Sports Talk quotes of note from Friday Night's Redsfest
Here are things said during Sports Talk Friday night:
I tweeted these comments throughout the weekend, so pardon the limit of 140 characters.
*I truly hope Brandon's going to be as important to this team, this season, as he has in past.
*There was no concerted effort to place Brandon elsewhere.
*Brandon is a very integral part of our ballclub. Until that doesn't happen, that's the case.
*Castellini on Chapman role: I think Bryan has an open mind, and probably 85% of the decision is going to be Bryan's.
*My vision is to have Aroldis come in 5x at GABP w/ game tied 9th, K side, & then Billy Hamilton steal home to win it.
*On BP: "A couple of teams have inquired, but things didn't go very far"
*"Whether it's BP or another player, if a team comes to me with a proposal that makes us better, I have to consider it," Walt Jocketty:
*Does Cano signing impact this in any way? : "No, not at all, we weren't talking to either club,
*On Billy: Right now he's our CF.
*D & everything, else we know he do that and be a tremendous defensive CF for us.…
*Walt told me best option for bat is probably trade, "if we do sign a FA, it would be a lower level FA, not the huge $ we've seen.
*We'd love 2 have Choo. He'd like to come back. But he has to do what he has to do. It unfortunately may not work out for us
*The recent signings have put us behind, it's crazy the $ being spent. It would be difficult. We love to have him (Choo) back"
*Walt reached out 2 Homer's agent last week. Wants to sit down/work something out. Rep'd by tough group. Will do everyting can.
*On a Billy: right now he's our CF.
*On Billy: In next month-6 weeks we are going to have him work on perfecting his bunting. That is a huge tool.
*Walt got a call during our interview, he looked at phone and click ignore, said it was an agent.
*Getting healthy, stronger, feeling able to run/jump like I did before, is my biggest priority. I'm excited to come back.
*Votto asked me about Twitter, "it's really tempting, I have so many things I want to throw out there, but no, I'm not going to."
*Votto asked me about the terminology of Twitter, "would it be to Tweet?"
*Votto told me very poor baserunner/defense when drafted at 18. Took ton of pride in being very best. Last yr frustrating in both areas.
*Votto said base running/defense last yr more frustrating than his hitting, although fans thought it was about driving in more run.
*Votto quoted me his K looking stats I ask him about over a month ago, he remembered the stat better than I did.
*On Mesoraco: Much easier to be young catcher on a team transitioning. Very difficult to be young catcher on a veteran staff.
*Price said '13 growth of Mez was "huge". Added toughest thing to do is be 1st x catcher on a team that's expected to win.
*On Mesoraco: He came in during 2012 and told me he was 0-10 in games he'd caught. It really affected him
*Price mentioned LH facing RH, RH vs LH late: Say I take Sean out & bring in another arm, 2 guys are tired next day, instead of 1.
*On Chapman: There's going to be times we get the last 2 out of the 8th and we say, run the table in the 9th
*Me: If Opening Day was tomorrow, could you be this team's CF? Billy Hamilton: I am ready.
*Billy told me his teammates were really helpful in September, showing him ropes. Said BP took him in, like a little brother.
*Billy: I'm a good bunter, but there is always room to get better. I'm going to start working with some guys that bunt really well."
*Billy told me Reds want him to add weight. He's at 160lbs/would like to add 10-15 lbs.
*Billy told me he ate beans, rice, and chicken everyday in Puerto Rico for winter ball, trying to add weight.
*Cozart on why 0 SB '13, after going 30 of 32 AAA: "I wonder that as well. But you've got to get the green light steal."
*Graves said when 1st came to Reds, Lenny Harris asked him to make him a sandwich, thought he was clubhouse guy.
*Graves said knew had arrived as ESPN baseball broadcaster when Marty sent text, "nice job", during one of his games.
Sean said it got to 50/50 on surgery towards end of year....went with rehab. Fells good.
Ryank: fans will love Skip, he's a balls to the wall kind of guy. I call him Mighty Mouse.
I say it every year, there cannot be another organization that does what the Reds do with an event like Redsfest. Sure it snowed, sure it kept some fans away, but it was still a grand slam.
I marvel at the time, planning, commitment and execution required for an event like this.
I'm not sure fans fully appreciate that players leave their families, and travel in the middle of their offseason, to attend Redsfest. Many of those players turn right around and come back for the caravan. I enjoy our Friday night Sports Talk show more than any show of the year. I sat on a stage and talked to 15 players and members of the organization. Thanks to Reds Director Media Relations Rob Butcher and Seg for making the show a well oiled machine. I had a guest every segment of the show, no down time, no waiting. Thanks to all the listeners that gathered in our gallery to watch the show, some spent all three hours with us!
Well done, all the way around. I think Mr. Castellini told me they had 5,000 fans Friday night, down from a normal 10,000 or so. But I'll be honest, I kind of enjoyed the room to walk around. Friday was a perfect night for kids. At one point, there were four people in the Aroldis Chapman photo line and no waiting to hit wiffle-balls. I almost wonder if the Reds could/should make one of the two days a kids only? Or at least split Saturday in half, making it kids only 11am-2pm?
Did you attend Redsfest? What did you like? What would you change or add? Join the discussion below.
The scene Friday night at Redsfest.
This guy bought a base!
The Budweiser Bar had Willie's show on Friday afternoon!
Coolest thing I saw: The new season ticket holder lounge. A little funky on the eyes, but want a nice touch for season ticket holders.
More of the season ticket holder lounge on the second floor.
The scene at Redsfest Friday night.
Look who I ran into, Fullrock! David Fulcher had a booth! He told me he's lost 75 pounds.
Step right up, now waiting Friday night!
Moeller wins a thriller
Mike Dyer, Enquirer
“It’s awful hard to win a title in Division I once and then to do it twice – I am proud of these guys,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said.
“This is something that will be around with them for the rest of their lives. It’s a special moment.”
Moeller 55 Mentor 52
CANTON, Ohio - Division I state championship game records fell throughout the second half as fifth-ranked Moeller (14-1) held on for a 55-52 win Saturday over sixth-ranked Mentor (13-2) at Canton Fawcett Stadium as the Crusaders won back-to-back state titles and their ninth overall.
Moeller’s ninth state title adds to titles won previously in 2012, 85, 82, 80, 79, 77, 76 and 75 (via Elise Jesse... http://t.co/R47WAsRcuU— TriStateFootball.com (@tsfootball) December 8, 2013
Loveland defeats Glenville for first state title
Mike Dyer, Enquirer
CANTON — Standout senior defensive end Charlie Lawler said he had to be pinched about three times shortly after leaving the snowy field at Fawcett Stadium.
A state title has a way of doing that.
Loveland defeated Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Division II state final Friday night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Loveland 41 Glenville 23
CANTON, Ohio – It’s hard to believe that undefeated Loveland could have saved their best performance for their last game, but that is exactly what happened on Friday night. The Tigers scored 34 unanswered, first-half points in defeating Glenville (13-2) for the 2013 Division II state title, the first in school history. The fans that traveled to Fawcett Stadium in Canton to root on the black and orange were treated to a resounding victory in a heavy snow.
Congratulations to the State Champion @Loveland_FB, our home in the Cincinnati area for 17 great years. Go Tigers!— Bob Huggins (@CoachHuggs) December 8, 2013
Clinton-Massie 27 Cardinial Mooney 21
MASSILLON, Ohio - The Clinton-Massie Falcons locked up their second consecutive Ohio Division IV state championship by defeating the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals 27-21 on a snow-covered field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Clinton-Massie wins second straight state title
Michael Beaven, Enquirer
MASSILLON — A steady snowstorm and the accompanying frigid temperatures were not about to get in the way of the Clinton-Massie football team Friday in Massillon.
Not with a second Division IV state championship in a row at stake.
This will be first year since 2003 that #nkyfb has not had a state champion.— TriStateFootball.com (@tsfootball) December 8, 2013
Collins 37 Highlands 34
With the game hanging in the balance and Collins (13-2) facing a 4th-and-8 on Highlands’ 12-yard line with 0:13 left in the game the unthinkable happened. Starting quarterback Lawson Page lost his helmet after contact during the third-down play. Per KHSAA rule he had to come out for a play.
Highlands's state title game loss tough to swallow
Marc Hardin, Enquirer
BOWLING GREEN — Many of Highlands' players were inconsolable after the Bluebirds lost 37-34 to Collins in Saturday's Class 4A state championship game at Western Kentucky University.
DeSales 34 NewCath 26
BOWLING GREEN, Ky - The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds came up one game short in their bid for a repeat as Kentucky Class 2A state champions as they were defeated by the DeSales Colts 34-26 on Saturday at Feix Field, Houchens/LT Smith Stadium.
NewCath falls to DeSales
Marc Hardin, Enquirer
BOWLING GREEN — History was not on Newport Central Catholic’s side in Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A football state championship game at chilly Western Kentucky University.
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Join us for Bengals Line!
Special guests: AJ Green and Devon Still
Who: Lap, me and Bengals players
What: Bengals Line
When: Monday night, 6-9pm
Where: Holy Grail Banks
Why: To talk Bengals, hear from the players, win cool prizes, enjoy great food and drinks.
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Click here: Photos from Redsfest 2013 Check out gallery of guests that joined us on Sports Talk
Sportstalk from Redsfest Hour 1:
Lance live from Redsfest speaks with General Manager Walt Jocketty, Ryan Ludwick, Sean Marshall, David Holmberg, and Manny Parra.
Sportstalk from Redsfest hour 2:
Lance live from Redsfest talks with Joe Oliver, Dmitri Young, Danny Graves, Joey Votto, J.J. Hoover, and Ron Oester.
Sports Talk from Redsfest Hour 3
Lance live from Redsfest talks with Zack Cozart, Owner and CEO Bob Castellini, Bryan Price, and Billy Hamilton.
Brantley on Phillips
Jeff Brantley was a guest of Bill Cunningham, on 700 WLW at 12:05 this afternoon.
Jeff Brantley said BP was sitting next to him on the plane…and Jeff is now in town.
Jeff said Redsfest is something he thinks BP wants to do, but he understands how BP feels after what has happened.
Brantley said BP was wearing something on his wrist on the flight.
"Some of this has to do w/BP, some of it has to do with Walt, Bob Castellini…and some of it has to do with Dusty Baker."-Brantley
"Walt's job, in the end, is to put the best team on the field."
"Brandon is going to speak his mind & wear his feelings on his sleeve, and you are going to have to work in thoses boundaries.....and if you can't, then he can't be here."
Here is the entire interview:
2013 Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Classic
Louisville 31 Cincinnati 24 (OT)
Attendance: 35,097 (7th largest Nippert Stadium history)
What a final game at the current version of Nippert. (Game stats)
If it's the final game in the rivalry, what a way to go out.
The game slogged along for a while, then it got wild, really wild.
I think Nippert Stadium was swaying at times last night, loud and rocking.
Brendon Kay turned in a performance that UC fans will be talking about for years.
He led UC on one leg most of the game. He was battered and bruised, and kept getting up and kept making plays. I thought he was knocked out cold on his TD scramble. All that was missing was his OL carrying him to the next play like Marshall's Byron Leftwich, years ago.
I thought UC got too cute late in the game. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran reached into his bag of tricks multiple times and kept finding holes in the bottom of the bag. Live by the trick player (earlier in the year), lose by trick plays late in the year.
UC defense could not make tackles and get stops late, allowing back to back scoring drives of 13 and 11 plays. They were trying to tackle high all night.
The stars were out last night: Todd Frazier ant Tony Cingrani were at Nippert. They stood in the back of the end zone with Tony Pike, Mardy Gilyard, Kevin Huber, Kevin Youkilis and JK Schaffer.
Frazier and Cincrani both had "C Paws" stickers on their faces and were "rolling their hand" during the UC Chant. Bengals Terrance Newman and Vontaze Burfict were also on hand.
Bowling for Belk? Tom Groeschen says it looks like UC-UNC in Charlotte.
UL's Teddy Bridgewater made play after play late. With UC leading 14-10 in the 4th quarter, and UL facing 4th and 12 with about 9:00 left in in the game, he fought off tackles and gained 16 yards. Nick Temple had him….but could not bring him down.
Bridgewater then capped the 13 play drive with a game tying TD pass that I swear he was trying to throw away, out the back of the endzone. Amazing. UL led 17-14.
How about UC's answer to Bridgewater's TD? 2 plays: Kay to Mekale 57-yards, and then RDA4 for 6 yards, TD, UC led 21-17 with 7:00 left.
Louisville regained the lead on Bridgewater's TD pass, a tug-o-war won by DeVante in the corner of the endzone with about 2:00 left, capping an 11 play drive and giving Louisivlle a 24-21 lead.
UC look liked the were going to win in when they reached the 9-yard line with about a minute remaining. I had a feeling all week that it would somehow would come down to a big FG, Miliano entered the game just 5 for 14 on the season. UC could not reach the endzone and had to settle for a 26-yard FG. Give Miliano credit, he delivered with :07 left.
Louisville scored on their first OT possession.
UC was stopped on their first possession.
UC winds up 9-3/6-2, and sees its six game winning streak come to an end.
Central Florida clinches the AAC and BCS bid.