On today’s episode of the Nati Boys Podcast, the guys talk some NFL football, including Marvin Lewis news, Wilforks retirement, and Tom Brady’s concussions. We touch on the Chris Pratt/Anna Faris split, before moving onto the Little League World Series, and some Reds talk. We end the episode with a Fantasy Draft of our favorite professional sports team jerseys.
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.
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.
KD is all grown up now that he's a champion cracking some cold ones with the boys… Haters gonna say he didn't really drink the beer pic.twitter.com/Zxhun8fooD
We entered the 2017 Reds regular season having low expectations, mostly due to the trading away of fan favorite players and a lack of post season appearances. Tight competition in the NL Central has allowed this team to stay relevant up to this point in the season. You can’t deny the fight in this years team, they have received outstanding performances from unexpected players.
It’s becoming more and more common with smartphones: the up-close, in-game athlete/fan interaction caught on video. We’ve seen it a few times of late and just last week with LeBron James making fun of a fan that was sitting courtside (he made some crack about the dudes shoes).
Last night was mild-mannered Joey Votto’s turn. Some Cleveland Indians fan was sitting behind home plate and told Joey “I remember when you used to be good.” Without hesitation Joey barks back “I remember when you used to be thin.”
The Reds are coming off of a pretty underwhelming seven game road trip where they managed to pile up one W. Today, the Colorado Rockies come to Cincinnati for a three game series at GABP. Whenever they come to town, I’m reminded of a traumatic experience I had as a kid at a Reds/Rockies game.
Let me set the stage for you. The year is 1998. On a warm May day, the pudgy pre-pubescent 12 year old version of me is pumped to be heading to Riverfront stadium with my uncle and siblings. We didn’t go to a ton of Reds games when I was a kid (2-3 a year, tops), so that day was a special treat. A pregame meal of Skyline and soda had me hyped up as we took our seats near the outfield foul territory along the 3rd base line. Continue reading →