Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Reds go to bat for special assistant Squeaky Parker

  1. #1
    Member OnBaseMachine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    West Virginia

    Reds go to bat for special assistant Squeaky Parker

    Reds go to bat for special assistant Squeaky Parker

    By Hal McCoy

    Staff Writer

    Thursday, November 20, 2008

    Sports pages are full of negativity athletes using banned substances, athletes involved in fights and shootings outside night clubs, athletes fined for insubordination, referees betting on games they officiate.

    So once in awhile it is heartening to hear positives, and Cincinnati Reds Special Assistant to the General Manager Squeaky Parker has one.

    Parker is in his 41st year in professional baseball, working for the Phillies, Orioles, Pirates and now the Reds, signing notables such as Will Clark, Jeff Brantley, Matt Williams, Charlie Hayes, Milt Thompson and Mike Remlinger.

    Last June, Parker suffered a stroke. And his contract was running out. He had been out of baseball a couple of years when former Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky hired him in 2006, "and Wayne and I are like brothers," he said.

    So it was frightening to Squeaky (his voice can be heard across crowded stadiums) when Krivsky was fired and replaced by Walt Jocketty in May.

    Then came the stroke.

    "I was scared to death," Parker said. "My contract was about to expire, which meant I'd lose my insurance and my salary."

    Parker called Reds owner Bob Castellini and Jocketty, "And they both told me not to worry about a thing, just get well. They put me on disability and honored my contract, even though there was a disability clause in it and they didn't have to do it."

    And that's not all. Castellini and Jocketty told Parker they would pay him for 2009 and keep him in the insurance plan.

    "There isn't an organization I respect more than the Cincinnati Reds," he said. "They didn't have to do that. I'm as old as dope and I appreciate what they're doing for me. I hope to be healed enough to make spring training."

    Nice to see professional baseball still has a heart.


  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Naperville, IL

    Re: Reds go to bat for special assistant Squeaky Parker

    Nice story

  4. #3
    Member penantboundreds's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002

    Re: Reds go to bat for special assistant Squeaky Parker

    That is a very nice thing to do for this man....Think good ole Mikey on the other side of the Musuem would have done the same thing?

    Well, since all of his employees are family maybe he would have....
    For Love of the Game

    "If you aren't first; you're last"

Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!

RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball

Contact us: Boss | GIK | cumberlandreds | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | RedsfaninMT | redsfan1995 | The Operator