Thursday, January 2, 2014

Some more random hot stove stuff

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Whaddaya mean it’s over? Geez, it seems 2013 just started.

My 2014 New Year’s resolution is to refrain from being such an unashamed Yankee Hater.

BREAKING NEWS; in a move to bring youthful excitement to the team; the New York Yankees have invited Regis Philbin to Spring Training. He’s 82.

Have you heard the one about the Yankee player who didn’t take steroids? Neither did I.

So much for my resolution.

For what it’s worth, I am keeping my day job.

In the 21st century the Boston Red Sox have won three World Series, while the New York Yankees have won only two. Unfortunately in the previous century the Red Sox/Americans won five titles, the Yankees twenty five.

Useless Trivia; when Boston won the first World Series in 1903, they were known as the Americans. The “Bean Town” team never officially adopted the name Red Sox until 1908. The term Red Sox was a derivative of the word Red Stockings. When the Cincinnati Red Stockings team folded in 1870, Ivers Whitney Adams, a Boston businessman, hired former Red Stockings manager Harry Wright to organize a new team in Boston. Since team names weren’t registered trademarks, Wright took the Red Stockings name and applied it to the Boston team. When a new Cincinnati team was formed in 1876 as a charter member of the National League, the Red Stockings name was reserved for them. Kind of like when the Cleveland Browns relocated to Baltimore in 1996 and became the Ravens, the NFL allowed the city of Cleveland to keep the nickname Browns. The new Cleveland Browns began play in 1999. I guess you could say that Cincinnati was the first city to have its baseball franchise move to another town.

Why is it that when I hear the name of Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop, I think of Abbott and Costello’s Who’s on First.

When Succop missed the kick late in the game Sunday at San Diego, both Kansas City and Pittsburgh fans were thinking of many colorful variations of his name.

When I heard that this Sunday’s playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals was a rematch, did they mean this season?

More Useless Trivia; the AFC Championship game played at Riverfront Stadium on January 10, 1982 between the Chargers and Bengals was one of the coldest in NFL history. The game time temperature -9 degrees, with a sustained wind at 27 mph the wind chill was recorded at 38 degrees below zero, cold enough to freeze fire.

Condolences to the family of former Cincinnati Red Paul Blair, who passed away December 26 at age 69. Blair played for the Reds in 1979.

Even More Useless Trivia; Paul Blair played in 52 postseason games, spanning seven American League Championship series (1969 – 1971, 1973, 1974 with Baltimore, 1977, 1978 with the New York Yankees) and six World Series (1966, 1969 – 1971, 1977, 1978) winning four. Blair did not play in the 1979 National League Championship Series for Cincinnati.

Every morning I check the latest baseball rumors in the hopes of seeing if Cincinnati’s actively making any moves, every morning I find none. After checking the list of available free agents, I really understand why Reds GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t made any offers. There is simply no one out there who could help the team.

It looks like Bronson Arroyo is leaving, so what, we’ll replace him with Tony Cingrani. Xavier Paul signed with Baltimore, hooray for him, we still have Donald Lutz. Shin –Soo Choo signed with Texas, big deal, we’ve got Billy Hamilton to take his place. Yeah Hamilton’s unproven, with just a month of major league experience; perhaps Jocketty sees something that we Reds fans don’t see. I’m sure 47 years ago when a brash, rookie catcher was called up from Triple A Buffalo, some Reds beat writers probably didn’t see the logic behind the move. They had Johnny Edwards and Don Pavletich to catch, so why not keep this inexperienced young kid named Johnny Bench in the minors for more seasoning. As the saying goes, the rest is history.

Have a blessed week. GO BUCKEYES!!!

Dan Howard

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