No more sneaking around campus with water bottles filled with vodka. No more mixing Gatorade and gin and acting like you’re just trying to replenish your electrolytes at 11pm on a Friday night while walking around in an American Eagle button-up that you think will get you laid. Hell, they don’t even need to cough when cracking their beers open in the communal dorm showers. Actually, that one never goes away. I still cough when opening beers at home in the shower and I’m 11 birthdays past my 21st.
Another week, another National League Player of the Week award for our boy Scooter Gennett. After hitting .591 with 4 HRs over the course of a week, there’s no way he wasn’t going to win the award again. This is the second time this month he’s won the award, yet fans are calling for him to be traded away as soon as possible. Yeah yeah yeah, rebuild blah blah draft picks and prospects blah. I don’t give a fuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge (Scooter’s a good Christian boy so I don’t wanna sully his name with gratuitous cussing) about what people think we should do with Scooter. The man can hit and when you have a bat like his, you find a way to keep it in the lineup regardless of what prospects you have in the pipeline. Continue reading →
Ah, yes.. Hippies vs. Hard-ass Ushers. A rivalry that has been passed on through generations from ballpark to ballpark. Tropicana Field is known for packing them in so I can understand where this lady is coming from. What happens when John Jaso is down there talking to former teammates and coaches and some 78-year-old retired dude just happens to be coming to sit down in the only seat occupied in an entirely empty row? I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume John Jaso is a lover, not a fighter. You know what they always say: Peace, love and baseball. One love. Buffalo soldier. Other hippie things. Although, I would pay to see John Jaso try to passively ward off the onslaught from an old man who has nothing to lose.
The way the whole thing shook out was quite humorous. In between trips to the concession stand for candy and hot dogs, John Jaso wanted to throw a couple of ‘sups’ out to his boys from his days in Tampa. Were they going to talk about the time they got tossed from one of Tampa’s 3,824 strip clubs or the time one of them got so drunk the night before a day game and lost the battle vs. bubble guts in the dugout? I don’t really know. Maybe he’ll tell us when he comes on the podcast. Continue reading →
What a stretch of baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. As a team, they’ve rattled off six straight victories and are the owners of the league’s longest active winning streak. I guess they don’t call us #Wincinnati for nothing. Two weeks ago Joseph Daniel Votto was named the National League Player of the Week, and now Scooter Gennett earned the same honor. Somewhere out there, St. Louis Cardinals fans are debating that Yadier Molina deserved the award despite being on the disabled list after failing horribly as a catcher and getting hit in the nuts with a baseball.
Why oh why must they do this to me? As I watch Saturday night’s tilt vs. the Hollywood Dodgers, the Reds have won 4-straight and are showing signs of a team that can put some runs on the board backed by quality pitching. Sure, the mini-winning streak has come at the hands of the tumbling Mets and injury ridden Dodgers, but it’s lightyears ahead of what they were playing like earlier in the season.
Listen, I don’t think the Reds are going to charge back into the conversation of winning the division of wild card spot. Actually, yeah they will. At least in my dumb brain. If they can string together 20 more wins without losing more than 2 or 3 heart breakers, we’re looking at a contender. They haven’t shown me anything in the last four games that makes me think it isn’t possible. Guys are getting key hits and the bullpen has been ready to finish off strong performances by the starting rotation. The 2018 Reds are back, baby. Continue reading →
They said it couldn’t be done, and to be honest, I was starting to believe them. Howevah, the Reds did what seemed impossible today as they hit the 10 win mark for the first time since 2017. Things weren’t looking great early on, but a managerial shakeup and shuffling of the lineup finally got the hometown team over the hump.
Not to mention, they also acquired Matt Harvey just moments before dinner on Tuesday night, so I’m thinking that adds about 100ish wins to the current Reds lineup. Before you know it, we could be talking playoff tickets and deciding which soul crushing way we prefer to be eliminated in the NLCS at the hands of the New York Reds-Mets.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Let’s focus on getting win #11 (shoutout Barry Larkin) before June. That might require Jesse Winker leading off on a regular basis though, so we might be looking at a July ETA on the coveted 11th tally in the win column.
On Tuesday, just hours before the Reds took on the Mets in game two of their three game series, Cincinnati sent often-injured Devin Mesoraco and cash to Queens in return for the shell of Matt Harvey. I want to hate this trade so bad, but it’s hard to get too upset over the Reds trying to catch lightning in a bottle during what has been a dreadful start to the 2018 season. I was always a huge Mesoraco fan and it sucks to see him go after we sat through season after season of bad luck injuries, eventually losing his starting job to the Gold Glove Tucker Barnhart.
I think the long term fate for Mez is in the AL so he can finish his career as a designated hitter, but for now he’ll get to call New York home and likely start on a regular basis with Travis d’Arnaud out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The Reds are now faced with a very troubling situation in their starting rotation: who is the real Batman? I’ll let them sort it out, but I’m at the game so I’ll have any live reports of Matt Harvey showing up to Great American Ball Park in the Batmobile to fight Homer Bailey.