Monthly Archives: November 2009

November 21, 2009

Thoughts on Hernandez Signing

Is that an earthquake?I’m late to the party on this, but the Reds and baseball haven’t been occupying my mind too much lately.

Apparently, the Reds did have some money to spend this off-season. Instead of doing anything useful with it, like firing Dusty Baker, they opted to bring back a mediocre catcher for well above the league minimum.

So welcome back, Ramon Hernandez. Knowing Dusty, I imagine you’ll be taking time from productive players like Joey Votto as soon as the next season starts.

November 19, 2009

Late Season NLPOTW

Moving backward through my inbox, I discovered an email from October 8 that announced that the Reds had two consecutive weeks of players being named the NL Player of the Week. It was Joey Votto for the week ending September 27 and Homer Bailey for the next week. From the email:

The Reds ended the season with a second straight National League Player of the Week winner, as Homer Bailey earned the honors for the final week of 2009. Bailey picked up the win in two starts (Sept. 29 vs. the Cardinals and Oct. 4 vs. the Pirates), allowing just one run and striking out 14 in 13 innings pitched. The right-hander finished the year 6-1 in his final nine starts, and his 1.70 ERA during that span tied for third-lowest among all big-league starters. Read more…

Not terrifically relevant right now, you might say, but then, there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about. Might as well give these lads props for a strong finish. Now if only they can take care of the starting part.

November 17, 2009

Give it up for the 1990 squad at Redsfest

A popular pastime in the Cincinnati sportsland area is to relive the past. It’s a little sad–like the 20-something working the drive-thru who’s always retelling his school stories. To be fair, every sports fan does that sometime, except for whoever happens to be hot at the moment. Football fans in the Indianapolis area haven’t been dwelling on the past for quite a while now.

But Reds fans are among those who do, and little wonder. If your high school homecoming had been that great, you’d have a hard time focusing on the remembering to offer fire, hot, or mild sauce, too.

And this year, Redsfest is doing their part to feed the nostalgia. According to the marketing email they just sent me:

Wire-to-Wire Champs Highlight This Year’s Redsfest
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Reds’ unforgettable run to the 1990 World Series championship, and a number of players from that squad will be on hand to celebrate that magical season Dec. 4-5 at FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest, presented by Kahn’s. A dozen players are confirmed so far, including Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Billy Hatcher, Joe Oliver and 2010 Reds Hall of Fame inductee Chris Sabo.

All of the 1990 players and coaches will gather on the Main Stage Friday evening to join with their fellow Reds legends and the current team. During the event, fans will have the opportunity to pose for photos with an oversized 1990 team photo and meet these stars in the autograph and photo booths, in addition to all of the other excitement Redsfest has to offer.

This ought to be a good show, too. Not only are the guys from back then funny as hell, but they’re also above-and-beyond accessible. I mean, this was a team of *winners* and one of them’s even been on my podcast.

I’m psyched. This’ll be like Disney World minus the nice weather but with slightly fewer mascots. You can get tickets here and I’ll see you there. You can be on the podcast.

November 15, 2009

Reds Stuff at Auction

Maybe I’m just behind the times, but this is the first time I’ve noticed that there is an auction site on that appears to have a constant supply of crap for sale.

Up for bids right now:

  • Autographed baseballs from:
    • Ron Robinson
    • Joey Votto
    • Joe Morgan
    • Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • Johnny Bench autographed bat
  • Wayne Granger autographed photo

And the piece de resistance:

This is your chance to skip to the head of the line and GUARANTEE four autographs from Reds players at FOX Sports Ohio’s Redsfest in December!

From now through Nov. 23, you can place your bid on one of 45 Time Warner Cable Autograph Fast Passes. Each pass allows the holder to move to the front of an autograph line two times each day during the two-day event Dec. 4-5 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. That means you can GUARANTEE four autographs from Reds players!

Passes are valid for the holder only and are non-transferable. No friends or family members can accompany the holder in the autograph line. Rules for Kids-only and Season Ticket Holders-only lines apply to Fast Passes. Must be 12 or younger to use Fast Pass in Kids-only line and must be a Season Ticket Holder to use Fast Pass in Season Ticket Holder-only line.

Bids start at $50. Auctions end on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at 5 p.m. EST.

As of this writing, current bid is $110. Heck, you’d make back that much selling your kid’s treasured autographed items on eBay!

November 14, 2009

This Year In Baseball Awards

awardUntil December 11, you can vote in the This Year in Baseball awards. “This isn’t just a routine fan poll,” MLB assures me personally via email, “as winner will be awarded their trophies on field in 2010.” Presumably, this will happen sometime during the season.

This reminds me: I never got around to sending out awards for the Hottest Red contest.

Anyway, if you want to have your say in who has to forgo his pre-game routine sometime in 2010 to receive a paperweight, check it out.