In the film¬†Chinatown,¬†there’s a memorable exchange between private detective Jake Gittes, played by a young Jack Nicholson, and an aging Noah Cross, the monstrous antagonist played with glorious depravity by John Huston. Their conversation, about the excesses of Cross’s wealth, goes like this: Gittes: How much are you worth? More than 10 million? Cross: Oh […]

Not that long ago, John Fay asked Reds GM Walt Jocketty what he surely thought was an entirely hypothetical question: If the Reds were a $100 million payroll team, would the contract issues with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips still loom? “They’d be done. No question,” replied Jocketty, known to be very judicious with his […]