RedsFest Wrap

After attending my first RedsFest on Saturday, I came home very impressed.

RedsFest is a very professional operation that ran smoothly.  From the autograph and photo booths to the memorabilia show, and the main stage events, everything was very well put together, each of the different aspects of the event kept me at the Duke Energy Center far longer than I originally thought I would would be there.

If you were at the “Hot Stove Report” with Dusty, Jocketty, and some of the front office staff, I was the one who asked the question about statistics and how the Reds use them in evaluating players.  The moderator holding the microphone didn’t know what sabermetrics was.

My question was: “Most major league teams are now dedicating specific departments for statistical analysis, how are the Reds using sabermetrics and statistical analysis now, and in the future?”  Jocketty and the rest of the brain trust gave a pretty standard answer of “Good scouting [ie. more eyeballs on a player the better] is primary and stats are used as back-up”.  He also noted that there is a lot you can do with statistics, and with comptuers holding so much information, it should be used in conjunction with scouting.

I guess I was looking for something more like the Mariners are now doing under their new GM, but I guess Jocketty is too old school for such newfangled technology and forward thinking.

I didn’t get anything signed since I didn’t have season tickets (they had a season ticket holder only line) nor was I a kid (they also had a ‘kids only’ line) and I didn’t want to stand in line for an hour in the other lines to have someone sign a ball.  It almost felt like watching the line for Santa Claus on “A Christmas Story”.  The players only sign for an hour and there is no guarantee that you get your one item signed.  Hopefully someone cool comes to our Reds Winter Caravan stop in January.

The “kids only press conference” was a riot and “Reds Idol” was pretty good as well.  Brandon Phillips is goofy. Chris Dickerson is a cool cat.

There were also a lot of former Reds. Eric Davis, Lee May, George Foster, Jack Billingham were in attendance.  New Red Ramon Hernandez (acquired from Baltimore for Ryan Freel) also showed up and introduced himself to the crowd.

The only “personality” I saw at the event other than Marty, Jeff B., Chris Welch, and George Grande was C. Trent Rosecrans. He had a dry erase board with “C. Trent Rosecrans Live-Blogging”.  It was quite funny.

All-in-all, RedsFest was definitely worth the short drive from Louisville on a rather dreary Saturday morning and made me only slightly less depressed about the upcoming season.  I would definitely go back next year.


4 Responses

  1. On Saturday, I got three autographs (Ramon Hernandez, Chris Dickerson, and Jeff Brantley) and pictures taking with Marty and Dusty, Norris Hopper, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson, EE and Johnny Cueto, and minor leaguers Jonathan Smith and Drew Stubbs and didn’t have to wait in line for more than 25-30 mins in any of those instances. Those were all open to the general public.

    If I would have wanted Jay Bruce’s signature that would have been a TOTALLY different story. People were lining up over an hour in advance for him. It’s funny how a years makes a world of difference. Last year, at a winter caravan stop, Bruce was paired with Ryan Freel and I only had to wait about 10 mins to get their autographs.

    You’re right… the event was very well organized. The Q&A sessions were a lot of fun to watch. I just wish the Bronson Arroyo hadn’t made those out-of-line racist / anti-semantic comments during the kids Q&A session.

  2. I am amazed that I have heard nothing in the press regarding those comments Deaner. I was trying to hurry and get my son to the event and was unable to.

    Considering he is bi-racial and goes to a Christian school, I think I am happy we couldn’t make it.

    I hope somebody did something about it.

  3. And I’d like to throw my name in the hat to replace C. Trent Rosecrans.

    The guy has worked for like, several different places; and gets to be the official blogger of the Reds; but like why? Haha. I mean, he’s a lucky guy.

    Good report on Redsfest. I’m sorry I missed it this year.

  4. I’d also like to have asked Dusty why Corey Patterson stuck around so long and where he fit with the whole stats/eyeball scouting thing-a-majigger.

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