Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 29, 2011

Mike Leake: Bonehead

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake came out today and provided his side of the story of his arrest earlier this month. And it truly was as boneheaded as the rumors would lead you to believe.

Leake pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor today.

Leake said that on April 2, he went in to purchase six shirts and they did not fit. He went back to Macy’s on April 18 and exchanged them on his own, instead of talking to a clerk. He said he set the six shirts down, got the correct sizes and walked out. Leake then was stopped by store security.

“I realize how boneheaded of a move it was,” Leake said. “It was very wrong and I sincerely apologize. It was a serious lapse of judgment, and for that I will be willing to do anything that I will have to do.”

Given that Leake is just 23, I can see him having that kind of lapse in thinking. How many times has he exchanged things?

Still, it’s good to see the thing over. Leake will have to put in 30 hours of community service and be on good behavior for a bit. I’m hoping he can avoid doing any gas station drive-offs in that time. The price of gas is getting high.

April 28, 2011

Aroldis Chapman is Evolving

No, he’s not a Pokemon, but Cincinnati Reds fireballer Aroldis Chapman seems to add to his move set the more battles he’s victorious in.

Remember back to Saturday when the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals? Chapman got the win in that affair, shutting down the Cardinals in the 7th inning.

Yesterday, Chapman did it again, this time against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was brought in in the bottom of the 8th in a tie game with runners on first and second. He promptly hit the first batter he faced to load them, but after that, the Brewers didn’t have a chance. He struck out Carlos Gomez and then got Ryan Braun to ground weakly to third for the final out.

But he wasn’t done. The game was still tied heading into the bottom of the 9th, so rather than use his closer, Dusty Baker sent Chapman back out. Again, the Brewers didn’t have a chance. He made Prince Fielder look silly, striking him out, got a fly-out from Casey McGehee, and then picked off the one runner he did allow to reach. Oh, and all of this with his fastball consistently north of 100 miles per hour. John Fay described it as Chapman’s best game so far.

Chapman threw 19 pitches, 17 strikes.

“That was the best he’s looked,” Baker said. “He was throwing quality strikes and getting quality hitters out. … They got guys over there who can hit in the clutch.”

Obviously the guy would be more valuable in the starting rotation, but he sure is a nice option to have right now. And until then, he might just be making Baker a better, smarter manager.

Let’s hope he he’s not reached level 100 yet. I’d hate to see him maxed out so early.

April 27, 2011

Griffey the third making his football bid

The Kid and the Kid's KidHow, after all these years, did I not realize that “Trey” was a reference to “three”? #Duh

Dr. Saturday, a BCS blog on, talked a little about “The Kid’s Kid” last week, specifically regarding his (so far, largely unsuccessful) efforts to land at a prestigious football college:

The football scouts have been somewhat less impressed: Griffey’s only Division I offer to date is from Florida International, though a few heavier hitters seem to have shown some serious interest, and he hopes a transfer to a more high-profile program.

There’s a video with Trey that you might like to click over and check out.

No word yet on David Weathers’ son who so impressed the world as a surprisingly skilled 6-year old. He must be almost to middle school by now, so you’ll want to keep your eyes open for that one.

April 26, 2011

St Louis Loves Video of Wind

Remember a couple years ago when that video of the storm blowing through Busch Stadium was all over the place?

Now you can enjoy even more windy footage from St. Louis, the heir-apparent to the Windy City. This is surveillance footage from the airport when the storm that delayed the first game of the recent Red-Cards series blew through:

Yes, letting that game proceed on schedule was a good idea.

April 25, 2011

Game 22: Reds 9, Brewers 5

W: Arroyo L: Narveson


Ah, at last: a Reds game without a rain delay. Sometimes that dome really pays off.

Tonight Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds and put in a really good showing, giving up just 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and two bases on balls through 6 and a third innings. Logan Ondrusek, Bill Bray, Nick Massett and Jordan Smith filled in the rest of the innings and gave up another three runs among them, but that’s OK when your offense has put together a six-run third.

From the offense, Dusty Baker changed the line-up to shake it up, to excellent results. Brandon Phillips knocked in three of the team’s six from the clean-up spot. Jay Bruce and Ryan Hannigan each contributed two more RBI from the two hole and seven hole respectively. Jonny Gomes and Arroyo filled out the rest of the RBI story.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a game wrap on Red Hot Mama without a mention of Joey “minor obsession” Votto: he went 1-for-5 to pull his average down to .383 but extend his on-base streak to something unholy like 40 games or something.

Tomorrow the Reds continue the series with the Brewers tomorrow in Milwaukee at 8:10 p.m. Mike Leake will take on Marco Estrada.