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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    Dunn..steroids?

    Sore mets fan maybe??


    I lurked on a few Mets boards last night. HIGH comedy.

    And, yes, some bitter Mets fans were saying steroids.

    Thanks to baseball's mishandling of the steroid problem over the years, clean players with power will have to deal with such statements for the foreseeable future...

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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    Dunn..steroids?

    Sore mets fan maybe??



    The only way Dunn is on steroids is if Krispy Kream soaks their donuts in the stuff.

    mmmmmmm donuts.

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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw
    Guess who's drinking tonight??
    Ryan Freel


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    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJunior
    Ryan Freel

    nice graphic there redlegjunior (or not)

    how can you straight face Lopez on same list as Larkin and Concepcion? You could be an O.J. Simpson/Scott Peterson lawyer.

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    easy. He has as much TALENT as Larkin at the same age. Just a matter of finding out if he has the head for the game Barry has/had. I think he does. He was certainly better this spring than RA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadFundamentals
    ? You could be an O.J. Simpson/Scott Peterson lawyer.


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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by remdog
    Didn't Mike (Piazzz) get married over the winter? Maybe his wife tired him out. :

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    Don't you mean his "beard?"
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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Just thought I'd add this article:

    Tuesday, April 5, 2005

    Those who left early missed a good show
    By Howard Wilkinson
    Enquirer staff writer

    Never, ever leave the ballpark early.

    Especially on Opening Day.

    Most of the crowd of 42,794 - the most for a game at Great American Ball Park - heeded the sage advice of Yogi Berra, who proclaimed in 1973 that it ain't over 'til it's over.

    They were still in their seats for a spectacular ninth-inning rally in which Adam Dunn tied the game 6-6 with his second monster shot into the Sun Deck and newcomer Joe Randa set the fireworks blasting from the smokestacks in center field with a home run that won the game 7-6.

    But several thousand fans, hurrying to beat the postgame traffic, high-tailing back to their downtown offices or just despairing because the home team trailed 6-3 at the seventh-inning stretch, heard the fireworks as they walked far from the crowded and jubilant ballpark.

    "I can't believe it," said 22-year-old Eric Messmer of Springboro as he walked down Fourth Street toward his parking garage, listening to the postgame show on the radio through earphones. "I thought it was over. I thought I could get out ahead of the traffic. Oh, man. What was I thinking?"

    The ballpark crowd - along with the tens of thousands of others who had no game tickets but lined the route of the 86th annual Findlay Market Parade Monday morning - could not have asked for a more picture-perfect Opening Day.

    After suffering back-to-back seasons of Reds futility and a long, hard winter of snow, sleet and rain, Reds fans greeted the opening of this season with more optimism than they had shown in years.

    A brilliant blue sky, plentiful sunshine and a temperature that hovered around the 70-degree mark at game time didn't hurt, either.

    "We've waited a long time for this," said Matt Warning of Washington Court House, standing in the lower-deck left-field seats with three of his buddies while the Mets took batting practice.

    Warning and his friends from Washington Court House - Joe Downing, Brandon Runk and Steve Harrison - had positioned themselves in hopes of coming up with batting-practice home run balls. Amazingly, all four of them were able to chase down balls that went over the fence and rattled around the seats.

    "I thought if I we got one among us we'd be doing OK," Runk said. "This is fabulous."

    Across the ballpark in the lower-deck seats along the right-field line, two sisters, Darlene Ward of Columbus and Patricia Hawthorne of South Point, Ohio, sat in the shade with their friend, Dorothy Webb of Columbus. Ward and Hawthorne were there for their 26th Opening Day in a row, but it was Webb's first.

    "This is better than I ever thought it would be," said Webb, as the autograph-hungry kids below them lined up for the players. "I had no idea what I was missing. You can bet I'll be back."

    As with every Reds Opening Day, there was plenty of pomp and circumstance on the field before the first pitch was thrown.

    About 100 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines walked into the outfield about 20 minutes before game time to unfurl a giant American flag.

    Among them were 67 members of the Ohio National Guard's 216th Engineer Battalion, a Hamilton-based unit that recently returned from a year's duty in Iraq. Three members of the group were killed in battle.

    Staff Sgt. Greg Arthur of the 216th, an automotive engineer from Morehead, Ky., said that when he stood on the field holding the flag with his fellow soldiers, his mind went back to Iraq.

    "I thought of all the little things we take for granted here that we didn't have there," Arthur said.

    After Air Force Staff Sgt. Felita Rowe sang the national anthem, 42,794 heads turned toward the southeast and watched as a jet-black B-2 Stealth Bomber soared over the ballpark.

    "That was awesome," said Brett Donald of Dayton, Ohio. "This whole thing is awesome."

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...352/1071/SPT04
    "Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn

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    Nice story:

    Tuesday, April 5, 2005

    One and oh, what an opener!
    Randa gives Reds first walk-off HR in an opener
    By John Fay
    Enquirer staff writer

    BY THE NUMBERS
    62: Temperature, in degrees, at the time of the first pitch

    12: Strikeouts by Mets starter Pedro Martinez

    100: Double-digit strikeout games by Martinez, fourth on baseball's all-time list

    16: Total strikeouts by Reds hitters

    858: Combined distance, in feet, of Adam Dunn's two home runs that landed in the Sun Deck

    386: Distance, in feet, of Joe Randa's game-winning home run to left field

    23: Sellouts, including Monday, in Great American Ball Park history

    1: Wins for the Reds in their three Opening Days at GABP

    Five: World Championship banners that hang in left field beneath the Machine Room, a new ballpark decoration

    42,794: Attendance

    0: Games in GABP history with a higher attendance

    Joe Randa walked by Reds manager Dave Miley's office with sons Jacob and Justin in tow.

    "Hey, Joe Randa! You're the mayor. Forget Sean Casey!" Miley yelled.

    Randa just laughed and kept walking.

    The Reds' new third baseman might not yet be ready to challenge Casey in a Queen City popularity contest.

    But if you can own a town with one swing of a bat, Randa has a deed to Cincinnati after Monday's ninth-inning, walk-off, solo home run lifted the Reds to a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.

    It was the first time a Reds player hit a walk-off home run on Opening Day.

    Randa did it on his first day on the job.

    "This city is going to love Joe Randa," Casey said after the game. "He's a gamer. He's what Cincinnati baseball is all about. He plays hard every day. Joe Randa will be a household name, real fast."

    Randa tried his best to deflect the praise to Adam Dunn, whose two-run shot to tie things preceded Randa's homer. Dunn also got the Reds started with a three-run homer in the first.

    "Dunner's a hero," Randa said.

    To which Dunn replied: "Joe Randa's the hero."

    One game isn't proof that these Reds are that much better than last year's model. But it's a start, and Randa's shot ended one of the great Opening Days in Cincinnati. The weather - 62 degrees and sunny for the 2:10 p.m. first pitch - was delightful. The crowd of 42,794 was the largest in the short history of Great American Ball Park.

    And the ending was, in a word, perfect.

    The Reds went into the ninth inning down 6-4. They were three outs from hearing about how things really hadn't changed much from last year, when they had $17 million less in payroll and finished with a 76-86 record - the team's fourth straight losing season.

    Any of this sound familiar?

    These Reds struck out 16 times Monday. The team led the majors in strikeouts last season.

    The bullpen leaked three runs in the seventh to put the team in a 6-3 hole. The Reds blew 30 saves last season.

    But history doesn't always repeat itself.

    Enter outfielder Austin Kearns, who started the ninth inning with a single.

    "I'm the table-setter," he said.

    Dunn followed with his second home run of the day to tie things. And when Randa followed with his first home run as a Red, a most improbable victory was complete.

    "If there's a better one than that, I'd like to be part of it," Kearns said. "That was incredible. I've never been in one like that."

    "That's the way it's supposed to be, right?" closer Danny Graves said. "That's what you hope to do on Xbox or PlayStation."

    In real life, however, it hardly ever happens like that.

    "That win is hard to explain," Graves said, "especially after the way Pedro (Martinez) threw."

    Martinez was the Mets' big offseason pitching acquisition. On Monday, he looked like the Hall of Famer he might be, except for Dunn's big swing in the first inning, which erased a 1-0 Mets lead.

    Ken Griffey Jr. started things with a single through the shifted infield. Casey followed with a single the opposite way to left.

    That paved the way for Dunn, who was in his first at-bat ever against Martinez. Ahead 3-0 in the pitch count, Dunn swung through a pitch, then sent a missile that landed 424 feet later in the right-center field bleachers.

    Just like that, the Reds had a 3-1 lead.

    New York came back in the third, tying things on Carlos Beltran's two-out, two-run homer to left-center.

    "A horrible pitch," Reds starter Paul Wilson said.

    By then, Martinez was rolling. After Dunn's home run, Martinez struck out 12 batters, walked one, and retired Rich Aurilia on a fly ball.

    It was Martinez's pitch count that ended his day - he hit the showers after 101 throws. He went six innings, allowed three hits and two walks. Martinez struck out 12 for the 100th double-digit strikeout game of his career.

    "That's Pedro," Miley said. "He just got stronger and stronger."

    Wilson pitched well after the third inning, stranding three runners in scoring position.

    David Weathers followed Wilson and promptly allowed a double to Jose Reyes, the first batter he faced. Kaz Matsui bunted Reyes over, and Beltran got him home with a single through the Reds' drawn-in infield. Beltran was caught between second and first for the second out. Weathers left after Mike Piazza doubled.

    Left-hander Kent Mercker came in, gave up a homer to Cliff Floyd, and the Mets led 6-3.

    Then the Cincinnati comeback began.

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...504050357/1071
    "Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn

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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Nice story:

    Tuesday, April 5, 2005

    One and oh, what an opener!
    Randa gives Reds first walk-off HR in an opener
    By John Fay
    Enquirer staff writer

    BY THE NUMBERS
    62: Temperature, in degrees, at the time of the first pitch

    12: Strikeouts by Mets starter Pedro Martinez

    100: Double-digit strikeout games by Martinez, fourth on baseball's all-time list

    16: Total strikeouts by Reds hitters

    858: Combined distance, in feet, of Adam Dunn's two home runs that landed in the Sun Deck

    386: Distance, in feet, of Joe Randa's game-winning home run to left field

    23: Sellouts, including Monday, in Great American Ball Park history

    1: Wins for the Reds in their three Opening Days at GABP

    Five: World Championship banners that hang in left field beneath the Machine Room, a new ballpark decoration

    42,794: Attendance

    0: Games in GABP history with a higher attendance

    Joe Randa walked by Reds manager Dave Miley's office with sons Jacob and Justin in tow.

    "Hey, Joe Randa! You're the mayor. Forget Sean Casey!" Miley yelled.

    Randa just laughed and kept walking.

    The Reds' new third baseman might not yet be ready to challenge Casey in a Queen City popularity contest.

    But if you can own a town with one swing of a bat, Randa has a deed to Cincinnati after Monday's ninth-inning, walk-off, solo home run lifted the Reds to a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.

    It was the first time a Reds player hit a walk-off home run on Opening Day.

    Randa did it on his first day on the job.

    "This city is going to love Joe Randa," Casey said after the game. "He's a gamer. He's what Cincinnati baseball is all about. He plays hard every day. Joe Randa will be a household name, real fast."

    Randa tried his best to deflect the praise to Adam Dunn, whose two-run shot to tie things preceded Randa's homer. Dunn also got the Reds started with a three-run homer in the first.

    "Dunner's a hero," Randa said.

    To which Dunn replied: "Joe Randa's the hero."

    One game isn't proof that these Reds are that much better than last year's model. But it's a start, and Randa's shot ended one of the great Opening Days in Cincinnati. The weather - 62 degrees and sunny for the 2:10 p.m. first pitch - was delightful. The crowd of 42,794 was the largest in the short history of Great American Ball Park.

    And the ending was, in a word, perfect.

    The Reds went into the ninth inning down 6-4. They were three outs from hearing about how things really hadn't changed much from last year, when they had $17 million less in payroll and finished with a 76-86 record - the team's fourth straight losing season.

    Any of this sound familiar?

    These Reds struck out 16 times Monday. The team led the majors in strikeouts last season.

    The bullpen leaked three runs in the seventh to put the team in a 6-3 hole. The Reds blew 30 saves last season.

    But history doesn't always repeat itself.

    Enter outfielder Austin Kearns, who started the ninth inning with a single.

    "I'm the table-setter," he said.

    Dunn followed with his second home run of the day to tie things. And when Randa followed with his first home run as a Red, a most improbable victory was complete.

    "If there's a better one than that, I'd like to be part of it," Kearns said. "That was incredible. I've never been in one like that."

    "That's the way it's supposed to be, right?" closer Danny Graves said. "That's what you hope to do on Xbox or PlayStation."

    In real life, however, it hardly ever happens like that.

    "That win is hard to explain," Graves said, "especially after the way Pedro (Martinez) threw."

    Martinez was the Mets' big offseason pitching acquisition. On Monday, he looked like the Hall of Famer he might be, except for Dunn's big swing in the first inning, which erased a 1-0 Mets lead.

    Ken Griffey Jr. started things with a single through the shifted infield. Casey followed with a single the opposite way to left.

    That paved the way for Dunn, who was in his first at-bat ever against Martinez. Ahead 3-0 in the pitch count, Dunn swung through a pitch, then sent a missile that landed 424 feet later in the right-center field bleachers.

    Just like that, the Reds had a 3-1 lead.

    New York came back in the third, tying things on Carlos Beltran's two-out, two-run homer to left-center.

    "A horrible pitch," Reds starter Paul Wilson said.

    By then, Martinez was rolling. After Dunn's home run, Martinez struck out 12 batters, walked one, and retired Rich Aurilia on a fly ball.

    It was Martinez's pitch count that ended his day - he hit the showers after 101 throws. He went six innings, allowed three hits and two walks. Martinez struck out 12 for the 100th double-digit strikeout game of his career.

    "That's Pedro," Miley said. "He just got stronger and stronger."

    Wilson pitched well after the third inning, stranding three runners in scoring position.

    David Weathers followed Wilson and promptly allowed a double to Jose Reyes, the first batter he faced. Kaz Matsui bunted Reyes over, and Beltran got him home with a single through the Reds' drawn-in infield. Beltran was caught between second and first for the second out. Weathers left after Mike Piazza doubled.

    Left-hander Kent Mercker came in, gave up a homer to Cliff Floyd, and the Mets led 6-3.

    Then the Cincinnati comeback began.

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...504050357/1071
    "Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn

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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Nobody scores on Danny Graves!

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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Most updated forecast per Marty and Thom

    low 70's and nothing but sunny skies.

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    Re: Opening Day Game Thread

    Reusing this game thread this year?
    Go Gators!

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    that game was a great harbinger of success for the Reds in 05. They had a tremendous year lead by the likes of Graves, Jimenez and Randa

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    I think we need to bump last year's too, in the interest of yin and yang.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.


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