Or props, as the kidz are prone to say.
(Insert fist bump here).
At any rate, I don't know what the rest of this road trip holds, or the season. Perhaps the Reds will lose every game from here on out.
For the purposes of this thread, the future does not matter.
I am reflecting on the craziness of the series against Stl, the emotions that took them out of their comfort zone, and getting swept to look up and be one game behind the Cardinals while having been rather whipped on the field and off.
Past Reds teams have not responded real well at that juncture. And having to deal with Josh Johnson and Anibel Sanchez on the weekend against the Marlins on top of what had just happened seemed cruel.
And with the season teetering (and make no mistake, it probably was), Dusty has pushed the right buttons in the clubhouse to get them re-focused and right back to playing smart, hard, and winning baseball. It is a joy to see them respond like they have to the adversity and get back to winning. I am certain that vets like Rolen and O-Cab have probably helped, but I cannot help but think that the tone Dusty set and sets and whatever he did following that series was among one of the better crisis managerial moments I have seen in my three and a half decades of following the Reds.
I forget who it was, maybe Wheels, in some thread last week who noted that it was situations like this that Dusty seemed to excel. Well stated. And worth highlighting.
So, five days after a debacle, the Reds are back to where they were before the Stl series began. Amazing work to put that behind them and move on.
Whether they win or lose from here, Dusty has done a fantastic job this year with a still very young team, and it has been a pleasure to watch him manage a team I love.