0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Quite honestly, a team Hall of Fame never
seemed like a big deal to me — a nice honor, sure, but nothing like
Cooperstown. It’s something, I always thought, to which those being
inducted paid lip service. That was until I threw out the softball
icebreaker to Sean Casey on Saturday before his induction into the Reds
Hall of Fame.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Joey Votto should be the face of baseball
right now. He should be the biggest name in the game, there should be
cameras following his every move, national TV commercials and the
talking heads on TV saying “Votto” so much that you’d think it was a
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
From a fan’s standpoint, what Aroldis
Chapman is doing seems amazing. Through May 27, Chapman hadn’t allowed
an earned run in 21 appearances and 26 innings. He’d only allowed seven
hits, walked eight and struck out 44. But it’s not just those in the
stands that are impressed — so are his teammates.
by Danny Cross
Mitt Romney's campaign has reportedly
entered an “audition phase” in its search for a vice presidential
candidate, and local boy Rob Portman is on the AP's speculative list. With three months to go before the Republican National Convention, Romney's people will soon be asking intensely personal questions of potential VPs, such as whether they've ever had marital problems, affairs or mental health counseling. In preparation, many Republicans are already speaking out against President Obama with hopes of sounding like a guy that can help Romney win in November. The AP included in its rundown of the more high-profile candidates the strengths and potential weaknesses of each:
who are informally auditioning would each bring different strengths —
and drawbacks — to the presidential ticket.
Ohio Sen. Rob
Portman supported Romney early, has a solid rapport with the
candidate and hails from Ohio, a critical battleground state that
could decide the election. But he wouldn't necessarily appeal
directly to Hispanic or women voters.
Bobby) Jindal, the Louisiana governor, could help Romney turn out the
religious right and would add diversity to the ticket as an
Indian-American, but he struggled during a national debut rebutting
the 2010 State of the Union address.
Virginia Gov. Bob
McDonnell appeals to social conservatives but signed a controversial
state law that requires Virginia women to have ultrasounds before
having an abortion.
New Hampshire Sen.
Kelly Ayotte, who's campaigned frequently with Romney, could help
with female voters and in her swing state of New Hampshire. But she's
from New England, the same region of the country as Romney, while
(New Jersey Gov. Chris) Christie, a conservative favorite who can
work a crowd, is from New Jersey.
Marco) Rubio could bring Florida, always a deciding factor in a
general election, and appeal to Hispanics, a fast-growing voting
bloc, but he's run into some trouble over a foreclosed home and
possible misuse of an official credit card. And Ryan is a serious,
leading policy mind with a bright future — and a brand name that's
directly tied to a controversial budget that would make major changes
Meanwhile, Romney says Obama doesn't even understand free
enterprise. A Columbus tavern owner has lost his
freedom isn't free battle in the Ohio Supreme Court, which yesterday
unanimously ruled that the state's smoking ban is constitutional. The
owner of Zeno's Victorian Village had racked up thousands of dollars
in fines after 10 citations for violating the ban from July 2007 and
September 2009. The state has reportedly threatened to seize the bar
if the fines are not paid.
Meteorologists say after this weekend's heat wave this spring
could be the hottest on record.The Reds defeated the Atlanta
Braves last night on a Todd Frazier walk-off home run in the bottom
of the ninth inning. It was the Reds' fifth straight win, and they're
currently a half game behind St. Louis for first place in the
The Pakistan conviction of the Osama bin Laden doctor who helped
the CIA find him is not going over well with the U.S. government.
Pakistani authorities sentenced Shakeel Afridi to 33 years in prison
for treason, and Afridi was not entitled to representation, though he
has a right to appeal. The U.S. has threatened to cut aid to the
country, arguing that informants work against al-Qaeda and not
Britain's recession is worse than expected, as the country's
economy shrunk by .3 percent during the first quarter.
The SpaceX shuttle passed some tests
necessary to move forward with its landing on the International Space
Station Friday morning. President Obama called the company's CEO to
congratulate him and he answered despite thinking it might be a
John Malkovich is in the latest Apple
advertisement for Siri, during which Malkovich gets some life advice.
The ads follow those released starring Hollywood actors Zooey
Deschanel and Samuel Jackson last month.
by Mike Breen
Posted In: baseball
at 12:04 PM | Permalink
Two Reds supporters make three spectacular plays in the stands over four-day span
When Reds pitcher Mike Leake hit his first career home run Monday night off Braves starter Mike Minor at Great American Ballpark, it landed directly in the lap of 20-year-old casual-turned-hardcore fan Caleb Lloyd, who was sitting at the edge of the left field bleachers. It was also Lloyd's first home run catch, he said later.When Zach Cozart hit a homer to mark the occasion of the Reds first back-to-back jacks since last season, the ball headed toward the same general vicinity of the first homer, bounced a couple seats away from where Lloyd was sitting and landed directly into his free hand (the other was occupied by his previous homer catch).The last time that happened was never. I think dude should call Guinness.(Drew Stubbs followed Cozart's jack with a home run of his own, making it a rare back-to-back-to-back homer hat trick. Sadly, it went to right center field, not directly in Lloyd's pocket.)The Reds' TV crew invited Lloyd up to the broadcast booth to hang out for a bit. He spoke to the media before last night's game, where he was also named the team's honorary captain and delivered the game card to the ump before the first pitch. To make the story even more perfect, Lloyd reportedly returned to Leake his first home run ball to keep as a memento and he gave the friend who he said "dragged" him to the game the other ball. What a guy!That wasn't the first Reds fan's fancy fielding move this year to trump any made on the field (at least for the day). At Yankee Stadium just four days before Monday's miraculous catches, a young Reds fan amongst the savage Yankee masses gracefully swooped a Joey Votto foul ball out of mid air with his glove while his father (also decked out in Reds gear) hoisted him up a good four feet into the air. The father/son combo was up for ESPN's Web Gem that night, put up against a play at home by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers. The Reds fans won the vote 63 percent to Andrus' 37 percent. (He's probably pissed. I mean, he had to perform his play all by himself!)The cool surprise ending to this story — according to Jim Day's postgame report on Fox Sports Ohio, the man from the two-person foul-ball catching team was Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan's brother-in-the-law; the kid was the catcher's nephew.
by Jac Kern
at 10:07 AM | Permalink
The Reds take on the Atlanta Braves tonight
in the third of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park. If the boys
bring home another W, that will make five consecutive Reds wins. The game begins at
7:10; get tickets here.
May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day,
so keep an eye out for face-up coins today.
Author Emily St. John Mandel makes a stop at
Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion tonight at 7 p.m. She will discuss
and sign her latest novel, The Lola Quartet.
In what is being touted as her most ambitious work, Mandel “combines her most
fully realized characters with perhaps her most fully developed story that
examines the difficulty of being the person you'd like to be, loss, the way a
small and innocent action can have disastrous consequences.”Check out our To Do page for more art exhibits, theater shows and other events happening tonight and follow our music blog for a daily live show lineup.
Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Women’s
Committee presents its annual benefit, the Hats Off Luncheon, Thursday. Don your best hat and gather at the newly opened John G. and Phyllis W.
Smale Riverfront Park
on the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn at 11 a.m. for a champagne
reception followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. Support the organization that works
to endow, maintain and preserve Cincinnati greenspace and help kick off a
fundraiser for a carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.
Denise Driehaus and the Southwest Ohio No Frack
Forum host a free screening of Gasland tomorrow,
presented by the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. The documentary
exposes the negative side effects of the controversial Horizontal Hydraulic
Fracturing, known as fracking. Some call the recent Ohio fracking boom a “gold
but filmmaker Josh Fox points out the
environmental and public health consequences that may result from the drilling.
The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a discussion.
by Jac Kern
night’s Reds opener against the Cubs was postponed due to that nasty storm, so Bronson Arroyo and Chicago's
Jeff Samardzija will face off tonight at 7:10 p.m. A makeup game for
last night has not been announced yet.
you’re downtown for the game or just hanging out, stop by the Moerlein Lager
House at The Banks for their first seasonal Keg tapping. Councilman P.G.
Sittenfeld will tap the Christian Moerlein Dubél Double IPA, available only at
the Lager House, at 6 p.m.
if you’re far from a modern dance buff, you’re probably familiar with
contemporary dance company Pilobolus. Besides touring across more than 64 countries,
Pilobus performed a tribute to the nominated movies at the 2007 Oscars,
collaborated with OK GO for the group’s “All Is Not Lost” music video
and were featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2008.
cool, right? Pilobolus is in town tonight and Thursday, performing at the
Aronoff Center as part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Guest Artist Series. Go
hosts staff favorite author Veronica Roth and their Rookwood location tonight.
The New York Times bestselling author will discuss and sign the second book in
her popular Divergent series tonight
from 7-8:30 p.m. Insurgent is “another intoxicating thrill
ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful
insights about human nature.”
May is Bike Month so be sure
to check our our new issue, out today, for tips on traversing city streets,
options for trail lovers and a lots of pedal-rific events all month long.
Check out our To Do page for
more arts and theater happenings and follow our music blog for nightly club
shows and concerts.
by Brian Dill
Posted In: baseball
at 01:46 PM | Permalink
Clubs sits in second place at 11-11 after slow start
Maybe what Joey Votto said after the Reds' latest victory
rings true: “I think a losing record early in the year can be a good
thing."The Reds have reeled off three straight series wins and a
fourth is not out of the question as the last-place Cubs come to the Queen
City. Votto ended a homerless streak in game three versus the Astros and drove
in four runs as the Reds came from behind to clinch a 6-5 win. The Reds have won seven of their last 10 games and face three division foes in their next
three series’.After the Cubs, the Reds travel to Pittsburgh and Milwaukee,
the two teams nipping at the Redlegs (pun absolutely intended). Series
victories can put some distance between the Reds and their division rivals and
with some outside help could even see the Reds jump over the Cardinals for
first. Jay Bruce has been paramount in the Reds' recent run, as he has
hit a home run in four straight games and leads the Reds in nearly every
offensive category.The hot bat of Bruce along with continued solid performances
from Votto, Zack Cozart and a recently more effective Drew Stubbs are a must.
Now the tail end of the Reds' starting rotation has to bust out of their slump —
Homer Bailey and Mike Leake have a combined record of 1-5. The two can start a positive trend against an
inept Cubs offense sans shortstop Starlin Castro (.333).Look for the Reds to win six out of their next nine and keep
in touch with St. Louis before a huge series with a surprisingly good
by Jac Kern
Happy May Day! The holiday has various meanings
across cultures with Christian, pagan and labor-related celebrations. Today in
the U.S., the holiday is widely known as International Workers’ Day and
observed by labor unions. The local Occupy movement will celebrate this
tradition by demonstrating to raise awareness about the importance of increasing
the minimum wage. Meet at Senator Rob Portman’s office (36 E. Seventh St.,
Downtown) from 4-5:30 p.m. today to show your support and learn more about
the various benefits of fair living wages.
The Reds take on the Cubs at 7 p.m. tonight in
the first of three games against the Chicago crew. Bronson Arroyo looks to
continue his strong performance against the last-placed Cubs. Find
last-minute tickets here.
Antonelli College hosts a free seminar tonight
featuring tips on getting the most out of social media. Learn secrets from the
pros as a panel discusses simple ideas and insider tricks on benefiting from
Facebook, Twitter and other social media services. The discussion runs 6-7:30
p.m. at the West Chester campus.
The Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra teams up
with the College of Mount St. Joseph tonight for a special concert, Simple
Gifts. Students will perform a variety of work, including "Porgi Amor," "O Mio
Babbino Caro," "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Variations on a Shaker Melody." The
free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mount St. Joe.The infamous Second City comedy troupe returns to Cincinnati this week with more locally-inspired sketches. Catch a preview show of Less Pride...More Pork tonight at Playhouse in the Park and be sure to bring your sense of humor — remember, they're laughing with us. Also at the playhouse tonight, one of our Critic's Picks, Thunder Knocking on the Door.
And since it is May Day, stop by the Northside bar of the
for trivia night. Round one begins at 9 p.m.; the second starts at 11 p.m.
by Brian Dill
Posted In: baseball
at 09:33 AM | Permalink
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