Every spring is a scrambled egg of hopes, dreams and our worst fears all fighting for space in our baseball psyche. Continue Reading
The Cincinnati Reds’ rebuild is out of the batter’s box and finally in full stride. Brandon Phillips stands at the keystone, blocking the way. Or not.
Baseball is a sport steeped in currency, the metric as well as the monetary. But seldom has a World Series hinged on one this simple.
My best from this season. A re-visitation.
Greatness has no expiration date
The Rebuild is a long slog. Don’t fight it.
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings — William Shakespeare
Joey Votto is the best hitter to ever wear a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Why do so many people want to run him out of town?
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He reached the summit at 10:07pm on August 13, 2016. It was — and remains — a remarkable achievement, given that on May, 31st, a full two months into the season, he was still bivouacked at his own personal base camp, disoriented by muscles and memory rendered insufficient by opposing forces on the hill some sixty feet away. A .213 batting average, a .330 on-base percentage, not to mention a month of April that was the worst of his career weren’t just base camp for Joey Votto — this was the basement of a career that has seen him among the very best hitters in Major League Baseball.Continue Reading
One quarter of an hour didn’t just doom a season. It may have been opportunity lost for the Walt Jocketty Era in Cincinnati.