Monday, September 7, 2015

MLB Weeks 20 Thru 22 - S.O.S.

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Three weeks off and nothing has changed, except our beloved Reds sink farther and farther back in last place. What a difference two years have made for Queen City baseball.

I don’t know about you, but October 4th can’t come fast enough. I’ll be surprised if Bryan Price is still Reds manager on October 5th.

I think science can prove that a three week vacation goes by much faster than a single work week.

In case you were wondering what was going on, the editor of this blog got married and to celebrate, gave us three weeks off…..without pay of course.

“Oh well, I guess European Honeymoons are expensive.” he writes while sitting in his cardboard box under a bridge because he couldn’t make his house payment.

Having been a diehard Reds fan for nearly five decades, I cannot remember a single Cincinnati player who has been as hot for two months as Joey Votto. Since the All-Star break Joey Votto leads the Major Leagues in hitting (.401), on-base percentage (.581) and walks (64) while ranking second in slugging percentage (.730) behind Carlos Gonzalez .750. The only Reds player who may have had similar stats close to Votto’s numbers was Pete Rose during his 44 game hitting streak in 1978.

The United States of the Offended reared its ugly head again in the form of the Mickey Mouse owned network known as ESPN. A couple of weeks ago, ESPN baseball analyst, and devout Christian, Curt Schilling exercised his First Amendment protected right of Freedom of Speech by producing a tweet comparing the Muslim group ISIS to the Nazi’s during World War II. ESPN responded by removing Schilling from their Little League World Series telecasts. Then, last week, ESPN announced that Schilling will no longer appear on their Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts. All because Schilling is concerned that history may be repeating itself.


If I was Curt Schilling, I’d tell ESPN to do something that is anatomically impossible. I would also tell them to take their job and insert it firmly into their anus, then I would take my talent to Fox Sports, who doesn’t seem to have a problem with people telling the truth, just ask Colin Cowherd.

In case you may be a product of the N.E.A. controlled Common Core driven public school system, like the executives at all Disney Network owned entities, let me give you a brief history lesson. Way back in the 1930’s, even before I was born, there was an Austrian born painter/cartoonist named Adolf Hitler who became a decorated soldier in World War I. He would ride his reputation to the Chancellorship of Germany in 1933, while his country was in a great economic depression. Hitler, in part, accused the Jews for trying to take over the world economically, and, with the aid of his Nazi party A.K.A Third Reich, tried to eliminate the Jews from the face of the earth. When the war ended in 1945, Hitler took the coward’s way out by committing suicide, but not without exterminating over six million Jews. Over fifty million people died trying to stop him.

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, another mentally challenged organization is sworn to the destruction of “infidels” known as Jews and Christians. They’re called ISIS. To date ISIS has executed thousands of Jews and Christians who will not convert is Islam. Apparently Bristol, Connecticut, home to ESPN, is totally isolated from the rest of the world.

I guess if I’m ever killed by ISIS, I’ll go through eternity relieved that my executioners were not bigoted in their hate.

Useless Trivia; to all you Volkswagen Beetle owners, did you know your car was designed by Adolf Hitler himself? True, the German government wanted to produce an inexpensive yet aerodynamic “people’s car” or Volkswagen, in German. Hitler thought the beetle was the most aerodynamic insect so he designed the car to look similar to the bug. Hitler asked Ferdinand Porsche to produce the car. Yeah, that Porsche.

More Useless Trivia; Volkswagen Corporation also owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, Skoda and Porsche.

75 Years Ago – Wednesday Sept. 11, 1940; Cincinnati sweeps a doubleheader from the Boston Bees at Braves field. The sweep sends the Reds to a commanding nine game lead in the National League. Reds skipper Bill McKechnie can’t wait to see his club become the first Cincinnati team in Reds history to win back to back pennants.

40 Years Ago – Sunday Sept. 7, 1975; history was made today as Cincinnati defeated the San Francisco Giants 8 – 4. Reds win plus the Dodgers 5 – 4 loss at Atlanta allows Cincinnati to become the earliest team in baseball history to clinch a playoff berth. The win left the Reds a 20.5 game lead with 20 games to play.

25 Years Ago – Tuesday Sept. 11, 1990; Reds defeat the Houston Astros 5 – 3 to take a seven game lead in the N.L. West. Win reduces Reds Magic Number to 15.

Have a blessed week. GO BUCKEYES!!!

Dan Howard

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