So This Is What Being A Reds Fan Is All About? (WARNING: GENERALIZATIONS AHEAD)
The team is only a few games behind the division leading Cardinals and less than two games in front of the third place Pirates – the team that happens to be going up against the Reds tonight at GABP. Even though it is a home game for the Reds, and the Pirates are shutting out the home team and winning by three runs (and end up winning 4-0), the crowd cheers wildly and suddenly erupts in cheers and fans high-five and hug all around the ballpark like Jay Bruce just hit a clinching home run. The thing is, though… he didn’t.
I’m all for fans cheering and acting how they want to as long as it doesn’t make the fanbase – as a whole – look stupid. The Woo (at any time of the game) and cheering for free pizza while the Reds are getting waxed does just that. I would rather see the wave start in the 9th inning than hear Reds fans cheer like they did tonight while losing to the team breathing down the Reds necks in the standings (and I’m not a fan of the wave at critical game moments, either). I think it’s time for LaRosa’s to rethink their promotion and make the offer valid ONLY if the Reds win. I’m pretty sure the Reds are right around .500 when striking out 11 or more during a game at Great American Ballpark, Yes, some of you may have to actually BUY your $4 personal pizzas from LaRosa’s, but maybe then Reds fans would care about the score and not just the strikeout total.
I’m Not Saying #FARRRDUSTY, But…
…when Dusty’s time with the Reds is over, I wouldn’t mind giving Clint Hurdle a decent lookover while searching for a new manager. The guy is a local product and makes positive things happen on the field. Maybe his record doesn’t seem so high-powered, but he makes my short list, for sure.
Mat Latos Is My Favorite Pitcher
This guy has been an absolute horse for the Reds and seemingly just the guy you need in the Reds clubhouse. I absolutely loved seeing Mat get fired up in the dugout when the butt-Pirates hit Choo. He had a bad first inning tonight, but put the Pirates in a virtual headlock afterwards. He owns a 6-1 record and had FIVE blown games by the bullpen! Remember when people were questioning if Latos was worth the “potential” the Reds traded away for him? Makes me glad there are professionals handling the trades and not armchair GMs…
Speaking Of Armchair GMs…
…my buddy who was suggesting that Jay Bruce should be traded hasn’t come out to say he was wrong, but he’s hinted at it so much that I accept his apology for such a silly comment. He has since said that he “always love Jay Bruce” and now sees the reason for keeping him. Sometimes being
pretty smart a super genius means you know when to give up a fight. Knuckles, Andrew!
Not sure what to say about Pete. I mean, the camo hat was better than most of the headwear we’ve seen The Hit King sport at a Reds game. We’ve known he’s not the most fashion-forward guy dating back to the showing-off-your-hairy-body-while-standing-in-your-underwear advertisement, but who among us wouldn’t call in sick if Pete had an extra ticket for a ball game? Let me just go ahead and fly this flag in case Pete sees it: Pete, if you have an extra ticket, I’d enjoy going to the game with you and talking about baseball. It’d make one hell of a Head First Slide posting!
Finally, Something Positive From Your Angry Blogger!
Congratulations to Richard (@HFSPodcast on Twitter) and his wife on the birth of their beautiful daughter. Sunday was my first Father’s Day with my ten-month old little girl, but having a two week old must’ve made the day even more special, if possible. For me, being a father has been the greatest thing to happen, and I’m sure Richard feels the same way with his new family. Congrats buddy!
As always, thanks for reading. I’m serious, Pete – I’d basically quit my job if you’d let me tag along to a Reds game with you. Yes, I consider this begging, but since very few people read my posts and even fewer read this italics part, I’m ok with that. Let’s make this happen! For the non-Pete Rose readers, feel free to make fun of my begging ways in the comment section or on Twitter at @GeoffreyHoman. Thanks again!