John Fay has an article that is mostly about the EE not playing situation, but what got my attention were Narron’s comments about Clayton:
“The play Royce made at the end of the game in Milwaukee (Friday) was as good as you’re going to see,” Narron said. “I know everyone fan-wise was disappointed we didn’t turn the double play (in the seventh inning Tuesday). There’s a lot of guys who don’t make that play in Milwaukee.”
I don’t remember the play in Milwaukee on Friday, but “everyone fan-wise” was disappointed? Does that mean Reds coaches weren’t disappointed? It was a routine play that has to be made.
And if we’re going to talk about great plays being made defensively and make excuses for the bad ones, why is EE singled out? He’s made as many steller defensive plays (and some bad errors) as anyone else, but only his seem to keep him nailed to the bench.
Here’s Narron on why Aurilia’s playing 3B most nights:
“With Richie at third, we’ve got a solid guy at third,” Narron said. “I know Eddie works hard. He’s out there every day with early work.”
Plus this gives me a chance to bench him for good when he doesn’t get enought PAs to keep his hot streak alive.
Why can’t this team EVER seem to make a committment to young players that come up and perform? They don’t seem to ever get the same opportunities that veterans do. If you’ve been in the big leagues for years, you can play here and continue to make the same mistakes that you’ve always made, but if you’re a young player, make a mistake and you’re gone (benched or traded).