1. Jay Bruce Out Six to Eight Weeks: Awesome!

    If you're the type of Reds fan who doesn't like to turn your prunes into pruneade then this article isn't for you. If you do dig an occasional glass of ice cold pruneade then read on. Jay Bruce is injured, and I am tickled pink...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 255 reads 7 comments

  2. Corporate Media Still Doesn't Get It

    It's the same flawed argument over and over again; the Internet is killing print media. Talking heads on TV, voices on the radio, and even articles in the dying print media—it's always the same pity party...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 171 reads 44 comments

  3. Cincinnati Reds: Walt Jocketty Also Has "His Boys"

    When I woke up this morning and saw that the Cincinnati Reds' had recalled Adam Rosales to fill the vacant roster spot, courtesy of Jay Bruce's broken wrist, the second word I thought was "trade"...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 343 reads 9 comments

  4. Bronson Arroyo Miffs Mets

    NEW YORK—What doesn't a team get when half of their $150 million dollar payroll is out of action due to injury? If that team happens to be the New York Mets on Friday night, they don't get a runner past first base...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 95 reads 5 comments

  5. Cincinnati Reds Versus New York Mets: Do or Die?

    There is no such thing as a "do or die" series or game until a team's magic number is terminated. And literally speaking, there is really no such thing as a "do or die" sporting event—with the possible exception of Colombian soccer...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 62 reads 2 comments

  6. My Odd Obsession With The 1986 Reds

    During summer any pre-driver's licensed teenager living in the sticks of West Virginia needed to rely on his or her wits if they wished to be entertained. I coped by working on my jump shot during the day and watching the Reds at night...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 150 reads 3 comments

  7. Dusty Baker's Good Qualities*

    It was recently made aware to me that perhaps I have been too harsh on Cincinnati Reds' Manager, Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker. They could have Arizona General Manager, Josh Byrnes' lap dog manager, A...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 254 reads 3 comments

  8. Tips for the Toothpick

    Dusty, the first thing I would do is start eating properly in an attempt to shed those love handles and that rapidly forming double chin. Next up, get rid of the toothpick habit...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 122 reads 5 comments

  9. The Mystery of the Reds' Ailing Arms

    The Cincinnati Reds seem to have a problem. When that problem comes in the form of giving double-digit run totals to the opposition, it is rather disturbing for a Reds' fan. Edinson Volquez is on the DL with ligament damage...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 132 reads 0 comments

  10. Cincinnati Reds All-Time Best: Another Bloody List!

    Since it seems like Reds all-time player lists are all the rage these days, I thought it be best to hop the band-waggon before it fills. Forget those other guys. They aren't even Reds' fans...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 256 reads 4 comments

  11. Ticket Stub Memories: A Love Story

    My parents are redoing their basement. That meant getting rid of the stuff I stored down there. I threw most of it away, all but kept a few keepsakes. One of which was a ticket stub to an old Baltimore Oriole game...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 188 reads 0 comments

  12. Prince Albert Pummels Reds' Pen

    CINCINNATI—Some losses are easy to take. Some are harder than others. Then you have the true heart breakers. The final stage of losses are the ones that make you sick—literally, like head over the toilet sick...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 124 reads 8 comments

  13. The Cincinnati Reds' Catcher Dilemma

    The Reds are both blessed and cursed at the same time. Blessed in the fact that they have two really good catchers. Cursed in that they are starting the wrong one. Fans should never expect much out of their catcher...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 70 reads 6 comments

  14. Sell Me The Cincinnati Reds!

    Just look at that crowd cheering my caffeine charged anti-Dusty Baker/anti-Walt Jocketty rally held outside of my apartment as soon as I saw Willy Taveras' name in the leadoff spot on Thursday afternoon...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 116 reads 5 comments

  15. Batting Leadoff 1980s Style with the Cincinnati Reds

    It's a bit cliché, but a dude can't steal first base. Marge Schott would be proud of Dusty Baker's throwback groove. It's too bad Eddie Milner retired. He'd fit right in, and be much cheaper than the current corps of Reds leadoff men...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 297 reads 4 comments

  16. Reds: Time to Dump the Player's Manager

    I have no idea what the antonym of "player's manager" is, but I do know them when I see them. They are the one's making speeches and holding trophies over their heads after World Series wins...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 252 reads 4 comments

  17. Cincinnati Reds: What To Do, What To Do?

    The Cincinnati Reds are an enigma. As of Friday, June 26, with 71 games in the books, they are one game under .500, sitting just 3.5 games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 254 reads 9 comments

  18. Joey Votto Makes His Personal Demons Public

    The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night by a score of 7-5. The ballgame took a backseat to the return of Reds first baseman Joey Votto and, more importantly, the reasons for his absence...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 1,549 reads 8 comments

  19. Snail Mail Fantasy Baseball and the West Virginia State Flower

    There are surprises like "I have a surprise for you," and surprises that come totally out of the blue. The day my step-dad brought home the satellite dish fell into the latter category...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 83 reads 3 comments

  20. Cincinnati Reds: The Freemasons of Baseball

    As hush-hush as your granny's sex life, the Reds' brass continue to keep a tight lid concerning the extent of their key player's injuries. The fine folks of Reds' country need to face the fiddle...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 395 reads 8 comments

  21. Micah Owings: Pitches, Powers Reds Past Braves

    CINCINNATI—Wednesday night saw the Reds' paltry offense manage only four hits against Atlanta starter, Javier Vazquez...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 156 reads 4 comments

  22. Jay Bruce and Billy Beane: Sittin' in a Tree?

    Since Michael Lewis' 2003 bestseller, everyday there are new web sites, blogs, and bar room napkins dedicated to the discussion of "win shares" or "similarity score"...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 383 reads 2 comments

  23. Cincinnati Reds: Party Over

    It was only a matter of time. After winning more than they lost for the first two-and-a-half months of the season, Reds' manager, Dusty Baker's stopgap line-up cards (beau geste major injuries) are making Dairy Queen bathrooms look sterile...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 328 reads 4 comments

  24. Eating Crow Sure Is Tasty

    First, I would like to apologize to my readership. Which, at this rate, will stand at roughly 80,000 annually (if this were a leap year). Tomorrow will celebrate my ten-day anniversary as a hardcore, bare-knuckled journalist for this fine site...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 216 reads 6 comments

  25. Even Dusty Baker Can't Help the Nats Win

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—It's difficult to believe that there is a living human being who has a harder time sleeping than Washington Nationals manager, Manny Acta...

    Illya Harrell Written by Illya Harrell about 5 years ago 139 reads 0 comments