A MEATY MARCH BLOG POST…MMMM!

Howdy folks!

I saw something today on the baseball field that I’ve never seen before…

The Reds hosted Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers this afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.  In the bottom of the first inning, Darvish froze Joey Votto with a slow, looping curveball for a called-strike.  The fans oohed and aahed.   Joey, who enjoys called-strikes as much as dogs enjoy having their tails pulled, was ready when Darvish tried the ol’ “Uncle Charlie” again 2 pitches later; he blasted it way over the right field stands for no-doubt home run.

It certainly wasn’t an unusual Votto homer, but what was unusual was seeing Votto play to the crowd after he crossed home plate.  On his way back to the dugout, he made the “Shhhh” gesture as if to suggest that he indeed heard the fans’ gasps on the first curveball.  I have never seen Joey acknowledge a crowd in that manner, and it was pretty cool.

Joey is in control.  No way you’re going to get two trick pitches by him, whether you’re Yu Darvish or not.

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Also during today’s game, Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos took a comebacker to the mound that struck his left foot.  He was taken to the hospital for X-rays.  Thankfully, the X-rays showed no fracture.

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So, those 1,500 Opening Day tickets that went on sale this morning?  Well, they sold out in 40 minutes.  Here are some photos…

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Magic Johnson was at the Reds/Dodgers game yesterday. Reds Director of Media Relations Rob Butcher was on the ball with the camera…

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Reds Hall of Famer Sean Casey is in camp this week (no he’s not making a come back).  The Reds are really good about bringing back their all-time greats to instruct and talk to the current players.  Jack Billingham, Joe Morgan, Eric Davis, Johnny BenchJim Maloney, Mario Soto, etc…etc…

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news to report that Casey is every bit as popular with today’s team as he was with the clubs he once played for.

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James Denton, who played “Mike” on Desperate Housewives, is a pretty knowledgeable Reds fan and a good friend of Casey’s.  When Case comes to camp every year, he usually invites Denton to the Reds Spring Training Complex in Goodyear to check out the team.

I’ve had the opportunity to chat with Denton the last couple of years and he’s a super nice guy and really up on his Reds baseball. It also should be noted that any guy named “James” who goes by “Jamie” (like Denton does) is pretty cool in my book.

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I met up with my dear friend and fellow Reds staffer Zach Bonkowski last night in Phoenix to take in the McDowell Music Festival.  Zach and I are huge fans of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Shins, both bands played the festival last night…

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I’m not doing so well in the Reds Back-A-Bracket pool…CLICK HERE to see for yourself.  Here’s hoping your bracket(s) is still in good shape!

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That’s all for now.  I’ll have more in a bit.

Expect good news

Jamie

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