Ok…so I’ll post when I post.. (I can keep making promises that I will and then don’t…or I can be honest that I’m flakey when it comes to this..)
Why haven’t I been around? Because I’ve been watching, listening and absorbing sooo much baseball. Little League, AAA, and major league games that I really haven’t had the time. I’m almost ready to get an I Pad just to get more productive while I’m out and about.
So we are now at the “honorary” mid point of the season. The Reds just got swept by the Phillies in a 4 game series that had more extra innings in it than I ever care to see the rest of the season.
WE STILL HAVE 1ST PLACE!!!
This is something that I would have never guessed. The little engine that could Reds are sitting in the drivers seat battling to keep it from the Cardinals. As the first part of this season has went on people have been coming up to me asking “how about those Reds!” and I’ve been trying to tone them down a bit. Remember a winning season is really still the goal. We can all still dream of a 1st place season in September going into October, but if we don’t have it we still have a winning season. A winning season is still better than what we’ve had over the last decade.
But what a first half…
Votto going on a consecutive hitting streak that almost made history
Leake coming in a rookie pitcher not to be messed with.
Stubbs and his 3 homer night at Wrigley
Rolen showing that he’s still got what it takes.
Gomes showing that you can still be tough and play baseball
And a quiet success story from Corky Miller
We’ve got a lot to be happy about in Reds Nation!
The question is when do we start looking at our pennant chances?
Do we pick up some fresh talent to assure we are ready for a fight in October?
When does Chapman come up?
Lots of questions…
Walt drove the 2 hours to come to Indy to save money.
He used is Hyatt points to pay for his hotel room.
He took his winter meeting crew to subway instead of St. Elmo’s Steak house to keep it in perspective.
And we’re suprised it’s day 3 of the meetings and he hasn’t done anything? I’m not.
As someone else wrote earlier today “Walt’s waiting for the phone to ring, because he’s not paying for outbound calls”
He’s told us that it’s going to be a budget watching year.
He told us that we’re not going to do a lot this off season.
So here we are toward the end of the Winter Meetings and all I can read from Reds bloggers and some reporters is complaints over the Reds not doing anything other than drinking the coffee. Why? Go enjoy Indy, have a steak, drink a beer, enjoy a show, visit the Speedway and then go home.
I’m watching the MLB.com coverage of the winter meetings and they are even complaining that EVERYONE is quiet so the Reds should be in perspective dead.
We did have a little news about Gomes, a completely nuts rumor about Tejada, maybe something about the Brewers Counsell which looks like a good fit, and Mariner’s Izturis who I’m on the fence with.
So Reds fans relax, this doesn’t mean anything, if we go the whole offseason with no real news then we’ve got issues. No news at the winter meetings doesnt’ mean a whole lot.