In the MLB.com story on the Gonzales and Stanton signings, Krivisky's special world comes out again:
He is quoted regarding Gonzalez "We'll take the .260 and 15-20 homers and 60-70 RBI's with that Gold Glove-caliber defense and be real happy."
After the real world intrudes this quote should say "We'll take the .245 and 10-12 homers and 50-60 RBI's with that dead average caliber defense and be real happy."
Does Krivisky really believe the things he says? Or does he just think Reds fans cannot look over stat sheets to see what the player is actually likely to produce. Is he lost in his fantasy world or just talking down to us?
Narron has to pipe in with the usual load of crap you hear from him and Krivisky every time a player is signed. "We got one of the best shortstops in all baseball. I've hear he has a great work ethic. I look for him to be a positive influence on Edwin Encarnacion and Brandon Phillips." At which point Narron coughed up an old catcher's mitt and started to mumble things about hustle and teaching the young-uns to respect the game, etc. etc.
After having cold water thrown on him Narron regained his senses and fielded a question about 39 year old $5.5M man Mike Stanton. "I'm very pleased. We got a veteran guy in the bullpen that can do everything. He's got great makeup and he's a great competitor."
These are all actual quotes. It really has gotten a bit funny to read Reds news releases. You just know what you are going to get. I am getting to the point were I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Krivisky and Narron were evaluating free agents by looking into their mouths to see if they have a healthy set of teeth and then tossing the medicine ball around with them for a few minutes to see how well they can grumble about "right way" ball playing.
The way things are going in this clubhouse, just string a fence around the management offices and hang a sign outside, "GABP home for the senile and mentally stubborn."