Thursday, February 20, 2014

Show Me the Money & Other Hot Stove Notes

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Congrats to Homer Bailey, throwing two no-hitters pays well doesn’t it?

The Reds now have committed 65 million dollars to six players for the 2016 season, 20 million to Joey Votto, 18 million to Homer Bailey, 13 million to Brandon Phillips, 12.5 million to Jay Bruce, one million to Jonathan Broxton and a paltry half mil to Skip Schumaker. For the entire 2006 season the Reds payroll was 64 million.

Pardon me for asking, but is Joey Votto auditioning for a job on WLW Radio? He’s been on the air once a week for the past four weeks.

I’m sure “The Big One” is not the same radio station since Gary Burbank retired. From 1988 to 1993 I worked as a technical manager for a Buffalo NY based advertising company. I was supposed to be responsible a five state territory, but I ended up going into fifteen states, everywhere I travelled WLW radio went with me, and not just for the Reds. I was practically on a first name basis with personalities Jim Scott and Gary Burbank.

With the Winter Olympics closing this Sunday, I read an interview with Al Michaels who gave the backstory on his infamous “Do You Believe in Miracles” call during Team USA thrilling upset over the Soviet Union’s hockey team 34 years ago. Michaels, who was the voice of the Reds from 1971 to 1973, was the only announcer the ABC network had with any Olympic hockey play by play experience. Michaels did the play by play in only one game, the 1972 Gold Medal game between the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia for NBC.

Useless Trivia; just how important was the USA/USSR hockey semifinal game in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics? The game wasn’t even shown live on U.S. television. The game started around 5pm EST, ABC was going to show the game at 8pm as part of that Friday evening’s Olympic coverage. At the conclusion of arguably the biggest athletic upset since David vs. Goliath a few thousand years earlier, our local ABC affiliate ran a bulletin at the bottom of the screen announcing the result at about 7:40pm.

Speaking of Olympic hockey, crushing defeat Thursday for Team USA women, leading 2 – 0 in the final period of their Gold Medal match with Canada. The Canadians reeled off a frantic comeback, tying the game in the final minute of regulation, and winning the gold in overtime.

The men’s hockey semifinal between USA and Canada has a special wager attached to it, the loser keeps Justin Bieber. GO TEAM USA!!!

I read where Reds minor leaguer Jose Diaz lost seventy pounds during the offseason, awesome dude! A few years ago I made my mind up to lose some weight; I walked three miles a day while watching what I ate and in no time I dropped twenty five pounds. It didn’t take long for me to find it though, and then some.

For what it’s worth, I like the potential batting order that Bryan Price is contemplating; Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, and Devin Mesoraco.

I read that “Leatherpants” Jim Bowden thinks that Ryan Ludwick’s job may be in jeopardy. O.K. Mr. Bowden, replace him with whom? Chris Heisey? Look “Leatherpants”, Ryan Ludwick was seriously missed last season recovering from an Opening Day injury. Now that Ludwick is at one hundred percent I see no reason why he should worry about losing his job, unless the Reds trade for Mike Trout and that ain’t happening.

It doesn’t look like the Reds are going to imitate the Duck Dynasty boys this season. I heard the American Mustache Institute is not pleased with Bryan Price’s policy of keeping the facial hair in check. You know, I had no clue there was an American Mustache Institute until today. Will the Reds mascot be clean shaven now? God forbid Corky Miller shave his facial hair!

Have a blessed week. Follow me on Twitter @DaHermit16

Dan Howard

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