Cards getting to second on a routine missed pop up was big.
Cards score on a passed ball that barely gets away.
Cards score by busting down line to beat out a DP
Cards played like crap but kept playing with maximum effort and the M's sucking in the end.
What looked like the Reds rightful window in the NL Central from 2012-2015 seems to be closing a few years too early before our eyes. I'm simply amazed the Cardinals have once again found the fountain of youth (without a lot of previously hyped minor leaguers) and now seem to have impressive young talent littering the roster. While the Reds look to be aging, slowing and getting more expensive before our eyes this season.
Cards and Pirates are going to be giving us some constant divisional headaches the next few seasons. Man I hope Hamilton can pan out in CF for the long run. That would be a game changer.
Strange season. Just when you feel they are done they surprise you. Just when you think they are great, they surprise you. Pretty crazy season.
So you know they'll probably just barely squeak into the playoffs. Win a 16-inning white knuckler in Pittsburgh or St. Louis and then back their way into WS and win the whole damn thing. Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised.
Crazy thing though, I got my fill in the STL and LAD series. I really felt good. Felt satisfied. I've kind of taken a break from this team this week and you now what? I still feel good.
I think the closer you get to this team the crazier you will be.
Just my two cents.
Also I think the value of a retratable stadium is a lot higher now than even 10 years ago in the hot weather and cold weather cities. With the advent of cheap, large screen HD LED TVs, all the home games being televised and ever higher ticket prices across the board (and more importantly the absurb rise in cost of concessions over inflation especially if you have a family). Just not as much reason for many to take a chance on attending a live MLB game if the weather conditions are going to be at all a factor in detracting from the experience. Not most fans, but enough at the margin to matter.
My understanding is the Brewers have a lot of amenities in the immediate area and a great game day atmosphere. However, I still think the Brewers attendance is going to nosedive as the quality of the product on the field continues to occupy last place in the NL Central for the next few seasons (Seattle is a good comp).
The attendance concerns that most surprise me though, are AL. The Rays and Indians are both really struggling as they seriously compete for postseason spots. I just don't know how else to explain fans not coming out for a competitive team as with TB thought I guess with Cleveland might be a function of the local economy.
Reds & Nats, 2013 LCS. Take2 (9/13) Reds but no Nats
I personally think baseball in Cleveland is doomed long term due to population shifts and a small relative market being boxed in by the Reds, Tigers and Pirates.
Demographically, I think MLB won't be in Cleveland by mid-century. Actually I think it is a race between the Pirates and Indians since two teams can't be in that population losing area long term. Two teams in Chicago also makes no sense going forward.
Seattle's attendance simply falling apart is really a shocker. Especially with no NBA team the last few years. Demographically, Seattle will be fine long term for baseball.
Tampa is a unique case. Partly the location of the dump of a stadium which makes zero sense and partly the apathy of summer time interest in pro sports in transient Florida.
Fading, fading, fading away...
The Reds get a layup today. Homer Bailey in September versus Johnny Hellweg. In 16.2 innings of work, Hellweg has walked 16 and struck out 4. His WHIP is 2.340. Small sample size yes. But in 457 minor league innings, Hellweg is walking 6.2 batters in every nine innings of work.
A summer watching a bad Reds' team, is still a pretty good summer.