Monday, July 20, 2015

MLB Week 15 - Now Get Back to Work

Photo Credit: CBS Sports

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Breaking News (7:34pm Sunday) ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that Reds owner Bob Castellini is authorizing General Manager Walt Jocketty to sell off the team. Rumor has it that at least seven Reds are on the trading block; Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd, Brayan Pena, Manny Parra, and Mike Leake.

(Personally, I think it would be a huge mistake to trade Johnny Cueto and Brayan Pena.)

Although I cannot prove it scientifically, I believe that a 24 hour day off goes by faster than an 8 hour work day.

Who knew a countdown timer at a baseball event would generate such excitement.

Yeah, I really believe this year’s Home Run Derby was the best ever. And not because our own Todd Frazier won it.

Useless Trivia; Frazier was the third Cincinnati Reds player to win the Derby. Dave Parker won the first Home Run Derby in 1985 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Eric Davis won the 1989 Home Run Derby at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Unfortunately, I was unable to watch the All Star Game due to a power failure from several intense thunderstorms that rocked our area. But with the tragedy that occurred just a half hour from where I live makes everything else insignificant.

In case you may have missed it, Monday night/Tuesday morning a severe thunderstorm dumped nearly seven inches of rain in a ten mile residential area west of Paintsville KY. At the time of this writing, four people are confirmed dead, including the mother and son of one survivor. His grief must be unbearable at times. There are no words that can adequately describe the scope of the devastation or the terror these residents had to endure from the storm’s impact. The subsequent flooding affected over 500 homes, leaving nearly a thousand residents homeless, and damage estimates are in the millions of dollars. Supplies and support has been pouring into the area almost immediately after the storm subsided. The Country Music duo “Sundy Best” will be giving a benefit concert for flood victims on Wednesday July 22 in the parking lot of Johnson Central High School in Paintsville. Contact your local Red Cross or Salvation Army if you wish to donate to the flood victims. Any donation will be appreciated, and your prayers will be welcomed.

If these few paragraphs on this website takes your mind off the pressures of this world, then my job is complete.

Through three games since the All Star break, the Reds have won one more game this year than the first seven games after last year’s break.

For what it’s worth, I hate losing to the American League.

I really think that the trade rumors are getting to Johnny Cueto.

The Indians literally took a pleasant Sunday afternoon walk at Great American Ball Park. Reds pitching walked ten Cleveland batters, allowing four to leisurely score on bases loaded walks. It was the first time Cincinnati pitching allowed four runs on walks since September 20, 1970 in an 11 – 2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

If there’s one thing I can’t stand is a petulant little brat thinking the world should be thankful that they’re in it. Memo to the Nationals Bryce Harper; didn’t your Little League coach tell you to guard the plate, and if anything’s close swing at it? Umpires are human, they can make mistakes, but those pitches Sunday looked way too good to just stand by and look at. Go suck your thumb at your locker and quit whining to the media about the umpires, or you may never get a good call the rest of this season.

75 Years Ago; Friday July 26, 1940 – A ninth inning three run homer by Frank McCormick leads Cincinnati past Philadelphia 9 – 5 at Shibe Park. It was the Reds 18th win in 20 games since July 4. The Reds record stands at 59 – 25 along with an 8.5 game lead in the National League.

40 Years Ago; Friday July 25, 1975 – Reds split a doubleheader with the Los Angeles Dodgers to bring their record at 100 games 65 – 35. Cincinnati continues its 12.5 game lead in the National League West division.

25 Years Ago; Tuesday July 24, 1990 – San Diego’s Bruce Hurst pitches a complete game two hitter as the Padres shut out the Reds 10 – 0. The loss sends Cincinnati into a tailspin, losing eight games straight to see their 11 game lead shrink to 5.5 at the conclusion of the streak, along with the loss of second baseman’s Ron Oester’s hair.

More Useless Trivia; In an effort to motivate the 1990 Reds during their July eight game losing streak, Cincinnati outfielder Eric Davis shaved Ron Oester’s head prior to their July 31 game with Los Angeles. For luck, the rest of the Reds players rubbed Oester’s bald head. Cincinnati ended the losing streak with a 5 – 2 win.

There are several reasons I’d shave my head, mostly to support a friend or family member on chemo, but to win a baseball game – forget it! Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!!

Dan Howard

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