Flashback: Reds’ Todd Frazier Wins Home Run Derby in Cincinnati

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I still get chills watching the video. 3 years ago, with the All-Star festivities returning to Cincinnati for the first time since 1988, Todd Frazier put on a show for the ages.

Here is the final round:

Who Will Have Their Swing and Second-Half of the Season Ruined by the Home Run Derby Tonight? My Predictions

I know the headline can be a little misleading on my feelings for the Home Run Derby. I absolutely love watching the game’s best power hitters whoever is willing to participate in the Midsummer Classic’s Three Hours of Power. I know a lot of studies have been completed that prove the Home Run Derby doesn’t ruin a player’s second-half, but I go by the eye test and what my dumb brain remembers, and it seems like just yesterday that Bobby Abreu broke the Home Run Derby record by hitting 24 home runs, then only hitting 6 home runs in the second half of the season. After besting Bobby Abreu in 2008, Josh Hamilton never competed in a derby again, citing his long-term health as a player taking precedence over some extra hardware he could’ve accumulated derby after derby. As a guy who always made his health a priority, you can understand where Hamilton was coming from.  Continue reading

Cincinnati Reds First Half of the Season Awards

It’s been a season of ups and downs for the last place Cincinnati Reds so far this year. The downs include a piss poor start that ended up costing the manager his job. The ups were the best June in all of baseball, and 3 All-Star appearances by our beloved team. With that said, it’s the halfway point, and it’s time to hand out some awards.

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The Future is Bright in Cincinnati

I can already see the faces of the Reds haters who laughed at me when I said it was time to start respecting the rejuvenated Cincinnati Reds. They probably look a little something like this after the Reds finished the “first-half” strong and their top prospects put on a show in the Futures Game to kick off All-Star Week in Washington, D.C.

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The facts are facts, and the Reds are 43-53 at the All-Star Break. I know it seems silly to get pumped over being 10-games under .500 but when your home ball club has played the way they’ve played over the last few months and you see what’s in the pipeline in the minor leagues, you can’t help but get a little giddy. The Reds are playing playoff level baseball right now and that’s without a well established starting rotation. Continue reading

Nati Boys #65: Happy Birthday to Us

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The Nati Boys turn 1, as we celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast.  We’re talking Cincinnati Reds and their three 2018 All Star Game selections.  We also (finally) get around to the LeBron to LA news and what it means for the Western Conference, and as always, we mix in a few random tangents about nothing in particular.  We wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of gift ideas for the podcast in honor of our first birthday.

Intro music provided by: http://www.bensound.com

Personal Foul Adam Jones

Well, folks, we waited most of the summer for Adam Jones news and we finally have it. For those of you who haven’t seen the fight (view below), Adam Jones was in an altercation with an airport employee (Big Surprise). Before you comment, I understand according to authorities he was defending himself, but come on you’re Adam “PacMan” Jones, just walk away when someone gestures or yells towards you. I have a very hard time feeling bad for someone like Adam Jones who is so easily drawn into an altercation time after time year after year. His temper and inability to just walk away has not only brought him legal trouble/financial ramifications, but it has also cost the Bengals games. It should be obvious based on him still being a free agent, but I really hope the Bengals have finally moved from this clown.

Warning: Explicit Language