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And this is why I hate Cincinnati

Posted on: April 23, 2008 12:24 pm

Well, not Cincinnati, per se. Nobody can hate Cincinnati as a city. How do you hate something so harmless, so boring? Do you hate khakis? No you do not. You better not ever choose to wear them, but khakis aren't hateable. Just boring.

But I do hate the Reds, at this very moment anyway. I hate owner Bob Castellini at the moment for being a jock-sniffer extraordinaire who bought his way into several clubs before finally buying this one outright, and then brought along his old friend from St. Louis, Walt Jocketty, as an adviser -- and then waited all of 24 days into the 2008 season to fire general manager Wayne Krivsky and replace him with ... Jocketty.

I hate Jocketty at the moment for coming here to so clearly steal another man's job, without having the decency, or the guts, to simply take it outright on his first day in town. Jocketty let Krivsky squirm for a while -- as his "adviser" -- before gutting him on Wednesday.

I hate the fact that I'm speaking the truth but the Reds will complain about me and probably try, again, to keep me out of their clubhouse because they're not used to a media member with fangs.

Done venting.

But not done hating.

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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 12:40 am
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Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 2:45 pm

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

By the time you read through all of the above posts, you would have concluded that Gregg originally commented on every action every taken by Krivsky.  In actuality, Gregg never offered an opinion about Krivsky's trades or actions.

Gregg also amends his original statement - however leaving it as a headline to possibly attract more readers - to focus more squarely on Castellini and Jocketty.  The Castellini statement is qualified, in that Castellini claimed many things when he came here, and used his previously successful business accumen to justify a different tenure.  Perhaps Bob is learning that owning a sports' team is not the same as produce....

As for Jocketty - no opinion on the person.  However, he does join a long line of Cincinnati-based "advisors" who simply end-up waiting until a bad enough record can justify their services.

Finally, on a non-baseball note:  if you feel the need to point out that you are a published author, through advice or acclaim, than perchance the lack of security on such statements carries a greater weight?

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 12:10 pm

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

"a media member with fangs." wow... does anyone care about this guys opinion? the reds have a lot of promise this year. I trust the reds organization with this firing. Krivsky had to be fired for good reason. please don't waste our time with articles like this.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 10:26 am

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

I got to agree with this guy right here...Don't I know you???

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2008 7:48 am

Welcome back Gregg!

If you percieve my contribution to the upcoming Hate Mail me to be excessive, please understand that it is two weeks worth, plus I was really upset that there was no new articles or Dribbling.  If you need a reason to avoid lapses in writing... consider that this week I actually read Freeman. 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2008 5:57 am

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

All this proves is Doyel is not a true Cincinnatian.  I grew up in Cincinnati and now live in Indianapolis.  Doyel lists his hometown as Fairfield, OH which is a suburb of Cincinnati to the north.  While the true Cincinnati fans are tired of losing (with the Bengals, Reds or the recently defunct Bearcats-thank you Nancy Zimpher) they still support and are proud of their teams.  Maybe no team more than the is the culture in Cincinnati.  When I worked in Houston people couldn't believe it that we had a parade on Opening Day, or that people would camp out in the snow and ice for the tickets for what should be a national holiday.  Just because the lose, just because they make bad moves (front office and player) doesn't mean we hate our team or the city of Cincinnati.

Doyel, go back to Mississippi where you closest baseball teams are St. Louis, Atlanta, or Houston.  You obviously only like winning teams and two out of three ain't bad.  Face it, you don't deserve to live in and say you are from the Cincinnati area!

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2008 1:53 am

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

Well, Greg, I've managed to slither through four pages and I'm back to the origins of thought on this:
What was your objective?

I wrote early on in this meandering nightmare that the use of the word "hate" was fundamentally flawed. (Yes, I AM a published author and I can say that all my editors suggest word usage that's appropriate.)

So when you "hate" something, that indicates you despise it, have a venomous taste in your mouth as a result of it, or it just plain angers up your blood.

It's Walt Jocketty, fer crap's sake, not a bunch of drunken Huns come to town stealin' your women, firewood and best plow horse.

The Cincinnati Reds is/are/was/were a professional baseball team. I have seen them at the top of their glory and at the floundering folly of ineptitude.

So, um ... what's the point here?

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2008 12:54 am

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

I am a diehard Reds fan and I will tell you that you are crazy.......yes giving up Hamilton is a risk because of his incredible incredible talent BUT he has never played a full MLB season......he hadnt played in 3 years before last year........and he didnt make it through the whole season without injury........maybe he does this season...I dont know...but the Reds needed pitching and Volquez is a heck of a get........let's wait and see whether Hamilton makes it through an entire MLB and produces never know what kind of a toll the drugs and stuff he put into his body the last 3ish years are going to have on his Bruce????.....are you serious??...the best prospect in all of baseball?? he didnt make the club but that has more to do with Baker liking vets and pets (Patterson, Hairston) more than young guys....Bruce is the future of Reds baseball..........he is certainly capable of being on the team and will be by season's end..........there is no way in my mind you trade a stud prospect like Bruce before a highly talented but previously troubled and injury prone guy like much as I loved Hamilton.......I think you're not looking far enough ahead.....the trade was good for both sides..........and I for glad that Bruce didnt get traded...........that guy is gonna be a star.....

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2008 10:24 pm

And this is why I hate Cincinnati

How about you buy your way in to the team and then right the ship then? Otherwise.....get a's that man's team! These buddy-hook-ups happen all the time.

Tough cookies!

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Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2008 7:01 pm
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