God bless the Sunshine State.
I'm tellin ya, I think the closer they get to me, the better they are.
I heard the Freel home run coming home, then came in, talked to the wife, and decided to find out who won by reading on the Game thread.
First off, nice PBP by everybody.
Second, if you miss a game, try reading on the game thread to follow the ups and downs, it had me on the edge of my seat.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
A few impressions:
Jarred Burton was dealing. His FB hit 96 on the gun, but unlike the other pitchers (Coffey, Belisle, Benitez, who also got up to 94 or 95), you could hear a difference when the ball hit Javy's glove. A real heavy thud.
Weathers was weathered. He was toiling out there. He needs a night off.
Keppinger is the new Denorfia, high stockings and all. He has the advantage that his manager actually likes him. Looks solid at the plate, too.
Jeff Conine is loved in South Florida. Biggest ovation of the night.
Two called shots in the game: I called Hopper's RBI single to right. "He's gonna hit a grounder through THAT hole". My daughter called Freel's HR. She looked up and saw Freel had 2 HRs in the season. "He could hit a home run" she announced. Didn't give me time to say how Freel was a banjo hitter.
REDs win! Made me forget Bases Loaded no outs 3-4-5 up...wow! Didn't think we'd live that one down.
POSTGAME: Will have more after I transcribe, but Freel was unreal. He seemed more relieved than happy. When talking about he season so far, he said it was pathetic, horrendous and that he... well, what he said was that he, well, let's just say it rhymes with "clucking duck."
The most pleasant surprise of the night was that the weather was pretty comfortable after just smoking during the daytime. The air wasn't stuffy. Must have been 60% humidity instead of the usual 80%.
How fun it must be to be a Marlin and everywhere you look is a reminder that you are nomads in a football stadium. Dolphin Stadium, Dolphin Stadium signs reminding you that you are in Dolphin Stadium, all the retired Dolphin names stretching from foul pole to foul pole. Convenient in and out right off the turnpike which was nice, but absolutely no character and absolutely nothing in the area surrounding the stadium other than endless parking for 70K Dolphin fans eight times a year...
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I think that I am going to try and make Saturday night's game
Regardless, it was another wonderful game and more than anyone I want the streak to continue. I do find it funny that when Adam Dunn goes 3-29 and strikes out a lot, many want to cut off his head, but when Freel has similar statistics followed by a good game, many want to call out those who point out his defencies. Double standard? No doubt.
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Rob Neyer: "Any writer who says he'd be a better manager than the worst manager is either 1) lying (i.e. 'using poetic license') or 2) patently delusional. Which isn't to say managers don't do stupid things that you or I wouldn't."
"Enjoy this Reds fans, you are watching a legend grow up before your very eyes" ... DoogMinAmo on Adam Dunn
Some people play baseball. Baseball plays Jay Bruce.