Yes, the weather was miserable yesterday, and yes, having the home opener a week later might lessen the chances of that kind of weather, but that totally misses the point of Opening Day.
Opening Day just wouldn’t be the same after a week of games. What’s great about Opening Day is the sense of newness and optimism. Every team is 0-0 and there’s still that chance for the Reds to go 162-0. If they started on the road then all that is ruined. When the team comes back 4-3, 3-4, or 0-7 then why even bother? Then reality has set in. Opening Day isn’t about reality. It’s about hope and rebirth and the belief that this year anything is possible.
“Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win. Fight to the finish, never give in. You do your best boys, we’ll do the rest boys. Onward to victory!”
Former Democratic Congressional candidate and wunderkind Paul Hackett on Daily Kos:
Both elements of strategy, an offensive and defensive plan appear to be absent in Southern Ohio.
The solution rests with local surrogates on the ground spreading the attack face to face coupled with an air campaign via radio and TV.
The message is simple and the professionals can refine it but essentially it should contain these elements:
“Sarah Palin? Can’t keep her solemn oath of devotion to her husband and had sex with his employee. Sarah Palin? Accidentally got pregnant at age 43 and the tax payers of Alaska have to pay for the care of her disabled child. Sarah Palin? Unable to teach her 16 year old daughter right from wrong and now another teenager is pregnant. Sarah Palin? Can you trust Sarah Palin and her values with America’s future? John McCain? Divorced from his first wife one month and marries a billionaire influence peddler and convicted felon. John McCain, a record of rash and impulsive decisions. That’s not change that’s more of the same.”
—Daily Kos: Obama is losing Ohio
Stay classy Paul Hackett.
You want to know what your disgraceful incompetence in the handling of the Huggins situation has wrought? A loss to bleeping Wofford.
I support Mick Cronin, I support Mark Dantonio, and I support all of UC’s athletes, but Nancy Zimpher is simply a disgrace.
You did everything you possibly could to drive the basketball program into the ground and despite the tremendous efforts of AK and the players it worked.
…well, at least if you count the same way the Enquirer seems to. Eric Hicks scored his 1,000th point last night and thus passed the ” century mark”. Heh.
Honestly I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Yes Casey consistently hit above .300 and yes he’s a great person. He’s also slow as molasses, has a penchant for hitting into double plays, and has no power.
And yes Dave Williams “only” went 10-11 last year and yes his ERA was 4.41 and yes, he’s given up some homers. He got those 10 wins with the Pirates, a team that only got 67 total. And outside of PNC he was 7-4 with a 2.65 ERA. And let’s remember Tony LaRussa has called this guy one of the best southpaws in the league. Let’s not be so quick to dismiss this guy as a scrub.
This deal saves us 5-7 million dollars this year, at the very least that’s enough to keep everybody else who’s going through arbitration and it may even help us land another decent pitcher.
This deal also solves the outfield problem, allowing us to play all 4 of our outfielders.
Again, Casey is a good guy. I wish him nothing but luck against everybody except the Reds. But being a good guy will only get your club so many wins. Deciding whether to keep a guy based on whether he’s a good guy and popular in the community is a bad way to run a ball club. That’s the Lindner way of running a ball club. That leads to losses.
As much as people love to bash O’Brien, this trade doesn’t fly in the face of logic. There seems to be solid enough reasoning to back it up. It does solve at least one problem for the Reds and it’s far too soon to label Dave Williams a bust, he has potential.
Heard on the radio: “Tonight at 7:35: The Red and Brewers play 9 because the schedule says they have to.”