Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MLB Weeks 24 Through 26 - I'm Done

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

First of all I sincerely appreciate all of your prayers during this difficult month I’ve endured. My sister-in-law’s death on September 2nd, at the age of 58, was a sudden shock. Then my aunt, in Reynoldsburg Ohio, suffered a series of strokes which nearly killed her. On September 26, six years to the day we buried my father, my mother had bypass surgery on her right leg to assist her circulation. Thank God she’s doing well aside from the usual surgical soreness. Her doctor said that prior to her surgery she had twenty-eight percent circulation going to her right foot, post-surgery, her circulation jumped to ninety-three percent. Mom will turn 76 in January.

Aren’t you glad the baseball season is over? I sure am.

Let’s see, at the end of the 2016 season, Cincinnati’s legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman said to expect the Reds to win around seventy six games in 2017. He felt the experience gained, especially the pitching, during the 2016 campaign would propel the Reds to an eight win improvement for 2017.

It didn’t happen.

Cincinnati finished 2017 with exactly the same won-loss record as 2016, 68 – 94.

It’s the first time since 1932 – 1934 our Reds suffered three straight ninety-plus losing seasons.