The Reds Should Pay Me To Come to Games

StephenCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 12:  Starting pticher Micah Owings #33 of the Cincinnati Reds talks with manager Dusty Baker during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 12, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

My Dad and I went to the Reds game yesterday versus the Houston Astros. Again, as we were driving to the game, I was thinking about the matchup (Wandy Rodriguez vs. Aaron Harang) and I though to myself, “Wandy’s been really good so far this season.

"Though Harang has been good too, you never know what our lineup is going to do against a good left-hander. We’ll probably lose this game.” 

Yet again, I was gloriously wrong. 

I’ll continue with that after these messages:


The Ohio Cup

Saving a colossal meltdown (which I’ve come to realize is possible), the Ohio Cup trophy should remain in Cincinnati, as the Reds took two of three from the Tribe. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing. But it’s better than losing it, I guess.

Bronson Arroyo only needed his offense to score three runs to pick up his team-leading sixth win of the season Friday.

Jonny Gomes had a big pinch hit double in the bottom half of the eighth. Chris Dickerson, running for Gomes, scored the go-ahead run.

I hear the post-game fireworks show was spectacular.

In spite of Homer Bailey’s terrible season debut, it looked as though the Reds were going to scrap out a win for him. Even though Joey Votto, coming off of an inner ear infection, slugged two home runs, Bailey’s six walks gave the Indians too much help as they won 7-6.

The bottom line is that in Major League Baseball, you cannot give free passes to any team and get away with it; especially six of them. The Reds should have won that game.

The Redlegs bounced back withe 3-2 victory in 11 innings Sunday afternoon over Indians’ ace, Cliff Lee. 

Johnny Cueto continues to pitch like an ace and looks worlds better than last year.

Rookie Carlos Fisher was awarded his first major league win in his debut. I love what I see out of Fisher.

Of all people, it was Alex Gonzalez whose walk-off double gave the Reds the win. Gonzo went 3-for-5 in the game and batted .583 with four RBI during the series.

Though I still have doubts and I’m never confident when he’s at the plate, I will give credit where it’s due and Gonzo was clutch against the Indians.


Why the Reds should pay me…

I have a couple good reasons:

  1. They win. I’m 2-1 this season.
  2. Aaron Harang is batting .600 (3-for-5) with three RBI when I’m in attendance.

That’s right, folks. Harang has three hits on the season and I’ve witnessed each one of them.

As I was saying before, I didn’t know how the Reds were going to fare against Wandy Rodriguez.

When I got to the park and learned there was no Votto, no Bruce, no Phillips in the lineup, I was pretty certain I was going to witness a loser.

After Lance Berkman sent a shot to the right field sun deck, I would have bet a million dollars it was going to be a bad day.

But I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to do so until they prove otherwise: these Reds are fighters.

They batted around in the bottom of the first, scoring five runs. By this time, I was glad I didn’t bet the Astros fans in front of me that million dollars.

Aside from Jared Burton, the Reds performed admirably coming away with the 8-5 win and Francisco Cordero’s 12th save.

I took a ton of pictures which I’ll try to have up soon on my photos page. 

A tip for those of you looking into Reds tickets: Section 116, Row N – fantastic seats.