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What About BP?

Word on the street is that Joey Votto and the Reds have agreed to a 10-year, $225 million deal. This has not been officially confirmed by either party yet, but with all the hype in the blogosphere, I don’t think anyone would believe it if it turns out the deal isn’t true.

As a diehard Reds fan, I know I should be thrilled about this deal, but I’m just having such a hard time getting excited about it. I can’t help but think about how Brandon Phillips (the Red most deserving of a contract extension, in my opinion) seems to be getting the shaft.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m definitely more than biased when it comes to matters of BP, but I find it difficult to believe that the Reds couldn’t come up with a little something for Brandon. Phillips goes out there every day and plays like he is playing for a contract extension. He does awesome things for the community and the fans and is one of Cincinnati’s greatest celebrities.

There has been much speculation on whether or not BP will be around after this season. I think it is still way too early to make those kinds of statements, but I know that Brandon wants to stay a Red and doesn’t want anything more than a fair deal. I also know that if the Reds can’t come up with something for BP, there will be a lot of fans who won’t be able to forgive the Reds organization, myself included.

Rockin’ the Rockies

The Redlegs split the Rockies series! Yay! Johnny Cueto pitched lights out, Coco now has more saves than Goose Gossage, Bruce can hit, Joey can catch, and Dusty has 300 career wins! We’re now 4 games below .500, so we should get there in no time! Not to mention, we’re now tied for third! See, Reds fans? Things aren’t looking too dismal!

Except for these guys. Apparently, they are trapped and being held hostage, but they’re still alive. Seems like a weird way to try and inform the public of their capture, especially if they have cell phone access. Maybe they should inform the proper authorities.

As always, GO REDS!

“If you can hear me, touch your butt.”

Tuesday was not an awesome day for the Reds. The Reds fell in an 8-6 loss to the New York Mets, and they lost a teammate in Jonny Gomes who got traded to the Washington Nationals. Despite things not being so great for the Reds, it was an absolutely amazing day for the Rockin’ Redlegs crew. One of the most wonderful ladies on the planet, Lisa Braun, hooked us up royally and helped to provide us with our most incredible ballpark experience to date.

We arrived at the ballpark around 4:30 and met Lisa at the team offices who proceeded to give us the grand tour of the cathedral we’ve frequented many times in our lives. This time, however, she showed us all of the behind-the-scenes places we didn’t even know existed. We toured the team offices, the suites, and the concourse before entering the belly of the beast, so to speak. Lisa showed us the entrance to the Reds’ clubhouse, but we weren’t allowed to go inside because we are girls. I guess they were afraid that we wouldn’t be able to contain ourselves at the prospect of seeing Joey Votto’s booty.

No Girls Allowed!

From there, Lisa brought us through the Umpire’s Suite/Star Dressing Room, through the visitors’ dugout, and onto the field. It was our first time ever stepping foot on a Major League baseball field and, boy, was it cool. We stood there and watched our favorite players taking practice swings. We also took about a thousand pictures of Dusty Baker’s rear end. On second thought, maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea to keep the Rockin’ Redlegs ladies out of the clubhouse.

One of many.

After meeting Jim Kelch, we took quite a few pics of some of the greatest baseball players of our time at batting practice.

Lisa also thought it would be important to introduce us to a really nice guy named Nick. He asked us a few questions about who we are and what we do, before revealing his true identity (and offering a few death threats.)  Ladies and Gentlemen, Nick is the man behind the red fur. Yes, we met the face behind one of Rockin’ Redlegs (previously) most loathed creatures – Gapper. Nick is actually a really superb human being – he’s funny, nice, and extremely personable. After assuring him that our dislike for Gapper was certainly tongue-in-cheek and had nothing to do with him personally, I think we might have won him over, and vice versa. More to come on Gapper.

Our buddy Jamie Ramsey of Better Off Red came down to say hey (on his birthday!) and it was really good to see him again. It’s always a good time with Jamie.

Out of the corner of our eyes, we spotted a familiar face. We spotted him from afar, waved, and it was like not a moment had passed. After flirting with a debbie -

Brandon stopped on over to say hey. We caught up with him for a bit and told him that we planned on taking him out to dinner very soon. He joked around with us, and it felt like old times.

Reunited and it feels so good!

Jamie also brought over one of our favorite (former) Reds, Jonny Gomes.

Jonny’s last official act as a Red – hangin’ with the Rockin’ Redlegs ladies! Good luck in Washington, Jonny! We’ll miss you a ton!

Just like that, batting practice was over and the Mets took the field. Lisa offered to take us to the Reds Hall of Fame (where we had never been before) and we relished in reliving all of the greatest moments of Reds history.

Here’s Angie with the Great Eight.

After the Hall of Fame, it was almost time for the game. After many thank-you’s, we parted ways with our absolutely fabulous hostess and headed to our seats in the Budweiser Thirst Row, from where we watched an awesome game (even though they lost.) We were so close to my boy, Jay Bruce, we could almost smell him. Angie and I were wondering if Jay could hear us talking from where we were sitting – hence the name of this post. Guys, Jay did not touch his butt, so I guess he couldn’t hear us.

Come on, do it Jay!

Around the fifth inning, the Rockin’ Redlegs crew were treated to a special guest. Yes, it took a minute to feel comfortable with him, but I think our boy Gapper deserves a redemption. Actually, Gapper and I are on more-than-a-first-name-basis (if you know what I mean.)

He’s actually not bad once you get to know him!

Ultimately, the Reds lost to the Mets, but the memories and experiences we had that day with Lisa, Jamie, Jonny, Brandon, Jim, and of course, Gapper will be with us for a long time and we couldn’t be happier that we got to have this opportunity. We now see Great American Ballpark, the people behind it, and the players in a different light and we are so fortunate to have gotten to participate in such an awesome day.

As always, GO REDS!

Some very happy bloggers!

ALL-STAR BALLOT!

The ballot for the All-Star Game is finally became available the other day! We just wanted to remind everyone to vote Reds! You can vote a total of 25 times per email address, so let’s make sure that Joey Votto and all the other guys get there on the first try this year!

Vote:
1B – Joey Votto
2B – Brandon Phillips
SS – Paul Janish
3B – Scott Rolen
C – Ramon Hernandez
OF – Jay Bruce
OF – Jonny Gomes
OF – Drew Stubbs

Access the ballot here!

Top 5: Nicknames that Don’t Exist (But Should)

Major League Baseball has given us some of the most awesome nicknames in history: The Great Bambino, Charlie Hustle, and The Freak, just to name a few. Unfortunately, Cincinnati seems to have a dearth of nicknames. CoCo and the Cuban Missile are the only ones that really come to mind. But, in our years as Reds fans, we’ve come up with a few nicknames that we’d love to hear our favorite players answer to.

5. Scott “Scooter” Rolen

We here at Rockin’ Redlegs absolutely adore Scott Rolen. He’s, in our opinion, our best veteran and an excellent third baseman. One of the things we love most about Scott is that he’s got a certain look about him – one that can only be described as childlike. Frankly – and we mean this in the best possible way – Scott looks like a little kid. He’s so cute, that for some reason, we want to make him sound a little kid. We definitely see a new nickname in Scott’s future.


We love you, Scooter

4. Ryan “The Coyote” Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan is a great catcher who has had a hell of a start to this 2011 season. The pitchers trust him and he’s always hustling. Ryan’s attitude, as well as his look behind the plate evokes the image of a coyote on the prowl, constantly looking for his next strike. His intensity reminds us of a natural predator, and we think that The Coyote is an accurate descriptor of Hanigan’s style.

3. Jonny Gomes: The Chuck Norris of Cincinnati

Jonny Gomes is as tough as they come. Whether he’s beating guys up in an on-the-field brawl, making incredible catches in Left Field, mackin’ on his gumbacco, or just showing off his amazing hair, Jonny Gomes can do anything. It’s been said that he can cut down a mountain with his bare hands, and we’re pretty sure that some of his hits have actually flown by the window of the International Space Station. In fact, Jonny Gomes doesn’t hit home runs – the balls run away from his bat.


Don’t look him directly in the eyes or you’ll go blind.

2. Joey “The Bat” Votto

Being Italian comes with a great responsibility – deciding what your nickname would be if you ever got involved with the Mafia. Joey “The Bat” Votto sounds like someone who would not only be an MVP slugger, but someone who would also break your legs with a Louisville Slugger if you owed him money.


Joey “The Bat” Votto: Cincinnati’s Wiseguy

1. Paul “Goose” Janish

You know how sometimes, you want to give someone a nickname for no particular reason? That is how we feel about Paul “Goose” Janish. Maybe it’s the way he seems to take flight when a grounder comes at him, or maybe it’s the way his stubble makes half of his face change color, like a goose. Perhaps it’s because his constant game heroics remind us of Goose from Top Gun. Who knows why, but Goose seems like the perfect nickname for Paul and we have officially begun campaign Goose.


His nickname is Goose. Accept it and move on.

Game Notes, Leake, and St. Louis Preview

REDS WIN! Finally, after four straight losses our boys in red managed to bring home a 7-4 victory over the D’Backs on Thursday. Thanks to a solo home run by Joey Votto, some fortunate walks, RBIs brought in by Hernandez and Janish, and some great defensive plays, especially by Phillips and Gomes, we finally saw the guys play sort of like they played in the beginning of the season. Lately, we’ve been seeing a little bit of a lack of emotion with our guys, and although I’m not sure why, I think the fans have a lot to do with it. In the past two games I’ve attended (yesterday and today) there was a world of difference between the energy at GABP.

Mike Leake, Cincinnati’s own Charlie-Sheeneqsue Wild Thing, pitched beautifully today. Although I would have liked to have seen more K’s, Leake allowed 3 runs in 7 innings, keeping the D’Backs down and giving our offense a chance to shine. Is it a coincidence that the last game the Reds won was also pitched by Leake? Clearly, this kid is talented and thankfully, the fans were mostly able to keep their opinions about his personal life and his pitching talent separate.

The Reds leave tonight for a six day road trip beginning with our division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, then to Milwaukee to face the Brew Crew. The Reds and the Cardinals have one of the most intense rivalries in the National League and there is a lot of speculation as to how the mood between the two teams will be, especially since last season’s comments by Brandon Phillips which caused the two teams to get into a brawl in August, and by the incorrect reports of Jonny Gomes’ attitude toward Adam Wainwright in Spring Training. Rivalries like this one are among the most exciting in Major League Baseball and with the Reds and the Cards being currently tied for first place, this will be an awesome series to watch.  Tomorrow, we’ll see our starter with the most strikeouts and the highest ERA, Edinson Volquez, face Kyle McClellan in a game that will surely be as emotionally charged and intense as they come.

Top 5: On the Field Facial Hair

It is no doubt that the Reds have some of the greatest players on Earth. Even more true, we’ve got some pretty studly men, and if there is one way to measure the badassness of a man, it is his awesome facial hair. Here are our Top 5 picks for best facial hair.

5. Joey Votto’s Stubble

Every now and again, Joey will let his beard go and forgo shaving for a couple of days. While it’s pretty generally agreed-upon that the MVP is one of the most attractive players on the team, we think he looks even better when he’s become a little lax with shaving and lets some stubble move in. Think about ditching the razor more often, Joey!

4. Sam LeCure’s Devil ‘Stache

After losing two of our starting pitchers – Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey – to the DL, Sam LeCure really stepped up and came through as the fifth starter in the rotation. While Sam LeCure looks great clean-shaven, we’ve recently been exposed to this ‘stache-style, which slightly reminds us of the type of facial hair a cartoon devil would have. Not many people can pull off this look, so props to Sam for giving this team a new and exciting facial hair pattern to observe, as well as a starter who could really give the other guys a run for their money when the rotation is reevaluated.

3. B-Philly’s Tuft

Our second baseman, Brandon Phillips, has always had a certain swagger and we’re almost certain this has a lot to do with his awesome chinbeard. Rarely does a tiny tuft of hair on a man’s chin ever look this good.

2. Jonny Gomes’ two-toned goatee

Jonny Gomes is, without argument, the most badass player on the roster. He’s got the mohawk, multiple visible tats, and an unmistakable presence at the plate. His gorgeous goatee only adds to his reputation, but Jonny’s facial hair is special. In what can only be described as genetic awesomeness, his goatee is a different color than his hair. That’s right – Jonny Gomes is so badass, the pigments in his body actually separated in an attempt to escape that icy stare of his.

1. Miller’s Manchu

While Corky Miller is not currently on the 25-man roster, he always comes through when the team needs him. As our brother once described him, “He looks like a scary biker who donates to charities once a month.” His fu manchu is one of the most spectacular things on this Earth to look at, and once you see it, it is hard to break the hold the mustache has on your gaze. In fact, “mustache” does not even do Corky’s style justice. If anyone can come up with a single word to capture the artful glory and wonder contained in this man’s facial hair, let us know.

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