In honor of tonight’s Home Run Derby (which shouldn’t even count since Cleveland’s hometown boy Derek Dietrich isn’t in it despite Christian Yelich bowing out due to a back injury), I thought it might be nice to look back at the only good thing that has happened in Cincinnati sports in the last 5 years. 2015 doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but looking back at the highlights of Todd Frazier’s insane final round of the Home Run Derby in front of the hometown Cincinnati crowd reminds me how sad our sports lives have been since that July evening.
The Reds traded Todd Frazier to the White Sox after the 2015 season, but The Toddfather will forever be royalty in Cincinnati for what happened on Monday, July 13, 2015. Continue reading →
If you were on Twitter last night, you were sure to see some of the Adam Eaton vs. Todd Frazier back and forth from the Nationals-Mets game. Like most baseball flare-ups, it was nothing more than a shouting match between two guys who probably had no interest in actually throwing punches if it came to it.
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 →
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.