Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MLB Week 11 - All In


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

With Cincinnati splitting a four game series last week in Atlanta, followed by losing two of three in Houston, it’s official….

The Reds suck.

I was full o’ optimism in last week’s article, but a disastrous eleventh inning last Wednesday changed my mind. What was Bryan Price thinking?

October 2nd, the last game of the season, can’t come fast enough.

Congrats to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for bringing the city of Cleveland its first championship since December 27, 1964.

Anyone who plays basketball or any other sport needs to record Game 7 and repeatedly watch it just to see what heart, grit, determination, and willingness to win looks like.

Seeing LeBron’s MVP performance made me wonder if there was a player on the 2016 Cincinnati Reds roster who had the desire to place the team on his back and carry them to victory after victory.

The answer is no.

With sincere apologies to the 2010 and 2012 division champions, but the last Reds team that played with that much heart was in 1999. That team started slowly, then went on a ten game winning streak prior to the All Star break and battled the Houston Astros the entire second half of the season for the division. Houston won the division on the last game of the season, while the Reds, at 96 – 66, tied the New York Mets for the Wild Card. Al Leiter and the Mets broke the hearts of Reds fans everywhere tossing a one hitter in a 5 – 0 win.

Useless Trivia; that 1999 Reds team had four players hit twenty or more home runs, Greg Vaughn 45, Sean Casey 25, Eddie Taubensee and Mike Cameron 21 each. They also had four players to hit over .290, Casey .332, Taubensee .311, Dmitri Young .300 and Barry Larkin .293. Reliever Scott Williamson won the National League Rookie of the Year and manager Jack McKeon won the N.L. Manager of the Year.

Cincinnati now owns the longest title drought in the state of Ohio: 26 years.

Will be 27 after this year, unless the Bengals win the Super Bowl.

Whoops Department; in the weekly podcast I said the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2005, it was the Chicago White Sox. I also said Henry Aaron had 715 home runs, it’s actually 755, and Barry Bonds finished his career with 762 dingers, not 756. Those are the mistakes I remember.

Pobody’s Nerfect.

Lame Stream Media Department; With the round of questions an ESPN reporter I’ll not name asked on Sunday, is it any wonder why the Mickey Mouse Sports Network is losing viewers? Said reporter asked LeBron, “Why was it important to bring a championship to Cleveland? The reporter also asked Kyrie Irving what it was like to play with LeBron. I would have loved it if Irving told the reporter to ask LeBron what it was like to play with me.

Props to MLB Commish Rob Manfred for allowing Cincinnati to properly enshrine Pete Rose in the Reds Hall of Fame this weekend. We may never see the “Hit King” in Cooperstown.

40 Years Ago; Tuesday June 22, 1976; Johnny Bench goes 3 for 3, while Doug Flynn drives in three runs to lead the Reds to a 6 – 0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fred Norman pitched a complete game to move to 5 – 1 on the season.

Have a blessed week. Go Team USA soccer.

Dan Howard

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