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Ollie comes home a harrowing adventure

Its not actually that harrowing, there was a lot of worrying and a lot of walking.

First off I have to say thank you to everyone who has helped us with Ollie this last week.  Since he went missing I’ve been pretty much a mess and the fact that he went missing while we were out of town made it a lot harder for us.

That being said many have asked where/how he was found.  Well the answer is pretty amazing.

We live in the “Fordson Heights” area of hamilton, we drove home in one straight shot yesterday, which was earlier than we were planning on coming home but we wanted to find out Ollie.  After getting home at right around 3:20 (and winning a contest on Americas trucking network for some motorkote) we went to bed.  My wife got up around 8, I got up around 9 and we began the search in earnest.  Because one of us had to be with the baby all the time I went out and searched the shelters while my wife made up a new flyer and did some online searches and updates craigslist postings including posting to Indianapolis and ky and Columbus because you never know.

After the shelters I wandered our neighborhood and some areas that I would not generally call our neighborhood but thought he could have made it to.  Outside of the areas I hit today I was kind of out of ideas.  I drove around and put up flyers in a few places and finally after having walked enough to have completed a 15k we decided to check my parents subdivision.  Its not far from me and he knows it as well as he knows ours so you know maybe?

They had just arrived home from vacation and I said I wanted to check craigslist found to see if anyone had posted.  As I was wrapping up I got a phone call from someone who identified herself as “Becky”  Becky said she lived in New Miami and was looking at my dog.

Now in order for him to make it to new Miami he had to go from the east side of hamilton to the west side, and then wandered through at least 2-3 more heavy traffic streets.

So I was skeptical.

I was wrong to be skeptical.  She described him to a tee and before she could finish we were out the door.  by the time she described his collar we were already on the road.  It took  us just under 5 miles to get there.  5 miles.  my parents live around a mile from us so lets call it 4 miles for him.  THE DOG WALKED 4 MILES. He’s tiny, itty bitty, 6 lbs at his fattest, that’s a long walk.

When we got there she had lost sight of him.  So my dad and I were walking at this point in disappearing sunlight looking.  My dad spotted him and shined his flashlight on him in the dark and he got spooked and ran.  I should clarify on this Ollie has bad night vision, he always has.  I can’t tell you the number of times he’s jumped and missed the bed because he couldn’t see it well enough.

My dog loves my dad, but couldn’t tell it was him.  My dad called me over and told me point blank “Its him, I saw him its him”  This was the first and only lead we’d actually had on him in the week he’s been missing. It was pitch black out now basically and we tried and tried to find him to no avail.  He must have been scared to death because he could hear us and wouldn’t come out.

My wife arrived and we sent my mom and dad around to look other places my wife and I took back to the woods we’d last seen him and started calling out again.

Much to my shock about 5 minutes in I heard my wife calling him and spotted a little white fluff ball in the woods.  He was coming out to my wifes voice! my dad and I started calling to him as well and my wife shined a light on me and he ran over to me and laid down and started whining.  (think tears of joy, he does that sometimes when he is super happy)

I grabbed him up and found that he was covered in mud, and well a whole bunch of stuff, dirt, burrs, other assorted substances.  He was so happy he would nuzzle up against one of us, yipe and then lick, yipe then lick.

Heres where it could have gotten heart breaking.  My daughter woke up in her own bed today and when she did immediately started calling out “Ollieollieollie” which usually brings him running. She was on long parts of the search mission including my wife and I walking the neighborhood calling out “Ollieollieollie”  It was heartbreaking to hear because she really loves this dog.

To the point where my mom was sitting in the car with her while we were looking and started calling out the window to him and she broke down crying.  Now she’s 14 months old so she could have just soiled her self but it honestly seemed like it was out of sheer sadness that she was crying.

When we got the dog inside the look of happiness and joy on her face and the amount of laughing and giggling that she did while staring straight at him made an already amazing night all the better.

He’s exhausted.  I’m not sure how much he slept while he was missing, I don’t think he ate much either which is to be expected I guess.

We’re taking him to the vet tomorrow and a groomer to be looked at.

Once again thank you to all for your help.




I understand that there’s a potential trade candidate that would cause riots in the streets of Cincinnati. I get it. We all have our favorite players. And I know for a fact, that a few of you that will read this, are genuine fans of this particular player, and this is not addressed to you. You folks are Reds fans, start to finish. No beef.

I want to see some sort of logical, well thought out response from one of these “fans” that plan on “protesting” or ceasing to cheer for Cincinnati baseball if that dude is traded.

I’m not angry, in fact, you have every right to cheer for whomever, and however you like. But it concerns me, that one player defines you as a fan of this club. This is a business, and not all business decisions are easy. In fact, the toughest things in life, usually wind up being the most worthwhile. There is no guarantee that this trade even happens, but it seems to me that trading a guy that fills one hole, and acquiring multiple players that fill a range of issues is a wise move.

Regression at this point is inevitable, and if last season is any indication has already begun with Brandon. So what is the reason for clinging on to what will eventually be an albatross contract? Sentimental justification? If you’re using your heart to build a team, you’re going to lose a lot of games. If you can maximize a return on a player that is on the back nine of a career, you pull the trigger.

A lot of people love number 4, and I’m doing my best to keep my personal feelings out of this post. But I have to see some sort of logical, fact based response as to WHY this potential trade is a bad move.

Post below! Just a heads up, anything but respectful posts will be removed. This is a forum for open discussion, not an opportunity to make this a personal issues.

Intrigued for the replies!

General Post


This is the post where I apologize for not ever blogging anymore or for never updating much of anything on here!

Seriously I am sorry, life has gotten super hectic to the point where just editing the podcast takes almost an act of god to get the time to do it.  I will see what I can do to get better at this and to get more time to do it.

I would like to take a minute and mention MLB Ballpark Empire No they aren’t a sponsor of the show or anything, but damn they are addicting and unlike blog posts are something I can do while doing homework.

Legacies and the game

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about legacies and baseball. It’s been something that I’ve seen brought up several times recently in particular in reference to A-Rod.

This brings me to a real question….Who has a legacy in baseball? What makes a baseball legacy?

Does A-Rod have a legacy? Why does A-Rod have a legacy? What makes him have a legacy?
He’s been a great player that’s true, but do all great players need a legacy?

Babe Ruth, he has a legacy. Lou Gehrig, he has a legacy. Barry Bonds has a legacy. Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson they all have legacies.

They are also players that defined a generation. I don’t meant they were among the best players to play the game during their generation.

A-Rod? He’s a great, he’s got hall of fame numbers, truly he does! Does he have greatest of all time numbers? Not quite.
His post seasons have been either spectacular or awful (Career post season BA is .263) and while there was a stretch where he was ridiculous theres also been stretches wheres hes been between pedestrian and not very good.
His career Batting average is .300 right now. Which sounds really good until you consider the fact that since 2009 he’s hit .286, .270, .276, .272 and currently .273.
Again he’s been REALLY GOOD, GREAT, but not All Time Great with a legacy behind him.
Is it stats that define a legacy? like A-Rod? Is it title? Do all managers have a legacy? Do all players?
Whats Pokey Reeses legacy? Whats Hideki Irabu’s legacy?

Managers seem a bit easier, I think that most managers get a legacy, where as few players get a legacy.

I think the two I’ve been thinking about the most of recent are Dusty Baker and Brandon Phillips.

Dusty like it or not has a legacy in Cincinnati. He does. What you think of that legacy, where it ends up will be decided by the next two years.

Like him or not you have to remember that prior to Dusty this team had 58 other managers (58!)  Even with this being the oldest team in major league history that’s still what a new manager every 2.5 years roughly?

In that time there had been 4 managers between Dusty and Jack McKeon the last manager to have the Reds In the post season and 6 total managers between them and the last post season win (DAVEY JOHNSON!).

Dusty helped bring this team out of the darkness and into the light, for that there should be a certain amount of gratefulness that any Reds fan will look back on Dusty’s tenure with.

For all of that though and the fact that he has gotten them two post season births and never advanced past the wildcard round will result in many detractors to Dusty bakers Legacy.

That’s why this next year and a half is important for him, and his legacy. He needs to get this team out of the first round, he needs a long post season run, he needs to be able to look back at his time while staring at his glistening World Series ring.  I swear this to you, if Dusty gets a world series ring then in 7-10 years we’re watching a Dusty Baker hall of fame speech.  Without it, we aren’t.  That ring is what separates him from a Lou Pinella (Statistically) and that ring will decide where he goes, home or the hall of fame.

Brandon Phillips legacy is interesting to me in another right.

Statistically he has started to over take Joe Morgan for so many Reds 2B stats its not even funny.  By the time his career is over he will have passed Joe for basically every meaningful statistic that there is.

Does that make him better than Joe?  Does that mean I’m going to have Brandon Phillips Toyota across the street from Joe Morgan Honda?

I don’t know about the dealership, what I do know is there is one key important difference between these players.

World Series.

Brandon is lucky in a way.  Unlike Dusty BP has 6 more chances at Rings.  With any luck we’ll see him put at least one on his finger, what will it take for him to cement his playing legacy ahead of Joe as the best Reds second baseman of all time? 2 Rings? 3?

What are your thoughts?


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Reds Vs Padres

Tonight starts the biggest 10 days In the Reds Calendar (in my opinion)  The team has shown signs of life this homestand and at 3-2 on the homestand can still make a nice run of it.

However for that to happen they NEED to go on a tear.  The only way this will happen is for them to take the series against the Pods.  That is do-able. Arroyo, Cingrani and Leake are going for the Reds, which is a rewind of last weekend.  Do you really think that Arroyo and Leake get their heads kicked in again this week like last week?

I don’t.  I think that tonight buoyed by the Raucous crowd at Reds Social that Bronson rocks and rolls his way to a victory.  Cingrani and Leake will do the same.

From here we have 7 more games coming up with the Cubs and Brewers.  If this team does what it can do to those teams My prediction is we’re 3 games out or less at the end of those 10 games.

If this team doesn’t…..well we’re not going there.


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