Mariano Rivera Becomes First Unanimous Baseball Hall of Famer. Joey Votto Will be the Second

I’ll start this blog by saying there is no doubt in my mind that Mariano Rivera is a Hall of Famer. First ballot, for sure. I’ll even go a step further and say I wouldn’t want someone to not vote for him just to keep him from becoming the first person to be on 100% of the ballots. HOWEVA… Continue reading

Reds and Dodgers Swap Large Contracts in Blockbuster Deal

Oh my God, it finally happened. As first reported by Whitty via his screenshot of the ESPN alert he got on his phone, the Cincinnati Reds have finally traded Homer Bailey to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Continue reading

It’s Monday Morning, so Here’s Barry Larkin’s Final Home Run of His Hall of Fame Career

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

I think every baseball fan has a specific player that made them fall in love with the game. For me, it was Barry Larkin. Barry was one of the first shortstops that perfected his craft both at the plate and in the field. He was the type of player little league coaches could point to and say “that’s the player you need to be”. Being a hometown kid playing in Cincinnati didn’t hurt either.

He became the first ever 30-30 shortstop in Major League Baseball history which was a nice compliment to his three Gold Gloves. The man had nine Silver Slugger awards, 12 All-Star Game appearances and a National League Most Valuable Player on his mantle when he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

When people ask why I still let the Reds ruin my summer, I point to the #11 retired behind home plate at Great American Ball Park. If it wasn’t for Barry, I wouldn’t have a life long Reds fandom that will (hopefully) someday payoff. I’m hoping someday I’ll have a World Series ticket stub so sit right between my Barry Larkin bobblehead and foul ball on my desk. Until then, I’ll always have his highlights on YouTube.

David Bell Named Reds Manager, Time to Start World Series Parade Planning

Is this a bit of an overreaction on my part? Maybe, but why be a fan if you can’t get excited about a major organizational change  that seems to be the right move? It might also be the fact that I’m in a good mood because the Bengals haven’t had the chance to break my heart yet today.  Continue reading

HOT TAKE ALERT: Sometimes Watching Losing Reds Baseball on TV is Better Than Competitive Baseball

Ok, hear me out. Yes, I would much rather the Reds be winning and in the conversation for all of the National League playoff spots that are up for grabs heading into the final weekend of the season. But the fact of the matter is that we haven’t had a single glimmer of hope that they’d be competing for the postseason since ehhh, let’s say early April. Some might argue sooner, but I’m an optimist.

When winning baseball is on TV, the broadcast is largely about the product on the field and focusing on every excruciating pitch as your team’s season hangs in the balance. When you’re the Reds, the folks in the booth have to find better, more interesting things to talk about as the Reds struggle to score runs throughout the month of September.  Continue reading

Is This the End of the Homer Bailey Era in Cincinnati?

Haha yeah right. We know exactly how this is gonna play out. Despite Jim Riggleman’s announcement that Tyler Mahle will replace him in the rotation, we know exactly where Homer Bailey will be in 2019. That’s right, starting on Opening Day after spending the rest of this season on the DL after they find something wrong with him here in a few days.

I’m sending my medical bills to the Castellini family when I have a stroke..  Continue reading