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Miley and Gullett out

Dave Miley and Don Gullett have been fired.
Let’s take ’em one at a time…
Miley: He wasn’t the reason the Reds were losing. He was however one of the reasons they couldn’t turn it around. He just seemed to no longer have any authority in the clubhouse.
Gullett: Now Gullett I think was one of the reasons the Reds were losing. He’s skated by on his reputation as a guy who can turn around the career of a has-been pitcher for quite some time but really what has he done in the last few years? He hasn’t turned around a has-been in quite some time and he doesn’t seem to have done anything for the young pitchers we’ve had the last few years… not to mention Milton. There have been too many problems with the pitching staff for too long for Gullett not to go.
Now, looking to the future…
It’d be hard to have a firesale. Anybody making enough to dump for salary reasons isn’t good enough to trade (I’m looking squarely at you Milton).
I don’t see any trades coming immediately. This is a vastly underperforming team, on paper they should play a lot better than they have. I think the front office would like to see how they do under new management for a while and then really come to a decision around the trade deadline.
If things are still this bad at the deadline then Randa’s the most obvious choice to trade and they’d bring up Encarnacion.
Beyond that… if they trade a pitcher it’ll be Mercker.
And at some point the outfield situation still needs to get worked out. If an outfielder goes I suppose the most likely is Kearns, but the rumor-du-jour is that Casey will go, allowing Dunn to move to first. So who knows?…


In his second game as a Met Danny graves gave up 3 runs in 1 inning. His ERA as a Met is currently 13.50.

Must not read too much into it…

… must not read too much into it… I mean, the Reds offense has look good for a few days but it’s just the Devil Rays.

So Graves is gone…

good riddance. Bad performance is one thing, but to get indignant when people call you on it is quite another.
He forgot that you don’t burn the bridge while your car’s smack dab in the middle, hanging off the edge at 45 degrees.

Somebody has some splainin’ to do

So… sports winners wear red.
How the hell do you explain this year’s Reds then?

This post won’t make Danny Graves happy

BOOOOOO!!!!! You want respect? Try to achieve the level of a goddamn rookie level pitching staff!!

And now from the schadenfreude department…

It seems Barry Bonds has had a third operation on his right knee.

New baseball steroid policy proposed

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders and a lifetime ban for a third violation under what he called a “three strikes and you are out approach” to doping.
In a letter sent this week to union head Donald Fehr, Selig proposed a 100-game ban for a second offense. He also asked the union to ban amphetamines, to have more frequent random tests and to appoint an independent person to administer the major-league drug-testing program.
“Third offenders should be banned permanently. I recognize the need for progressive discipline, but a third-time offender has no place in the game,” Selig wrote to Fehr. “Steroid users cheat the game. After three offenses, they have no place in it.”
Under the rules that began this season, a first offense gets a 10-day suspension, with the penalty increasing to 30 days for a second positive test, 60 days for a third and one year for a fourth. For a fifth positive, the penalty is at the commissioner’s discretion.

Selig said he will make alterations for 2006 to the drug-testing program for players with minor-league contracts, who are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement. Currently, the minor-league penalty starts at 15 games for a first offense and then escalates to 30 games, 60 games and one year, with a fifth offense bringing a lifetime ban.
“These changes will include tougher discipline, including a permanent ban for a third offense, stricter regulation of amphetamines and greater reliance on independent experts,” Selig said.

To say that I have no great love of Bud Selig falls into the category of mindblowing understatement but this is something I can wholeheartedly support and I have to give him credit for it. There’s no reason that somebody should be able to be caught taking steroids 5 times and still be in the game. Let’s hope the union steps up and protects the majority of its members who obey the rules.

Add one more to the steroid pile

This time it’s Rockies outfielder Jorge Piedro.

Extended thoughts on Opening Day

My brother drove in from West Virginia last night to go to the game. This was our fourth straight Opening Day. (Methods of obtaining tickets: 02 – waiting in line failed, got off of ebay 03 – online 04 & 05 – waiting in line) He had to go straight back afterwards so we each drove. We got Downtown at about 10:45 and had no problem parking. $10 a couple blocks from GABP. We got lunch at Empress Chili’s new downtown location and, not really caring about the parade headed down to the ballpark.
We had great seats, somewhere between Center and Right Center, front row below the smoke stacks. We watched the Mets take BP for about 40 minutes and then went to check out the new Hall of Fame. ($5 admission if you’ve got a ticket.) It’s really pretty cool.
We got back to our section just as the National Anthem started and the B2 flew over. Things started badly with Matsui homering but Dunn answered in the bottom half of the 1st with a 3-run shot that with a few more feet would have cleared the Sun Deck. (I’m visible in this picture.) Mets came back to tie things up and things were quiet for a while. Pedro struck out quite a few Reds, but the score remained 3-3. Then Weathers and Mercker came in to promptly give up 3 runs in the 7th. (Piazza doubled off the wall pretty much right in front of me. If I’d wanted to get thrown out I probably could have touched it.) The Reds came back with one run in the bottom of the 7th and Wagner and Graves came in to shut the Mets’ bats down for two innings.
And now we come to the ninth. This folks is why you NEVER leave a ball game early. Brandon Looper comes in to save the game for the Mets with a 2 run lead. Kearns singles. Dunn launches yet another into the Right-Center stands. Tie ball game. And then Randa comes up.
High drive to Left Center field!

Go home, you’re done.
Hit the showers, but thanks for the runs.
You bum, you got rocked, so just beat it.
You got the hook so go home.
Hey pitcher, so I guess that was your fastball, I don’t think you could get it past my grandma.
I’m confused, was that your changeup or your slider.
Doesn’t matter because you couldn’t get it by her.
Ball 1, outside.
Ball 2, up high.
You threw a strike and he yanked it out of the yard.
Yeah, now you gotta go home, you’re done.
Hit the showers, but thanks for the runs.
You bum, you got rocked so just beat it.
You got the hook go home.
Blessid Union of Souls – Go Home

It’s odd, earlier in the game a hit had skittered between Randa and Aurillia and the people near me were ready to give up on him. He hits the first walk-off homer in Reds Opening Day history and suddenly he’s a king. 🙂
It took a while to get out of town. Ended up taking Central Parkway north, zigged around the ole’ Alma Mater and got on 71 at McMillan.
The one downside of the whole thing is that when I got home I found that my Tivo had recorded the game on ESPN instead of FSN so I ended up with the Pirates-Brewers game. Really would have liked to have the game to watch again. 🙁
All in all though it was an absolutely fantastic experience. It was soooooo worth the hous spent in line waiting for tickets. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. If you haven’t been to Opening Day in Cincinnati you haven’t really been to an Opening Day.
On WLW after the game someone noted that Baseball is sometimes thought of as an older person’s game, a game that teens and 20-somethings have just lost touch with and observed that the turnout at today’s game just didn’t show that. And I have to agree. In my entire row I don’t know that there was one person over the age of 30.
This should be an exciting year of Reds baseball. Can’t help but get a ’99 vibe off this team and the excitement surrounding them.

The names have changed but the game’s the same… so grab your glove and let’s play ball!
Everybody’s coming downtown to watch them play… America’s past time
Everybody’s coming downtown just to say… hey, hey!
Everybody’s coming downtown to watch them play… America’s past time
At Great American Ball Park
There’s a whole new game in town, everyone’s invited down.
Because where one generation ends there’s a new one about to begin.
Blessid Union of Souls – Play Ball

And now a few pics.

View from our seats/Mets BP

B2 Flyover

First Pitch

The Outfield Trio

The traffic on the way home