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?
So I’ll add pictures as soon as my lovely counterpart and photographer gives them to me, but I wanted to go ahead and start writing about today’s game.
Today was awesome!
It was like how baseball is supposed to be. I sat in great seats 175ft from home plate, I had a perfect view of the field, the scoreboards, the other game updates, you name it. I had my I phone headset in one ear listening to the radio broadcast of the game and then jumped over to the Twins and Tigers battles to hear a little of it. I enjoyed some sun shine. I had some Montgomery Inn pulled pork and chips with a Jack and Coke to drink. The seats around me were empty for at least a little while which let me eat in peace and comfort. (Later it filled in but I didn’t mind so much this time…)
I watched Homer Bailey actually pitch like he’s been talked about instead of being a dark horse.
I watched everyone hit well, and not be home run hitters. There was actual small ball being played and it was fun to watch.
Even though he was on the other team I got to watch Andrew McCutchen (sp?) steal bases and do all the things I’ve watched him do for years in AAA ball Indianapolis.
I was engaged with all my senses and was at that point where I really could argue with anyone who normally tells me “Baseball is boring” Today was baseball in all it’s splendor, every penny was worth what it was spent for.
Sorry folks for the time between posts. I know at this point I’ve proably lost all credibility, but that’s life sometimes. Blogging is a hobby for me and when life crams what it has for me the past few months down my throat you put this on the backburner.
But I had some time and somethings to say so I decided to log back on and who knows start fresh again.
Reds baseball in September, gotta love it. What is with the Reds anyway? Do we have a pressure problem? I’ve watched and listened to my fair share of games this year and it’s ending the same way last year did. We started great, we sucked in the middle, and then we pull out the stops in the end? How does this work? This year at least we’re not screwing up wild card slots and causing all the uproar we did last year. For those who don’t recall we almost kept the Cubs from doing well anything. This year we at least end with the Pirates who really should pack up the team and move to Canada as far as the rest of the MLB cares, I think the only team who has lost it’s flair more than them is the Nationals.
So here we are again. My goal for the Reds this season was an over 500 season. Most looked at me like I was crazy and said that wasn’t a goal it was a lock. Here we are, under 500. I love my Reds, I always see the hope of a good year coming, but what we’ve been doing the past few years has got to end. We win till it matters and then lose till we’re out, only to go back to winning again when it’s too late.
Hire a visualization coach to come in and teach these guys to be winners, get a motivational speaker on staff for next year, do something. I can live with the fact that we’re not going to the World Series or even in a pennant race. What I can’t live with is the feeling we had the shot to be something more, and always ending up in the middle where we are just forgotten. We lose to no one we don’t sweep, cream or destroy at some point in the season. We should be contending with the players we have, and at the very least be a 500 ball club.