July 18, 2006

Up and Down

RHM has been up and down a lot the last few days as Dreamhost tries to get their act together. At least it's better than my last host, which went down for brief, scheduled maintenance…last November.

I kinda doubt that it's MY big fat 200 hits a day bringing down my hosts, but I can't ignore the fact that the problem seems to follow me. Maybe I've got a bad vibe. Maybe it's time to forgive Bronson Arroyo.

Nah.

In any event, all this down time makes it difficult for me to get anything written. As soon as I sit down to make fun of the Cardinals for having their asses handed to them, Cubs-style, by the Braves, I find that RHM won't load. Then I get distracted doing something else, like chipping all the paint off my toenails, and before I know it, the evening is gone and I haven't even noticed that my site is back up.

Long story short, my toenails are naked and it's bedtime, but I wanted to get down a few bullet points tonight, if only to celebrate the fact that I can:

  • Did Edwin Encarnación get hurt when I wasn't looking? Or is his being benched for playing well in addition to errors these days?
  • Eric Milton always looks so sad. Even when he's doing well, those big doe eyes always look on the verge of tears. I think we should start calling him Eeyore.
  • Speaking of Milton, I am so glad that we sacrificed Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez so that Milton could give up a grand slam tonight. In the seventh inning. With a pitch count over 100. It's moments like that that really bring the Reds community together. In this case, in a collective scream of “Why is he still pitching??”

Sleep tight everyone. Brian Shackelford is on the loose.

4 comments to “Up and Down”

  1. Skeeter says:

    I’m not too worried about Shack: I’m pretty sure I can run faster than he can.
    Jerry Narron is on my shit list. The hell was he thinking tonight? I understand being gunshy with the bullpen, but, as you said, we’ve sacrificed a lot to get what we have now, and then to not use it… awful decision. Awful.

  2. Geki says:

    It’s ridiculous that Edwin isn’t starting every game at third. Screw Narron.

  3. coachw513 says:

    Long time, first time, as a 15-blog a day Reds fan (therapy, therapy)…

    Dear God, please take away whatever Narron has been eating and drinking…

    First no EE in the lineup…now I’m not an Aurelia “hater” as many are, but what about rewarding both for their good play…EE at 3rd and RA gives Phillips a couple of days off at 2nd…he’s really scufflin’ at present…

    GGrande(in bottom of 6th)”Coffey is warming up in pen”…I’m THRILLED!!!…now that’s the way to start using a deep bullpen…we’ve just scored twice, now let Coffey keep it there and we’ll win a big opener…

    Wait, Milton is starting the 7th…well, okay it’s the 7/8/9 hitters, I’m sure if someone gets on…Nady singles…well, good job Eric, you were pretty good tonite, let’s have Java-man come take over…hmm, staying in…now a bunt hit, now a sacrifice…

    Great job Milty, big out on Reyes…okay, he’s officially gassed…didn’t look good at all in that AB against LoDuca…come on and get him with Coffey or Bray (keeping Beltran a righty if Bray comes in)…

    WHOA…WTF???…(followed by many, many expletives and teeth knashing 2 pitches later)…

    Look Kearns was my favorite Red and Lopez played at the same HS as my step-son who also played at Lake Brantley so the trade was hard on me…but I’ve bought in to Krivsky and his desire to get in the 1st punch with the trade and to DO SOMETHING to avoid the bullpen simply destroying our season…

    But maybe a memo is in order: Hey Jerry, White, Hammonds, Burns, Yan they are all gone…you (allegedly) have guys who can get it done out there…Milton did his job, NOW DO YOURS…go out there and take the ball from him and give it to a guy who can get a meaningful out in a meaningful game…

    This was a game we did not have to lose…I’m not a Narron-basher (maybe since I’m a HS basketball coach, I have a bit of empathy for the task he has) and I think he’s done a decent job juggling an interesting roster…but last night was HORRIFIC…

    Thanks for letting me regain my sanity with this long-winded post…back to my normal lurking :)

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Welcome, coachw513. You pretty much summed up everything I was thinking. I think you summed up about everything everyone was thinking. Everyone but Narron, I guess.