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.
Holy shit. I couldn’t believe it last night. Down 4-0 in the top of the 9th, with two outs, against our most hated rival — The Cleveland Indians — the Reds put up a 7 spot.
There are Cincinnati Bearcats all over the NBA Summer League this year in Vegas. With some of the talent that has made its way through the program the past few years, with 8 straight NCAA tournament appearances, it’s awesome that we’re finally starting to see some of Mick Cronin’s recruits have success after college. Jacob Evans III was the first round pick for the Golden State Warriors this past year, and has been playing a bunch of minutes for them in their first few games out west. As a Lakers fan, I was super jealous that he went to the GSW, instead of being nabbed by LA a few picks earlier.
Joining Evans this summer is Gary Clark with the Houston Rockets. I’m not sure if Gary is playing in the Summer League because I’ve seen him in street clothes on the bench. He signed a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted, but I think he can be good fit for them under the right circumstances. Clark’s frontcourt buddy Kyle Washington is also on a team this summer, playing for the Detroit Pistons. I’m not sure that Washington has the chops to make it in the NBA, but I think he definitely could make a nice living if he goes to Europe and plays professionally.
Yep, you heard that right. Your 2018 last place Cincinnati Redlegs are sending 3 guys to the All-Star game in DC next week.
Okay, fine. The Reds have been playing a lot better than their record shows, as of late. If it wasn’t for their historically bad start to the 2018 season, we may even be in some sort of race (Wild Card or Divisional). For the last month of the season, Scooter has been leading the league in hitting, and Eugenio Suarez has been tops in the NL in RBI for most of the season. And Joey is just Joey, as always.
I’m baffled. I follow a number of Reds fans on Twitter, and they kind of confuse me. The talk all offseason was how we didn’t do much in free agency, and how we weren’t going to be very good this season. Now, everyone is surprised that they’re off to a bad start? Is it because we (yea, I’m one of those fans that say “we,” get over it) are off to a worse start than expected? It’s the beginning of the season people, chill out.
If you think this is a bad start, I’ve got some horrifying news for you: things probably aren’t going to get any better immediately. Suarez getting hit in the thumb by an errant pitch isn’t great for business. The bats haven’t been there yet for the team, with Geno and Scooter being a couple of the exceptions. And if the Reds choose to bring up top prospect Nick Senzel on Friday, I’m not expecting him to be an all-star. The kid has barely played any AA and AAA ball. He’s still very raw.
In the meantime, as we struggle through this long season, I’m going to try and focus on the fun parts of the team. Like Billy being amazing in the outfield, and lightning on the base paths. I love seeing Tucker calling a good game and swinging the bat well early on. Hell, I even laugh whenever Joey trolls the fans, like last night in Philly.
While we wait for this team to produce runs, I’ll try to enjoy this young pitching rotation as they learn how to be major leaguers. It’s not going to be fun every night, but a lot of the young guns have potential (I’m looking at you Romano, Mahle and Garret).
And please dear lord, don’t let Barry Larkin inherit this team as-is. The last thing I want to happen is for all of Cincinnati to turn on our boy Barry.
Let’s chill out, Reds fans. It’s a 162 game season. The Reds are bound to win 20.
I’m not a coffee person. I can honestly say I’ve never tried a cup before in my life. The bitter smell never appealed to me, so as an adult needing a morning pick-me-up, I usually went with an energy drink (Red Bull, Monster Ultra and Kick Start’s being my go-to).
Well, apparently, energy drinks are awful for your heart, and since I’d like to stay alive to see a Cincinnati team finally make a post-season run in the late 2030’s, I figure I’d try to find some other way to wake up in the morning. The other day at Kroger, I saw this caffeine gum called Alert in the check-out aisle.