A lot of people thought it might be Sonny Gray because of the trade the Reds made to bring him to Cincinnati and giving him a new contract before he even pitched an inning in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Not so fast my friends. The Reds have named Luis Castillo the 2019 Opening Day starter. Continue reading →
Or would it be 2018? I don’t know, I guess technically Baseball Tonight officially died in 2019 but the last time we saw it alive was in 2018. Kinda a Schrödinger’s cat situation if you ask me. Continue reading →
The drama of #HOF Election Day 2019: We have unanimity. The greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, is the first unanimous Hall of Famer. How fitting. The perfect closer becomes the perfect Hall of Famer
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 →
It was reported a few days ago that the Reds and Yankees had come to terms on a trade that would send Sonny Gray to beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio, but it wasn’t until today that the deal was officially announced along with the news that the Reds extended Gray through the 2022 season.
The #Reds have acquired LHP Alex Wood, OF Matt Kemp, OF Yasiel Puig, IF/C Kyle Farmer and cash from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Homer Bailey and minor leaguers IF Jeter Downs and RHP Josiah Gray. pic.twitter.com/IjJusbl0Ud
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 →
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.
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 →