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The game wasn't tied when Chapman gave up the HR.
The first 4 sentences of the "Bullpen" section are hilariously shocking. Great description!
I don't really know why they're so incessantly negative.
It's causing me to have flashbacks of listening to Billy Packer to NCAA basketball games.
I watch/listen to baseball because I actually LIKE baseball. They don't have to be delusional homers like Santo, but I'd rather have some benign homerism a la Mike Shannon than a constant drumbeat of disgusted complaints.
Someone should print this out and show it to the Brennamans.
I think it would take a disaster of a 2013 campaign from Hamilton to get the Reds to consider that. They've already won the division with an offensive sinkhole at CF, so as long as Hamilton can play a decent CF (and with his speed, it would surprise me if he can't be at least passable) you've gotta think the job is his in 2014.
Jason, this was amazing. I was at Game 5 (as a Reds fan, unsurprisingly) and I feel like you really captured the emotions that the crowd experienced. I've never felt more certain of defeat as when I watched Posey's HR fly into the upper tank, and I've never been more certain of victory as when Bruce was getting locked in during the 9th.
GREAT game. Congrats to the Giants, who were able to get hits when it counted, and made some outstanding defensive plays in big spots. Honestly, being at games 4 and 5 made me jealous of Giants fans because SF had so many awesome performances from players. It reminds me why I love baseball. Even though I am freakin' torn apart by losing these 3 games, I definitely appreciate how damn great of a game this is.
I have to say it, though - strike 3 to Hanigan was inside. I have to whine about something, and this is what I've picked. Inside. Bases loaded, 0 outs vs 2 out and Rolen on 2nd. Game changing. GIVE ME QUESTEC!
And the kicker is that during his "big" blown save against the Giants, Marshall threw a 0-2 curveball that was clearly a strike, only it was called a ball.
Here's the PitchFX chart for the AB in question - check out the location of that called ball!
He's just had horrible luck so far this year, but it seems to me watching the games that he's pitching pretty well overall.
To be fair to Dunn, he's not a "one outcome player" given that he's on pace to draw ~110 walks this season. Then again, he's also on pace to strike out 280 times, so I suppose something's gotta give. Then again, he's on pace for 67 doubles! The lesson, as always: early season small sample sizes are fun.
(After taking my username into consideration, I think that constitutes a token effort to remain objective.)
Watching that video made me happy. I don't like the Cubs, but I like baseball!
I thought that Rolen was basically run out of Philly by Dallas Green and Larry Bowa because he had the audacity to not be as good as Mike Schmidt.
The initial post was some pretty blatant sarcasm.
Nice try, ghost of Carl Pohlad.
Cabrera is a baby. Halladay was locked in, and sometimes you're just gonna get beat. Maybe OC should watch "The Bad News Bears" and lean into a pitch, a la Rudy Stein.
In related news, there are some positives for the Reds from Game 1: Two of their runners almost managed to get to first base, and they did hit seventeen foul balls!
It's pretty damning that "the best thing" about Red broadcasts is that "Marty isn't nearly as cranky" - that's a pretty low bar.
I do agree that he's less of a killjoy this season, but it's still a bother for me to listen to him. Everything is so negative that it stops being enjoyable for me to listen. FWIW, I feel the same way about Thom Brennaman's work on TV for FSN Ohio.
I'm a Reds fan so I have no love lost for the Cardinals, but I've got to agree with your comment. Shannon CLEARLY loves baseball and loves the Cardinals, and that shines through during his broadcasts. Even though I don't share his feelings, I enjoy listening to him because it's obvious he is having fun in the booth.
Ever since Joe's departure, I have had problems listening to Marty because he's just so damn bitter about everything.
It reminds me of watching college basketball games when Billy Packer was announcing - everything is negative.
Yankees fans have a love affair with Miguel Cairo? Interesting. Cairo is hitting .433 as a 1B this season - Jocketty needs to pick up the phone and deliver unto the Yankees a clearly great first baseman!
Neither Cabrera nor Phillips is an OBP machine, really:
Last 3 years OBP / Career OBP
Orlando Cabrera .332 / .320
Brandon Phillips .324 / .318
I wouldn't mind seeing Bruce lead off, actually. One thing I'm sure of: Gary Matthews Jr. had better not be hitting first for the Reds a month from now.
I don't think there's a definitive answer to the question of who the Reds' most appropriate leadoff hitter is. I'm just glad that the job no longer belongs to Willy Taveras - if you want to bang on Dusty, Taveras's playing time last year definitely makes for a good start.
You two seem to have a difference of opinion about the manner in which Reds fans are idiots. You're actually both right - the derangement of Reds fans pretty much runs the spectrum. (And I AM a Reds fan, so you can add "self-aware idiocy" to the list as well.) My least favorite aspects of Reds fans are their love affair with Pete Rose and their collective hatred for Adam Dunn. (I'm the opposite - I hate Rose and love Dunn, which I suppose makes me a bit of an outcast.)
The Reds aren't in contention largely because of pitching; they lead the NL in runs scored but are only middle of the pack in runs allowed and ERA. Hopefully the pitching will improve as the season goes on, though.
Your comment is correct, but the problem is that not everyone is willing to set aside all of the WTF moments.
I feel like I just got trolled into watching 6 seasons of a daytime soap opera.
Leake's performances this season, along with Chapman's work at AAA and the Cueto/Bailey gems against the pirates, have been uplifting to say the least. (And the Reds will be getting Volquez back at some point as well.)
When is the last time the Reds have had 4 talents all 24 or younger? I can't ever remember seeing this amount of pitching depth in the organization.
I wasn't listening to the Pirates, but I'd be shocked if they enjoyed themselves any less than Marty Brenneman has over the last few years. He's basically morphed into a baseball version of Billy Packer at this point: angry and bitter.
It's hard for me to tell if he even likes baseball anymore.
Jay Bruce - NL MVP? I can only dream...
Cue the complaints that the Yankees are unstoppable because they spend money, conveniently ignoring the fact that this is their first WS title since 2000.
As much as I dislike the Yankees, I appreciate this at least a little because it's going to make A-Rod critics seem that much sillier in the future: "But he only had 1 hit in the clinching game - THAT is when it REALLY counts!"
Don't forget about my Bengals - 1 playoff appearance from 1991-2008. (And only had 1 winning season in that period.)
Don't forget Jesus; it's important for them to have Jesus on their side as well.
Really? Even I can see that - oh, (shampoo) it: JOEY VOTTO!
(Sorry, I'm still riding high from his winning HR last night!)
Just nitpicking here, but Bruce started the season in the minors; Dusty wasn't able to start him on Opening Day. While I'm sure he had some input into that decision, it's still a move made by the GM (and probably had more to do with service time than any issue of readiness or skill).
I\'m sick and tired of players like Gary Sheffield and Chris Truby shoplifting bats from Modell\'s.