Monthly Archives: September 2009

September 17, 2009

Making More Room for Jeff Samardzija

I had started writing a post about how the Reds’ sweep of the Astros only increases the mediocrity of the NLC, slightly pulling down those somewhat better than them to pull themselves slightly upward.

But damn, that’s grizzled. I’d like to think that we have seen enough grizzled by now and shot right by it into vague amusement at the ridiculousness of it all.

So, instead, I’ll share this quote from the Chicago Tribune, sent to me via Yardbarker:

“Despite the fact that Zambrano has a full no-trade clause, the Cubs plan on shopping him this off-season, sources said, believing he’ll waive the clause to go to the right team, as Jake Peavy eventually did when the Padres consummated a deal this summer with the White Sox.” – Chicago Tribune columnist Paul Sullivan

It’s a shame this couldn’t have happened last year; I would have liked to have seen him on the Brewers with Prince Fielder and C.C. Sabathia.

The contracts would have put a strain on the team, but that would have been nothing compared to their uniform-fabric bill. They could have each donated a jersey to a local Cub Scout troop to use as tents for camping. They could have stitched them all together to sail the Alinghi in the America’s Cup. They could have brought back the Super Bowl Shuffle.

September 16, 2009

Hal McCoy Day

Hal McCoy, the Reds beat writer for the Dayton Daily News, is retiring after 37 years on the job. Well, whether he’s truly “retiring” in the strictest sense of the word is a matter of some debate, but that’s a another matter.

Cancun weather is more beautiful than the Reds' seasonTonight the Reds are honoring McCoy at the Ball Park, and some are sharing their favorite McCoy stories.

My favorite (only) Hal McCoy story is the time my family and I ran into him in a hotel lobby in Cancún, México. He and his wife were checking out after a disappointing trip–it had rained the whole time–while we were checking in for three days of beautiful weather. Too bad the subject matter of his career isn’t as promising on his way out.

September 16, 2009

Vote for Harang

From an email that MLB sent me:

As a Reds fan, it’s a chance you won’t want to miss.

Hometown hero Aaron Harang is one of 30 nominees for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy, honoring the legacy of baseball’s most recognized humanitarians.

Here’s your chance to recognize Aaron for his efforts on and off the field, sharing Chevy’s commitment to improving our communities. Just for voting, you could win

* A VIP trip for 4 to the World Series
* Game tickets, airfare & lodging
* Participation in the pregame Clemente ceremony
* A chance to meet the Award winner and the Clemente family

We thank you for participating in this important award and invite you to see our own award-winning roster of cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs.

Personally, I’ve entered dozens of these contests and have yet to win a single one, but voting for Harang is something that I can get behind, regardless of whether I have a snowball’s chance in Hades of winning anything myself.

Vote here.

September 15, 2009

Reds May be Opening 2010 Against the Defending World Champs

Of course, we don’t have any particular reason to think that the Cardinals will win it all, but if anyone from the NLC is going to do it…besides, it makes opening day sound all the more difficult to get tickets to.

So, the Reds released their 2010 schedule today. Features beyond Opening Day include an interleague west coast trip, where they’ll go up against the Mariners, as well as 5 weekend series against the Cubs, which is, of course, great for ticket sales, but a pain in the ass for Reds fans.

Check it out for yourself on

September 15, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Night at Great American Ball Park

When the team’s eliminated from the division, but the players are actually not sucking *all* the time, you might as well head out to the ball park to take in some of the wacky fun cooked up for you by the team’s crack marketing staff.

javy_valentinCase in point: September 19 is Hispanic Heritage night, Mascot Wiffle Ball, AND a free visor and/or cap! From the website:

¬°Guarde La Fecha!

¬°Celebra con nosotros la Noche de la Herencia Hispana el Sabado 19 de Septiembre en el Great American Ball Park!

Special guest band “Tropicoso” will be performing in the Fan Zone! Receive a free Reds cap with Sun/Moon Deck ticket purchase! Pregame Mascot Wiffle Ball Game featuring Mr. Redlegs, Gapper, Rosie Red and more!

The first 5,000 fans will receive a free Goodyear Ballpark visor celebrating the Reds’ new Spring Training home.

It will be the perfect day to commemorate the contributions of the Latin Love Machine, Javier Valentín. Where would the team be right now if not for the mojo contributed by his mustache?