The Sequel. Two in 10 Months. No-no. You all know what happened last night. You don’t need me to tell you. So instead, here are some commemorative goodies.
First we have “Bad Luck Bruce”:
Here’s Bruce Wayne:
There’s this, which combines my two favorite things. (Thanks, the Zoo!)
Homer congratulating Homer:
And my new Facebook profile picture:
Hey guys, it’s Angie! I am very lucky to be bringing this post to everyone today. Earlier today, I got in my very first wreck. I was driving back from Cincinnati to Athens to go work for my internship with the Southern Ohio Copperheads. While I was driving, my back left tire blew out and as I was slowing down to pull over I heard an unsettling sound which I believe made me lose control of my car which caused me to spin through the median and hit a road sign. The sign shattered my passenger window, tore off my bumper and completely tore up the underside of my car. I didn’t get any injuries but I was extremely shaken up. Through this experience I encountered many nice people who help me out. I first came in contact with State Trooper Chamblin who asked for my statement. I was sitting in the cop car and he asked me if I was a Reds fan. Of course, my response was “Oh, I’m a huge Reds fan!” He asked if I watched the games on Fox Sports Ohio to which I replied “Yes!” He then asked if I had seen the commercial for the seat belt wraps. I asked him if he was the officer in the commercial and sure enough he was! I told him I would have to write about my experience today and that I would have to get a seat belt wrap for my new car. A day filled with terrifying events was made slightly better when I encountered some Reds fans along the way! Huge thank yous to Trooper Chamblin, Larry from Larry’s Towing and Service Center in Peebles, Ohio, and the kind couple who saw me wreck and stopped to see if I was okay. I am thankful to be alive today and thankful for the people I listed above!
Remember to wear your seat belts and drive safely and as always, GO REDS!
Wow guys, I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve blogged. YIKES. I’ve been kind of busy since grad school started, and I celebrated my birthday, AND I’m going out of town for Ohio Brew Week tomorrow, so I’ve had a lot going on. Also, it doesn’t help that the Reds haven’t really been doing anything that is worth talking about : ( : ( : ( : (
But, I just wanted to check in and share this thing from Buzzfeed. Poor Jay Bruce.
Oh, also BRANDON PHILLIPS HAD A BABY! CONGRATS BP! But don’t you think it’s a weird coincidence that his baby mama is Coco Crisp’s sister and they just happen to be playing in Oakland? *insert Twilight Zone music here*
Good afternoon, Reds fans! I hope you all survived the storms this morning and had all of your hatches battened down. My cable is currently out, so I’m hoping that Time Warner gets it together in time for the Reds game – don’t they know we’re about to complete a 4-game sweep?!
“Why are we so bad?”
I wanted to share a few links today, so let’s get started.
My girl, Porky Miller, and I collaborated on this week’s edition of #VottoshopWednesday. We did movies about the Reds, and here is my personal favorite: Click “Vottoshop Wednesday” up there to see more!
Joey Votto’s sick behind-the-back throw to first from earlier in the week made it onto Buzzfeed. Check it out!
I just love GIFs, and ones of Brandon Phillips making spectacular plays quickly make it to the top of my list. Here’s my photo of Dusty imitating BP’s grab, inappropriately titled “Superman Dat Hoe” because who doesn’t remember Crank Dat by Soulja Boy? I heard that song about 7 million times a day during my entire Freshman year of college.
Jay Bruce lost some weight in the offseason, and I’m just getting around to telling you all that his new bod makes him look like Scott “Lord” Disick from the Kardashians.
GO REDS NO CUBS
When I brought home baby Homer, I proceeded with rose-colored optimism that having a new dog meant that I would have a new best friend. I expected my baby dog to be interested in all of the same things as me, because he wouldn’t know any better. I shouted from the rafters (read: my blog) that Homer is the newest Reds fan in my family. The thing is that in the nine days Homer has been my son, he has not demonstrated any enthusiasm in the Reds. He sleeps through every single game. He hasn’t shown interest in Brandon Phillips, and the only thing he can be bothered to do during games is drink water, ask to go pee, and sleep. Sometimes, if I cheer really loudly for a run, he’ll wake up. Instead of being excited, however, he’ll look at me like I ripped off his ear and go back to sleep.
This got me thinking. Have we, as Reds fans and pet owners, been incorrectly assuming that our pets are interested in baseball at all? What if dogs don’t even like baseball? I put a call out to my Twitter followers to send me pictures of their dogs being uninterested in baseball, and I got some great ones.
First, though, here are several pictures of sleeping Homer. (In all fairness, Homer is still a baby and sleeps quite a bit, but you’d think that if he’s able to stay awake whining in his crate for 5 hours a night, he’d be able to keep his eyes open for the American Pastime.)
A million thank-you’s to everyone who made this post possible (and their unenthusiastic doggies)! This was the most fun I’ve ever had while writing a post, and I definitely could not have done it without you!
Well guys, looks like my baby Homer is not very good luck for the Redlegs. I’m hoping that once he’s potty trained, I’ll be able to teach him to focus on sending positive doggie energy to the Reds, but one thing at a time.
The Reds lost the series to Colorado this week, and there’s not even really anything good to say about it. The pitching was just not there. After Homer Bailey gave up 3 runs in the first on Tuesday, he pitched pretty well, but we couldn’t hang on to the lead.
Speaking of Tuesday, I have to mention something that I observed at that game. It doesn’t happen very often, but I was actually ashamed of some Reds fans that evening. The guy who caught the game-winning home run ball was sitting in our section, and the catch was placed under review. After the umps called it good, you would not believe the amount of people just acting deplorably toward their fellow fan for catching the ball and giving it to his son. There was yelling, inappropriate gestures, and general poor sportsmanship. I understand that the Reds fans are there to see a win, but to lash out at a fellow fan for catching a home run ball is just embarrassing. I was so ashamed by our fellow fans that I had to leave the section for a few minutes until everyone settled down. Honestly guys, it was an early June game. It’s not like it was a playoff game or anything, so pipe the hell down and be happy for the little boy who has a game-winning home run ball from a Major League Baseball game. How many of you can say you have the same?
In other news, Brandon Phillips is expected to be back to face the Cards tomorrow! He was out for a few games after being hit by a pitch, and apparently he couldn’t be happier to be returning. I guess according to reports, he’s been eating all the food everywhere because he hasn’t had anything better to do. Classic Brandon.
Speaking of the Cards series, you know who else will be back? Yadi “Thug Life” Molina. He dropped his appeal, and served his one game suspension last night, so I’m guessing that he’ll be in rare form for the weekend series.
I’m exited to see how the weekend pans out. It would be really sweet if we could sweep the birds and make some progress towards first place. I really hope it works out that way, but more than that, Baby Homer hopes it will work out that way because all babies deserve to see their team in first place.
He wants the Reds to do it for the babies.
Ok, gotta go! Do something awesome with the off day! GO REDS!
Rockin’ Redlegs has a new official mascot! Guys, meet Homer:
Homer is a Carlin Pinscher, which is the fancy name for a pug/miniature pinscher mix, and he’s just wonderful. He’s only supposed to be between 12 and 15 pounds, and he’s 12 pounds now, so he shouldn’t get much bigger. I am in love with my new son, and I hope you all are ready to see plenty of pictures of him all the time. And in case you’re wondering, he’s named after a home run, the Greek poet, and just a little bit after Homer Bailey.
What fun games these past two have been, huh? The Reds collected 24 hits and 12 runs in the past two games against the Cleveland Indians, and it seems that almost everyone has gotten in on the action in this series. Yesterday, Mat Latos pitched flawlessly, allowing just 4 hits with 7 strikeouts. Our bats are on fire, and Xavier Paul and Zack Cozart had three hits each in yesterday’s victory. It would seem that Cozy is back, after suffering a frightening slump earlier in the month. We also got some RBI hits from Jack Hannahan and Derrick Robinson. Everybody is contributing to this team’s wins, and it feels great. Again, if only the Cards would start losing.
The Reds play two games in Cleveland today before heading over to Pittsburgh for the weekend series. I’m not too worried about playing the Indians on their turf, but we shouldn’t take anything for granted. Hopefully they’ll be fine, but the Indians are a pretty good team and it would be prudent for the Reds not to get too cocky. This is the last time the Reds will face the Indians this season, and it would be pretty great if we could walk away with the Ohio Cup! The weekend series in Pittsburgh will be an important one as well. Our division rivals who, in the past, were about as much of a threat as the Cubs (lol sry cubs) are only once game behind us in the NL Central. Obviously, because of those Cards who simply WILL NOT lose two games straight, it’s not like we’re fighting for first place or anything, but I’d like to leave Pissburgh (THAT WAS TOTALLY AN ACCIDENTAL TYPO BUT IT CAME OUT SO AWESOME THAT I’M LEAVING IT) with our second place title still in tact.
I wanted to leave you all with something hilarious, but I’m not feeling too funny today so I’m letting the internet do it for me. Enjoy this Cleveland tourism video that was made by some guy who got angry at Cleveland for some reason. I’m just going to go ahead and say that, aside from my friends from Cleveland, the best thing to come out of that city is Great Lakes Brewing Company.
That’s all I have. My schoolchildren are getting out of control. A girl was talking on her cell phone in class and when I told her to hang up, she acted like she didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to be on the phone at school. Thank goodness there is only one more day left.
Hey all, sorry I’ve been quiet for the a little while. I’ve been busy with stuff that I can’t remember now. All I know at this point is that today is my last day of teaching until next school year, and I’m about to have three months off to do WHATEVER I WANT, so please excuse me if I’m a little bit all-over-the-place today. I’m just really excited, and also really tired. Let’s talk about the Reds!
Holy crap, how good are the Reds right now? Aside from that terrifying derailment last Sunday, our boys have been killing it! But seriously, can the Angry Birds please start losing? It doesn’t really do anything for us if we keep winning and the Cards also keep winning.
Today the Reds start a five-game homestand and face the Cubs at 7:10. I’ve heard that there are a couple of sellouts this weekend, so I hope you all are trying to make it out to the ballpark. I THINK I might possibly be there Sunday, but it’s all up in the air. Typically, Memorial Day weekend is my favorite weekend of the year due to being outside in the pool, drinking cocktails, and listening to baseball, but I don’t even know what I’m doing this year. I just know that the Reds will be involved.
Oh hey! After we play the Cubs, the Reds will face the Indians in a four game series, except half of the series will be at GABP and the other half will be in Indianville (I forget what their stadium is called and don’t feel like looking it up). I think it’s technically probably supposed to be considered two series, but I think that it’s really awesome that they’re splitting it up like that. It’ll be the only time this year we play the Indians, so as far as the Ohio Cup goes, this is for all the marbles.
This isn’t the Ohio Cup I’m talking about, but I really want this one. My birthday is coming up, guys.
Oh! We got word yesterday that our dear friends Porky Miller and Lion Hanigan have started a blog! Thank goodness, because these girls are totally killing the game, and you should go check them out. They’re doing Photoshop stuff, animal puns, and other cool things. CLICK ON THIS RIGHT NOW.
What else? Make sure you check out Taste of Cincinnati this weekend! I love Taste because I love food and beer and being outdoors in large crowds. I really want to go, but as I said, I have no idea what’s going on in my weekend because things are crazy, but I’m really going to make an effort to be down there. I’ll tweet if I end up there, and if you want to come say hi, give me a shout! ANYWAY, if you’re downtown this weekend, hopefully for both Taste and Reds games, don’t forget to take pictures and send them to us because we always love to see what everybody is up to.
Ok gang, I’m going to wrap this up, but don’t forget to watch the Reds play the Cubs this weekend. Here is a lesson in MLB team logos.
Ew, go away creepy cub. BYE GUYS!
GO REDS NO CUBS!
It’s been a while since Rockin’ Redlegs has talked smack about an opponent of the Reds. We used to do it all the time when we were first born, and I kind of miss it. Aside from the fact that it’s rude, doesn’t demonstrate good sportsmanship, and will inevitably be negatively received by people on the internet, I have a lot of fun when I pick on other teams, so here goes: Meet the Miami Marlins! (Most of this is not true.)
Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Giancarlo Stanton is a 23 year old outfielder who made his big league debut in 2010. Currently on the 15-day DL with a case of identity crisis, Stanton was known as “Mike” until the 2012 season when he decided that he’d rather go by Giancarlo because it made him sound more exotic and mysterious. Speaking of exotic and mysterious, Stanton’s hobbies include tending to small macaques and breakdancing. He is also writing a memoir titled Macaques and Me: A Love Like No Other.
Miguel Olivo, C
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1978 to Sevillano and Kalamata Olivo, Miguel is the first Olivo-born player in the Major Leagues, and ended up in Miami after the Reds decided that they’d rather have one of Stanton’s macaques as a catcher than this guy. When not playing baseball, you can find Olivo hanging out at the grocery store, typically near the Mediterranean Bar, but sometimes in the baking aisle with the other cooking oils.
Greg Dobbs, 1B
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Greg Dobbs signed with the Marlins in 2011, and immediately became the most-hated guy on the team. He constantly makes rude and offensive remarks (often sexual in nature) about the other players’ moms, and his .135 BA for May doesn’t help his case. In the night, other Marlins players meet in the dugout to plot to get rid of Dobbs, but their efforts are usually thwarted because Dobbs is found lurking near the dugout babbling about The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Placido Polanco, 3B
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Placido Polanco is not only the oldest player in the Marlins organization – he is also the baldest. During the offseason, Polanco likes to spend his time driving slowly, feeding ducks at the pond, and playing bingo. He is the second-highest paid player on the team, and he spends most of his salary on reading glasses and accessories for his Hoveround. Albert Pujols is godfather to Polanco’s son, Ishmael, and that is not made up.
Derek Dietrich, 2B
Bats: Left Throws: Right
This creepy-looking rookie was called up to the Majors this season, and is receiving a lot of attention for…um….wait, who is this guy? According to his Wikipedia page, he was called up last week and has been starting since Donovan Solano and Chris Valaika sustained injuries during a pillow fight. We can only assume that Dietrich still lives with his mom, and until last week, spent most of his days playing MLB 10: The Show on his Playstation while maintaining a steady diet of Cheetos and Dr. Pepper.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Adeiny Hechavarria is 24 years old and defected from Cuba in 2009. (Real original, Adeiny.) He came over to the Marlins in the trade for Jose Reyes and others, and presumably has never kissed a girl (or a dude, I don’t know his life). He is listed on the roster as 5’11″, but everyone knows that in baseball, 5’11″ is code for 4’9″. His interests include making dolls out of sticks and brewing bathtub gin. He has been quoted saying that his hero is Walter White.
Justin Ruggiano, CF
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Justin Ruggiano is one of the players with the highest seniority for the Miami Marlins – he has played for the team since 2012 – wow! What a career! Prior to playing in Miami, he played for the Astros, the Rays, and the Dodgers. He has been spotted multiple times wearing his jersey to the local mall and asking people if they would like an autograph for the low, low price of $15. While most civilians approached by Ruggiano flee in terror, he makes a pretty decent second income with these autograph signings. He stated on his 2012 taxes that he made $105 from his side business.
Juan Pierre, LF
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Juan Pierre, known to his friends as Juan D’Vaughn, is in his first year with the Miami Marlins (isn’t everybody?) and has made quite a name for himself with his 603 career stolen bases. Bases aren’t the only thing he’s been known to steal, however, and has been caught by his teammates stealing bizarre trinkets from their lockers. He’s not all bad though – in his free time, he dresses up as a clown and hangs out at a local park. He is sometimes spotted trying to offer candy to children – how sweet!
Ricky Nolasco, P
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Ricky Nolasco is in his last year of his contract with the Marlins. He has played for the team since 2006, and has seen quite a few players come and go. He is known as the team prankster (just look at him!) and has come up with quite a few hilarious zingers for his fellow teammates. He is most notorious for putting laxative in the Gatorade cooler and covering the toilets in the clubhouse with saran wrap. Some of his other favorite practical jokes include sending love letters to his teammates’ wives, hiding everyone’s jockstraps in the backseat of his car, and the old hand-in-a-bowl-of-warm-water trick. LOL!
Thanks for letting me indulge in my weirdness for today. Tonight, the Reds will be facing the Marlins in Florida starting at 7:10. Here’s hoping Homer Bailey can put out a hell of an outing! Have a great day!