BRACING MYSELF FOR YOU PUNDITS
I have a confession to make. Every year around Spring Training time, I used to get super pumped about the team and optimistic about its chances of competing for a division title.
That is until a couple of years ago, when I started coaching myself not to get too excited in March for fear of a broken heart in June or July. Losing seasons turned my enthusiasm into cynicism. Terrible, right? Especially for a guy who works FOR the team! Shameful.
Well, I’m done with that line of thinking. Here’s why:
1. I genuinely think the Reds can and will win the NL Central in 2010. How’s that for cynicism? And trust me; I’m not just saying that because I have a Reds logo on my Castellini-signed paychecks. I’m excited about the moves the club has made. On paper, “we” are as good, if not better, than anyone in the division.
2. It’s a lot more fun to be enthusiastic and excited than cynical and pessimistic. This year, I think my excitement is justified. Some of you will probably disagree, which is fine, and I respect that. Just keep in mind, the school janitor told my friends and I in 3rd grade that there was no Santa Claus and I’ve been scarred ever since. Please don’t be my school’s janitor. Let me have my hope.
If you wish to explain why I’m wrong, then please – for the love of Eppa Rixey – make it an articulate thought rather than “as long as so-and-so is affiliated with the team they’ll never win,” or something equally dull.
Now, if you’re as excited about the upcoming season as I am, you’ll probably be interested to know that through noon on Friday, 2/12, you can register at reds.com/openingday for the chance to purchase up to 4 individual Opening Day tickets (a limited number of tickets are available through this opportunity). Winners will be selected randomly from a pool of registrants. For more info on this, check out reds.com/openingday.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be a fun day in Reds Land. Not only does the Bobblehead with No Name finally get an official moniker, but Jay Bruce will take to the basketball court with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters at Ford Arena in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.
“The Globetrotters have been positive role models for the youth of the world for more than eight decades,” said the Reds’ right fielder. “I’m anxious to see how my baseball skills translate to the basketball court.”
Jay also is donating to the Beaumont Metropolitan YMCA 125 tickets to the game.
Let’s hope he doesn’t fall for the ol’ bucket of water vs. the bucket of confetti trick.
If you get a chance on Tuesday (2/9), stop by By Golly’s Bar and Grill in Milford from 6:30-8:30pm for the Reds Hall of Fame Membership Drive Event. Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning will be on hand to mingle with guests and talk about how great it was being a member of the Rock Star Tour of the Reds Caravan a couple of years ago.
There will be door prizes, a silent auction and more. The event is open to all ages (By Golly’s is a very family-friendly venue). For more info, visit www.bygollys.com or call 513-765-7923.
In addition to my plea for new Reds Cap Club members and photos of Reds-friendly businesses, soon I’m going to start a new feature on the blog dedicated to your most sacred Reds/baseball memorabilia. I know a lot of you out there have something Reds or baseball related that you cherish and hold dear. If you’d like to share what it is with the entire world, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to put your photo/story on the blog. Since I’ve accumulate a lot of stuff through the years, I’m going to participate, too!
Well that’s all for now. Thanks for logging on. As always, I TRULY appreciate your support. Thank you, sincerely.
Be safe, have fun and pursue happiness!