Sunday, April 19, 2015

MLB Week 2 – Baseball is Taxing

Reds Cubs Baseball
Photo Credit: Nam Y. Huh (AP)

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

I know I’ve said this before, but I despise losing to St. Louis and the Cubs.

Question - How do you make Beer Battered Reds?

Answer - Put them in Busch Stadium and beat for three hours.

If I have to choose between having my fingernails ripped off with pliers or seeing the Reds bullpen blow leads, I’m going with the fingernails.

Watching Cincinnati’s relief pitching is a lot like watching a loved one die…..You know it’s going to happen, you just don’t know when.

Kevin Gregg’s stats through Wednesday; 0 – 1, 3.2 innings, 7 hits, 7 runs (all earned), 3 homers allowed and an ERA of 17.18.

Jumbo Diaz’s stats through Wednesday; 1 – 0, 4.1 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs (all earned), 2 homers allowed and an ERA of 8.31. But he DOES have one win.

The beat rolls on for Aroldis Chapman.

Speaking of wins, J.J. Hoover is still 2 – 0 with an ERA of zero (that’s naught for my readers in Great Britain).

I think the Reds should petition MLB to have all their games shortened to seven innings. Cincinnati pitching has allowed 13 runs from the eighth inning on this season.

Wednesday night was a prime example why the Reds should never have traded Travis Wood.

I just spent a pleasant Friday afternoon watching the greatest Chicago Cubs player in history go 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his debut.

Memo to Cubs fans; hitting home runs in Spring Training does not carry over to the regular season.

Useless Trivia; remember Chris Heisey’s 2014 Spring Training stats; .310 avg., 6 homers, 12 RBI, .741 slugging percentage. Heisey’s 2014 season stats; .222 avg., 8 home runs, 22 RBI.

Ok, ok Cubbie fans, I get it. Yes, you have the “Wunderkid” GM Theo Epstein, one of baseball’s best managers in Joe Maddon, a contender for 2015 Most Valuable Player in Anthony Rizzo, a Rookie of the Year candidate in Kris Bryant, and a decent pitching staff, but remember one important thing…..You’re still the Cubs!!!!

According to the Gerontology Research Group, there are 51 verified people who could probably remember the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908.

After learning my lesson two years ago with the Pirates, I’m not going to say, let’s see where the Cubs are at on October 3.

For What it’s Worth Department; MLB umpire Joe West doesn’t suffer from O.P.S. (Old Phart Syndrome), I believe he enjoys it.

For more info on Old Phart Syndrome copy and paste (or click) this link.

Congrats to 2015 Masters champion twenty one year old Jordan Spieth. The two foot putt that clinched his first Green Jacket made him more money than I’ve ever made in my life. (1.8 million)

Old Geezer Moment; when I was twenty one, in 1984, I left a minimum wage job ($3.35/hour) to work at a radio station in Prestonsburg KY making $150.00 per week. I thought I was rich.

April 15th was especially hard on my family, so much so that I had to release my nine year old son Ethan. He cleared waivers and will be re-signed by the family next week.

Hey, that’s union rules, last one in, first one out.

75 Years Ago – Cincinnati opens the 1940 season with three wins in the first four games, back to back 2 to 1 wins versus Chicago, followed by a 6 – 1 win against the Cardinals. Reds suffer first loss on April 25 at Wrigley Field.

40 Years Ago – Cincinnati embarked on its first road trip of the young season. It was a disaster, winning only one of seven games and being humiliated in a four game sweep at Dodger Stadium. Reds 1975 record as of April 17 was 4 – 6.

25 Years Ago – Reds roll continued, winning nine straight games, a club record, before suffering its first loss of 1990, a 3 – 1 setback to the Atlanta Braves at Riverfront Stadium. Reds 1990 record as of April 22nd 9 – 1.

BREAKING NEWS….. The NHL and NBA Playoffs are rumored to begin this week.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!!

Dan Howard

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