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That is one of the best articles Hal has ever written.
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And no doubt, the players don't respect the fans in the stands either.
I always thought Jr.'s supposed refusal to move was a strawman. It assumed he had no ambition. Plus, we've all seen Jr.'s demeanor when he's enjoying the game. During the last four seasons since his no trade kicked in, he's looked like a guy who treats baseball like it's a job (in fact he's said as much). I can't imagine a chance to move to a winning team and away from the Cincinnati media would have seemed to him like anything but deliverance.
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Great article by Hal. I think yesterday was a good move for the Reds and probably Junior, but I'll always remember hinm as a class act.
The curse of Paul Bako, who hit the gapper. We should have know he was evil then, before he was allowed to be a millstone on Cincy's payroll.Aug. 4, 2003
Kremchek repairs Griffey's right shoulder, which he dislocated on April 5 while diving for a ball against Chicago. He was expected to miss 6-to-10 weeks with the shoulder injury earlier in the season, but missed just 37 days and returned May 12.
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Another crock of crap who knows nothing about Junior's injuries and conditioning. Junior worked harder than anyone to get back from his injuries. Worked with the trainer during the offseason and even had a gym in his home. Those injuries are from going full out to play for the REDS - conditioning has nothing to do with it.
I think that Jr would be better off doing the DH thing. ChiSox aren't the best place-- they're full of DHs already. Jr should feel right at home.
Jr trade was pure luck. Kenny Williams is surely the only GM in baseball having interest. and ChiSox don't even need him-- they need somebody different, really.
that said, during Jocketty's first years in St Louis, I often thought that he was the luckiest GM around because deals that I liked seemed to fall into his lap. nobody wanted McGwire, nobody wanted Edmonds, and Jocketty seemed to get them by default-- it's not like he ever paid a dime. eventually, it occurred to me that it's probably not coincidence. Walt kept money available to land these deals, and was patient enough to eschew other lesser players that cost just enough.
either that, or Jocketty is lucky that few GMs in the league have any common sense.
This thread is almost like an obituary. I'm willing to bet that Junior will shine in Chicago and play another year somewhere. He's not through, as we've seen over the last few weeks. I hope he goes on one of his hot streaks and makes SportsCenter evey night.
I also fear for what the Reds offense will become without Griffey in the lineup. Maybe Dunn and others will step up. Lord knows we need them to do just that.
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