On today’s episode of The Nati Boys podcast, we talk about the Red’s All-Star performances, dive into the Raptors/Spurs blockbuster trade this week in the NBA, and Jefe tells us how he really feels about Le’Veon bell. To wrap the show up, we hand out some awards that the ESPY’s seem to have forgotten. Enjoy the show
I know the headline can be a little misleading on my feelings for the Home Run Derby. I absolutely love watching the game’s best power hitters whoever is willing to participate in the Midsummer Classic’s Three Hours of Power. I know a lot of studies have been completed that prove the Home Run Derby doesn’t ruin a player’s second-half, but I go by the eye test and what my dumb brain remembers, and it seems like just yesterday that Bobby Abreu broke the Home Run Derby record by hitting 24 home runs, then only hitting 6 home runs in the second half of the season. After besting Bobby Abreu in 2008, Josh Hamilton never competed in a derby again, citing his long-term health as a player taking precedence over some extra hardware he could’ve accumulated derby after derby. As a guy who always made his health a priority, you can understand where Hamilton was coming from. Continue reading →
I can already see the faces of the Reds haters who laughed at me when I said it was time to start respecting the rejuvenated Cincinnati Reds. They probably look a little something like this after the Reds finished the “first-half” strong and their top prospects put on a show in the Futures Game to kick off All-Star Week in Washington, D.C.
The facts are facts, and the Reds are 43-53 at the All-Star Break. I know it seems silly to get pumped over being 10-games under .500 but when your home ball club has played the way they’ve played over the last few months and you see what’s in the pipeline in the minor leagues, you can’t help but get a little giddy. The Reds are playing playoff level baseball right now and that’s without a well established starting rotation. Continue reading →
The Nati Boys turn 1, as we celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast. We’re talking Cincinnati Reds and their three 2018 All Star Game selections. We also (finally) get around to the LeBron to LA news and what it means for the Western Conference, and as always, we mix in a few random tangents about nothing in particular. We wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of gift ideas for the podcast in honor of our first birthday.
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 →
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 →