Friday, May 10, 2013

Random observations from week six

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies
. - Proverbs 31:10 (KJV). 

Happy Mother’s Day!

I ask all you readers to please pray for Cindy Ward, wife of Tomahawk (KY) Missionary Baptist Church pastor Dr. Jack Ward. As of May 9, 2013 she is at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland KY., awaiting transfer to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington KY. Cindy is battling a bone infection. The Ward family sincerely appreciates and desires your prayers.

Some fatherly advice to recently suspended Reds prospect Daniel Tuttle. Son, get your head out of your butt. This is your third, count them, third time to be suspended by Major League Baseball. Do those “substances” mean that much to you that you are willing to throw away a job that most boys, and this 49 year old man, would gladly trade their “Nine to Fiver” for? There are a lot of orphaned children here in the Appalachians whose parents thought more of their “illegal substances” than their kids. You need help, get some help or a few years from now there will be a headstone with your name carved on it. If you need someone to talk to, send me a private message at my Twitter account @DaHermit16 and I’ll get back to you.

AARRGGHH! How I hate losing to the Braves. (Feels almost as bad as those rare occasions when the Ohio State football team loses to Michigan.)

It’s great that Toronto’s J.A. Happ was released from the hospital on Wednesday. That was a very scary situation. Baseball really needs to do more to protect the pitchers.

Major League Baseball also needs to look into protecting the Cubs Darwin Barney….from himself. Hustling is one thing, I love watching players who hustle, but going face first into a bullpen bench is another.

I wonder if I could auction off the bandage I used after cutting myself trying to spell Jeff Samardzija’s name.

Gotta love Microsoft Word, you know how it does if it thinks you’ve misspelled a word; you get a line under the word in question with suggested corrections. With Samardzija, Microsoft Word crashed.

Do you think the folks in Denver and Chicago are buying into the theory of Global Warming?

Why does a 5 win road trip sound more encouraging than an 8 win home stand? Unfortunately the Reds went 2 – 5 on the road against teams not named the Chicago Cubs.

From the “I saw it but I still don’t believe it” category; I saw Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol actually get somebody out Tuesday night against St. Louis. The game was on television, so it had to be true.

From the “Did I just hear that” department; during last Friday’s Reds/Cubs game I heard a mascara commercial on the Cubs Radio Network. Yes, mascara. (I wonder if they have my color.)

I will say this about the Cubs Radio Network; they do have some great intro/outro music between innings.

No matter how many home runs he gives up, I’ll take J.J. Hoover over Juan Francisco anytime.

Speaking of Tuesday night, admit it how many of you, including myself, thought there was no way that Devin Mesoraco was going to take Craig Kimbrel deep.

Useless Trivia; Did you know the Reds George Foster and Johnny Bench teamed up to hit back to back ninth inning home runs to tie Game 3 of the 1976 NLCS against Philadelphia. The Reds won the pennant later in the inning on an infield single to first base by Ken Griffey Sr. scoring Dave Concepcion.

More Useless Trivia; Playing first base for the Phillies when Griffey got the pennant winning infield single was former Reds outfielder Bobby Tolan.

Memo to Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier, I think pitchers have figured out how to pitch to both of you. The adjusting is up to you.

Todd Frazier does have great walk up music. I enjoy Frank Sinatra’s music. I love Joey Votto’s selection of “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones. If I played, my walk up song would either be “Dangerous” by DecembeRadio, or “Jesus Freak” by d.c.Talk. (Look ‘em up, I think you’ll see why.)

Hey Logan Ondrusek ! Marilyn Manson? Really?

I have only been to one concert in my life; the Beach Boys came to the Huntington W.V. Civic Center way back in 1984. They’ll be performing at Great American Ballpark after the game on May 26. Believe me, you’ll love the show.

I expect to see Corky Miller managing a big league club in a few years.

Wednesday night, I really thought that Bob Melvin was literally going to kill the umpire.

Yes, that was former Red Adam Rosales (2008 – 2009) who hit the home run, uh, double Wednesday night versus the Indians.

I know where all the analog television sets went to (you remember those, they’re the ones with the giant picture tube in them). Major League Baseball uses them for instant replays.

Guess where in the A.L. East the Toronto Blue Jays are at.

Are the NBA Playoffs over yet?

I think it’s safe to say that the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens don’t like each other.

“Did I Just Hear That” Part 2; A couple of years ago, while driving home from work, I tuned to a local radio station. The song playing was Ricky Skaggs cover of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s Cradle”. I’m not usually a fan of cover songs but I have to admit Ricky Skaggs version was real good. The song ended and the disc jockey boldly proclaimed “That was Ricky Skaggs with Cat’s Cradle, now here’s War Pigs by Black Sabbath.” I think the program director got fired that day. That’s one of the many reasons why I currently have XM Radio.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!

- Dan Howard

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