I’m happy to report that nothing surprising is going on.
Nothing at all…
We didn’t over compensate and spend millions that we didn’t need to.
We didn’t add names to the roster that are half in the bag and are heading to retirement.
We didn’t do anything, that any other team wouldn’t have done.
For once in a long time we’ve done nothing…and I’m happy about it.
We got our Left Fielder, Ryan’s Ludwick is not the best out there, but by far he’s not the worst and he’s proven that he should be on this team. I’ll happily cheer him on in 2013 as long as he stays healthy.
Joey Votto is working his way back to his old self according to the talks he’s had with other writers. I believe that, he’s not the kind of guy just to sit back during the off season and do nothing. He is working those legs and getting that knee back. The early 2013 season will be a real tell for him and he needs to be aware of it. Everyone watches how a player recoups from a major injury, it’s the sign of how he will do later in his career. So he needs for that power to be on display during the first half.
I was too busy to post here for a while now, ironically it seems my best time to post is the off season. If takes care of my baseball fix while I don’t have games to watch.
So here I sit reflecting on the season, a couple weeks after the World Series. The Giants who beat us in an unheard of 2nd half of a series sweep managed to keep that going and take the whole thing. It really did take several weeks to get over the hangover of the Reds not going further in the championship series. I watched the League games and the World Series, but it was really like a fog.
Sadly what started out as “Man they got lucky when they beat us” turned slowly into…”No they are just that good” after seeing them take out the Nat’s and eventually the Tigers.
I could do what the rest are doing, blame Rolen, grump about Baker, and so on….I’m not doing that. You can’t look at one moment in a game or season and wrap them up in trash bags to throw in the river. This team overall had more good than bad, and with the youth of this team along with the longer term contracts that they have I see this happening again soon. So after the fall out, there is no regrets.
What I can say though is that we notched the level of play up to what we thought was a 8 or 9. I mean who can complain with our regular season numbers? Still in comparison with the league it really was a 7 or 8. Teams at this level do well regularly, but don’t deliver championships.
Jocketty did really well this year, but it’s going to take 10% more to bring the World Series back to where baseball began.
So I went to the Indianapolis Indians opening day/night Friday with my new formed
Indianapolis Baseball Fan Society We watched the game, we drank, we laughed at my son’s jokes, we watched fireworks and then we called it a night. That’s what a time at the ball park is all about right? The Indians won with some questionable calls at 3rd, but overall it worked out nicely.
Saturday was supposed to be little league and then another Indians game, but the weather, my son sleeping till 3pm and a Reds game on at 4 put a stop to that. It rained, and rained so we watched the Reds game against the Nationals that I’d rather forget. Not so much because we lost, because we did, but there were just too many reasons to wonder what we were thinking during the game to watch.
Sunday, double header Indians game due to the rain out on Sunday. Which turned into 17 innings of baseball and listening to the Reds game on the radio. Let me just say 17 innings of baseball in front of me, and another 9 listening on the phone, and a couple hours of MLB 2K12 is a lot of baseball for one day. The Indians split the double header with the manager getting eject in the 10th of the last game on a “really it was a foul ball homer” The Reds finally win a game against the Nationals due to a grand slam by our new left fielder Ludwick.
And the dog? Let’s be honest Sauerkraut belongs on Rubens and pretzel rolls I’m just not sure what they are good for.
What a past few days!
My opening day post from Great American Ballpark for some reason didn’t take, so all I can say from that experience is that it was a great game.
Scott Rolen was great, Votto did ok, Bruce was on it, Cueto pitched like I’ve never seen him pitch before. This was the Reds team I drove 100 miles to see!
My negative (because yes there has to be one) The food spots at GABP need to be better prepared. They haven’t let me down in years, but today was the day.
Tried going to the new Food Network Hot Dog experience…they were out of baked beans, and fritos for their signature dog. Tried to get the mac and cheese…long since gone… Tried to get the sloppy joes…sure if I only wanted a half scoop as they ran out there too.
Tried to get some La Rossa pizza…same story
So I settled on a regular hot dog and a beer, saving me money in the end, but losing a considerable amount of time watching the game!
I’m doing my best to support Joey’s payroll by buying novelties, tickets, and FOOD at the game. This should not be a hurdle for me.
Enough on this.
Saturday’s game, we lost…but these things happen. No one goes undefeated in baseball, and it was nice to get it out of the way. It was a beautiful night game. I’m not going to dwell on this.
Sunday’s game, sadly I had family things to do (Easter and all) but I did watch the recap online and it looks like it was a good game with another good showing by Scott Rolen. Man I hope he can keep doing what he’s doing now.
Tonight is going to be a tough matchup, Reds vs Cardinals with Latos on the mound. We’ve seen him in Spring Training, now it’s time to see what happens when he hits the mound. Should be really interesting. I know I’ll be listening just as soon as little league practice is over.
My final random note of the day is that the Indianapolis Indians start up this Friday night at home. I’m going to do my best to blog from the park, but there may be some blogging on Monday to cover it…let’s be honest I love my seats, my hot dogs, and my baseball…
I may not be a fan of the Cubs, but I do what they brought to food! Chicago deep dish pizza, dipped sandwiches, and of course the Chicago Dog.
This a good news kind of Monday
First up, The Reds minus one dumb pickup (aka Madson) are healthy and looking good for opening day. I always worry a bit of what injuries will come out of Spring Training. I think this year we came out ok. Now all we have to do is get our pitching rotation worked out and we will be off to races!
What’s my opinion on the rotation? It’s fine as is, if we put Bailey in the bull pen and Chapman as a starter. Bailey is trade bait in my opinion, we’ve given him every chance in Cincy to make it happen with little help in the win column for it. It’s time to give another team a chance with him and hopefully recoup some of the money or talent that we lost with Madson being out for the year. Will the Reds do this? Probably not, should they…absolutely. Beyond that I look forward to Opening Afternoon
Yes folks it’s not Opening Night, it’s not Opening Day, It’s Opening Afternoon this year. The Marlins will be in town at 4pm after a late night game opening their new stadium. This will go one of two ways for the Reds, either they will be worn out and it’ll be an easy win for the Reds or they will still be on a adrenaline high and it could be really bad. Time will tell, but I’ll be happy to be sitting in my seat with a slice of LaRossa’s pizza either way.
Next stop on the happy train is I HAVE FOUND A FANTASY TEAM TO JOIN!!
Sadly my bloggers have given up on me (and I don’t blame them) So I was looking elsewhere for a league. To tell you how desperate it got, I’m on a league with a bunch of guys who work for Subaru in their eco friendly division. I don’t work for Suburu or any car company, I don’t drive a Subaru, and my current vehicle is far from eco friendly. Random fate really did bring this team to me. My team is the Rambling Reds. I’ll be asking for help during the season, so feel free to give me advice.
At this point all I can say is… The boys are playing their last spring training game today, tomorrow they fly back to Cincy, they get a good night’s sleep and then they line up on the starting line of America’s Marathon…Baseball
I can’t wait.
There’s someting about a good hot dog and baseball
So I’m sitting a DJ’s hot dog’s here in Indy, having what’s known as an Arizona Dog (Chili, Cheese, onion on a popyseed bun) with some crinkle fries. Looking out on a rainy March day, everyone else here in Indy is thinking about our old Quarterback (ok, so is most of the sports watching nation) and their brackets (ok, again so is most of the nation)
Me.. it’s all about baseball.
I’ve got my little league draft in less than 24hrs, I’m getting grumpy because I can’t find people to play fantasy baseball with (anyone know a league I can join?), and the Reds are doing fine in spring training.
What have we seen thanks to MLB at bat (since the regular channels haven’t started showing them..hint…hint) the last few days?
Votto is looking good, and is looking confident which is even better. Just keep it going Joey, and be nice to me and give us a discount to keep you a few more years after this one.
Phillips is being a media hound. Which is normal, I just hope he can keep it up while staying the gold glove guy that he is. He’s earned the right to do what he wants, so I’ll stop here.
I want to see more of our pickups from the off season. Latos and the other guy..
And Corky…I get it, he’s there as a supporting role…but man give this guy more playing time. This past weekend was just an example that he’s still got stuff left to do on the field.
What does that leave us? The rest of the cast who have been living up to expectations. I really am okay with the way things are going so far. Sure I wish we didn’t end up as a punching bag for some inning to the A’s and their new stars (Manny, and the guy who I would have to cut and paste to spell correctly…give that guy a nickname already) and I’m happy that Posey is doing okay for the Giants. I’m little disappointed it takes another team to get us airplay, but I’ll take whatever it takes.
What’s your thoughts?
What’s your favorite hot dog?
That day every baseball fan marks on their calendar to let them know they need to start stretching and warming up for that marathon called the regular season. Spring Training is here…
I know I’ve done my finger exercises, as well as checked to see if I can indeed carry two alcoholic beverages while balancing a hotdog and nachos with one hand keeping the other one free for that possible foul ball that I’ve yet to catch.
I’ve taken the hit, and paid my dues for another year of MLB.tv, hoping they will get a clue that Indianapolis is not the baseball center of the midwest and we are not the viewing market for anyone.
I wait patiently for the MLB At bat 12 app to come out.
And I’m curious to see how baseball on my xbox will work.
So yes preparation has begun, now let’s hope that Matos, Madson, and the rest of the pitching staff is doing the same.