Pete Rose comes home for Opening Day
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ask a non-Cincinnati native of a certain
age what they know of the Queen City, and inevitably Pete Rose and the
Big Red Machine will come up. Hey, probably better that than the
Mapplethorpe controversy, WKRP in Cincinnati or Jerry Springer’s various post-mayoral hijinks.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Until July of 2015, you’re going to hear a
lot about Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. And for good reason —
the game could bring anywhere from $75-$100 million into the city.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The shutout in this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting was ugly, but the 2013 ballot and beyond could get downright messy.
by Blake Hammond
What happened to the Cincinnati Reds? We have no idea. But maybe it was the walk-on music?
Besides baseball, there are two things that I associate with GABP and the Reds — beer and music. Well, maybe there are three. Losing in the playoffs has seemingly snuck itself in there in the last week or so. Whatever, I don’t want to talk about it. Ever since I was a kid, my favorite baseball players' personalities have always matched their walk-on batting intros. (Adam Dunn’s intro, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica, was badass, unless he struck out afterward, which was often the case.)But as I got older and was able to drink at the games (legally anyway), I began to notice a trend in my beer buying regiment. I was buying more booze in the bottom-half of the innings than in the top-half and I had no idea why. But after some deliberation (a couple more beers), I finally figured it out. It was this team’s batting intros that drove me to the stands to go broke on $9 beers (thanks, guys!)So, in lieu of thinking about my bank account, or the fact that we made history being the only team ever up 2-0 in a series and still, somehow, some way, found a way to lose three straight at home, here is a list of the Reds' starters walk-on songs, rated on a scale of how many beers it takes for me to enjoy them. Even though no amount of booze will ease the pain of that Game 5 loss, maybe making fun of these guys' music preferences will.• Zack Cozart: “Too Close” – Alex Clare: Alex Clare’s DupPop single “Too Close” (best known for soundtracking an Internet Explorer commercial) has risen on the pop charts at the same rate as Zack Cozart’s batting average over the past season. Coincidence? I think not. But really, Zack? This is your walk-on song? This is what gets you pumped up? I mean, for God’s sake, the lyrics don’t make any sense. “I feel like I am just too close to love you”? It would make much more sense if the lyrics were, “I feel like I’m too just too drunk to do you.” That would be a song I could connect with. Rating: 8 beers.• Drew Stubbs: “Breakin’ a Sweat” – Skrillex and The Doors There is no excuse for this. The whole thing sounds like Netzero fucked Jim Morrison and it’s just not OK. I honestly think this may be half the reason why Stubbs’ hitting had been so atrocious over the last season. Really though, if I had to hear this screeching dial-tone noise ringing throughout GABP every time I went up to bat, I wouldn’t be able to concentrate either. Rating: 20 beers. Alcohol poisoning sounds better than this song. • Brandon Phillips: “Turn Up” – 2 Chainz; “Turn On The Lights” – Future; “Everythang” – Young Jeezy; “Pop That” – French Montana; “Bandz a Make Her Dance” – Juicy JAll right, DatDude, what the hell? I understand wanting to switch it up during the game and maybe having two or even three songs tops. But five? In most games you don’t even get to the plate five times!It’s OK, though. It’s worth it just to see all the old white people get uncomfortable when there is some Rap music blowing through the speakers at GAB.Rating: 2 beers. • Joey Votto: “Paint it Black” – The Rolling StonesI like to picture Joey Votto sitting at home alone, crying, listening to this song and asking, “Why do I have to do everything?!?” Seriously though, when you hear that thumping drum beat in the beginning of the song, you know fear strikes the heart of any opposing pitcher having to face Votto-matic.Rating: Zero beers. No alcohol needed for this one. • Ryan Ludwick: “Brass Monkey” – The Beastie BoysWhile Phillips' newer Rap joints are a little too hood for the white people in the crowd, this is something they can relate, too. I wish Ludwick could bat twice in the order, not only because he’s a great hitter, but so I can see the drunk 40-something in front of me gyrate and giggle some more when this song comes on. Rating: 2 beers. It’s a fantastic song but it is about drinking, so it only seems right to have a little bit of a buzz. • Todd Frazier: “Come Fly With Me”/ “Fly Me To The Moon” – Frank SinatraTodd Frazier is a class act. His intro songs were chosen because they remind him of his grandparents (seriously dude — is there a bad bone in your body?). But honestly, who better than Old Blue Eyes to bring out the classiest Red since Sean Casey? Rating: Zero beers. Maybe a “Daniels on ice, two fingers” though, in salute to Sinatra. • Jay Bruce: “Everything I Do” – TimefliesI don’t know who these guys are, but based on the 15-30 second judgment made when I heard it every time Bruce came up to bat, I’m not a fan. (Sidenote: I’m going to blame this song on that pop-fly he had in the ninth inning of Game 5. Thanks a lot, Timeflies — you ruined the season!)Rating: 5 beers. • Ryan Hannigan: “The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco I applaud Hannigan for throwing up a Lupe song as his walk-on. It’s cool that he listens to some good Hip Hop. But this song was quite possibly the worst choice he could have made. The sample of Modest Mouse’s “Float On” alone makes me want the “show” to stop and never go on again.Rating: 5 beers.• Scott Rolen: “Viva La Vida” – ColdplayThis might be the weirdest choice on the whole list. When you see Scott Rolen up to bat, he just looks pissed off. Like he’s Liam Neeson and the ball he’s about to smash just took his daughter and sold her into the sex trade. But then you hear his walk-on music and it’s freakin’ Coldplay? I was expecting some AC/DC, even some Motorhead, but Coldplay? I would go on, maybe even make a “You know how I know you’re gay?” joke — but honestly I’m afraid of this guy. Even if he does listen to Coldplay.Rating: 4 beers. After about four large drafts I’d be singing along. It’s just got that Pop-chant chorus that I can’t resist when intoxicated. I wasn’t going to do any pitchers but this one was too hard to resist …• Mike Leake: “Some Nights” – Fun You know what would be fun, Mike? If “Some Nights” you’d stop choking and pitch to your full potential. Rating: 6 beers. (While we know up-to-bat music is irrelevant in Major League Baseball and cannot actually be blamed for the Reds blowing it in the playoffs, we'll offer our suggestions for new walk-on music this coming spring. Look for it in about six months. Leave your own suggestions in the comments.)
by Brian Dill
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Team sits in second place despite anemic offense
With all the talent the Reds have on their roster the bats
just aren’t blazing like we all suspected they would. The Reds rank 27th or lower in four major offensive categories, including runs scored — a woeful
31 runs in 10 games. Luckily for the Reds, outside their current opponent — St.
Louis — nobody in the division can win games, either. The Reds sit in second
place along with Houston and Milwaukee. The one thing Dusty’s boys can’t afford is to
continue with the Drew Stubbs special — swinging and missing. If the Cardinals
sweep the Reds — which is looking probable — then they would be six games back,
not insurmountable but far from ideal.A healthy Brandon Phillips will go a long way in getting
putting runs on the board. Wilson Valdez and Willie Harris did a commendable
job in their time replacing Phillips, but any extended absence from Phillips
results in a significant drop in offensive production. In addition to Phillips
recovering from a hamstring injury, much of the starting lineup will have to
overcome a plague-like slump. Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Devin Mesoraco, Ryan
Hanigan, Drew Stubbs and Scott Rolen are all hitting .205 or worse. Production
from the cleanup spot is hurting badly; Rolen has no dingers and only two
extra-base hits. Joey Votto and Zack Cozart — the only to hitting worth a damn — need production behind them if the reds are going to reverse their current
run scoring trend.The Reds have Bronson Arroyo taking the hill tonight against
the only St. Louis starter without a win this year, Adam Wainwright (0-2.)
Wainwright enters the game with an 11.42 era, if the Reds can’t stop their
anemic offensive output against Wainwright it may be a long next couple of
The Cincinnati Reds look to repeat as Central Division champs
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Cincinnati sports fans are justifiably skeptical of their teams’ yearly promises of greatness. Our recent sports history has left many with a “believe it when we see it” philosophy when it comes to local teams’ on-field success. But when Jay Bruce’s rocket-laser walk-off home run against the Astros on Sept. 28, 2010, caromed off the batter’s-eye pavilion in center field, Great American Ball Park exploded into the greatest celebration in its short history.