“Earlier this season, Brennaman and Reds bench coach Chris Speier were talking. Speier opined that the Reds were capable of winning 10 in a row. No way, said Brennaman. Would you shave your head if we did? asked Speier. Sure, said Brennnaman.”
If historic winning streaks and head shaving don’t provide you with sufficient excitement, tune in tonight and pull up a keyboard to discuss the much anticipated 3-game series against the 2nd place Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates. Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates are over .500 and in second place in August. It’s the first time since 1990 that the Reds and Pirates square off in August or later with both teams being in 1st or 2nd place. (h/t to Joel Luckhaupt)
Mat Latos (9-3, 4.17 ERA) will get the ball in game 1 against the Pirates recently acquired left-handed starter, Wandy Rodriguez (7-9, 3.82 ERA). For anything you need to know about the Pirates, Steve provided his always excellent series preview earlier today.
As for Marty’s hair? Well, the John Erardi article in today’s Enquirer provides a great quote from Reds legend, Tom Browning:
“We’re going to find out if it’s really true that your hair will grow back after you’ve shaved it all off,” said Tom Browning, the former Reds pitcher who buzzes his own head as close as barber clippers will take it. “Marty’s hair was always pretty amazing. Nothing could move it. We (the Reds players) didn’t know if it was really hair, or steel wool.”