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Dear Thom,


Since apparently you read The Red Reporter...

First let me make this clear, I do not speak for the whole of Red Reporter, I only speak for myself.

I do not simply "rake you over the coals" because you are the announcer. There are plenty of good announcers; your colleagues Chris Welsh and Jim Kelch are fantastic. Welsh and Kelch may be one of the top broadcast teams in baseball today, Kelch calls a good game with an even temperament, he clearly explains what is going on without too much ego. Welsh seems like a pretty smart guy (he should be, St. X doesn't accept just anyone), and he seems to understand baseball and he really understands pitching. Welsh's explanation of pitching has done a great deal to help me understand how pitching works, despite only logging a few shaky innings in Little League.

But you Thom, you come across and whiny and bitter all the time. You act like the Reds owe you a winning ball club. I am not asking you to sugarcoat anything or to tell me things are better than they are, but I do ask fair treatment of the players. You do not do that. You and your father basically ran Adam Dunn out of town, Dunn's own mother couldn't stand to watch games broadcasted by the Reds due to the persistent and relentless negativity. You subtract from my enjoyment of the game. It is plain and simple. When I turn on the T.V. and hear Welch and Kelch's voice I am happy, when I turn on the T.V. and hear your voice, I think where is Jim Kelch?

Remember a couple of weeks ago when you went on your rant about how we are a society that values style over substance? Well I don't think you really have whole lot of moral ground to make a bold statement like that. Tell me, would you have your job today if it weren't for your father being a giant in the industry? Did you earn your job? Did you earn reaching the Major Leagues as fast as you did, compared to your colleague Jim Kelch who spent years and years honing his craft calling minor league games on the radio? I think we all know the answer.

Sincerely,

Yossarian22

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