Pride & Joy
Joey Votto can’t do it all, but he certainly tried on Sunday afternoon.Votto’s two homers in a 7-3 loss don’t mean much other than I’m willing to forgive him for his multiple brain farts on Friday night.
Yes, the Reds lost two of three to the Royals (unacceptable), but they caught a serious break with the Cardinals losing two of three to the Diamondbacks. That means the Reds still have a 1.5 game lead with the Dodgers coming to town. A 1.5 game lead can be erased in just two games, but right now it seems huge.
It’s hard to believe that we’re scoreboard-watching in June, but we are, and I love it!
I tend to get very stressed out during the NFL season. Every Bengals’ win and loss has a dramatic affect on my mood on any given Sunday. I’ve always said that my reaction to Reds losses were always far less dramatic because there are just too many games in an MLB season to get too upset about.
Not to mention that the Reds are usually mathematically eliminated by late-May.
I’ll tell you what — I’m living and dying with every Reds’ win/loss right now, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season/my marriage, because there’s still a long way to go.
I don’t have a smart phone, so if I’m not home (i.e., unable to check baseball scores), I’m very easily distracted. I end up texting my taller/little brother for score updates. As stressful as it is, I’m glad that I — a Cincinnati Reds fan — is hanging on every pitch in mid-June. This doesn’t happy very often, so I welcome the added stress.
It’s a good anxiety to have.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have no idea where this season is taking us, but right now — on June 13, 2010 — I’m enjoying the ride.
Whether it’s Votto, or Gomes, or Phillips, or Bruce, or Stubbs (minus his 837 Ks this season), or Rolen — there’s a lot to like about this team. The starting rotation can be frustrating to watch, and the bullpen causes my purchases of Smithwick’s to rise exponentially, but this is the best Cincinnati Reds team I’ve seen in a long time.
For better or for worse.