Monday, May 29, 2017

MLB Week 8 - Streaky Season So Far

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

What a topsy-turvy baseball season this has been.
Our Reds began 2017 winning seven of the first nine games, followed by losing eleven of the next fourteen, then winning nine of eleven to push their record to 19 – 15. The seventeen-inning marathon loss at San Francisco started a Cincinnati seven game losing streak. Now, prior to the start of the Toronto series, at Memorial Day, the Reds have won five of the last eight to run their record to 24 – 25.

Two-and-a-half games out of first at Memorial Day isn’t bad, considering that no one seems to be running away with the division, yet.

This will be Joey Votto’s second time playing in his hometown. Votto grew up about 10K’s from Rogers Centre. That’s a little over six miles in our units of measure.
Some of us old fogies can remember that the United States were supposed to convert to the metric system on January 1, 1980. Even older fogies stopped it.

The first time I ever drove into Canada, a section of the road I was driving on, Route 3 from Leamington to Winsor Ontario, had a posted speed limit of 80. God Bless Canada I said as I pushed my car to eighty miles per hour. My wife reminded me that it’s kilometers per hour (50MPH).
Buzz killer.

I think it’s safe to say that, in a few years, Joey Votto may become a member of two baseball Halls of Fame.
The Reds are 2 – 4 all time at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

It’s still early in the season when the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins are in first place.

I think the Brewers are for real, by I don’t expect them to win the division. The Twins will likely succumb to the Cleveland Indians by mid-June.

For what it’s worth, I’ve been expecting the Houston Astros to do this well for a couple of years now.

Ironies of Ironies Department; the Washington Nationals clinch the National League’s best record, the Reds win the Wild Card (let me dream, thank you). Dusty Baker’s former team versus Dusty’s current team.

The same thing could be said if the Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco Giants make the postseason.

O.K. if you want to get technical, add the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. Baker played for both teams in the seventies, and eighties, winning a World Championship in 1981 with the Dodgers.

Useless Trivia; when Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, Dusty Baker was in the on-deck circle. The late Craig Sager, was one of the first reporters to greet him during the mob scene at home plate.

Way Back Machine; speaking of being in the on-deck circle, when the New York Giants Bobby Thompson hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”, walk-off home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, Willie Mays was on deck. Yeah, that Willie Mays.

The Reds are the only team in the Major Leagues with at least four players who have hit ten homers each, including Scott Schebler (15), Adam Duvall (13), Joey Votto (12) and Eugenio Suarez (10).

Not impressed with Billy Hamilton’s mad dash from first to home last Wednesday at Cleveland, scoring on Zack Cozart’s single. I used to do that all the time, on Nintendo.

I won 130 games one season playing Ken Griffey Jr.’s Nintendo 64 baseball game. Won the world championship that year in seven games versus the Boston Red Sox.

Congratulations to the Reds’ Class A affiliate Dayton Dragons, which over the weekend vs West Michigan recorded its 1,200th consecutive sellout at Fifth Third Field. It is the all-time consecutive sellout record for any professional or amateur sports organization.

Don’t tell anyone, but if he keeps this up, Adam Duvall may be in the conversation for National League MVP, along with Joey Votto, at season’s end.

Have a blessed week. GO PREDATORS!!!

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