Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 26, 2011

Reds Play First Baseball of 2011

The Cincinnati Reds played some actual baseball today. Sure it was just a 5-inning scrimmage against themselves, but it’s one of those steps to real, live games.

Apparently, a guy you’ve likely never heard of, Dave Sappelt, was the hitting star. Fresh off being the 2010 minor league hitter of the year, he went 3-3 in his first major league camp “game.”

“It’s definitely good to do well in front of the big league staff,” he said. “You want to show them what you can do.”

Logan Ondrusek struggled, giving up three runs on two outs, while Travis Wood was solid. Wood retired six of the seven batters he faced. That one he didn’t get out? A home run from Jonny Gomes.

This was obviously just a warmup. The first Spring Training game is tomorrow against the Cleveland Indians at 3:05pm EST.

February 25, 2011

Reds Single Game Tickets! Get ‘Em While They’re Holy!

The Cincinnati Reds announced this week that single game tickets will go on sale this Saturday, February 26 at 9am. The press release with further information is below.

Individual game tickets for the 2011 Cincinnati Reds regular season home games at Great American Ball Park, not including Opening Day vs the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Yankees series from June 20-22, will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. ET Saturday, February 26.

Get the best seats for your favorite games of the season including Opening Night, St. Louis Cardinals, World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies and many more.

2011 will feature many unique giveaways and promotions, including:

  • Joey Votto MVP Bobblehead presented by PNC: Saturday, April 30 vs. Marlins, 7:10
  • Sparky Anderson Bronze Statue presented by John Morrell: Saturday, May 14 vs. Cardinals, 4:10
  • Dusty Baker Bobblehead presented by The Ohio Lottery: Saturday, July 2 vs. Indians, 7:10
  • Bronson Arroyo Plush Doll presented by New York Life: Sunday, July 3 vs. Indians, 1:10
  • Aroldis Chapman Action Figure presented by Chiquita: Saturday, July 16 vs. Cardinals, 7:10
  • Kids Super Hero Cape: Sunday, July 17 vs. Cardinals, 1:10
  • Jonny Gomes Bobblehead presented by Champion Window and Patio Rooms: Saturday, July 23 vs. Braves, 4:10
  • Scott Rolen Mesh Jersey presented by Scotts: Saturday, July 30 vs. Giants, 7:10
  • Jay Bruce Back to School Kit presented by Cincinnati Bell: Sunday, Aug. 14 vs. Padres, 1:10

Fans have many options to get single game tickets on Saturday at 9 a.m.:

  • Internet:
  • Phone: 513-381-REDS or 877-647-REDS (7337)
  • In person: Great American Ball Park ticket windows, at area Meijer stores and at kiosks on Crosley Terrace, Fountain Square and the downtown Skyline Chili at 4th and Sycamore.
February 24, 2011

Jonny Gomes and Controversy

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes started some controversy following news of the elbow injury to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright yesterday. According to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, he heard Gomes happily singing, “Wainwright’s gone! Wainwright’s gone!” Mention of this has since been removed from McCoy’s post.

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Reds beat reporter John Fay had a different take on events.

Gomes walked out of the players dining room singing the Karate Kid song: ”You’re the best around. I’ll never let you down . . .”

He continued and mentioned Adam Wainwright. Gomes said he sang “Is Wainwright gone?

Fay then says he didn’t remember what Gomes sang, but obviously he didn’t find it news- or quote-worthy. In fact, when Fay interviewed Gomes later, he said, “I would never wish injury on anyone. If he’s hurt, I wish him a speedy recovery. I know Wainwright. He’s a good dude. It’s a great organization.”

What’s interesting about this story is the firestorm it created online, especially on Twitter. It seems Cardinals fans don’t like opponents being happy when their best player gets a season-ending boo-boo. Sampling the comments on McCoy’s article gives an overview of the vitriol.

“Garbage. That’s what the whole Reds organization is.”

“The Reds can take pleasure in Wainright’s injury. But that won’t change the fact that they are a band of losers.”

“What a piece of garbage Gomes is for being happy about the injury of another player.”

I don’t get it. This doesn’t sound like the “best fans in baseball” to me. Assuming Gomes did say what McCoy quoted him as saying, isn’t that a sign of respect? It’s acknowledging that Wainwright is a very, very good pitcher. I understand the disappointment of losing one of your favorite team’s best players to injury. I followed the Reds when Ken Griffey Jr was there, after all. But the angry verbal attacks from Cardinals fans against the Reds is worse than what they purport to be offended by.

Overall, I think the Cardinals fans have gotten too used to winning to know how to lose. I think that Brandon Phillips’ comments about the Cardinals from last year ring more and more true. “All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em.” It certainly applies to a good portion of Cardinals fans right now.

February 23, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals Are Gonna Need Another Wagon Maker

The big news of the day is not good news for the St. Louis Cardinals or, for that matter, Major League Baseball. Adam Wainwright injured his elbow and it’s almost a certainty he will need Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2011 season.

Wainwright had some twinges in his forearm at the end of last year, but managed to win 20 games. Just Monday when throwing some batting practice, though, he “suffered additional damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.” The Cardinals have always been reluctant to discuss details of injuries, but have been rather open about this one, with general manager John Mozeliak actually mentioning the likelihood of the ligament replacement surgery.

The MRI results are in, but Wainwright will be looking for a second opinion, as anyone in his position would. It sucks for him. And while it makes the National League central division a little easier for the Cincinnati Reds, I would really rather see the Reds defeat the Cardinals with both teams at full strength. Plus, I prefer seeing a strong division, as opposed to the one with only two good teams that 2010 brought us.

Those in favor of morbid coincidences should like this bit, though. Two weeks ago when discussing the joint issues he’d had at the end of 2010, Wainwright said, “My ligament is intact and strong. It’s not like it’s ready to pop.” Famous last words.

February 23, 2011

The Day After Tapping Volquez

As was announced yesterday, Dusty Baker surprised everyone by naming Edinson Volquez as the Opening Day starter for the Cincinnati Reds.

I was surprised at the news because it seemed premature. No games have been played yet, after all. Of course, given the Reds cast of terrible, terrible pitchers they’ve had start the season over the years–I’m looking at you Jimmy Haynes and Joey Hamilton–that first pitcher isn’t going to make or break the season. Plus, every starter on the team is better than those never-weres. Also, Baker had some excellent reasoning.

I did expect the other Reds fans to be upset about the pick.

  • Red Reporter, like me, seemed surprised by the early announcement, but didn’t look to deeply into it.
  • Redleg Nation reminds us that Baker also surprised everyone by picking Volquez to start the playoff series against the Philadelphia Phillies last year. Yeah, I know one game out of 162 matters far less than one out of three, but I do hope it turns out better than that.
  • Chris Sabo’s Goggles wonders if there’s more to the decision than meets the eye. He runs through the other candidates for the honor, namely Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto, and asks, “why reward someone the Opening Day start to someone who clearly doesn’t want to stay here?” Volquez did only sign a one-year deal, after all. Goggles’ comes to a good conclusion, though.
  • Lastly, Shawn also expressed surprise at the announcement. “It is an official recognition of Volquez as the ace going into 2011.” That it is. And I have a feeling it will turn out well.

So there you go. The Reds bloggers seem to have taken the news in stride. Color me surprised. And also, color me anxious for any baseball games to be played. Volquez starting Opening Day is too far away. But the first Spring Training game is less than a week away.