Gotta Stay Positive

I have been very slow in updating the site recently and I apoligize for that.

So here is a round-up of some recent thoughts about the team I’ve been having.

  • The Reds are 2-0 in the “new season” after the halfway point. Hopefully they can expolde after having their first successful, winning road trip in a long time.  Also they were against three very tough AL teams.
  • The Reds are only 11 games behind the Cubs for the division and 9 games behind the Cardinals for the Wild Card.  Difficult but not impossible.
  • Who is the Reds’ natural rival?  I don’t feel the hate towards the Indians like other interleague series foes feel about their rival.  The Yankees and Mets and the Cubs/White Sox rivalries are heated because they reside in the same city, but I don’t feel that way about Cleveland.  The Reds and Dodgers used to be rivals, but they don’t play enough now.  I want their to be hate between the Reds and somebody so fans have something to look forward to multiple times during the year.
  • Kudos to Red-Hot-Mama and Crack Technical Staff for getting on the big board at the GABP.
  • I love Daryl Thompson.  The kid battles so hard and has done himself very well in his two starts.  He has had some very nice early success (shutting out the Yankees at “The Stadium” in his first ML start) and is the best thing that has happend for the fifth spot in the rotation.  He is someone I can easily root for because of his “never say die” attitude.
  • Dusty Baker does not know how to manage a bullpen.  That is all.
  • For as bad as this team can look at times, just hang in there. It will get better.

Bruce, Janish, Thompson Lost in NYC

Jay Bruce, Paul Janish, and Saturday’s starting pitcher Daryl Thompson almost didn’t make it on time to Yankee Stadium. The trio decided to take the subway to Yankee Stadium only to head the wrong direction, winding up in Brooklyn instead of the Bronx.

The story from Joe Lapointe of the NY Times:

Actually, Thompson had bigger trouble earlier, hours before the game. He and two other rookies, Jay Bruce and Paul Janish, left their Midtown hotel and decided to take the subway to Yankee Stadium. But they got on the wrong train and ended up in Brooklyn instead of the Bronx.

“I had a big old bag and I was going to ride the bus,” Thompson said, “but they said I could ride with them. They said, ‘We’re rookies, let’s take the subway and get there ahead of the bus.’ ”

After about 30 minutes, they realized they were going the wrong way.

“Janish was in charge at first,” Thompson said. “Bruce ended up asking a lady, and she told him which way we needed to go. He got us back on the right track.”

They arrived at the stadium shortly before 11 a.m. for a game that began at 1:08 p.m. “The guys in the clubhouse gave me stuff for trying to follow those guys because they didn’t know what they were doing,” Thompson said. “Bad impression.”

Good thing all three made it there.  Thompson was nothing short of outstanding facing the pressures of Yankee Stadium in his major league debut, shutting out the Yankees in five innings pitched.  He also managed to dig deep in two key situations during the game and get himself out of trouble.

Janish made a spectacular play on a hard hit ball by Alex Rodriguez to shut the door on a Yankee rally late in the game.

Sports Illustrated Loves Jay Bruce

There is a really good article in this week’s Sports Illustrated (Tiger Woods on the cover) written by Albert Chen talking about Jay Bruce entitled “There’s a New Kid in Town.”

Basically the article recaps all of the awesomeness that is Jay Bruce.  It talks about how humble he is and how he is coming into his own as a major leaguer.  The article also talks about how Bruce idolized Ken Griffey Jr. and how much it means to have him as a mentor.

Again, I am totally psyched about the Reds and the young crop of talent that is finally making it to the club along with the national attention that they are receiving.  They also include pictures of Votto, Volquez, and Cueto in the article.

It is a very cool read if you get the chance.

The only thing that bothered me about the article was a quote by Marty Brennman saying, “I wouldn’t say Reds fans are the best in the country, but I think they’re the most knowledgable when it comes to playing the game the right way.  You really have to do something to impress them.”

Ok, Mr. Negativity.

Questions and Rumors

Here we go again. The Reds get slapped around by the Red Sox today 9-0 and lose another series. Poor pitching again by Homer Bailey who looks nothing like the promising young prospect we all hoped that he would be.

How come Dick Pole and/or Dusty don’t get into his face and light him up like they did to Matt Belisle earlier this season?

Where is the post-game meltdown by Dusty? I am tired of hearing about how good it was in the Haight-Ashbury scene back in the 60’s and 70’s in California. Its nice to hear that he is laid back, but is Baker too laid back to light a fire underneath the team’s individual and collective ass, especially the younger players? I didn’t think old-school types would appreciate the lack of effort and the constant rolling over that this team seems to do on a rather consistent basis.

Why do I love Brandon Phillips? Because of this:

Nice “Sandlot” reference.

Some rumors after the jump… Continue reading

Tim Russert and the Baseball HOF

As everyone knows by now, NBC “Meet the Press” moderator, journalist, and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Tim Russert has passed of an apparent heart attack in Washington, D.C. today.

You can view the statement by the Baseball Hall here.

Russert was a Yankees and a Washington Nationals fan as well as being a huge supporter of the Buffalo Bills, the team from his hometown.

This was a huge loss for the political and sporting communities.

Jay Bruce vs. Red Sox Nation

Gotta love it.

Today I was driving around in the car and there was an advertisement for TBS’s Sunday Afternoon baseball coverage for the finale of the weekend series.  Their main selling point was “the up and coming Reds starring Jay Bruce versus the Red Sox”.  Awesome.

The Reds have a first ballot Hall of Famer in right field that passed a historic milestone this week, yet Jay Bruce is getting the hype. It is awesome to hear that the national media is giving him the attention, but it is a little surreal that a guy who started the year in the minors is getting so much attention.  This is something that I am not used to as a Reds fan.

Also of note this weekend, Jerry Remy, NESN broadcaster and former Red Sox player will be joining Thom in the TV booth for the Fox national broadcast on Saturday.  Expect to hear a lot of talk about the ’75 Series.


Congratulations Ken Griffey Jr.

Joe Posnanski has a great article that gave me chills.

I’ll be at the game tonight to welcome him home (as well as to honor Joe Nuxhall)