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Pride & Joy

June 13, 2010

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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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. CincyfaninLexKY permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:35 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. I hang on the outcome of each game. Think I may have an ulcer soon, if they don’t do something about the ‘pen. And I never thought I would be saying this in June??!

    Side note – while I am very much emotionally invested in the Reds, I observed a Reds fan at Saturday’s game who took it way.too.far.

    I have a ten pack of tickets, and like many, I chose weekend games ‘cause I’m an out of town fan. And I have great seats; in the “nosebleeds”, right behind home plate.

    Well, every game I have been to this year, there has been a rather interesting fan who has sat nearby. I noticed him initially, because he a.) wears headphones b.) scores the game in its entirety c.) freaks out whenever vendors/fans/Gapper blocks his view of the field. And sometimes gets a bit aggressive about it. We’ve nicknamed him Stats Dork, because of the intensity he projects.

    On Saturday, however, he got re-nicknamed Stats Douche. Recall the fabulous first inning the Reds had, only to be subdued by KC in the top of the 2nd? I’ve never seen someone get so angry, or so hateful about a first place team. After some ridiculous profanity/bashing of Cueto/freaking out even more over slow passers-by, this guy just kept screaming with as much incredulity as he could muster, “Kansas City?! Kans-ass City?!” For no shorter than five minutes. In the 2nd inning, even?!?

    The guys in yellow showed up at the bottom of the aisle a few minutes later, and less than two innings after the outburst, the guy disappeared.

    We couldn’t even sell out on a weekend, bobblehead giveaway night, Reds in first place, playing the perennially awful Royals?! Stats Douche, that’s what you should’ve been screaming about.

  2. J19 permalink
    June 14, 2010 8:11 PM

    man, i definitely agree with that. i live in chicago and can’t even watch the news during the summer because it’s all about the cubs and sox. (i hate them so much). with the reds leading the standings this far into june i still have a large interest in what’s going on in baseball. usually this time of the year the reds are beginning the dismantling process and i’m losing my temper. it’s refreshing to know what it’s like to be on this side of things. so, i’ll also enjoy it while it lasts.

  3. June 15, 2010 7:47 PM

    Don’t forget that those two Votto dingers came against Zack Greinke too. Albeit Greinke is not the same guy he was last year, so far but he looked the part against the Reds last time out.

  4. June 17, 2010 12:02 AM

    LOL @ 837 Ks this year


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