Daily Archives: September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010

The Return of George Grande

The affable, always cheery, “smilin’ side of the scoreboard” Cincinnati Reds broadcaster George Grande announced his retirement last year. And I’ve missed him a lot this year, particularly every game that Paul Keels has broadcast. The only way to make the loss bearable has been with the Georginator 6000 XL.

Good news everyone! Fox Sports Ohio just announced that Grande will be back starting this Saturday the 11th. The only sad thing is that he’ll miss getting to see Jim Edmonds play for the Reds.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – While the Cincinnati Reds recognize the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s 4,192nd career hit this weekend, FOX Sports Ohio will also celebrate this milestone. Following the Reds vs. Pirates game on Sunday, September 12, FOX Sports Ohio will air the September 11, 1985 game when Rose singled to left-center field off San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show at Riverfront Stadium to pass Hall-of-Famer Ty Cobb and become MLB’s all-time hits leader.

Beginning Saturday, September 11, George Grande will return to the FOX Sports Ohio Reds broadcast booth. Grande was the television play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds for 17 years. He will call the Reds vs. Pirates game this Saturday as well as the following games this month:

  • Friday, September 17: Reds vs. Astros 8pm
  • Saturday, September 18: Reds vs. Astros 7pm
  • Sunday, September 19: Reds vs. Astros 2pm
  • Friday, September 24: Reds vs. Padres 10pm
  • Saturday, September 25: Reds vs. Padres 8:30pm
  • Sunday, September 26: Reds vs. Padres 4pm
September 8, 2010

The Daily Brief: Struggling in Colorado

Last Game
The Reds lost the second game of the Colorado Rockies series, 4-3. Johnny Cueto started and was shaky early, allowing 3 runs in the 1st, which was almost all the Rockies needed. The loss is the third in a row for the Reds, but they maintained their 6 game lead over the Cardinals because the Cardinals lost, too.

Next Game
Bronson Arroyo will hope to stop the losing and give the Reds a chance to tie the 4-game series against Colorado when he takes to the mound today against Aaron Cook at 8:40pm EDT.

Volquez Back with the Team
Edinson Volquez has been called back up to the majors after working on some mechanical issues down in AA Dayton.

He last pitched on Monday, which means he’ll be ready to go again on Saturday, Aaron Harang’s next scheduled start. Harang’s last start was when he blew the 4-run lead against the Rockies and couldn’t get out of the 3rd. So will Volquez take Harang’s place in the rotation? John Fay asked Dusty Baker.

“He could, yeah,” Dusty Baker said.

That means something. Saturday is Aaron Harang’s next scheduled start.

Baker has various ways of answering hypothetical questions:

  • “We’ll see” is a favorite.
  • “We’re going to talk about it” is popular.

Saying Volquez could start is pretty close to put his name on the lineup card.

I can’t fault this decision. As much as I would like for Harang to return to his dominant form from a few years ago, if only for the remainder of the season, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. In Volquez’ last start, he feels confident he corrected his arm angle on his change-up. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 10 strikeouts. At this point, he seems the better bet at providing a quality start.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
On September 1, the Reds were in first place with a 7 game lead. In the 16 seasons since the leagues were divided into 3 divisions each, the team in first place on September 1 has won the division 13 times.