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Happy Thanksgiving, Nation

Happy Thanksgiving all, from your friends at Redleg Nation.

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly:

Use this as an open thread all day, to discuss what you — as a Cincinnati Reds fan — are thankful for today.

26 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving, Nation

  1. As a Reds fan, I am thankful for the hope of having Billy “Flash” Hamilton in the lineup and playing CF by June.

  2. I am thankful for this blog. It is a great way to follow the team for a guy living in the deep south. Let’s go redlegs, WOOOO!!!!!, and Happy Thanksgiving to my Reds brothers and sisters.

  3. I am thankful that three of my children are growing (or grew as the case may be) up as Reds fans during a time when the Reds owner and GM have a realistic and committed plan to win. I still have hope that my two holdout children will see the light and come around but I am thankful that they have enough independence to make up their own minds.

  4. As others have said, I’m very thankful for Redleg Nation to inform, entertain and enlighten. I think I’m also thankful that Reds fans can begin seasons nowadays with reasonable hope that the Reds can be a contender, rather than the seemingly interminable years where a good season was not finishing last….

    And until yesterday, I would have said that I’m thankful that the Reds didn’t need to go out and sign players like Emmanuel Burriss. But two outta three ain’t bad, I guess!!!

  5. I’m thankful that we have developed a solid core making us consistently competitive, and a pitching staff deep enough to give us a chance even with an Opening Day lineup with Stubbs in center and Rolen on 3rd…hope not, but made an even-money bet with someone today :) BTW…read an article yesterday saying BH got really good reviews about his performance in center! Patience…Patience…

  6. So the Reds, realizing that salary inflation was coming, signed some contracts that will look cheap in future years. And we have a decent expectation that home grown talent will fill future needs.

    Today i am looking on the bright side.

    Whatever happened to Xavier Paul?

  7. XP is under contract with the Reds for 2013. He will be in spring training unless something totally unexpected happens.

  8. @seat101: Xp really seemed to come into his own last year as a LH bat off the bench and possible platoon in the OF. In 2013 he is 1st year arb elible so he is under team control until 2016, a nice aquisition by WJ.

    • @seat101: Xp really seemed to come into his own last year as a LH bat off the bench and possible platoon in the OF.In 2013 he is 1st year arb elible so he is under team control until 2016, a nice aquisition by WJ.

      Physically XP reminded me a little bit of a left handed hitting Dave Sappelt. XP seems more refined which could be a function of him being a couple of years older and around the hard block.

  9. I’m thankful that the Reds cut ties with Valdez, Rolen looks to retire, and hopefully Cairo will retire too.

  10. Sure, the ol’ “I was just trying to avoid a deer in the road, Officer” line …

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese was unhurt when he crashed his sports utility vehicle into a tree while avoiding a deer on the road on Thursday afternoon in Wildwood, Mo., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    St. Louis County Police said the 2011 World Series MVP avoided the deer and was out of his car when they arrived on the scene. He declined medical treatment, and his SUV was towed.

  11. @OhioJim:

    I wonder if he will be given a fair shot in the outfield. I believe we will know by the first if DStubbs is a non-tender.

  12. @seat101: Makes me sick that we even have to think about it…I mean, if we put him in CF, do you think he wouldn’t bat higher than .213 and strike out fewer than 180 times? I’m wondering if Stubbs has pics of Dusty in a compromising position with a clubhouse boy or something…XPaul hasn’t been given a fair shot, Heisey hasn’t been given a fair shot…and look at the NL stats for the year…the two regulars who had the lowest on base percentage in the ENTIRE LEAGUE not only were starting in our lineup, but were batting ONE ant TWO!!!!!! Seriously, that’s sick…but oh yeah, the rest of the club busted ass and we had a good record so I guess everything idiot did was right…and we can’t improve since our record was so good…Sorry folks, I haven’t gotten over it all yet!!!! (*breathe in* *breathe out* *breathe in* *breathe out*) lol

  13. @MarvinBakerDustyLewis: For a guy who was a 16th round draft choice, He was virtually given the LF job this year and couldn’t hold it even before Ludwick got hot. Heisey has been given lots of chances. He is what he is. A solid 4th OF who can do big damage off the bench as a PH if the opposition misplaces as fastball.

  14. @OhioJim: I’m worse that a 16th round pick on that last comment….. Ir was meant to be:

    For a guy who was a 16th round draft choice, Heisey has been given lots of chances. He was virtually given the LF job this year, 2012, and couldn’t hold it even before Ludwick got hot.

    He is what he is. A solid 4th OF who can do big damage off the bench as a PH if the opposition misplaces a fastball.

  15. @OhioJim:
    I believe part of MLDB’s point was perhaps the manager might have tried other lineups and batting orders. Or at least considered them. Perhaps CHeisey is just a fourth good outfielder. Perhaps DStubbs is no better.

    • @OhioJim:
      I believe part of MLDB’s point was perhaps the manager might have tried other lineups and batting orders. Or at least considered them. Perhaps CHeisey is just a fourth good outfielder. Perhaps DStubbs is no better.

      Most of the time the order of batters don’t make a huge difference (which I agree with). On the other hand, if there were guys on base while Joey “Doubles Machine” Votto came to bat, those would translate to runs. Dusty has a propensity to put the worst batters in the lineup in the top two spots. The other impact that has in the number of at bats throughout the season. You want to minimize your weak bats by reducing the number of PAs by moving them to the back of the order where they will have few PAs. The opposite is true as well. It seems very apparent that speed has more value than OBP to Dusty. Of course it could also be that he feels the CF and SS can’t bat anywhere else BUT 1&2.

  16. @OhioJim: Just b/c he shouldn’t have been playing over Ludwick, doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have been playing over Stubbs.

  17. According to MLB trade rumors we are hot on the heels of Jonathon Broxton. Do I smell the Reds planning to trade pitching for hitting?

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