I was going to do a post on the Reds half way point after the 81st game (the actual half way point) but the Reds got beat 21-1 and I didn't feel like writing about that. So I thought I'd wait until the All-star break. But sitting under .500 and in fifth place at the break I think I'll just share this moment that sums up the Reds' first half. I watched about ten minutes of the home run derby last night and it happened to be the part where Pujols (you know how to pronounce it) was hitting. Here's how it went down:
Me on the couch watching; Rachel walks in.
R: What's going on?
Me: Pujols is in a bat-off trying to move on to the next round.
R: They should let Weathers pitch.
Predictions: Castellini will allow Jockety to make a move; Jockety will get some overrated veteran; it will be just enough for the Reds to finish 82-80, recording their first winning season since I've been a real fan. And that's really the first step.
Question: How did that kid from Dazed and Confused end up as the starting pitcher for the National League?
Observation: The "purists" who say the all-star team should be the best players regardless of team and that not every team needs a representative are idiots. Every fan of every team should have someone in the game to root for. Even fantasy geeks should understand that (although I'm not sure about the windbags that make up the BBWAA).
Mike Mussina, Hall of Famer
3 weeks ago