Friday, May 3, 2013

News and notes from week five

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

WHEW! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the Reds finally got a day off. The Reds finished this brutal stretch of 20 games against some good teams, and the Marlins. They only won 10, but they played hard in every one of those games. Thursday’s day off will definitely help the over worked pitching staff.

Yeah, I’m disappointed the Columbus Blue Jackets did not make the NHL Playoffs.

Rumor has it there’s a horse race this Saturday in Louisville.

Through May 1, the Reds are the only National League team to play 29 games in the first 31 days of the Championship season. The Seattle Mariners have played the most games at 30.

Now can we mention Tony Cingrani as a Cy Young candidate?

If I were Mike Leake, I’d get better acquainted with the bullpen pitchers.

Five weeks into the 2013 season and the Toronto Blue Jays are STILL in last place.

Look, I wouldn’t be so critical of the Blue Jays if their payroll wasn’t as large as the Gross National Product of Canada.

There’s a huge battle brewing in the American League West, experts predict this struggle could last until the final days of the 2013 season; it’s the battle for fourth place between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros.

Have you heard that Yankees manager Joe Girardi is thinking about reversing the numbers on his uniform? From 27 which represents the number of Yankee Championships, to 72 which represents the average age of his current players.

Look, I wouldn’t be so critical of the Yankees and Angels if their payroll wasn’t a large as the Gross National Product of the United States.

I remember a few years ago Cincinnati lefty Fred Norman threatened to sue the Reds for lack of support, I hear Homer Bailey is looking for a lawyer.

Someone asked me my opinion about the Pittsburgh Pirates being in first place on Monday, April 29. I replied let’s see where they’re at on Sunday, September 29.

In the 45 years I’ve been a Reds fan, I can’t remember the Reds playing three 1 – 0 games in April.

Speaking of the Good Ol’ Days, to all you arrogant Atlanta Braves fans, it wasn’t too long ago when I would check Cincinnati’s schedule to see when the Reds would play the Braves…..for easy wins!

Egg on my face. I thought Tim Hudson retired a couple of years ago….WHOOPS.

I hate it when the Reds lose, but there are five teams it KILLS me to see Cincinnati lose to, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Washington Nationals.

I think Yadier Molina would stand a better chance get elected mayor of Cincinnati before Brandon Phillips would be elected mayor of St. Louis.

Is it safe to say that former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is not impressed with PSY?

Lasorda’s reaction to PSY was priceless. Wouldn’t you react that way if someone was having a self-induced seizure right next to you? (O.K. some of you call it dancing.)

Appalachian Humor; two hound dogs were laying on a porch watching two teenagers dance, one dog says to the other, “Smokey, if I’d do that my owner would have me wormed!”

Useless Trivia; Did you know the Chicago Cubs have won only TWO World Series games at the “Friendly Confines” . It true, Game 5 of the 1935 World Series, a 3 – 1 win over Detroit, and Game 6 of the 1945 World Series, an 8 – 7 12 inning win also against the Tigers. Note: Chicago played their home games of the 1918 World Series versus the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park, not Wrigley Field.

More Useless Trivia; when Cincinnati was held to only one hit in consecutive games last week at Washington; it was the first time that had happened since July 5 & 6, 1900 against Brooklyn at Cincinnati’s League Park. (Info from Elias Sports Bureau)

I will say this, with the Reds in Chicago this weekend, I enjoy listening to Pat Hughes on the Cubs Radio Network, and I sure miss Ron Santo.

In closing, if ESPN gets rid of Chris Broussard for exercising his First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech, I’ll get rid of ESPN, period.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!

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