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Scrap Irony
06-27-2010, 01:39 AM
10. They're red-a$$es. A quick look down the roster shows Rolen, Cabrera, Votto, Bruce, Nix, and Gomes all play the game hard and rarely have clean uniforms at the end of games. Might be more than that-- I don't know about Stubbs or Heisey. Might be the most red a$$es on one team since the St. Louis Gas House Gang.

9. The Reds own the ugliest pitching staff in baseball. Bronson Arroyo has a mullet and that weird pencil thin soul patch thing going on. Mike Leake looks like his younger brother. Johnny Cueto and Francisco Cordero are sporting those Amish chin beards so popular with... Amish men who can't grow real beards. Sam LeCure looks like the love child of Moms Mabley and Foster Brooks. I'm pretty sure Danny Ray Herrera starred in Stand and Deliver. Logan Ondrusek looks like one half of a professional wrestling tag team and Nick Masset is his partner. And the ace of the All-Ugly Staff is Mr. Harangatang himself. Brutal.

8. Brandon Phillips is a joy to watch play in the field. He's displayed the best range of his career and his arm is strong. Unquestionably the Gold Glove 2B in the National League. Besides, admit it-- you like the little no-look shovel to short to start the 4-6-3, don't you?

7. Bronson Arroyo's leg kick looks oddly balletic. Every time my wife-- a former dancer-- sees him, she says something about how graceful he looks.

6. They don't quit. Sure, you know all about the last at-bat wins. There's more than that, though. It's getting down early, but fighting back to take the lead like they did tonight. It's getting swept in Seattle, then reeling off five (and counting?) wins in a row, sweeping Oakland and taking the first two against Clevelad. It's getting beaten on a 9th inning dinger off Nix's head, then coming back and dominating for a couple week stretch.

5. Logan Ondrusek and Danny Ray Herrera sit next to each other in the bullpen. If DRH sat on his lap, Ondrusek would look like a ventriloquist. THAT would be really cool to see.

4. Chris Heisey came from Messiah Bible College. Mike Leake played for the Arizona State Sun Devils. Both sides covered.

3. Arthur Rhodes has pants older than Mike Leake.

2. They're avowed baseball rats. Joey Votto studies hitting. Jay Bruce takes extra BP. Scott Rolen takes extra BP-- while games are going on. They show up early and stay late. They take infield with a purpose. Orlando Cabrera once got into a shouting match with a teammate over him standing too long while admiring his home run shot and disrespecting the game. What's not to like there?

1. Easy answer-- they're in first place.

Matt700wlw
06-27-2010, 02:02 AM
I like them because they're not flashy. They're old school, blue collar, lunch pail guys. They bust their ass. There's no "Hollywood" types on this team.



They're scrappy :D

klw
06-27-2010, 08:21 AM
11. They are not the Cubs

Redsfan320
06-27-2010, 08:59 AM
Good thread, Scrap! Made me laugh. :clap:

320

mace
06-27-2010, 09:20 AM
I think No. 5 need to be higher. Good stuff.

Screwball
06-27-2010, 09:32 AM
12. About half the team is home-grown: Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs, Ryan Hanigan, Chris Heisey, Paul Janish, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Sam LeCure, and Logan Ondrusek were all drafted and/or developed by the Reds organization.

Of course, this doesn't even count Leake and Danny Ray Herrera, who were either drafted by the Reds or spent considerable time at our AA and AAA franchises.

smith288
06-27-2010, 09:32 AM
Jonny Gomes pre-atbat routine is among the best in the league.

Degenerate39
06-27-2010, 09:48 AM
The defense. Phillips, Rolen, Bruce are all deserving a Gold Glove this year IMO. Stubbs (aside from 2 or 3 bonehead plays) has been lights out also.

RedEye
06-27-2010, 02:49 PM
Is the term "red-a$$es" one that has been around for a long time? It conjures up strange images in my mind...

Seriously though, nice post. This team is fun to watch, and they are more and more lovable as the weeks go by. It has been awhile since we Reds fans have had a team like this. I'm starting to think the bottom isn't going to fall out after all. Fingers still crossed...

chicoruiz
06-27-2010, 03:01 PM
Funny you should mention the ugly factor. I was just noticing Cabrera during his first AB today...maybe he was squinting into the sun or something, but he looked like he was morphing into a Hispanic Popeye.

REDblooded
06-27-2010, 04:33 PM
Great list... And I agree. Number 5 was pure money...

Razor Shines
06-27-2010, 10:58 PM
Can Rolen really be considered a "red @ss" or hard nosed? He comes to bat to that crappy Coldplay song, which they happened to rip off of a Joe Satriani song for the "hook".

REDblooded
06-27-2010, 11:16 PM
Can Rolen really be considered a "red @ss" or hard nosed? He comes to bat to that crappy Coldplay song, which they happened to rip off of a Joe Satriani song for the "hook".


Well I 100% agree that the song is horrible... It does seem to be working for him... I've given up on complaining, and have almost embraced it.

11larkin11
06-27-2010, 11:18 PM
Can Rolen really be considered a "red @ss" or hard nosed? He comes to bat to that crappy Coldplay song, which they happened to rip off of a Joe Satriani song for the "hook".

There is legitimately one band in this world I cannot stand...I hate you Coldplay.

Razor Shines
06-27-2010, 11:20 PM
Well I 100% agree that the song is horrible... It does seem to be working for him... I've given up on complaining, and have almost embraced it.

Yeah it is working. I was just being stupid anyway. It just seems that his AB music is louder than anyone else's. I couldn't tell what BP changed his to, but this is the year he could use the song he used last year; 'Swagga Like Us'.

redsfan30
06-28-2010, 10:28 AM
I'm pretty sure Danny Ray Herrera starred in Stand and Deliver.

Pure. Gold.

Spring~Fields
06-28-2010, 11:42 AM
Top Ten Reasons To Love This Team

1. They win
1 A. They win more games than they lose, and for the first time in many years the Reds are giving their paying fans some very good entertainment to enjoy.

Ghosts of 1990
06-28-2010, 12:55 PM
Great post. I feel like the roster is filled with grinders and that special chemistry is what seperates us, not necessarily all talent.

Hoosier Red
06-28-2010, 02:00 PM
As to number 5, I hadn't noticed that they sat next to each other, but I noticed early in the season every time they were warming up at the same time in the bullpen I couldn't help but laugh. The only thing funnier will be if Herrera and Chapman are warming up together and Chapman gets the ball back before Herrera's pitch reaches the catcher.

RFS62
06-29-2010, 06:53 AM
Awesome stuff, Scrappy