Thursday, April 10, 2014

MLB Week 2 – Art Imitates Life

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

So this is what being a World Champion feels like. In case you’re wondering, I won our office NCAA Bracket Challenge, despite Ohio State costing me a billion bucks, by seven games ahead of second place, or someone I’d like to call the FIRST LOSER!!! Humility is one of my finer qualities.

If it was a Reds scout that said St. Louis’ Matt Adams can’t hit to left field, they need to be fired. Adams has seven hits in twenty three at-bats versus Cincinnati, with most going to the opposite field.

On the other hand, I really wish that Jay Bruce would try to shorten his swing and spray the ball to left field when Reds opponents put a shift on, especially when the pitcher works the outside part of the plate.

Just Wonderin’; why is it that when a left handed batter hits the ball to left field we say he hit it to the opposite field?

It was good to see Billy Hamilton go three for four on Wednesday afternoon in the Reds 4 – 0 win at St. Louis. Maybe that will give him the confidence he needs to break the minor slump he’s been in.

What does 225 million buy? Apparently portions of it will buy a Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform that Joey Votto was wearing during a recent appearance on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. If you haven’t seen it, that is definitely “must see T.V.”!

If Hollywood ever does another sequel of the live action movie “Dudley Do-Right”, I vote for Votto in the title role, see if you agree;

I can do a decent imitation of Dudley Do-Right’s voice; in fact I’m doing him now. It’s very similar to former Atlanta Braves’ broadcaster Skip Carey. I also do a pretty good Harry Carey, a lot better that that Will Ferrell fella. As I said earlier, humility is one of my traits.

Very Useless Trivia; During Joey Votto’s MLB Network’s interview, he made a reference to his horse, Nibbles. Dudley Do-Right’s horse’s name was Horse.

After the Reds thrilling shutout win Wednesday afternoon, I switched over to watch the Lone Ranger on World Harvest Television. The episode, from the series’ first season in 1949, titled “Pete and Pedro” was about two friends of the Ranger who were hired by a female rancher. What’s the baseball reference, you ask? The name of one of the title characters was Pedro Martinez.

In the first season of “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, the episode “Buddy Can You Spare a Job” comedy writer Rob Petrie turns down an offer to write for “The Dan Howard Show” just thought you’d like to know.

The buzz on talk radio this week was a suggestion to shorten baseball games to seven innings in an effort to make the games quicker. A seven inning Red Sox/Yankee game will cut about two hours, from sixteen hours to fourteen.

Of all the talk about reducing the time of a typical baseball game no one said a thing about the logical choice, cutting the commercial breaks between innings to one minute. That’ll really speed up the game.

Wednesday’s Reds/Cardinals game lasted two hours nineteen minutes, that’s old school baseball.

In Philadelphia, Phillies fans were not booing Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun during his three homer game this past Tuesday, they were yelling juuuuuuiced.

The Reds one hundred six million dollar man Homer Bailey has really earned his dough hasn’t he? (Sarcasm intended) His stats; zero wins, two losses, sixteen hits allowed and a 7.71 earned run average.

If Bailey pitches another no hitter this season, I’ll gladly apologize for my cynicism.

Your television will be held hostage beginning Thursday April 10 through Sunday April 13. I’m not talking about that little golf tournament in Georgia, I’m referring to the Red Sox/Yankees series at Yankee Stadium.

After giving up three runs in the first inning of both of his starts this season, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn is asking Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny if he could just start pitching in the second inning.

Major League Baseball is investigating comments made by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones concerning some over enthusiastic Yankee fans running onto the field disrupting the game. Jones said “I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment should be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes because it’s stupid.” In Jones’ defense, if a fan runs onto the field, society as it is today, the players don’t know if the fan is just drunk or they’re coming on the field to do harm.

In the humble opinion of this writer, if you’re stupid enough to run onto the field then the players should have the right to apply justice, in their own way. Maybe the fan would welcome getting picked up by stadium security.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!

Dan Howard

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