Paul Daugherty mentioned it in his blog and on his radio show tonight. Why is Cincinnati and more especially the Reds so indifferent to Ken Griffey, Jr.'s quest to reach 600 career home runs? It baffles me.
Back when I first became aware of Reds baseball (in the 1960's), there were always sluggers. Frank Robinson and Wally Post come to mind. Then there were Johnny Bench, George Foster, and Tony Perez of the Big Red Machine. Finally, we had Greg Vaughn for a season, but no one came close the the mark Junior is about to reach. And the Reds PR department has been almost silent. It's strange.
You would think a world-class guy like Rob Butcher, rumored to be the best in the business, would have more to do than worry about Marty Brenneman getting a scoop from Dusty Baker. He might be promoting the Griffey feat, but no. Instead, Griffey will probably get his coveted 600th while on the road and a fabulous PR moment will be lost.
Is this a sign of a franchise that simply does not get it or am I missing the finer points of fantastic PR that the department gives the hometown baseball team? I don't know, but I sure am disappointed.