Sunday, June 23, 2002

Kile's death hits hard for Reds, Athletics

Boone: 'This just doesn't happen in our game'

By John Fay,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        News of Darryl Kile's death was just breaking as the Reds began coming into the clubhouse Saturday at Cinergy Field. The effect was obvious and immediate.

        Batting practice was canceled. Few players went on the field at all until just before their game with the Oakland Athletics. The players met to deal with their emotions before stretching.

        A moment of silence was held just before the national anthem was sung.

        “I'm very upset,” said Reds manager Bob Boone. “This just doesn't happen in our game. It's very shocking.”

        Boone knew Kile.

        "I've known him since he was a rookie,” Boone said. “Not well, but well enough to say hello. In our game, everybody knows everybody.”

        Many Reds players knew Kile, a pitcher with the rival St. Louis Cardinals.

        “It's a loss for baseball,” Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. said. “He was a great guy.”

        “It's a stunner,” Reds third baseman Aaron Boone said. “You don't think about something like this happening. We're in the prime of our lives. It makes you realize how trivial what we do is.”

        The news hit just as hard in the Oakland clubhouse. A's manager Art Howe was Kile's first big-league manager when Kile broke in with the Houston Astros in 1991.

        “It's just tragic news,” Howe said. “He pitched for me when he was kid. It's hard to believe. My heart goes out to his family.”

        Howe said Kile was a great player to manage.

        “He was a day at the beach,” Howe said. “He just wanted the ball.”

        WHITE OUT: Reds left-handed reliever Gabe White was released from Good Samaritan Hospital on Saturday. His ride home came from Bob Boone.

        “I told (my wife) Sue I was going to run up and visit him real quick,” Boone said. “When I got there, he needed a ride home. So I ended up taking him home. My little hour visit turned into three hours.”

        Boone said White, who has an infected left (pitching) hand, looked and felt good. But he still thinks White will end up on the disabled list.

        “I think more because they had to cut into the hand (to drain it),” Boone said. “He said if it was his other hand, he could pitch.”

        The Reds might make a decision today whether to put White on the DL. One reasons they haven't is White's likely replacement, Luis Pineda, threw five innings for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

        “(Dr. Tim Kremchek) thinks it will be two weeks (before White will be ready to pitch),” Boone said. “Gabe thinks it will be shorter. But we can't go much longer without another pitcher.”

        DECISION TIME: Reds catcher Kelly Stinnett ran in the outfield at about 90 percent before the game.

        Stinnett is trying to overcome a pulled groin, and the Reds are trying to decide whether to send him to Louisville for a rehab assignment.

        “I'm getting close,” Stinnett said.

        UP NEXT: The Reds conclude the three-game series with the Oakland A's today at 1:15 p.m. Right-hander Chris Reitsma (3-4, 3.39 ERA) faces left-hander Mark Mulder (7-4, 4.46). The game is also the Reds' final interleague game of the year.


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