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“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!

Tuesday Man Love

Here’s an adorable shot of Brandon congratulating the newly shorn Jonny after his (slumpbusting?) 2-run homer last night. Hopefully, this is just the beginning because when Jonny’s hot, he’s Reds hot! Too cute.

Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness that the Rockin’ Redlegs crew announces the death of one of the most important icons of the Cincinnati Reds. He helped to bring the Reds to many victories in 2010, being a star player both on and off the field. He was present when the Reds clinched their first playoff spot in 15 years in 2010 and endured a rough end to the season as the team got swept by the Phillies in three games of the National League Division Series. After a long winter, he reemerged at Spring Training ready to contribute all he possibly could to the team. When the Reds started off the amazing 2011 season, he helped as much as he could by giving fans and other players something to look forward to at the games. Rockin’ Redlegs learned tonight of his passing and could not be more upset at such news.

He was a fan favorite, and many young children looked up to and emulated him. He was always bringing joy to those who spotted him, whether he was seen from the Terrace Outfield or the Kroger Bleachers at Great American Ballpark. The crowd constantly erupted with joy whenever he was shown on the scoreboard. He was always perfectly styled, and even has a Facebook page dedicated to him. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten and we hope that someday, he may return from the dead to bring more happiness to his fans.

So, Rest in Peace, Jonny Gomes’ Mohawk. We know that you’re in a better place now, living happily in that big barbershop in the sky where you are free to roam around and are never confined to life under a ball cap or batting helmet. There are no hats in heaven. We will remember you always.


You will be missed, Mohawk.

Read the official story here.

What’s up with Jonny Gomes?

Jonny Gomes is one of our favorite players in the Reds organization. He’s got the hair, the goatee, the tats, and he’s just a really good guy. When we went to see Homer Bailey’s 2011 debut, we watched as a little three year old boy with a seven-inch mohawk got Jonny’s attention, with the help of his dad. The little boy wanted Jonny to see his mohawk – instead of ignoring requests to turn around (like most left fielders do), Jonny turned around and waved at the little boy, patted his own head to acknowledge the little dude’s ‘hawk, and tossed a ball to him.


“Hello young lad!”

We met Jonny the next day in Chicago, and when we told him how cool it was that he did that, he spoke animatedly about it. We chatted with him a little more, and Jonny took a picture with our brother. That’s when Jonny Gomes confirmed our suspicions that while he looks good and plays (?) pretty well, he really is an awesome guy.

Our dad started talking about Jonny’s slump lately, and we met his skepticism with blissful ignorance when he suggested that Jonny might be on his way out. I said, “So what? He’s slumping. They didn’t do anything to Drew Stubbs last year when he was 0 for June.” Dad said, “Yeah, but Jonny’s been 0 for September, 0 for April, 0 for May. He’s hitting .162 and….” [This is where I  tuned out because that Frontline commercial was on where that little puppy tries to start some kind of revolution. That commercial is so cute.] “Now that you’re writing about the Reds, you have to stop thinking like a fan,” he finished.


No fleas on this little guy.

Anyway, we at Rockin’ Redlegs believe that one of the things that separates us from any other Reds blog is that we’re all about what life is like for fans. We’re not analysts, and while we do some discussions of specific games and stats, we’re mostly about colorful, upbeat human interest stories designed to make our readers laugh and notice things about the Reds they’ve never considered. That being said, we do want to talk a bit about what’s going on with Jonny because what kind of journalists would we be if we didn’t report the good along with the bad?

Jonny’s been looked over in the lineup lately – Fred Lewis and Chris Heisey have taken his spot in left field more than a few times this season. He started off the season leading the teams in walks, which injured his batting average considerably. The main argument for Jonny’s slump is that he’s only hitting .186. Average isn’t everything. In 36 games, Jonny is fifth in the team in runs and RBIs with 18 and 17 respectively. The four players ahead of him in both spots are Stubbs, Votto, Bruce, and Phillips. He’s third in home runs with 6 (He’s hit more HRs than Votto) and second in stolen bases with 5 (Stubbs is ahead of him by 8 bases, but really, that kid is some kind of freak of nature. We think he’s part cheetah.)


Drew’s dad, Phil Stubbs.

Jonny can hit. He’s made that absolutely clear throughout his career in the Majors. Jonny has never had a particularly high average. His best batting average is from 2005, when he hit a .282 on the season. His lowest season was 2008, when he hit a .182 in Tampa. His career batting average is .244 in nine seasons. In those nine seasons, Jonny has recorded 529 hits, 320 runs, and 110 home runs.

So Jonny’s having a rough start to 2011, so what? He’ll be ok. He’s got some things he needs to work through – he’s very aggressive with his swings and seems to try to hit anything that comes at him – this is why he’s struck out 37 times this season (Drew Stubbs takes the #1 spot in strikeouts with 42). He’s 5 for 29 in his last ten games, but Jay Bruce is 9 for 39 in his last ten and you don’t see anyone complaining about Bruce, do you? Hell, Joey Votto is 12 for 38 in his last ten so really, what does it take for everyone to give Jonny a break? He’s the fifth best player on the team. We’re comparing him to all the other guys on the team to prove that although Jonny’s had a bit of a rough time so far, he’s not really all that far off from our best players.

So, what do you think? Just give Jonny a break, huh? We think that he’s doing fine and he will be fine and Jonny Gomes is one of the driving forces that makes this team great.

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!

Happy Easter from Rockin’ Redlegs!

The crew at Rockin’ Redlegs wants to wish you a happy and safe Easter holiday! Have a great one everybody!

Thanks to Rockin’ Redlegs contributor, Mike, for the photo editing!

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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