July 13, 2006

Doing the Little Things, Like Shoring Up the Bullpen

Amazing Technicolor Cross-Stitch

You may remember a couple times during spring training this year when I talked about a gift I was hand-crafting for Jerry Narron. One that I invested my heart, soul, and actual blood in. Nothing creepy; I'm just kind of clumsy with a needle sometimes.

Well, this is it. I mailed it in to Great American Ball Park to be our good luck charm this second half. It's a cross-stitch that I designed and sewed myself. I had someone else frame it. You've got to draw the line somewhere.

So, tomorrow we've got an infielder and a couple of pitchers joining up with the team. According to a story on Reds.com titled Notes: Denorfia to play more in outfield, it doesn't look like Chris Denorfia will be going back down soon. On the other hand, I'm not sure how much to trust a story with the most ridiculously obvious headline since Newborn set to breathe more.

Still, no one coming in the trade fills in for Austin Kearns, so The Hearthrob is probably safe for a while. Royce Clayton presumably works into the middle infield better than William Bergolla, so we probably won't be seeing Bergolla much longer.

Traditional wisdom says that David Weathers and Esteban Yan would be the losers out of the bullpen, but I think it's important not to overlook the suckitude of Joe Mays.

“But who would be our fifth starter?” you might ask. Who's our fifth starter now? I ask in response.

Tonight the Reds seem to be throwing the entire pitching staff up against the wall to see what sticks. Everyone's doing OK under the scrutiny other than Jason Standridge, and it's certainly not out of the question that he could be on the losing end of a roster-clearing move tomorrow.

And now I hear that the game is over, with a win! That good luck charm is working already.

3 comments to “Doing the Little Things, Like Shoring Up the Bullpen”

  1. KC2HMZ says:

    Wow. Now that I see that, it’s really a shame you couldn’t get Narron to turn around when you were there at the ballpark so you could give it to him in person. That’s really nice.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aw shucks. *blush*

    You can’t tell, but I did drop one stitch somewhere in the red letters. I’m not sure whether that negates the message about doing the little things.

  3. KC2HMZ says:

    Well, if you’re looking for someone to act as Official Scorer on this one, my opinion is that it does not negate the message. So you dropped a stitch. Nobody’s perfect. Pitchers don’t go out and throw 110 strikes in a game, some of their pitches miss the plate.

    Harang can miss a pitch, and you can miss a stitch, still doesn’t mean you didn’t play it right. If I understand correctly (and I’m not a sewing enthusiast or expert by any means, but…) you did a cross stitch, which I believe is a form of embroidery. Now, if you had been doing plastic canvas using a printed pattern and made the same miscue…

    John (HMZ)