Big Red, Meet Big Blue

Ian HunterCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 15:  'Mr. Met' the New York Mets mascot poses during the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade on July 15, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

For some reason, I have an affinity with the Cincinnati Reds logo. Whenever I look at Mr. Red, he looks as if he's sitting in the starting blocks waiting for the 100 metre dash to begin. But I also noticed a deep dark secret that Mr. Red has tried to hide for years—he is actually half brothers with Mr. Met. You can't deny that the resemblance is uncanny!

The Cincinnati Reds are likely a little weary about returning to play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The last time the Reds were in town, they were outscored 26-8 over the course of just three games. Some good news for the Big Red Machine is that Joey Votto could be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

At his last appearance at the Rogers Centre earlier this year for the World Baseball Classic, Votto did not disappoint in front of the hometown crowd.

Due to some strategic bullpen moves over the weekend, the initial rotation has been shuffled around a bit. Scott Richmond was originally slated to start Tuesday's opener, but instead will be pushed back a day. Brian Tallet will get the call tomorrow working on three days rest.

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be covering tomorrow's game thanks to the good folks at T.O. Sports. Hopefully, I will get a chance to interview some of the players prior to and following the game.

Barring a complete technical meltdown, there should be some pictures and audio posted on the site in the next few days. You can also follow my ramblings throughout the game via Twitter.

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