Saturday, October 25, 2014

MLB Postseason – World Series Stuff

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Congratulations to the 2014 World Champions, Cincinnati Reds! The Reds rolled to the title by winning twelve of thirteen in the postseason including an impressive World Series sweep of the New York Yankees. So what if it was on my R.B.I.’14 game, a world championship is a world championship isn’t it? My twelve years old self bought it a couple of weeks ago.

I love that precocious twelve year old that resides inside me, my wife don’t care much for him though. I’ve often said I have five kids, my wife has six, including me.

Admit it, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a twelve year old child inside them.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MLB Postseason - Giant Royalty

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

It may sound a bit cheesy, but I’m a little disappointed that San Francisco’s play-by-play radio announcer Jon Miller (who should still be on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball) didn’t yell “The Giants win the Pennant” several times after Travis Ishikawa’s dramatic pennant winning home run like Russ Hodges did back in 1951 when Bobby Thompson hit the “shot heard ‘round the world” back in 1951.

Useless trivia; Russ Hodges jubilant description of Bobby Thompson’s blast is by far the most recognizable and arguably the greatest play by play call in sports history. Did you know that there were four different broadcast of that immortal game? Hodges was working for New York based WMCA-AM radio, the Giants flagship station. Ernie Harwell historically covered the game for NBC television, which was the first ever nationwide televised baseball game. Former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Red Barber was working for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while little known radio network, Liberty Broadcasting System, broadcast the game nationally with Gordon McLendon behind the microphone. Prior to this digital age of recording, the only surviving copy of Russ Hodges legendary description belonged to the Miley Collection of Evansville Indiana.

Friday, October 10, 2014

MLB Postseason - Waxing Nostalgic

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Some certainties from last week’s Divisional Series;

1) The Kansas City Royals are for real.

2) The Baltimore Orioles may be the best team in baseball.

3) Clayton Kershaw is human after all.

4) Bruce Bochy may be the best postseason manager in baseball history.

5) I’m not a Rocket Surgeon.

Please add Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams to the long list of skippers out-managed by San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Post-Season Thoughts and Musings About 2014 Campaign

Well, the dust has settled on what turned out to be a tumultuous season for our beloved Reds. And the clearing of dust and a little time gone by has allowed us all to look back and reflect on what exactly went wrong, or better yet, what can be done to ensure the same results don't happen in 2015.

Here are some jumbled thoughts I have of the recent campaign:

+ There was a strong contingent of Reds fans who couldn't wait to see Dusty Baker removed from his managing duties at the end of the 2013 season. Those fans received their wish when Bob Castellini officially gave Baker the boot in favor of pitching coach Bryan Price. To no surprise, those same fans are already calling for Price's head after guiding the club to a 76-86 campaign in his first year at the helm. Would the Reds have been better off with Baker as their skipper? We will never know. But I think Price deserves a pass for what transpired in 2014. Not only was it his first year as a major league manager, but he was forced to make due without his best hitter (Joey Votto) for much of the season, as well as juggle a lineup constantly battling injuries. All told, Devin Mesoraco, Brandon Phillips, Mat Latos, and Homer Bailey, arguably four of the team's best players, also spent considerable time on the disabled list, while Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick has seasons to forget.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Playoff Prognostications & Other Stuff

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Some notes from a woefully homesick traveler.

I’ve been in Lexington, Kentucky all week for training on my new position with the United States Postal Service. This is the first time I’ve been in Horse Country since 1998 and, wow, has this village grown!

For What it’s Worth Department; the Doubletree Suites on Richmond Road is sweet! The warm chocolate chip cookie you get at check-in is good too!

By the way, does everybody in Lexington drive a Smart Car? I’ve never seen so many of those “cars” at one time.

Despite Cincinnati’s disappointing 2014 baseball season, it was great to see Johnny Cueto become the first Reds pitcher since Danny Jackson in 1988 to win 20 games.

Much like 1988, Cueto will lose the Cy Young Award to a Los Angeles Dodger.