Hamilton and Duvall Make Some Sweet Plays in the Outfield

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.

Billy’s wall climb didn’t seem 100% necessary to snag that ball, but at least it looked cool.  Did you know that he was fast?

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Hind Sight is 20/20: The Reds Won the 2015 Todd Frazier Trade

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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.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 7/15/2017

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.
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Zack Cozart, Not Dodger Fans to Blame for Bench Warming Seager

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.

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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

Ranking the Reds On-field 4th of July Hats

If you’re anything like me, you’re either anticipating a bald spot, or already covering one up with a sweet New Era cap featuring your favorite team.  Since 2011, MLB has been coming out with special Stars and Stripes editions of hats for all teams to wear on the 4th of July.  Here are my personal rankings of the hats.  Shout me out on twitter with your favorite one: @MillironDB.

First to worst:

2011

2011: pictured above is the best hat that they’ve come out with so far.  It incorporates the flag, and has a great mix of all of the colors into the “C” logo.  It helps that the Reds main color is featured prominently on the hats, because I always think the Stars and Stripes hats for teams with no red or blue in their team colors looks weird (the Orioles, for example). I really think they peaked early with this one; it was the first edition of the Stars and Stripes hats, and they knocked it out of the park, only to go downhill from there.

I still wear this hat; I wore it to the Reds/Brewers game this past Wednesday night.  Love it.

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Bronson Arroyo Trades in Pitching Career for Beach Body

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Sad. That’s the only word I can think of to describe what I just watched on FOXSports Ohio. No, I’m not talking about the pathetic play of our hometown ball club, I’m talking about Bronson Arroyo announcing he is likely done with his pitching career.

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Joey Votto Is in the Market for a Donkey

 

Just when I thought I couldn’t love this team more, this happens.

CBSSports.com – Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who is having a phenomenal season, jumped over Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the leading vote-getter at his position. Pretty neat to see Cozart get so much support.

Anyway, if Cozart does make the All-Star Game this season, teammate Joey Votto promised him a special gift: a donkey. Yes, a donkey. I don’t get it either, but it is what it is.

People always complain that Joey is a robot and doesn’t do anything redeemable outside of being one of the best hitters of our generation. What will the haters say now? Just because Joey doesn’t have a tagline he repeats ad nauseam or laugh uncontrollably when he knows the cameras are on him after a great play, people have always assumed he has zero personality and is annoyed by fans. Now that that non-specific player I just described was traded to the Braves, the real Joey is finally being discovered. Continue reading

Summer Sports Depression

It’s official.  With football still months away, and the NBA/NHL finals in the rear view mirror, we’re left with nothing but Major League Baseball to hold our attention until we get some fake NFL games in August.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the last two games of the NBA finals, with KD getting his first ring with the Superteam to beat all Superteams.  The chippy nature of the games and the almost-fights were fun to watch.  And Xavier Alum/badass David West got his first ring.  Also, apparently KD doesn’t like the taste of beer… pussy.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 6/10/2017

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Thank you for joining me for another edition of Wake Up With Whitty, where I give you a few interesting tidbits from the week that’s passed.  Let’s face it, the last thing anyone wants to do this early in the morning is try to formulate their own thoughts.  I’ve been kind enough to do the thinking for you, so just sit back and enjoy.  Then once you’ve finished your Lucky Charms and you’ve had a chance to wake up a bit, feel free to come back and tell me why you disagree with me.
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