Let the record show: Sunday, February 18th, 2018 is the day I finally quit. I’m sick of the constant letdown and disappointment. Its my fault, honestly. I could just become a bandwagon fan like I’ve seen so many people do. I could be a Duke basketball fan, Alabama football fan and alternate between the Patriots and Steelers, whichever was winning the most at the time. Yankees too? Why not? If I’m going all in, I might as well wear a pinstriped Aaron Judge jersey and spit on people as I scream about 27 rings.
Instead, I’ve remained loyal to my Cincinnati roots. I even refuse to root for an NBA team with one of the best players that ever lived simply because they’re in Cleveland. Rooting for the Cavs would be so easy, yet I would rather be caught watching Lena Dunham make out with Jake Paul by my grandma than Witness anything King James is doing up north. Sure, I have my on-again off-again relationship with the Denver Nuggets, but we’re like Ross and Rachel from Friends. Will we end up together when it’s all said and done? I guess you’ll have to buy the box set to find out.
I was a huge baseball fan from nearly the day I was born. Baseball was my dad’s favorite sport and he always dreamed of having a son that had a love for baseball just like him and he could coach. Some of the first memories I have are my dad playing toss with me at home. We watched Reds games whenever we could. The games were not all televised back when I was young like today on FSO. We listened to many games on 700WLW with good ole Marty and Joe (RIP). I played baseball as year-round as you could in Cincinnati, OH. We did tournaments in the very early spring and late fall while playing our league and random weekend tournaments through the summers. In the winter we would go to the batting cages all the time to keep up and not fall behind. When we would get those random 40 and 50 degree days in the winters we would end up at a local field to take some ground-balls and fly-balls.
The greatest duo in announcing history.
I was a die-hard Reds fan and a statistics guru. I always knew the entire 25-man roster and could recite players updated statistics every day. This was quite the incredible feat without the internet. I lived for looking at the newspaper box scores the next day. I also was always playing a baseball video game as the Reds because playing as any other team just seemed like a sin. I remember in one of the first MLB games that allowed you to create a player I was drafted by the Cubs and was so disgusted with it that I have never played that game mode again.
Cincinnati.com – Scooter Gennett made the trek from Sarasota to Goodyear in a rental RV. He and his wife, Kelsey, and dog, Leo, spent the night in two RV parks.
Leo was the reason for the unconventional mode of transportation.
“He’s pretty big,” Gennett said. “Me and the wife aren’t too confident in putting him under the plane. We heard some bad stories about the dog coming out stiff as a board from baggage claim.
Baseball is my favorite sport in the world. It always has been and always will be. Spring Training, most notably the first few days of everyone reporting to camp, is just the shot in the arm I need after the post-Super Bowl letdown. Most of the time you get flooded with cookie cutter stories about Player A being in the best shape of their career or Player B is out to prove they’re worth the blockbuster deal they just signed in the off season.
I’m kind of tired of the standard championship tattoos people get every season when their team wins the big game. Is that because I’m partially jealous that they are getting to celebrate a championship and I’m not? Probably. But this isn’t about me. It’s even worse when fans get the preemptive celebratory tattoo just for attention on Twitter and the annoying Darren Rovell tweets. Continue reading →
MLB.com‘s Mike Petriello – We went with Votto by a hair, because his all-around excellence is overwhelming. He didn’t just lead the Majors with a .454 OBP, he had a top-10 slugging percentage, too. That made him the third-best hitter overall on a rate basis behind Mike Trout and Aaron Judge. He even made improving his defense a preseason priority, and he did just that, moving his Defensive Runs Saved total from minus-14 in 2016 to plus-11 in ’17.
Well lookie here… people in the national media are finally starting to see what we’ve been saying in Cincinnati for years. Joey Votto isn’t just good. Not even damn good. He’s the absolute best first baseman in the game today. If you put Votto on a big market team, he’d be revered as one of the best to play the game. It’s a good thing Joey doesn’t care about that stuff, which is why Cincinnati is perfect for him, and he’s perfect for us.
I am a little concerned that MLB’s Mike Petriello left out that he led the league in donkeys bought for teammates, but at this point I’m happy with any recognition our Canadian Superman can get.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America should be ashamed of themselves. They robbed Joseph Daniel Votto of his second National League Most Valuable Player Award and gave it to some jabroni that hit .281 and can’t decide if he wants to go by Mike or Giancarlo. You know who rakes and doesn’t have an identity crisis over what his name should be? Joey Votto. Continue reading →
The Reds haven’t been too much fun to watch recently, what, with all of their losing. I’ll still flip on the games each night to see if we’ve got a shot at winning. In last nights game, Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall both had some spectacular plays in the outfield within about 15 minutes of each other.
There are certain things that will live forever in my memory as a Cincinnati sports fan, both good and bad. Kenyon Martin breaking his leg at the end of his senior season. Jay Bruce’s walk-off homer to clinch the division. Carson Palmer launching a bomb to Chris Henry in the Bengals first playoff game in more than a decade, and then immediately being carted off the field. Todd Frazier winning the Home Run Derby on our home field at GABP during the 2015 All-Star festivities.
Todd was a fan favorite for the Reds, and the fan outrage was real when he got flipped for a few prospects, notably Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza. Frazier is a very likable guy, always with a smile on his face, and he really seemed to connect with the fans in Cincinnati. I vividly remember one of the local news channels running a story about an elderly lady, who had been a Reds fan her entire life, saying that she would no longer be watching games since they traded him.
Welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. Today the Milliron Sports crew is en route to Athens, OH for Ohio Brew Week (check it out at http://www.ohiobrewweek.com). Ohio’s premier craft breweries are taking over the bars in uptown Athens. If you’re in the area tonight, be sure to look out for DB, Jefe, Mac and myself. We’ll be the four overweight dudes in our early 30’s trying to hang with a bunch of college kids. And if you’re not in the area, then you’ll have plenty of time to read Wake Up With Whitty and leave a comment to let me know what you think. Continue reading →
SBNation -The rosters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game have been released and, for the most part, there aren’t many glaring errors. Of course, you’ll have fans of various teams claiming that their underrated star player got snubbed in an egregious manner and the issue should be addressed by a very distinguished panel, but those arguments normally come and go without much of an issue. However, most of howling about any sort of snub is coming from Los Angeles after Corey Seager was only given a reserve spot as an all-star and Justin Turner was sent to the Final Vote.
Now, you might be thinking “Hey, it doesn’t matter how you get in the All-Star Game, it only matters that you get in,” right? That’s probably true for Seager, but with the way Turner has been playing so far this season, you could make the argument that he shouldn’t have to go through the Final Vote process. The person who is arguing that point the loudest is Kenley Jansen, who didn’t mince words when it came to his opinion on the matter. Jansen is going to Miami, but he told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he blames the Dodger fans for not doing a good enough job of voting for Turner.
There was a large contingent of Dodgers fans that were upset that their second-rate (hope people can take a joke) shortstop didn’t win the All-Star Game fan vote over Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart and his donkey campaign led by Joey Votto. A lot of people were quick to point the finger at Joey and Zack for using the donkey gimmick to win the swing states. Not only did Zack win, he won in relatively convincing fashion. I’m no expert in ASG voting history, but winning by 86,117 doesn’t fit the narrative the Dodgers fans (and players, stay tuned) are trying to present as a fringe guy getting the edge on the deserving All-Star just because a future Hall of Famer promised to buy the now-All-Star a donkey. Continue reading →