Thursday, September 06, 2001
Griffey rests hamstring
By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Ken Griffey Jr. knew he'd be getting a day off soon, and so did Reds manager Bob Boone. So when Junior experienced a bit of tightness in his hamstring in Tuesday's game more the result of a spasm than anything else, and not in the same area as his tear the decision was made. Griffey was not in Wednesday's lineup.
Boone said he kept seeing promos on ESPN early Wednesday touting Ken Griffey Jr.'s Reds vs. Jeff Bagwell's Astros as the national telecast that night.
No, he isn't (in the lineup), Boone said to the TV.
Turns out Bagwell wasn't, either. He got the night off, too.
TIP OF SKIP'S HAT: Boone, who knows a little bit about catching, already likes what he sees of Corky Miller behind the plate. Miller, always a good defensive catcher, began hitting this year in the minor leagues. Watching him catch especially his fast release against would-be basestealers was an eye-opener for anybody who saw him play for Triple-A Louisville.
He looks very comfortable back there, Boone said of Miller's presence behind the plate Tuesday. He looks like you're supposed to look.
REMEMBERING CAWOOD: Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman will never forget how former UK basketball announcer Cawood Ledford took him under his wing 36 years ago to talk about the business.
I was nobody, working with a thousand-watt radio station in Salisbury, N.C., Brennaman said of Ledford, who died Wednesday. The National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters is headquartered in Salisbury, and Cawood was the winner for the state of Kentucky every year. I was fresh out of (the University of North) Carolina. Some guys were sensational with young guys. Cawood was one. Chris Schenkel was another.
At the time, Brennaman was doing high school and small-college football and basketball.
I knew Cawood for 36 years, nine of those before I ever came here (in 1974), Brennaman said. He was very humble, Brennaman said. I don't think he ever got comfortable with the recognition and the success he attained because he was the voice of the Wildcats.
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