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    Birthdays- 8/7

    Reds:

    Edgar Renteria (35)

    Danny Graves (38)
    - Generated a lot of buzz on these boards in his day.

    Rocky Bridges (84) - Veteran utility man seldom seen without an enormous chaw of tobacco.

    Bill McKechnie- Very few are both good managers and nice guys. Deacon Bill pulled it off.

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    Mike Trout (20) -the Angel uberprospect is no longer a teenager.

    Steve Kemp (57)

    Don Larsen- (82)
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays- 8/7

    Thought I'd take the opportunity to mention a few of the great Rocky Bridges quotes:

    After losing a pre-game milking contest on Farmers Night: "I didn't try too hard- I was afraid I'd get emotionally involved with the cow".

    "I'm on a new diet- Scotch and Metrical. So far I've lost ten pounds and my driver's license."

    As a manager: "We may lose again tomorrow, but not with these same guys."

    "I try to give my players a little humor. When they relax, they play better, and when they play better, I relax."

    And when offered snails at a restaurant: "No thanks, I prefer fast food."

    Also, Don Larsen was once asked if he ever got tired of talking about his perfect game. His answer: "No--why should i?"
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays- 8/7

    Another Rocky Bridges quote: "It's a good thing I stayed in Cincinnati for four years -- it took me that long to learn how to spell it."

    Also, try as I might to think of more upbeat times, whenever I think of Danny Graves I think of the 'booing makes me feel small' quote. A brutal period for him - and for Reds fans.

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    Re: Birthdays- 8/7

    Danny Graves probably should have been a starter from the get-go. His stuff was probably somewhere on the Bronson Arroyo level and had he been dialed in as a starter his entire career, he would have been more likely to develop into a "crafty" 4th starter type.

    As a closer, it was really simple. When his sinker sank, he was close to unhittable. When it didn't.....launching pad. That is simply too risky a proposition if you want to hold down the closer role.


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