Sunday, September 29, 2002
Boone finishes iron-man season
By John Fay email@example.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MONTREAL - Aaron Boone had one thing to say before game 161 of his 162-game odyssey this year:
Uncle, he said.
The grind has gotten to Boone, who, barring injury, today will become the first Red to play in all 162 games since Dave Parker did it in 1986.
This month has gotten to me, he said. I think that's a product of having the last two seasons interrupted. It's like a young player going through the long season for the first time. That's how I feel.
Boone didn't set out to play 162 games. But his goal was to get back to playing a full season after being limited to 103 games last year by three broken bones as the result of getting hit with pitches, and missing 84 games in 2000 after a major knee injury.
Boone's previous high for games was 139 in 1999. He started 153 of the first 161 this year.
I just wanted to come through the season healthy, he said. Hopefully, that becomes a trademark - whether it's 150, 155, 160 or 162 games.
Because of the workload, Boone has decided not to go to the Instructional League to work on playing shortstop.
UNWELCOME HOME: Chris Reitsma was treated rudely in his homeland Friday night. After hitting Vladimir Guerrero, who needs one home run to reach the 40-40 mark, Reitsma was booed loudly.
I didn't know 4,000 people could make that much noise, he said.
The crowd, which was actually 7,750, helped Reitsma throw three shutout innings.
He heard a little more of it Saturday.
He was on the subway to Olympic Stadium when he overheard another passenger talking to a friend.
He said, "You believe that Reitsma guy? It says he's from Calgary. But why'd he hit Vladi like that?'
Reitsma was tempted to introduce himself but didn't.
PIECE OF HISTORY: O'Rourke Wrecking Co. will sell seats, turf and other items from Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 27-28 at 660 Lunken Park Dr., near Lunken Airport.
NO Ks: Barry Larkin, who is limited to pinch-hitting duties, extended his streak without a strikeout to 56 plate appearances Friday night. That's the longest streak in the majors.
UP NEXT: The Reds wrap up the season with a 1:35 p.m. game with the Expos today. Right-hander Jimmy Haynes (15-9, 3.99) starts the finale.
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