It's been an amazing scene over the years, ... We've had people meet at these things and then get married the next year on that date. Men have brought their sons and now are bringing their grandsons. I truly believe that day in 1960 was one of the most magical in Pittsburgh sports history and we see just how much so each year.
Starter Ramon Ortiz and the Reds go to a 215 p.m. arbitration hearing on Friday. The Reds have offered Ortiz, obtained in a Dec. 13 trade for Dustin Moseley , 3.45 million. Ortiz has countered with 4 million. Ortiz said he has left the hearing to his agent and won't take it personally. That's easy to say if you've never had an arbitration hearing, ... But it is not a pleasant process.
This truly is a senior class that has changed the program. We went from a team clearly in the middle of the pack, if not in the mid to lower portion of the pack in the NCCC to the state semi-finals. It's such a credit to these kids after four years of having seen that and having struggled through it, to say that's not going to happen anymore.
The thing that has been the most hurtful today is the fact that there have been a lot of other really good guys who are paying a penalty by taking down the accomplishments of four years of what guys did on the court. Most of those guys had absolutely nothing to do with any of this and I think that's unfortunate and very, very unfair to those kids.