April 7, 2006

The Blog Buzz about Game 3 against the Pirates

The Reds' POV
At Church of Baseball, Daedalus notes that winning is fun. Amen, sister. In the previous post, beyond the long poem, she asks why the heck Womack is playing over Freel. Again: hallelujah!

JD of Red Reporter fame thinks he might be a bad person for disliking the Pirate version of Sean Casey. I think it's just a coping mechanism, like how much I hate David Eckstein.

Shawn at Cincinnati Reds Blog titles his entry “Reds Beat Pirates.” Now what's he going to title all the rest of the game wraps against Pittsburgh?

Girlfriend at We Heart the Reds is dancing a happy jig. I'm feeling like dancing myself.

The Pirates' POV
Over at Bucco Blog, Joliet Jake considers the line-up construction. It was all a little detail-heavy for me, but I was in total agreement with the last sentence.

Charlie at Bucs Dugout was updating a game thread up to the point where Ryan Doumit hit a two-run home run off Rick White to tie the score at fives. He missed the best part!

Mike Boyko at Buried Treasure bemoans Pittsburgh's now 0-4 record. He also points out that the Pirates are too dependant on home runs for scoring. Gosh, it seems like I've heard that someplace before.

At Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke?, Pat thinks things might have been different if Ian Snell could have gotten Tony Womack out in the second inning. According to FSN, though, Tony Womack was the last left-handed hitter to lead the Pirates in hits, so Snell should have known to beware. Womack is certainly the force to be reckoned win in this line-up.

Also check out the first comment on this post: it says that Denorfia shouldn't have been allowed to score because the umps couldn't have known that Duffy wouldn't have thrown him out at home. It's true: the umps couldn't have known whether Hell might have froze over with Denorfia running. But they gotta play the odds.

3 comments to “The Blog Buzz about Game 3 against the Pirates”

  1. Pat says:

    I don’t know what the actual rule on that play is, it’s honestly probably that the runners are frozen where they are when the ball is called dead. I think the umps made the right call, regardless of what the rule is. They more or less just had to make the best of a bad situation after the crappy call, and I think they pulled it off.

  2. sweaver says:

    Mama, you can do the cute titles. Just the facts, man! Joe Friday is da bomb!

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hi, Pat,
    You’re right, of course. It’s just funny to see a do-over on those runs scored when baseball has so little pity in other situations.

    Like, when Randy Johnson hit that bird, the pitch was still a ball. If it had been ball 4, the batter would have walked, avian influence notwithstanding.

    Or when Tom Browning snapped his arm mid-pitch: the runners still got to score, even though his teammates probably did the right thing running to his aid instead of going for the outs.