The Battle of Ohio

We’re really not big s***-talkers here at Rockin’ Redlegs, but we couldn’t help but notice something. We write an article about Jonny Gomes and he hits his first home run in nearly a month. We put the Cards on blast – Reds swept ‘em. We likened the Cubs to cute, tiny bears – another sweep. We left the Pirates alone (partly because we felt bad that they were like 6.5 games back when the series began) and what happens? They sweep us, allowing the Reds only three runs in two games. We like to think we aren’t mean, but if we’re anything, we’re superstitious.

So, in the interest of luck and good fun, we’re going to talk a little smack about the Cleveland Indians. Not only do they have the best record in baseball and are first place in the American League, but they’re also tied for first in Major League Baseball for most racist team name.

Cleveland Indians Racist
We realize it’s a cheap shot, but all’s fair in love and Interleague play.

Yes, the Tribe have had a spectacular season so far. They are the most unexpected thing to happen to 2011 Major League Baseball. Earlier this week against the Royals, the Indians scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and ended up winning 19-1. But come on, it’s the Royals. That’s kind of like challenging a toddler to a hundred meter dash. I mean, really, it’s not like the Indians have been playing particularly difficult teams. Things are a mess over there in the American League. A lot of the teams are struggling to stay above .500, and you can’t turn on the TV without hearing about the Yankees and their “slump” when they’re really only two games out of first place. If the slumping Yankees are in second place, what does that say about the rest of them? I’m not trying to discount the Tribe’s success (ok, maybe I am a little) but it’s going to take a lot more than conveniently beating a lot of low-placing teams to hold up, and I think that Interleague play will show that.

I’m not saying the Indians won’t rise to the occasion, but I think that it will be interesting to see what happens. I mean, the Reds are in a similar situation. We’re a winning team who have beaten the Astros and the Diamondbacks with ease, but as we move past our comfortable Central division, it’s going to be more difficult to beat those National League teams who are going to be able to put up a good fight (like the Phillies and the Braves).

So, in the upcoming series against the Indians, we hope that the Reds are able to show off their spectacular defense, excellent starting pitching, and contagious offense. It’s going to be so exciting and give the teams of Ohio a chance to showcase the inherent drive that is present in both teams. Things are going to be tense in Ohio for a few days, but it’s going to give everyone the opportunity to talk smack and represent their teams. We just know the Reds are going to come out victorious, because that’s the kind of team we are. We’re surprising and unexpected, just like the Indians, and I think the Reds are really going to give their fans something to brag about.

How fun would an Ohio Cup World Series be?

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