Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 25, 2011

Spots Still Available for the CBTS Jay Bruce Baseball Camp

Jay Bruce Baseball Camp LogoCINCINNATI, OHIO– There are still spots remaining for Cincinnati Reds Right Fielder Jay Bruce’s second annual baseball camp! The Second Annual CBTS Jay Bruce Baseball Camp presented by Chiquita and Fifth Third Bank in partnership with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is Monday, July 25th and Tuesday, July 26th at Prasco Park from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fan favorite Jay Bruce will be on site for the entire two days of camp to direct activities and provide instruction. Jay will be joined by several top prep and collegiate coaches from the greater Cincinnati area. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14.

Campers experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills and the team concept of baseball. Individual groups are small to assure each camper gets maximum personalized instruction.

Campers receive an autographed team photo with Jay Bruce, camp T-shirt and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. Cost of the camp is $174.

Additional camp partners include Chiquita, Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, Marge and Charles Schott Foundation, Old Spice, Powerade, FS Ohio, 700 WLW and Zionsville Times Sentinel.

Information and registration are available at or by calling 888-389-CAMP.

April 24, 2011

How Will They Roll On Now?

The Cincinnati Reds had played several games without third basemen Scott Rolen, and today they decided they couldn’t play with a short roster any longer. Rolen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The move is retroactive to Thursday, and leaves the Reds very short on the hot corner. Rolen’s backup, Juan Francisco, was sent to the disabled list last week with a strained calf. And there are no real backups left on the major league roster because Edwin Renteria stubbornly refuses to play any position besides second and short.

The Reds’ roster move to replace Rolen was to call up Chris Valaika, but I don’t think he’s well-suited for third. And his bat is definitely a big drop from Rolen’s.

Despite the season being less than a month old, the Reds have had a parade of players to the disabled list. Rolen is the 7th such player, which is “good” for 4th in the majors. Despite all the injuries, the team has spent all but one day with a share of first place.

April 24, 2011

Hi, Hello, and Welcome Back: George Grande returns tomorrow

As much of a goofy, goody-two-shoes, Jim-Edmonds-lover as he is, George Grande has always been a favorite broadcaster of mine, so I was psyched to have gotten this message in my email inbox:

Grande will be calling play-by-play alongside analyst Chris Welsh for the Cincinnati Reds-Milwaukee Brewers series next Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27th.

Monday’s game in Milwaukee begins at 8pm. Tune in to Reds Live pregame show at 7:30pm and visit for additional coverage.

Hopefully my class will get out early on Monday so that I can get as much of my George Grande fix as possible, but if not, I’ll be spending some extra time with the Georginator 6000 XL.

April 23, 2011

Game 21: Reds 5, Cardinals 3: Reds Win Without Cheating

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W: Chapman (1-0) L: Batista (1-1) S: Corderos (3)


A day after the St. Louis Cardinals cheated themselves to an early advantage, the Cincinnati Reds finally got their bearings back and put away the Redbirds.

Things started very well, with Reds’ starter Travis Wood pitching a scoreless first inning. Let me repeat that. A Reds starter pitched a scoreless first inning. While it might seem a mundane thing, it’s something that hadn’t happened for 6 or seven games. Wood did allow runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th, but he did turn in a quality start.

Chris Carpenter started for the Cardinals and was wild in the first, but managed to escape unscathed. The Reds continued to have solid at-bats against him, working up his pitch count. He left after 6 innings having thrown 103 pitches and allowed a couple of runs.

Those 2 runs for the Reds came when they were down 2-0 in the 6th. Joey Votto came to the plate with a runner on and deposited a 3-0 pitch over the outfield wall. That’s what an MVP does right there.

The Reds promptly gave up the lead in the bottom of the 6th, but their attitude seemed less defeated than before. RHM turned to me during the rain delay and said, “They’re going to win this one.”

And they did, thanks to the Cardinals’ crappy defense and Ryan Franklin. In the 8th, Miguel Batista was pitching. Drew Stubbs reached on an error, Brandon Phillips struck out, Joey Votto was intentionally walked, and Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch. Trever Miller was brought in to face Jay Bruce, but Bruce worked a walk that brought in the tying run. Then the Cardinals turned to their former closer, Franklin, who promptly gave up a two-run single to Miguel Cairo.

That was enough for the Reds. Francisco Cordero came in for the Reds in the 9th and pitched a perfect inning for his 3rd save.

The Reds and Cardinals will play tomorrow night to see who wins the series. We’ll see if the Cardinals can go another game without cheating.

April 22, 2011

That’s One Way of Striking Fear into the Opposing Team

Tony LaRussa is reportedly suffering the worst case of conjunctivitis ever. Or maybe he was late on paying back a bookie. Hopefully the Cincinnati Reds aren’t too terrified today when they face the St. Louis Cardinals.