I have to admit, I didn't think Homer Bailey would ever meet the hype that so many have bestowed upon him. He's the first gem of a pitching prospect this organization has had in years, and I was skeptical as to how he would handle his first year in the big leagues with so much pressure on his shoulders.
Well, if tonight is any indication, he'll handle all of the pressure quite well. The A's are a team that works the count, and I was worried that Homer would be out of the game early after throwing way too many pitches. But he passed a very important test tonight. He went right after them, and didn't blink an eye in the 6th as he mowed through Swisher and Chavez with a RISP and one run already in.
But my favorite part of the game was in the 5th (I'm pretty sure it was the 5th, anyways) when Bailey failed to get his foot on the bag during the attempted double play. He was visibly cursing himself walking back to the mound, and even after the very next pitch resulted in a 6-4-3 DP to get him out of the inning, he STILL seemed to be cursing himself over the previous missed opportunity. Tonight may have been the night that Homer Bailey TRULY arrived on the Cincinnati sports scene.
Homer, you had me from hello