You can call me a homer all you want, and you’d probably be right, but 2019 feels different than anything we’ve experienced in recent history for the Cincinnati Reds. Offseason trades that brought us Sonny Gray, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Tanner Roark aren’t something we’re accustomed to in the Queen City. Usually we’re just trying to figure out who in the hell is gonna be in our starting rotation, which first year player is gonna disappoint us and what bargain bin bench player will be viewed as the savior until about mid-April when we realize there’s a reason nobody wanted to sign them. But not this year. No sirree. This year is the year of the Reds, and if half of my bold predictions come true, we’re gonna have one hell of a summer in Cincinnati. Continue reading
Buying undershirts has always been a hardship of mine. I’m the perfect mixture of tall and hefty that makes buying shirts nearly impossible. Undershirts are no different in that regard. XXL? Too baggy to wear under a dress shirt and ends up being too short to stay tucked in. XL? After a few cycles through the laundry, I look like Philadelphia Collins from Trailer Park Boys.
I know it sounds crazy to say that about a team that is currently in last place in their division, but anyone who has been paying attention to baseball for the last month knows it’s the truth. After starting the season with a disastrous 3-18 record, the Reds have gone 33-30, bringing their current record to 36-48. Sure, that’s still a pretty poor record and keeps them 12.5 behind the first place Brewers, but the way they’ve turned the season around and made themselves somewhat respectable deserves a hat tip from even the harshest of critics, but they don’t seem to be getting much respect.. especially in All-Star Game voting.
A lot of people predicted the Reds to be in the cellar of the NL Central this year, but nobody expected them to be this bad. Replacing Manager Bryan Price with Jim Riggleman, Mack Jenkins with Danny “Dr. Death” Darwin as the pitching coach and a rare early season trade for Matt Harvey has completely changed the trajectory of the 2018 Cincinnati Reds. A lot of the early struggles weren’t necessarily Bryan Price’s fault, but you can’t fire the roster, so something had to be done. And boy, did it work. Continue reading