Hoard to Sit In For Marty

Reds fans will recognize a familiar voice this weekend when former broadcaster Dan Hoard, who is now with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox affiliate), will sit in for the Hall of Famer.

While Marty is away at the National Sports Writers and Sports Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame dinner, Hoard will be on the big stick with Jeff Brantely calling the weekend series in Pittsburgh.

For Hoard this is his second “cup of coffee” in the major leagues.  He has called games for the Toronto Blue Jays, the NY Mets, and a few games for the Reds.

I won’t be able to listen because I too will be in Pittsburgh for my first trip to PNC Park with some fellow Reds fans.  Let me know how this goes.

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Marty Assigned Security in Chi-Town

After Marty Brennamans’ episode on April 16 when the Reds were in Chicago, someone decided that it would be best for the long-time Reds broadcaster to be assigned a security detail during the current three game stand in the Windy City.  Mark Sheldon, the MLB.com beat writer for the Reds said that Marty, so far, hasn’t encountered any problems.

At Navy Pier with his family, a ride worker told Brennaman’s daughter he had a bone to pick with “Thom Brennaman,” who is Marty’s son and broadcast partner.

“That would be me you’re talking about,” Marty told the gentleman. He said that they chatted pleasantly for 15 minutes, and all was good.

As with Adam Dunn’s dust-up with Blue Jay’s G.M. J.P. Riccardi, I support Marty when he (tells the truth) calls out the Cubs fans for being idiots.  Marty even says, in reference to throwing the ball onto the field after a home run, “It is a Chicago Cubs tradition that other people have copied throughout Major League Baseball and I’m fine with that.” Here are the original comments from the broadcast:

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

The Least Exciting Comeback Victory Ever

I really don’t know any other way to describe last nights 3-2 victory over the Padres.

Despite Adam Dunn’s monster shot off all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman in a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth, there wasn’t much emotion and that is sad. You would think that in a night where both starting pitchers were really good (or the hitting was really bad) that such a dramatic turn of events would get me off of my couch well past midnight and in a celebratory mood. Even a win that ended a 4 game road losing streak on the dreaded west coast would prove to be a cause for happiness. That was not the case at all.

Was it the expectation that the insufferable bullpen would find a way to lose in a 2-2 tie? Was it due to the most illogical 29 minute rain delay ever? Was it due to that little voice in the back of my head saying, “You’re tired. Go to bed. You’ll find out how they blew it in the morning.”? Perhaps it is routine outs at the top of the batting order and constant base running blunders that will cause any fan to question their dedication.

Even Marty Brennaman, with his signature line after a Reds victory and a Francisco Cordero strikeout to end the Padres threat in the ninth, did not send me to a state of euphoria.

Its not as if there weren’t a lot of things to be excited about. Edison Volquez continues to be filthy on the mound by striking out 12 in a no-decision, a career high for the first year Red. His breaking ball and change-up made the Padres’ bats look silly. Volquez blew his fastball right past the San Diego hitters, topping out at 96. Dunn’s ninth inning home run was the first earned run given up by closer Trevor Hoffman since April 23.

Yeah, this was a strange game indeed.

Kelch Impressive in Debut

Jim Kelch made his first fill-in appearance last night on the Reds broadcast as part of a 14 game run starting with the Marlins series in Cincinnati. Kelch will occupy the radio booth with a mix of Marty Brennaman, Jeff Brantley, or Thom Brennaman.

This is Kelch’s 20th year with the Louisville Bats, the Triple A farm club of the Reds. He is normally enjoyable to listen to when the Red aren’t playing. He also does University of Louisville women’s basketball games during the off-season.

It was nice to have a calming voice after so many negative things have happened with the Reds lately. When Aaron Harang gave up his second home run early in the first inning, it would have been easy to jump off the deep end and we think we even heard Marty somewhat restrain himself several times last night when things were bleak for the Reds chances of winning, most notably in the 9th inning after closer Francisco Cordero made it a little too interesting for our liking. With his experience, Kelch made it seem not as bad, unlike the other radio announcers we know who make it seem like the sky is falling. Perhaps Kelch is a company man who didn’t want to ruffle any feathers but he equipped himself very well when the home team faced adversity.

Overall, Kelch’s performance was virtually flawless and it seems like he prepared himself very well. We would like to hear more in depth analysis about Jay Bruce and Joey Votto from his perspective since he gets to see Bruce everyday and has seen the development of Votto while he was with the Bats.