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Thread: Birthdays: 12/9

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    Member chicoruiz's Avatar
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    Birthdays: 12/9

    Another All-Reds Edition!!!

    Fred Lewis (30) -When Fred was in college, he was involved in a car accident that killed the other three passengers in his vehicle.

    Chris Booker (35) -Pitched 2 innings for the Reds, surrendering 8 runs, 7 of them earned. His next stop was Kansas City; unbelievably his record there was worse.

    Todd Van Poppel (40) -Everyone remembers how he was the consensus #1 pick in the draft, but announced that he would not sign with Atlanta, forcing them to "settle" for Chipper Jones.

    Juan Samuel (51) -Holds the record for most at-bats in a season by a right-handed batter. Has a son named Samuel Samuel.

    Steve Christmas (54) - Career BA with the Reds: .059. Hey, I said it was all-Reds day, not all GOOD Reds day...

    Jim Merritt (68) -Won 20 for the 1970 Reds with an ERA in the low 4's. The next year he went 1-11 with an ERA in the low 4's....

    Cy Seymour -Pitcher-turned-outfielder, famous for his 1905 seaon in which he led the league in batting average, slugging, hits, doubles and triples. Lost the home run title by one to the immortal Fred Odwell. Once hit four sacrifice flies in a game.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Moderator cumberlandreds's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 12/9

    The first MLB game I ever attended was the one win Merritt had in 1971.

    Didn't know that about Lewis. Jonny Gomes was also in car accident that killed one of his friends.
    Reds Fan Since 1971

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    6 months of heartbreak Bob Borkowski's Avatar
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    Re: Birthdays: 12/9

    Adding still another Red - Mat Latos (25). The Reds/San Diego trade was 12-17-11 so chico's thread could not have included his name.

    I like Latos, he had an outstanding season. He bolstered the starting rotation significantly.

    It is obvious, though, that his maturity level is a work in progress and he still has a ways to go. I'm reminded of one of BCubb's Random Thoughts from about a month ago: "Fortunately, Mat Latos seems like too much of a knucklehead to be tormented by the grand slam he gave up."

    As usual, Cubbie hits the nail on the head.


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