The Reds embarrassed the Brewers tonight to the tune of 1-36. Each of the nine Reds' starting line-up contributed a grand slam home run. Ramón Ortiz's only allowed run came on a phenomenal play in which Jason Overbay hit a ball so high that he had already rounded the bases and touched home plate before it bounced off Adam Dunn's hands just inside the first base foul line.
That's not what you'll read in the paper, of course. The “official” reporting will tell you that the Reds and Brewers repeatedly traded the lead as the Reds bullpen did their damnedest to hand back whatever breathing room the offense managed to secure. The “legitimate” media will say that even though Javy and Wily Mo hit home runs, it would take three pitchers, 11 batters, and five earned runs for the Reds to get out of the bottom of the eighth.
Sure, you can believe that if you like. That's what they want you to believe. The powerful sporting news cartel has a vested interest in keeping Midwest-town sports as uninteresting as possible. But you don't really know that what they say is true, do you? You didn't see it yourself, did you? The radio broadcast didn't hold your interest, did it?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
Julia over at Redbirdphany has begun project L.A.M.E.A.S.S. by which she will show her dedication to the Cardinals by posting every day. I probably would not normally mention a St. Louis-supportive writing project, especially since the posts so far have not really been about baseball, except that there is an apparent RHM tie-in. So, if you're in the mood to see what it looks like when someone posts about shopping at a flea market and attributes it to baseball fandom, definitely tune in.
That's what they want you to do.