Daily Archives: May 25, 2010

May 25, 2010

36 Days Left to Vote Votto

MLB announced the current standings in the NL All-Star voting today, and the best damn first baseman in the league didn’t even crack the top ten. If you’ve been sitting back thinking that his greatness will transcend without you taking action, this should be a wake-up call for you.

Only YOU can put Joey Votto on the starting line-up card for the All-Star game. Vote, vote, vote!

You can vote online 25 times per email address.


Despite the current standings, there’s lots of good news in the Vote Votto movement. Check out the @VoteVotto Twitter account and the #VoteVotto tag. Will someone have already put up a Facebook page by the time I write my Vote Votto post for tomorrow?

One thing that’s definitely happening tomorrow is the VoteVotto Lunch. From one of those MLBlogs:

At 12:30pm ET tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26), join me and several of my Twitter friends as we enjoy a few minutes of our lunch-break voting Joey Votto to the National League All-Star team.

You can vote up to 25 times until July 1, so the plan is to do just that. Click HERE to vote.

Join me (Twitter.com/jamieblog) on Twitter at 12:30pm ET. Report in and let me know what you’re having for lunch, and then check back when you’re finished voting.

Before tomorrow night’s game, I’ll post the Twitter names of those who participated (and how many times they voted). I’ll also post who had the yummiest lunch.

(If you’re not into Twitter, just send me an email instead [email protected])


May 25, 2010

Figurines Delayed

In case you haven’t heard, the Joey Votto figurines that were the scheduled giveaway for the game on Saturday had some sort of supply chain problem and won’t make it to GABP in time.

Votto FigurineThe team’s doing a real decent job of compensating for the inconvenience, though, and personally I’d rather lug a voucher around the park than the actual figurine anyway. Not only am I less likely to spill beer on the voucher, but the voucher probably look more like Votto than this figurine does.

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have announced the Joey Votto figurine giveaway for Saturday night’s game will not be distributed to fans this weekend. The delivery of the 20,000 giveaway items has been unavoidably delayed in transit.

To make sure fans receive the giveaway item, the Reds will be distributing vouchers to the first 20,000 in attendance at Saturday’s 7:10 p.m. game vs the Astros. The voucher can be redeemed after Friday, June 11 through the end of the season. The voucher also includes a coupon good for a half-price ticket to a remaining regular season Reds home game.

Fans will have three options to get their figurine (voucher is required for redemption):

1. Pick up during any Reds home game from June 11 through October 3 at Fan Accommodations behind section 119.
2. Pick up at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum Monday through Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) from June 11 through October 3.
3. Mail-in redemption will also be available.

“We want to sincerely apologize for disappointing our fans,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “We could not control the delay in transit, but we can make sure that every fan with a voucher receives the giveaway as promised, along with a discounted ticket to a future game for their inconvenience. We thank our valued fans for their patience and understanding.”

May 25, 2010

The Daily Brief: Tied for First

Last Game
The Cincinnati Reds started a 4-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, and also finally caught up to the St. Louis Cardinals in number of games played. Thanks to their 7-5 win over the Pirates, the Reds are now tied for first place. Aaron Harang was good enough to get the win, although his single and then later scoring from 1st base in the 4th may have been more important than his mediocre start. It’s always fun to see the pitcher hit, and it’s even more fun to see the pitcher run. Hey, at least Harang’s faster than Bengie Molina.

Next Game
The Reds play the second game of the series against the Pirates tonight at 7:10pm EDT. Mike Leake will take on Paul Maholm.

Bailey to the Disabled List
Yesterday, the Reds placed Homer Bailey on the 15 day disabled list and called up reliever Enerio Del Rosario.

Bailey wasn’t exactly happy about the move, although being blindsided with it probably didn’t help.

“No one asked my opinion,” Bailey said. “I can understand missing one start. But I’m not a doctor.”

Considering Bailey is 24 years old, I can understand the Reds’ caution. As Redleg Nation points out, the number of pitchers–successful or not–still pitching at age 25 who first appeared in the majors at 21 is slim. Give the kid a chance to heal without doing further damage and maybe the Reds will have a chance of beating the odds.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds have won a 5-game winning streak at home, which is a season high.