Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 31, 2012

You, Too, Can Enter To Be Randomly Selected To Spend Money

Despite the 60-degree weather in my Midwestern neck of the woods, it is actually the dead of winter. And as the calendar flips over to the shortest month of the year–with all new, less shortening this year–once again the Cincinnati Reds announce their now annual sweepstakes for Opening Day tickets.

Now lest you think this is a drawing for actual tickets, no, it’s for the chance to buy tickets. I didn’t win the chance last year, but I’m feeling good about this year.

In a continuing effort to make Opening Day tickets available to as many fans as possible, the Reds have announced the annual online ticket opportunity for the April 5 game vs. the Miami Marlins.

Now through Wednesday, February 15, at noon ET, fans can register on for a chance to purchase up to four (4) individual Opening Day tickets.

There are a limited number of tickets available through this opportunity.

Applicants must complete and submit the registration form online on to participate in this opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets.

Winners will be selected at random from the pool of registrants.

Winners will be notified via email and will have the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day.

The best way to guarantee Opening Day ticket options is with a VIP Full, Weeknight or Half-Season Mix plan.

You can register at

January 29, 2012

Reds Caravan 2012 – West Leg Pix

Yesterday we got up early to stand in line for some Reds autographs. It was a pretty weak line-up, but Nick Masset isn’t bad to look at and maybe that Billy Hamilton will be the biggest name of all in a few years. Plus, it’s always a treat to hang out with Rosie.

January 26, 2012

A Few Reds Transactions: Wilson Valdez and Jeff Francis

The Cincinnati Reds were busy yesterday, making two deals to add depth to the club.

First, they traded left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst to the Philadelphia Phillies for utility infielder Wilson Valdez. And really, “depth” is the nicest way to describe Valdez.

Next season, he’ll be 34 years-old. He’s never hit well, posting a career .290 on-base percentage and a weak slugging percentage of .330. He’s the definition of light-hitting. And his defense hasn’t been rated as stellar either. While I made the joke that recently acquired Willie Harris could be the next Corey Patterson, there’s a chance that this guy could supplant him. Dusty Baker has some bad tendencies with players like this.

The other transaction seems like a much better one. In a move clearly meant to bolster their starting pitching, the Reds signed former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor-league contract.

Francis has been an average, innings-eating pitcher for his career. His ERA+ sits right at 98. He had an excellent career year with the Colorado Rockies in 2007, and finished 9th in Cy Young voting. He’s unlikely to reach that high, but he seems more than capable of taking a few starts. Considering how injury-prone the projected Reds starters are–Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey were both on the disabled list last year–I expect Francis to make quite a few appearances.

So there you go. One kind of bad deal–more due to manager Baker’s weaknesses–and one solid one.

January 23, 2012

Jocketty Too Embarrassed To Admit Willie Harris Signing

In a bizarre move that I can only attribute to sheer shame from Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, manager Dusty Baker today announced the signing of Willie Harris.

I understand that Jocketty’s previous announcements have been pretty big and awesome–the surprise signing of closer Ryan Madson and the going-for-it-all trade for Mat Latos–but sending Baker out to do your work? It sounds strange.

Who is this Willie Harris? He may just be this year’s Willy Taveras. At 33, he’s played for 6 teams over 11 years. He’s a speedy guy with lots of veterany goodness, but he’s also quite versatile. He has experience in both the outfield and the infield. And he’s also had some success getting on base, with a .330 career on-base percentage.

The Reds have little depth in the infield, so this signing of Harris to a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training does make sense. Should Zach Cozart and Scott Rolen both go down at any point in the season, then the bench would be quite thin. Should he make the club, let’s hope he bears no resemblance to Corey Patterson.

January 21, 2012

Phillips falls short of Gibby

It’s been painfully quiet on the Reds news front lately, hasn’t it? If there were anything real to talk about, I wouldn’t be screwing around with second-place finishes in fake awards.

But there isn’t and I am, so here we go.

If the two stats provided here were the criteria by which this award is intended, then Phillips actually won. But since it’s a voting thing, he lost out to Asdrubal (like regular Drupal, only even harder to use thanks to the ass).

Not that I’d kick Cabrera out of the infield for eating crackers, but I think we all know that Phillips only lost this vote-a-thon because we’re all so confident in his superiority that we didn’t need to prove anything to the internet with a bunch of clicking on the Vote button.

Don’t worry guys: the Reds Caravan is coming to town next week, and we’ll have some actual stuff to talk about then.