Tagged: Baseball

Taco Salad Mondays…Sorry too many hot dogs over the weekend..

Not sure what the weather is like in your area, but in Indy it’s hot and working it’s way to muggy. Which means that the season is here.

This year I’m going to do some more blogging about the Indianapolis Indians than I did last year. The reason for this is that with my new job Victory Field is within eyesight and that was a huge plus to me.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll still be watching my Reds games and/or listening to them on the radio (which can still at times be the best way)

So on to my baseball thoughts of the week.

First off, we are two weeks away from starting this marathon and we just cut down our roster. Talk about making sure we picked the right guys. This happens and I’m okay with it, but it makes me wonder if this was because the talent was just that good, or that we had some real questions and didn’t know who had the answers.

Scotty, Scotty, Scotty! I like seeing you heathy and hitting homers. Enough said.

Corky’s still the most under rated player in spring training. He’s picking off runners, hitting ok, it’s just sad to know this is his prime time.

How much longer till we really know the rotation? Will Chapman really make it full time before Homer Bailey…if so why so much loyalty to him?

At Bat 2009 and Baseball With The I Phone

So twenty five percent into the season and new fans are being created, people are looking for information on the go, information they can get on their own terms…hmmm there’s an app for that!

It’s true MLB has created an awesome app for MLB fans called MLB At Bat 2009  this app brings the game to you where ever you are.

The Good

A great app for those who want highlights, audio, scores and standings any time, any where.

A great app to be able to watch the game from a stats point of view in real time.

A great app to to watch your favorite team or to get a summary of a game in under ten minutes.

 

The Bad

Not a news source, they do have a link to MLB’s main page, but still lacking in ease to use.  Which is suprising since they spend so much time and money on keeping all the sites up to date, why wouldn’t they RSS feed the app?  My copy of MLB 2K9 keeps me more informed and it’s a video game on my Xbox.  Not good.

No fantasy information.  I can’t use this app to help keep my leagues going.  Either on MLB or other sites.

Not able to blog from it!

What I wouldn’t have paid for the ability to come here and take pictures live, blog live, and post live from the game.  It would be great!  In between innings, before and after the game, ect.

At Bat 2009 is definately better than the previous year’s, but it still has some room to grow to be my only I Phone App for baseball.

 

 

 

MMMMmmmm….Baseball

Editor’s Note: To all my loyal readers I apologize for the long drought of articles between my last few and now.  Between getting ready for fantasy baseball season, getting ready for little league ball, work and family I just ran out of time.  I would rather give you something good to read or something to get steamed about than just sling something out just to say I did.  Thanks again, and now on with the show!

Mmmmm…baseball
by Cob

The count down has come to an end,
and they boys of summer are back and there will be ball games to attend.
A spring training league usually named after a fruit
With a bunch of players trying to become the next big recruit.

It brings a tear to my eye to see the scoreboard come back to life on MLB.com
Brings back the memories of hot dogs that was brought  to me by some lady named mom.
So pack up the peanuts and a hidden flask of your favorite drink.
Because baseball is coming…coming much sooner than you think!

We’re t-minus 1hr and 10 mins from the first pitch at the time I write this blog.  I love baseball, don’t get me wrong, but today is the day.  It’s not really about the game today for me as it is the day of mental preparation.

The marathon starts today.

Eight months of baseball starts today
Six months of fantasy baseball starts today
Five months of little league baseball starts today (ok there’s a month of planning in there, but you get the point)

November through today is the rest break before the endurance challenge begins.  You spend Novemember saying thank god it’s over, how could THAT team ever win a World Series, and how the heck was I so fooled into think MY  team ever had a chance of anything in 2008.  You boycott baseball for a little bit.

Then comes the winter meetings

You start hearing news of new players joining your team, and maybe, just maybe they’ve fixed the issues that will make your team a contender this year.  Or in my case just hoping to break .500.  Yep this is where the fence begins to mend in  your mind.  You begin reading articles, listening to podcasts, and looking at stats again….all be it occasionally, definately not daily, but you do.

Then it happens

Weekly migrates to daily, a rant begins to form, you start going to sports bars at lunch just to see if there is anything good on.  You go to your teams winter caravan to tell your teams coach what the heck he’s doing wrong, but really your actually just happy to be around baseball friends it feels like Christmas all over again and your aggravation just melts away.

Now your craving baseball.

So much that your girl can’t stand to be around you because your even more obsessed than you were the weeks before.  Theres only one cure for this.

Mmmmm…baseball


Baseball and Cheerleaders?

So there’s something that has been bothering me since I came back to baseball.  When did we get cheerleaders?

I’m a guy, so needless to say I’m not against beautiful women in short skirts jumping around in front of me.  I still have to ask the question though, when did baseball go steal cheerleaders from football and have them dancing on top of our visitor’s dug out?  Why not the home teams dug out anyway! (I only ask because this is the side I usually sit on..hehehe)

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I have to admit I was impressed, but here comes the next series of questions for you.

Is this for the guys?

Is this a way to get girls who are into cheer leading interested in baseball?

Beyond having something to watch between innings is there any other motives?

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I mean there has to be more of a point than to just have pretty girls for guys to watch.  We’re simple creatures of habit.  There is not a guy out there that’s saying “Hey let’s NOT go to a baseball game because I heard the cheerleaders are doing some fund raiser on the other side of town!” 

reds_crew_05.jpgAm I risking being in trouble with my girlfriend if I like watching the cheerleaders? (she’s got a major issue with football cheerleaders and the amazing amount of size and gravity defying lift certain parts of their body have when being shown on Sunday Night Football, it’s the one time that the camera adds 5lbs and it isn’t all that bad!…oh sorry dear)

Is it wrong if I want to read their MLB Blog?

You see these are all questions guys have to consider when their is cheerleaders at baseball games.  Which takes this simple, peaceful sport and turns it into a stress layered mess!  Men truly are simple creatures, it’s just the inclusion of women makes it complicated.

Let me know what you think, till then I’ll just keep watching my recorded copies of 08 games (and fast forwarding past the cheerleaders for safety sake) till fantasy baseball and the real season take hold.

Welcome Willy..Welcome

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I’m not a fan of the jersey your wearing in this picture Willy…There’s something not quite right about it….It’s missing color, tradition, you know something that one of the oldest ball clubs in baseball would have.  Not to mention look at that sad face.  Oh I can’t stand it any longer.

HERE!

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Isn’t that better?  Sure it is…Need a little more?  Look at that smile…Okay..Okay how about 6 million with another million in bonuses over the next two years?  Better?  Good deal…Hey that’s it, it was a GOOD DEAL.  Everyone gets something, we didn’t break the bank, he’s even giving some of it to charity!  The kids even win!  This is the way it should be!  You do have the right to be smiling.

I can’t wait to see if we do something else with free agents this off season, but if we do I hope it’s as good as this move and the Hernandez move.  It really seems like we have our heads in the right place going into this new season.

A Year in Review

I was reading Mark Sheldon’s really well written article of the Red’s Year In Review and I was reflecting on what all happened.  The good, the bad, and well the ugly.  It made me think a lot about why I took baseball back up as a sport to be a fan of.  To be honest while it was happening I was not sure why I’d become a baseball fan again, much less a Reds fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I always followed how the Redlegs were doing.  It was more of a every other week kind of thing and then catch up what happened in baseball as a whole about once a month.  This was all very casual, and then around October I’d get excited about the race and the World Series to be surprised that I had no clue how or why the teams that got there, well …were there.  I’d then listen to the sports announcers and get caught up about all the drama, the controversy and the trades that made it happen and that would help me decide who I was cheering for.

Well this year was year one of my rebirth, I dusted off my point of views, started reading everything I could about my team and what ever else was going on.  I played fantasy baseball and found a new appreciation for it.  The list goes on and on.  But why?  Why baseball?  Why the Reds of all teams?  Why now?  Let’s review.

Why Baseball?
Baseball is a young man’s sport to play and a old man’s sport to watch.  You play it when your young because it has a position for everyone.  Your good at hitting, but not so a fielding take the outfield, your good at fielding but not so good at hitting take the infield.  Your a fat kid, congrats your a catcher.  The list goes on.  It’s a game that allows anyone no matter their ability or phyical makeup to a be a hero if positioned correctly.  Heck that’s what the movie The Bad News Bears was all about!  You could play with a lot of friends or you could practice by yourself.  The point being is when your young, learning your role can be confusing, but it’s an important piece of life as your generally lost without it.  As you get older, and you start putting to use those team skills learned and march out into life you may get too busy for baseball.  That’s what happened to me at least, but you come back.  It’s the sport that you were raised on, it’s the one that you know will always be there.  In Indianapolis where I live, baseball isn’t a big sport, we’ve went from being basketball fans to now a town full of football fans.  It never was baseball, since we don’t actually have a major league team.  We do have a decent minor league team in the Indianapolis Indians, and it draws it’s fair share of fans, but mostly because it’s a good family experience.  This was where it came back to me though.  Sitting on the grassy picnic area behind the outfield watching these guys play while my young son finds new friends to play with.  This is where with a little quiet, a hot dog, and some grass between my fingers I get to remember why this sport means so much to me.  Why I want to apart of this game again, why I want my son to be apart of it, and why I want to share it with him.  Baseball is good.  There’s a lot about it that isn’t, but baseball is good, and yes there really isn’t a lot of good out there anymore so you need to take it in when you have the chance.

Why The Reds?
Why the Reds!!!  I don’t know…why not?  Seriously, I was born in 76, and started hearing about and playing baseball 6 years later.  That makes it the early 80’s and I had the choice of the Cubs or the Reds for a home town team.  In the 80’s which one would you have picked?  Come on!  We had it, we had it with our great team, our nazi loving owner and her dog.  Reguardless of it all we had it, and it was good.  Then several years later when I was a teen and having dreams of what I’d be when I grew up we were back in the thick of it again in the 90’s. 

Why Now?
Now I’m 32 years old, I have a 5 year old son, and a great girlfriend of almost 3 years that loves me more than anything else in the world.  I’m finally to place in my life where it doesn’t suck all the time.  I have a lot of hope for me, and my family.  Yes I even have some hope left over for baseball and the Reds.  We’re a game and a team that needs believers now more than ever, let the politicans of baseball do their thing, let the business people of baseball do their thing, it’s time for the fans to come back and do their thing and that’s bring the good back to baseball.