Friday, August 10, 2012

If Reds players competed in the Olympics

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games comes to a close this weekend, I couldn't help but wonder how some of the current Reds would fare in a few of the events. So, I gave it a little thought and came up with the following event/player pairings. Remember, these are just for kicks and giggles.

Sean Marshall - Archery
+ The tall left-hander has literally been on point this year. Through 42.1 innings pitched, he's permitted just eight walks. That's less than two per every nine innings pitched (1.71). His K/9 ratio isn't too shabby either (10.42). Only the immortal Aroldis Chapman has a higher one (16.77) on the Reds staff. The fact that Marshall pounds the strike zone on a consistent basis would bode well for him in the Men's Individual Archery event. Of course, this is assuming he knows how to handle a bow.

Aroldis Chapman - Gymnastics
+ Earlier this season, we all got a glimpse of how nimble The Cuban Missile is when he turned a somersault after nailing down a save against the Brewers. His creativity, athleticism and artistic ability would likely translate really well to the Men's Individual competition in the floor event. Because here he could tumble, flip, and somersault all he wanted without fear of repercussion.

Mike Leake - Triathlon
+ One of the most athletic players on the entire roster, if not the most, is none other than this Arizona State University alum. He can do a little bit of everything on the diamond including pitch, hit, run, and field. His versatility and stamina would make him a good candidate for the Men's Triathlon which consists of swimming (0.93 miles), biking (26 miles) and running (6.2 miles).

Drew Stubbs - Track & Field
+ He may not be the fastest man in the world (that title still belongs to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt), but he's certainly the fastest man on the Reds roster. His team-leading 25 stolen bases are evidence of that. So is the amazing, defensive range he displays in center field. Name me one Reds fan who wouldn't want to see Stubbs compete in the men's 100-meter dash. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find one.

Joey Votto - Table Tennis
+ This event appears to be all about hand-eye coordination. And I would venture to say that the former MVP has plenty of that. He's undoubtedly the toughest out in the batting order and this is mainly because of his ability to make consistent contact with the baseball. But his propensity to turn around a ball doesn't stop at the plate. He's a pretty slick defender as well. Add it all up and you could have yourself a fine table tennis competitor.

Sam LeCure - Best Facial Hair
+ Okay, so this isn't really an Olympic event. It never has been and never will be. But is there anyone else in the world that could contend with the greatness that is LeCure's signature mustache? The answer is definitely no. He'd be the unanimous choice for gold.

Jay Bruce - Handball
+ Although one might think a pitcher would be better suited for this event, I would go with Bruce. He's shown the ability to gun down runners from across the diamond and has done so with great accuracy. I believe any handball team would be happy to have his rocket of an arm in the quest for an Olympic medal.

Ryan Hanigan - Boxing
+ I'll be honest with you, this player and event pairing may be a slight stretch. With that said, I think the Reds veteran catcher could hold his own. He may not be an offensive-minded boxer, but he's great at defending and has the ability to absorb multiple nicks, scrapes and bruises without a wince.

Ryan Ludwick - Wrestling
+ At 6'3" and roughly 225-pounds, Ludwick is quite the physical presence and not a guy who I would assume goes down easily. Couple in his raw intensity and propensity to use the famous catchphrase of former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan ("Brother!") and I for one believe that Ludwick might as well be a wrestler hidden in a baseball player's body.

What do you think? Did I leave an obvious one off?

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