June 10, 2008

Long Awaited Smack

I’m not sure whether the newly renamed Bellyitcher is going to drop by, but either way, we can say smackish things about the Cardinals.

Of course, the Cardinals failure to get the memo on their own suckitude is hardly the story of today. Not only is the home crowd welcoming back their 600 home run hero (which means he can be traded to Seattle now, right?), but it’s also Joe Nuxhall night. The Hall of Fame broadcaster and youngest player in the modern era passed away during the off-season. To celebrate his contribution to the Reds and the Cincinnati culture in general, the city has actually changed the address of the stadium to 100 Joe Nuxhall Way.

Pretty cool.

In other news, this guy is the fellas the Cardinals are running out on the mound.

Tee hee.

80 comments to “Long Awaited Smack”

  1. bellyitcher says:

    Well, there goes the perfect game. Honestly, a pitcher named Homer?

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    Homer Bailey on the mound. Better teeth than Boggs, but I’m not sure he compares so favorably as a pitcher.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    It’s true: “Homer” is a horrible baseball name. Baily needs a good nickname.

    “Overthrower” Bailey?

  4. bellyitcher says:

    Dan and Al were just mentioning the giant home run Ludwick hit while we were there last year.

    Man, baseball just isn’t the same in standard def.

  5. bellyitcher says:

    Well, he made Albert look dumb. Rick’s got a bum knee so he’ll strike out here.

  6. bellyitcher says:

    Mitchell Boggs: Emo Pitcher.

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    Oh, rub it in why don’t you?? 😛

    Actually, Bailey’s Ks look great on our television from 1987 with no remote and the broken-off panel to cover the v-hold button.

  8. bellyitcher says:

    I actually think it would better on a normal TV, it’s almost too pixelated on the newer one.

    Nice ovation for Jr.

  9. Red Hot Mama says:

    The fans are very enthusiastic about Junior. I remember when he his #500. It was the same night that Sean Casey hit #100. Nike or some sporting goods company sent over a bunch of #500 balloons, and Casey marked over one of them with a Sharpie to make the 5 a 1.

    Seriously, Griff can be traded to the Mariners now. It could happen.

  10. bellyitcher says:

    They were just talking about Seattle on the St. Louis broadcast.

    Hey, 9 straight balls. Way to go, rook.

  11. bellyitcher says:

    Time for shortstop number 5?

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hey, Dunn can catch!

  13. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yeah, it’s crazy. We’ve got Paul Janish out there, which isn’t too bad, but hardly the first choice.

    I’m not sure when Freel gets his turn. #8 probably.

  14. Red Hot Mama says:

    Wait, Freel’s already hurt. Duh on my part.

  15. bellyitcher says:

    How is Freel? I haven’t heard anything about Farney this year.

  16. bellyitcher says:

    Ah, that’s why.

    Oooh, Rose is at the game.

  17. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yesterday they were talking to Tony Perez, mentioned in passing a roast of Pete Rose.

    I bet it was more sad than funny.

  18. bellyitcher says:

    Yeah, probably. Steve saw him in Vegas once. He was in the Caesar’s Palace sports book wearing sweatpants. You’d think Pete Rose would want to be a little inconspicuous when betting, but he had a whole posse.

  19. Red Hot Mama says:

    And first blood is drawn…by Ludwick? Jeepers.

  20. bellyitcher says:

    Ludwick has been on some kind of tear this season. Something clicked for him.

  21. Red Hot Mama says:

    Apparently Bailey hasn’t yet learned to never, ever pitch to Pujols.

  22. Red Hot Mama says:

    OMG, there needs to be a Pete Rose reality show. It would totally put VH1 on the map!

    Glaus is on the bandwagon now. Molina is next.

  23. bellyitcher says:

    Hmm. Homer, meet homers.

  24. bellyitcher says:

    Oh god. I would so watch that.

  25. bellyitcher says:

    I’ll be right back, I gotta get the green beans steaming….

  26. Red Hot Mama says:

    We had black beans tonight. Totally different beast, of course, but beanish none the less.

  27. bellyitcher says:

    We bought waaaay too many veggies at the farmers’ market this weekend. I am going to overdose on green.

  28. Red Hot Mama says:

    Griffey just hit 600 homers at the age of 38. Dunn is 28 and has 254. He’s only been playing since 2001, putting him on pace to get to 600 around the same age.

    Of course, he’ll have to avoid injuries better than Griff did, but he is a freaking horse. A bigger danger for him will be Prince Fielder disease, but if he was going to start chunking up, he probably would have done it by now.

  29. Red Hot Mama says:

    Farmers’ markets are awesome.

  30. bellyitcher says:

    Pujols is also 28 and has 298 (including tonight). He’s averaged 40 HR the past 7 seasons, which would put him at 500 in 2013 and 600 in 2016. But I’d add at least a year to those. He’s more on the Griffey track than the Fielder track.

  31. Red Hot Mama says:

    Homer Bailey’s sucking. He’s only 21, but I fear that he’s utterly going to fail to fulfill everyone’s dreams.

    Of course, I’ve heard he’s a bit of an asshole, so once he gets over himself he may enjoy a renaissance.

  32. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hope you didn’t like that ERA, son.

    Mike Lincoln is coming in. Apparently Baker wanted Baily to feel better by comparison.

  33. bellyitcher says:

    Wait…Mike Lincoln? I remember him from a loooong time ago. Wow.

  34. Red Hot Mama says:

    No idea when Joey Votto is going to get to 600: I never can figure out the exchange rate for homers by Canadians.

  35. bellyitcher says:

    I think Glaus lost a few playing for the Blue Jays.

    Steve would like to know how many times Dusty has melted down this season.

  36. Red Hot Mama says:

    Well, publicly he had that big blow-up that resulted in him getting suspended for a few games.

    Privately, I imagine he’s crying every night. Assuming he’s noticed the Reds are in the crapper yet. It took him over a month to realize that Corey Patterson was in a slump (above-and-beyond his regular Corey Patterson-ness).

  37. bellyitcher says:

    Dunn’s showing some range.

  38. bellyitcher says:

    Dusty has the biggest crush on C-Pat. It’d be cute if it wasn’t so sad.

  39. Red Hot Mama says:

    It was clearly a sad moment for Dusty when they sent CPat down. Of course, he’s back again, but for some reason he’s not playing. Maybe Baker’s afraid of losing him again.

  40. bellyitcher says:

    That seems likely. Dusty wants to keep Corey right next to him.

  41. bellyitcher says:

    Whee – Barton! Too bad he looks terrible at the plate tonight.

  42. Red Hot Mama says:

    Boy-oh-boy, this is the Reds every damn game. I wonder what a winning season is like.

  43. bellyitcher says:

    No worries. Villone is pitching. Gah.

  44. Red Hot Mama says:

    Bedtime for the kiddo–this doesn’t take as long as it used to; he reads to himself now.

  45. bellyitcher says:

    Oh nice! But maybe a little sad.

  46. Red Hot Mama says:

    OK, I’m back. Are the Reds winning?

  47. bellyitcher says:

    Um. Sure!

  48. Red Hot Mama says:

    So, who the heck is on this team these days? Who’s looking good? Looking bad? Looking like they’ll find their way to the Reds?