Thursday, April 27, 2006

Good show in Dayton tonight

DAYTON - It was a full house in the stands and in the press box at Fifth Third Field tonight for Paul Wilson's rehab stint for the Class A Dayton Dragons.

In addition to the usual Dayton Daily News contingent, Kevin Kelly of the Enquirer, the Post's Josh Katzowitz and myself were also on hand.

Ken Griffey Sr. sat in the press box with us. CEO Bob Castellini, pitching coach Tom Hume and medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek were also there. I had expected GM Wayne Krivsky to attend, but last I heard his presence was unconfirmed.

Reds PR staffers Larry Herms and Jamie Ramsey did a great job of manning the ship and getting us access to Wilson immediately following his seven-inning, 92-pitch stint.

Mike Vander Wood and his Dayton Dragons media staff helped keep everything on track and organized.

Don't let Wilson's pitching line fool you. He retired 10 of 11 during one stretch, and had good command of his pitches. Seemed to change speeds pretty effectively as well.

Our biggest concern was a gust of wind knocking Wilson off the mound. The 34-year old right-hander is but a shadow of his former self.

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