Tagged: Jay Bruce

3 Weeks

Three weeks of baseball down, and still plenty more to go before this season ends. 

How are our Reds doing? 

Well…they could be better.

The one thing the Reds never have to worry about knowing where they need improvement.  Over the past three weeks I’ve went on a roller coaster of seeing what I want to see from the Reds (Trying to run, trying to play small ball, NOT living and dying by the long ball)  The keyword there is try of course. 

Then I’ve seen the other side that I didn’t want to see.  Aaron Harang falling apart on the mound, people not paying attention on the bases, and just over all fumbling of the opportunity when it’s given to you.

So let’s talk a little bit more about the good.

I like what I see from Dickerson, Gomes (when they play him), Stubbs, and Caberra.  Votto and Bruce are warming up to what I want to see from them, but they’ve got some room to grow.  An honorable mention goes to the bullpen especially Rhodes.  Most wouldn’t see what improvement and changes he’s made this year, but I sure have and want to see it continue.

Now some more bad…

I’m still steamed about opening day.  I’ve let it cool off, I’ve tried to be opened minded about how things would or should be for an opening day game against the Cardinals.  What should be said, and then put into Reds law until we know better and don’t need it as a law.  YOU INTENTIONALLY WALK THE BEST PLAYER IN YOUR DIVISION AND ARGUEABLY THE LEAGUE!!!  YOU ESPECIALLY WALK HIM AFTER HE HITS A HOME RUN ON HIS FIRST AT BAT!  Come on…let’s be serious at what point do you really pitch to him anyway?  You can be macho about this all you want being a pitcher, “I can beat him, he’s not perfect” ..no  Pujols isn’t perfect, but there is also no shame in walking him. 

Next…What is our deal with the Pirates?   Last place team in our division, versus our middle of the division team…our middle should win, not get swept.

 

So in summary what have we learned?

No pitching to Pujols

Keep up the small ball

It’s still early in the season, so no reason to lose hope yet

What would you like me to write about next?

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Putting It On The Table…Drugs and The MLB

I’ll start off saying I don’t really care about weed.

I don’t smoke weed, never have and in my 30’s I probably never will.

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But if my job happen to come across that I was smoking weed, and then I was drug tested to prove it.  THEN I admited I was a pot head.  Guess what would happen to me?  I would be fired.  I believe that’s what would happen to most of us.  I haven’t worked at too many jobs where the handbook wasn’t pretty clear on this.  Now in most cases you’d never get caught and your job would never find out so that’s why millions of potheads still have jobs I imagine.

Yet if your a pro ball player that’s not what happens, and I guess it is employers perrogative on what happens. 

Now in the normal world as you raise up the ladder, you get paid more, and you have a more public face you are expected to hold a higher moral code.(mostly because you want to make sure you protect all that money)

So now I’m confused.  I know the answer is simple, but I hate the situation it puts me in.  I tell my son that baseball is great, honest and good.  That baseball players and baseball helps many that are in need and you should use them as a goal to strive to.

But when he asks me how Lincecum is a pot head and if pot is ok, then I of course say “No!”  My son looks at me and says “But Dad Lincecum is a pot head” and I look at everyone else’s response is “eh, it’s only weed.  or he’s a ball player what do you expect?”  how do I explain this?  Only some baseball players are good and you won’t know who isn’t till they screw up?

He apologized today during his Cy Young acceptance speech. 

Sorry doesn’t cut it with me, you didn’t back into my car.  You knowingly used something you shouldn’t have and got caught.

Going back to my other notation…

If I’m paid more than I would ever get paid in the regular job market and one of my responsibilities is to be a role model for kids (because it’s what the MLB throws out there all the time to promote itself) then guess what you should be fired.  If anything for being dumb.

We didn’t do that today, as a matter of fact we went and gave him an award and a pat on the back, and that is wrong. (Cy Young must be proud)

It’s not really a matter of being pro weed or not.  It’s about the rules not being what they should be, and what they should be is what most of us have to live up to and then 5% better.  You’re lucky enough to be selected out of hundreds of players (mind you forget the thousands that try in lower leagues) to make it to the bigs. Your job is to play a game, and get paid millions for it, you have associations (which is just a union) to protect and assure you get millions for it, and you don’t have the common sense to follow the rules!?!  That’s cool, then give the guy next in line a try, because you’re not worth it.

I listened to an interview with Jay Bruce today and he can’t even recognize a nationally recognized strip club and that’s legal.  You can hear it in his voice he avoids going out drinking in public for chance something might not go right.  Booze is legal, but he’s making sure he doesn’t give the man any reason to come after him.  That’s the right answer.

Will this change?  Odds are no, but this fan knows that someone has to say it so that people more important than him realize that the fan base thinks about it too, and maybe that’s a start.  Because if it’s not going to ever change then why bother with the other rules too.

 

 

Loyalty To The End…Worth It?

I was at the Reds v Cardinals game on thursday.  It was a day game so the fact that there was only 2,500 or so people there didn’t suprise me in the least.  I  mean if I wasn’t currently unemployed I wouldn’t have made it.  (most likely..) it was really like urban warfare to get me out for lunch most of the time..

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So here I was eating a slice of La Rosa’s pizza , peanuts and having a beer in a row by myself out in far left field.  Proably one of the best situations for me to be in.  Food, no one crowding me, no one talking to me, good weather.  I couldn’t be happier.  This happiness

pizzaattheball park.jpg goes on for a little while past the first inning.  Then with my luck, we start losing, and we start losing badly starting off with a grand slam from Chris Carpenter, a pitcher no less to start the ball rolling against us.  I’m trying to root my team on when what happens next?  People start seat hopping and coming into my area thinking they might see a Pujols homer over where I’m sitting.  So now my game is going a little south, and my territory is being threatened by Cardinals fans no less.  Anyone who’s watched specials about territorial creatures should know that this is a bad idea.  I could just move, but that would be giving in, and I won’t do that when my team is losing and I in fact was here first.  That’s when the heckling begins, not from me, but from the Cardinals fans.  “So what high school drop out are you going to put on the mound next?”  then a little, “Man if the Reds could get any worse they’d be the Pirates or the Nationals”

Tiger.jpgI go and get myself another beer and take a walk around the stadium.  It’s something I do when we’re losing.  When you are at Great American you have to look up in the concourse to really appreciate what they’ve done.  There are huge photos of newspapers hanging from the ceilings of great times in in Reds history.  The club and executive levels have quote after quote of great players reminding you that history takes time and winning is something to be savored.  I made my way back to my seat.

 

 

By this time the game has gotten really out of hand 9 to 0, and my rivals are entrenched in my area.  I do what any good fan does in this situation.  I start cheering for every Red that does anything good.  “Good Catch!”  “Great hit!” “BRRRRUUUUUUCE!” being as abnoxious as I can with my fandom.  In hopes of rattling my invaders to move on.  After all they seat hopped to get to me, and there are pleanty of other seats, better seats to hop to.  This does nothing, inning, after inning.  We start losing, by more and more.

By the time the game was wrapping up I was 1 of maybe 300 still at the ball park. My 10 or so intruders were among those still there as well.

So here’s my feeling and my question.  I’m not sure who I’m more pissed at.

1. The other fans who saw we were losing and left before the game was over.  Loyalty is something not to be messed with.

2. The Cards fans who invaded my space

3. The fact that they are better fans than my Reds fans since they stayed to the end despite an even longer drive than I (I’m from Indy so it’s 4 hours round trip for me to go to a game)

4. Myself for allowing this all to get to me.

 

 

Reds Win Again..Try to Stay Calm

Reds pull off another victory.  Tonight it’s against the All Star team betterly known as the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Noteable moment would go to Jay Bruce for proving once again why we have him around with a 3 run homer.  Jay is a little over 20+ homers this year, this coming from a guy who was gone well… ALOT! this year.  There was a lot of time I have to admit I was wondering why we were holding onto him, but I’ll admit it I was wrong.  We should keep him.  I don’t think he is the leader and hero this team needs, but I do think he’s a good player for this team.  We will see how tomorrow goes but I’m thinking a sweep isn’t unrealistic.  Proving again that the Reds have talent, but just can’t get their act together to have the season to prove it.

 

Way to go Bruce, and I’ll see you on Sunday for the season closer.

 

Come on! Give The Reds Some All Star Love!

Come on fans!  You’ve got 25 votes per person for the All Star Game, could you give a few to some Reds?  I mean really there are some great players on the Reds that deserve to be on the National League team.

Joey Votto: How many of you have cursed his name this year..be honest

Brandon Phillips: A Gold Glove winner isn’t deserving?

Jay Bruuuuuuce: our home run maker, play maker

I’m not being greedy, I’m not asking for all of them to make it, but one…just one.

 

 

 

We’re Number 2! We’re Number 2! We’re Number 2!

Most people would look and say…”You’re happy with 2nd place?  First is only a couple games away why not go for the big win?”

This Reds fan says “Eh” (pronounce with a kinda jersey accent eeeh)

You’ve got to remember our goal is a winning season, you get us all pumped up that we might actually be a contender and this will only lead to disappointment.  True Reds fans know that there are plenty of teams better than this one in it’s current setup.  This is a building year, we know it, we’ve said it, and we’re right.  We’ve got to stay strong and not over commit.

But…while I got a winning team it’s nice be be able to talk about the good things like

“How about this Votto guy!”  Holy smokes!

“If you didn’t know who Bruce was before you do now!!”

We’ve got some defensive problems that I know Baker will get smoothed out in time, but this fan is happy to see good batting (that’s not home run batting) winning games as predicted.  We’ve got a pitching staff that is just on the bubble of being great.  This more than makes up for the almost baseball leading errors that we’re at.

I’m off to do what the Cob does best (watch baseball, coach little league, and look at fantasy stats!)

Live Blogging After 6th on 4-8 Reds vs Mets

Ever have anyone blog a game midway through?

Well now you have.

It’s the top of the 6th and here I am!

So I’ve been watching the game as a whole for most part.  Done some work here and there so I can’t say I’ve watched every pitch,but is it me or did Vouquez seem a little rusty?

 

Summary

In the first the Mets Carlos Delgado hits a homer…bad for the Reds, good for my fantasy team.

Then we say..Oh YEAH  and Joey Votto gives us a 3 run homer to take the lead, good for the Reds, not for my fantasy team (you can thank me later!)

 

Then in the 2nd

Pelfry does something we don’t see and balks

The rest seems to be the basic manufacturing of runs for the rest of scoring which brought the score to 4-5 Mets.

In another oddity we had a double steal attempt by the Reds in the bottom of the 5th trying to tie up the game.

So bouncing around I know..

We are seeing a lot of strange steal attempts from both the Reds and Mets

 

So now I’m watching the Met’s walk Reds after Reds here in the 6th.

I’m watching Darnell McDonald and I have to admit I don’t know him as he slow grounds out the inning.

I watched him and others during opening day and didn’t seem to see the electricity I was hoping to see from Reds fans on an opening day.

Moving into the 7th

Mike Lincoln takes to pitching

 I have to admit I’ve never seen s straight drop curve ball like his, it’s hard to hit and get a read on.

With only 1 rund down this game is still close enough even without the homer generating team the Reds once were to come back, but we’ve got to keep the Met’s at bay here.

No sooner than I say this and Delgado hits and allows Wright to score..

Any help here would be nice…we’re now down by two. 

6 walks today…sigh

Bases loaded for some guy named Schnieder who of course has a history of hitting homers against Lincoln according the announcer.  What does he do…hits in 3 runs

that makes the score 9 mets reds 4.

Watching Dusty I’m thinking he’s about to kick some butt, or at least have to buy a new hat for as many times as hes thrown it.  LOL

Bottom of the 7th..here we go…

New Pitcher for the Mets

Chris Dickerson is batting….does he have a white bat?  Who has a white bat?

I like his stance, and he’s good at picking his pitch thus far.

and he’s out swiinging.

Joey Votto’s back up.

He doesn’t seem to have a special style when he hits, but I do like the point that he indeed can swing the mechanics of hitting well.  Good single.

Go Brandon!!

Brandon I think is about as close as we get to a home run hitter nowadays.

Votto’s currently leading in HR’s, but it’s still Phillips as he hits a single and we’re to the corners with Votto on 3rd and Phillips on 1st.

Bruce is up.

Big bat, Votto scores!  But slow butt Phillips can’t pull 2nd, but we save a guy for 1st.

Walked Encarnacion, and now we’re on 1st and 2nd

Green comes in to pitch for the Mets.

 1st pitch and Hernandez hits the right field wall!  Yes! Score 6-9  Thank you my new catcher..thank you, thank you.

But that’s all we get for this inning.

Top of the 8th here we go.

Jared Burton?  Barely know this guy, I’m listening to the announcers listening to them talk about him being a rule 5 pick and injury prone.  Why did we keep him?  Big slider pitcher so far. 

Random thought: I love McRibs

Going to the bottom of the 8th still 9-6.

Looks like we may actually see Taveras hit.

Let’s see how he does, supposively had the flu as of late, this was just a push due to a need for a pinch hitter. Which mind you he isn’t a solid batting avg.

He’s just watching pitches, as the announcers go through a list of his injuries.

Good hit! To the wall!  He goes for a triple!  Ok so he’s not so bad…

Now Dickerson up to bat.  Pop fly, but it gets Taveras in as a tag up.

Good job Willy!

Now Votto…out

Welcome to the 9th

 Here come Arthur Rhodes pitching for the Reds…Can we hold them?

You really should go to

McRib.com

It’s kinda funny really.

Inning goes 1,2,3.

Bottom of the 9th here we come, only down by 2!

Come on Reds!

Francisco Rodriguez pitches for the Mets.

Wild pitch

He tried to hit Phillips

Bruce on Deck.

Walked Phillips, and now the man with the plan BRRRRRRUUUUUCE!

inside, ball 1

low, ball 2

come on….

strike 1

Ball 3

Are they going to walk him?

pop up, darn it, but it’s only 1 out.

Edwin’s up

I think they’ll walk Edwin…Delgado takes his foot off the bag!  he’s safe and now we’ve got the corners!  As Phillips steals 3rd (which he shouldn’t have done)

Rodrigez just walked Hernandez.  Bases loaded, 1 out.  Avoid double play guys!!!

Rodrigez is throwing wild..come on!!

2-0…baby, and finally a strike, and strike 2.

Here it comes…

full count

strike out.

Nix is up, new guy to me.  This has turned into a close one with bases loaded.

Come on crowd chant for goodness sake!

Pop out…but it was close

So we lose, something that we don’t do at home all that often, and we fought it out tonight unlike opening day.  I’ll take it.  Losing a game with the bases loaded and every oppertunity to take it.   Okay then, good night.