Did anyone else notice that the Enquirer didn’t even mention Majestic Majewski’s performance last night that nearly blew the game? Is anyone else sick of Cincinnati media being apologists for the team?
Conspiracy theory, from Shawn:
If I were a guy who looked for gunmen on the grassy knoll and such, I would wonder about the timing of the recent big trade. Did you realize that all the members of the Reds’ usual media squad are off this week, taking a long vacation to coincide with the All-Star break? Marty Brennaman is taking this series off, although he will be at the Reds Hall of Fame festivities on Sunday. Beat writers John Fay, Marc Lancaster and Hal McCoy are all taking this time off, so we haven’t even read their views on the deal, just those of columnists like Lonnie Wheeler and the second-string guys like Kevin McFarland. Those guys aren’t even around the team as much as us bloggers are, normally.
What we are being told is that the price for two relievers who throw in the 90s and have some idea where the ball is going, and have at least some big league track record, is two regulars, although that also gets you some extra frills. It’s hard to believe the price for good bullpen help is so high.
It is times like this that the blogger community is especially valuable to the fan. The regular media guys have to talk to the people around the team every day, stay on their good side, and write nice things about them for the most part. A blogger, an outsider by definition, can just state an opinion. I don’t have to care whether Juan Castro, Jerry Narron, or Wayne Krivsky likes me or not. No, I am not calling for Krivsky to be fired as some hotter heads have done. Krivsky has more cache’ with me than that, for his success in the past few months. I’d like to see some results first.