that is his stated goal- to win this year, then they should have traded Jay Bruce for Bedard, straight up. Bedard gives you a much, much better chance of that THIS YEAR than does Jay Bruce.

    The fact that they did not trade Bruce for Bedard tells us that just maybe BC is taking a longer view of things than his above statement might suggest (which is a very good thing, IMHO).

    I'd hate to have BC as my houseboy; he'd be grumbling at me all the time to do things today, rather than procrastinate until another day...

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    It depends what winning means. If you mean like a improvement to 84-78 while the youth grows, that may be a success.

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Quote Originally Posted by Redhook View Post
    Why does it always seem the goal of Cincinnati franchises is to just be competitive. Couldn't they shoot for a championship team more than once every 15 years?
    Yes, but you have to be realistic. It would be tough to turn this franchise from 07 to a WS in 08.

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Fire Krivsky before you fire yourself there, Bob...if you don't have a winning season...


    Looking at the team....without things falling into place and the young guys blooming...are they really any better than last season?

    Maybe those things will happen.....maybe they won't

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Quote Originally Posted by Aronchis View Post
    It depends what winning means. If you mean like a improvement to 84-78 while the youth grows, that may be a success.
    That would be a winning season....

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Competitive: 81-81

    Winning: 82-80

    Contending: Within five games of first.

    Where you want to be: Postseason.

    Priceless: Winning the World Series.

    Not even the Yankees can promise the last one.

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Quote Originally Posted by Redhook View Post
    Why does it always seem the goal of Cincinnati franchises is to just be competitive. Couldn't they shoot for a championship team more than once every 15 years?
    This franchise has fallen so far that right now I would happily take once every 15 years.

    I want a Bedard or Santana, just to prove that the Reds can ever again just win the division.....or a playoff game....just one.

    I am not sure if many of you remember Dale Murphy. he was, for several years, just about as good as there was in the game. It was such a waste.....the rest of the Braves were bad.....really bad.
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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Unless something is done to enhance the chances of winning then Bob.. hate to say it but you will be terminating yourself
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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    So the odds of Bob firing himself are pretty damn good then based on the current roster.

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    Maybe the dealing isn't done?
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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    How's he going to fire everyone else if he fires himself first?

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    Re: Castellini: "If we don't win this year... I'll (fire) myself"

    It's just a figure of speech.

    He's not going anywhere.

    I do believe he really wants to win. After the Lindner era, that's exactly what I want to hear.
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