Janish gets the call to the big leagues
By Marc Katz
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Louisville — Louisville Bats shortstop Paul Janish received news of his call-up to the Cincinnati Reds Monday night, May 13, in the dugout at Louisville Slugger Field.
Manager Rick Sweet called for Luis Bolivar to pinch hit for Janish.
"I asked him what was going on," said Janish, who had a hit from two official at-bats in the game to raise his average to .293. 'He said, 'Well, you're going to the big leagues.'"
Janish, a former Dayton Dragon, said he felt bad for Reds shortstop Jeff Keppinger, but was excited about his first invitation to the Reds.
"It's still settling in," said Janish, who took a quick shower following the 5-3 Louisville victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. "I'm driving up in the morning."
Janish said this was a great time to be called to the big leagues since his mother, Debbie, was visiting from Houston and his father, Tom, was flying in for the weekend on Friday. He said his dad would probably change flight plans.
Sweet said he received a call on his cell phone from Reds farm director Terry Reynolds just before Janish was to bat in the eighth.
"My phone's on 24 hours," Sweet said. "I asked Terry if he wanted me to take Paul out of the game and he told me he could stay in, but I did that once with a player who then broke his thumb that kept him from going up. I wasn't going to do that with Paul.
"He has matured into a very good player. He will be able to play up there and hold his own."