Monthly Archives: August 2008

August 31, 2008


The Reds managed to sweep the worst team in the majors today when they beat the Giants 9-3.

It was a nice feeling, and it got me thinking about the last time Reds fans had gotten to enjoy that sensation, so I went to check out the record. I didn’t immediately find the last time they swept a series, but I did find a couple other interesting facts from this month:

  • The last series win: August 12-14 vs the Pirates
  • Series W-L record in August: 2-7, including being swept by the Nats and Astros (4 games)

In fact, the last time the Reds swept a series was before the All Star Break, when they swept a four-game series against the Nationals July 3-July 6.

August 30, 2008

Other Sports Blogs You Might Like

As I continue my effort to clean out my inbox and finally deal with the messages that have been waiting for attention for the last few months, I find several messages about other blogs that you, the Red Hot Mama readership, might be interested in. Hopefully, these pages haven’t suffered blogfade due to my lack of promptness.

National Sports Beat is a simple and easy to use sports resource site that collects together media resources, blogs, forums, live news feeds and any other relevant resources for every team in the NFL, MLB, NBA and the NHL. It’s perfect for die-hard sports fans like you.

On Base Plus Slugging is a baseball blog that covers both leagues, rather than one specific team.

C70 at the bat is a new Cardinals blog, for all the information you need on those insuppressible redbirds.

Finally, this is an interesting one, Jimmy Scott’s High and Tight is the blog of a fictional former star pitcher near the end of his baseball career who interviews baseball personalities as he tries to figure out what to do with his life after baseball.

Jimmy has interviewed former Expos & Red Sox GM Dan Duqette, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Tommy John, Sal Bando, Brian McRae, Brian Jordan, Mickey Morandini, Hal Lanier, Dave Cash, Richie Hebner, Ed Hearn, Andrea Mallis, the “Baseball Astrologer,” Ron Blomberg, John Fitzgerald (director of “Playing For Peanuts”), the agent/marketing exec Steve Fortunato (handles A-Rod, Johnny Damon, Ken Griffey Jr.) and more.

May all that content help to fill the remaining moments before the September call-ups.

August 30, 2008

Women in Baseball: Amber Theoharis

Continuing through my inbox, I realized that I was not one, but TWO Women in Baseball interviews behind. This one from June is with Baltimore Orioles sideline reporter Amber Theoharis.

And if you’re wondering where I stand on the debate in the comments about “bated” versus “baited” breath, I say it’s got to be “bated,” unless you’ve been gargling beer and barbecue sauce all day to catch a football fan.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

August 30, 2008

Women in Baseball: Pam Gardner

I’m a little late posting to this one, but Pam Gardner may be the most impressive woman in baseball article yet. As Houston Astros President of Business Operations, Gardner was recognized as one of the 20 most influential women in baseball in 2005.

Read all about it.

August 29, 2008

Meaningless Minor League Games, Part 2: Bats 4, Indians 5

W: Osoria (2-0) L: Herrera (4-4) S: Beam (5)


In game 2 of the meaningless 4 game series between the Indianapolis Indians and the Louisville Bats, the Indians came from behind in thrilling fashion to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th.

Todd Coffey blew the save for the Bats before Daniel Herrera gave up the tie. All in all, a performance for the Bats that the Reds’ Dusty Baker would be proud of. As for the Pirates, I don’t think there’s much to like. The pitching struggled, with 3 of the 4 pitchers who made an appearance allowing runs. At least there was some offense, though.

Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce went 1-4 and drove in one of the Indians’ runs.
I see what you did there
Here, Chris Duffy practices the old floating ball trick.

Shaun Cumberland: Right Fielder and Returner of Dropped BallsI was surprised at the number of Bats players I’d never heard of. Take right fielder Shaun Cumberland, for example. No idea who he is or where he came from. He seems like a nice enough guy, though. At one point, a kid playing on the outfield grass seating area threw his ball into the outfield. Cumberland walked over and returned the kid’s dropped ball.

I went to an Indians game and all I got was this free t-shirt