Thursday, July 31, 2014

MLB Week 18 - Trade Deadline Edition

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Anyone know the phone number of a good psychologist?

I don't know about you, but these past two weeks habe been nothing short of depressing. Prior to the All Star break, when the Reds were playing terrific baseball, I couldn't wait until Thursday, so I could write my artice. Now I'm like, "Crud, it's Thursday again, how can I find the words to describe this past week's series of losses?"

Were you really expecting Cincinnati to made a trade by the 4pm Thursday deadline?

Old Geezer Moment; one of the most popular television shows of the 1970's was "Hee Haw" a country music themed variety show from Nashville, Tennessee. One of my favorite songs from the show totally describes the Reds since the All Star break.

"Gloom, despair, and agony on me; Deep dark depression, excessive misery; If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all; Gloom, despair and agony on me."

Yep, that about sums it up.

When I heard the news about 9:30am Thursday morning that the Oakland Athletics traded two time defending Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, I thought Oakland's general manager Billy Beane had taken leave of his senses. Then I realized, Beane is crazy like a fox. He knows that in a couple of years he loses Cespedes to free agency, so why not rent a quality pitcher for the stretch drive and try to play for the World Series this year.

It will be nice to know just how many home runs Cespedes can blast at hitter friendly Fenway Park.

In late March I boldly predicted the Los Angeles Dodgers would beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. On paper, after Thursday's trades, it looks like the Oakland Athletics will face the St. Louis Cardinals, but they play the games on the field, not on paper.

Not that it really helped the Reds on Monday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, I just don't understand how that was NOT fan interference on the incredible catch 14 year old Kayla Greer made on Todd Frazier's fly ball.

By the way, it was reported that the Reds presented Miss Greer a foul ball certificate after her catch. I think it should have been a Major League contract!

Personally, I don't particularly care for the plate blocking rule Major League Baseball has in place to virtually eliminate home plate collisions. I mean bowling over the catcher in an attempt to score a run was an exciting part of the game. One of the most famous in Reds history, aside from Pete Rose running through Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All Star Game, was Reds pitcher Norm Charlton knocking Los Angeles Dodger catcher, and current Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia into next week to score a run in a crucial nationally televised game during the Reds world championship year of 1990. How many of you remember Florida Marlins catcher Pudge Rodriguez holding the ball in victorious celebration after maintaining control following a vicious collision with San Francisco Giants J.T. Snow for the final out of the Marlins Division Series clincher back in 2003? Those moments were epic, and thanks to MLB, now non-existent.

I really thought Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond was about to turn into the Incredible Hulk (or Hulk Hogan) after that call was reversed to allow Cincinnati to tie the game Thursday night. The last time I saw a human being that angry was George Brett after being called out for using too much pine tar on July 24, 1983.

Fox Sports Ohio should have something in place to pixel out someone's mouth if they're swearing on live television. Rumor has it some sailors were calling Redmond asking if they could use some of the words he used Thursday night.

Appalachian definitions; Swearing - something you do when you hit yourself with a hammer. Cursing - something you do when someone else hits you with a hammer. Cussin' - what Mike Redmond did Thursday night.

Maybe next week things will get better.....I hope.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!

Dan Howard

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