Positive vibrations sweeping Reds Nation

Originally Published: January 21, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Sean Casey, the nicest guy in baseball, can spend only so many offseason hours puttering around the house, helping elderly neighbors with their groceries, and climbing trees to rescue stray cats. So he monitors the transactions from his home in Florida and routinely phones Reds general manager Dan O'Brien to engage in a little Hot Stove banter.

Casey, Cincinnati's starting first baseman since 1998, is accustomed to the rhythms of a pulseless winter. It's been nearly five years since the city was abuzz with rumors and speculation over former Reds general manager Jim Bowden pursuing a trade for the incomparable Ken Griffey Jr. Bowden found a way to acquire Griffey from Seattle, but that was then and this is now.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer