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Homer’s homers

Great American Ball Park belonged entirely to Homer Bailey last night.

Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

That much was obvious in the seventh inning, when Homer reached a 3-1 count against Gregor Blanco. The same crowd that might clap (when prompted) for a strikeout, or for free pizza, actually rose on its own to loudly encourage the right-hander not to walk the Giants’ centerfielder and ruin his perfect game.

The standing ovations began in the fifth, after Homer completed each inning of work. But when Ryan Hanigan grounded out to the shortstop to end the eighth inning, the GABP crowd stood and began to cheer. Mind you, Homer Bailey was still in the Reds’ dugout.

I didn’t see a single person leave the game early.

And during the top of the ninth, the crowd chanted “Ho-mer! Ho-mer! Ho-mer!” with the passion of a life-or-death moment. Like we did during Game Three when Homer struck out six of these same Giants in a row, the second time through the lineup.

Let me state the obvious. A person whose avatar is a picture of Homer Bailey is probably not the most objective guy to write this post. In a candid moment, I’ll admit my favorite Reds’ player is the tall, 27-year-old Texan — the player I witnessed throw a no-hitter last night.

After the sixth inning, I texted a two word message to my friend Mike: insanely nervous.

Last night’s experience was the culmination of a long, glorious stretch of Homer-worship, dating back to June 2007, when I drove in from out of town to watch his first major league game (a win!) against the Cleveland Indians.

So yeah, when it comes to Homer, I’m a homer.

Judging from the atmosphere at GABP last night, I wasn’t the only one. Mother Nature may have provided the lightning on Monday, but 27,500 Homer-lovers generated the electricity on Tuesday.

I’ve made this point about Mr. Bailey and the fans before. In fact, my inaugural post for Redleg Nation was about how the hometown crowd had enthusiastically responded to Homer in an important game he pitched against the Cardinals in July 2011. It was evident that by then, Cincinnati fans had embraced Homer as an adopted son.

After Game Three, I wrote that I’d never seen a crowd respond to a pitcher they way they did for Homer during that incredible post-season performance. And at the start of this season, I noted how Homer Bailey had fired the imagination of Reds fans since he was drafted in 2004.

I’m not saying that we wouldn’t be ecstatic for a Mat Latos or Bronson Arroyo no-hitter. We surely would. But there’s something unique about Homer and his Queen City throng of homers.

Maybe it’s all the ups and downs we’ve been through with him. The hopeful first-round selection. The too-straight fastballs. The debut as the youngest player in the league at the time. The demotions back to AAA. The last nine games of 2009. The shoulder problems. The 90-pitch complete game. The stubbornness. The early-career disappointments liberally mixed with all-too-brief flashes of brilliance.

But whatever the explanation, the connection between this athlete and his audience is undeniable.

Homer’s dominance provided sufficient cause last night. Check out his pitch composition. 80 percent fastballs. He threw maybe one – one – curveball all night, supposedly in the third inning to Brandon Crawford. According to reports, catcher Ryan Hanigan couldn’t remember even that one.

Ah, that fastball. Homer reached back for 96-97 mph in the seventh inning. In the final at bat of the game, Gregor Blanco saw three 97-mph four-seamers and one at 98-mph.

“At the end, I just looked in the glove and threw it as hard as I could,” said the ever-modest pitcher.

Homer now owns the last two no-hitters in the majors. The previous person to accomplish that feat was Nolan Ryan in 1974-75. That’s an awfully appropriate coincidence considering Homer wears #34 to honor that particular fellow Texan. Ryan holds the record for seven career no-hitters, which he compiled over 773 attempts. The Bailey Express has 2 no-hitters in 127 starts.

Toward the end of 2011, in a big ol’ heap of wishful thinking, I compared Homer to Tim Lincecum, the multiple Cy Young Award winner who just happened to be Homer’s opposing second fiddle last night. Think about this for a second: If given the choice right now, no one outside of Bellevue, Washington would take The Freak over Homer Bailey.

It’s been a great twelve months for David Dewitt Bailey, Jr. He traveled to Africa where he killed a lion with “just a little stick and string,” threw the two no-hitters and rose to the occasion in October with possibly his best performance in the most important game of his life.

You’ve got to wonder what the next calendar year will bring for Homer Bailey. Whatever comes along, Homer’s homers and I will be right there cheering and cheering for him.

76 thoughts on “Homer’s homers

  1. Great article Steve. What a great game last night. Bailey’s reaction after he struck out the second batter in the ninth inning was priceless. You knew then he wasn’t going to be denied. Awesome performance.

  2. Thanks for this article. I feel the same way about Bailey as well as Bruce, like they are kids we have watched grow up and get their degrees. I hope they both stay with Cincinnati for a long time.

  3. Was on my way to pick up my niece from summer school this morning and WLW, hiding behind the guise of “No Homer bashing” is lighting him up due to his refusal to have an interview with the station, his dropping the f-bomb, and the feud between him and Marty.

    I don’t know what it was exactly that he said to Marty last year when he lopped off his locks for the Dragonfly organization, but apparently Homer made an “off-color” remark about it, and Marty said he would not allow Homer’s hands to “taint” his hair (when Homer offered to be the one to buzz him). Yesterday, as noted in the recap thread – a caller, a taxi cab driver (confirmed this morning when listening on the way to the school) had picked up Bailey, and Homer had asked him if he listened to WLW. Dude said yeah, all the time pretty much. Homer replied with something to the effect of: Everyone at that station is an idiot, especially Marty Brennamen. Granted, it’s an unsolicited comment and could have been someone just trolling the station, but then again – never know.

    I guess in response, Seg Dennison, Marc Amazon etc. were all astounded by the fact and felt like they had let down the radio fans. I don’t have a dog in the fight, nor am I taking sides. But after listening to WLW absolutely light up Bailey for the refusal of interview, it’s just sad to hear such an animosity exists in the organization. I agree with them on the fact that Homer’s interview would have been with Seg, not Marty – so not sure what exactly he refused.

    I wish Homer the absolute best and was glad to see him join the ranks of elite company last night. Someone in the recap thread said that Homer views the fans like he does Marty, I don’t think that’s true: “Definitely, to be here in front of this crowd really meant a lot,” Bailey said. That was said in the actual game recap on Reds.com

    And if he held the fans in such a light, news travels fast (thanks to WLW and I’m sure it would have been all over local news if he made some off-the-wall comment about the fan base), I highly doubt the fans would have gotten behind him last night like they did.

  4. Interesting article with a bit of revisionist history thrown in.

    For one, I do remember hometown fans and the media turning on Homer. He had a reputation as being arrogant, proud, uncoachable, aloof and lazy. He had an attitude of “what I’ve done has got me this far, why change it?” I could probably dig up those articles about it some others on here remember that phase of Homer.

    But thankfully, Homer finally matured. It seems like he realized that he was wrong and that he needed help to succeed on this level. He opened up, in a sense, and allowed himself to be coached and also approached. I’m not entirely convinced this “new” Homer is genuine, but it seems to be working for him.

    Also, I’m not entirely sure there was any kind of special connection between Homer and the fans last night, or any night. As was mentioned, I think the fans would be just as electric if ANY of our pitchers was on the cusp of a no-hitter. To say that they behaved in some special way just because it was Homer is, I think, stretching a little.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Homer Bailey, but I don’t particulary find him to be a fan favorite. I would think Arroyo would beat him in a popularity contest among fans, easily. Latos possibly (thanks Dallas!), Cueto…. Not really sure. Chapman is probably better known to the casual fan.

    All that said, I’m very glad that we as Reds fans have Bailey on our team. I would not be opposed to locking him up long term and hope it gets done.

    • @CI3J: Excellent counter argument. I can agree with you on those points. I was just going off what I know (very little) and think. I too, am glad to have a pitcher of Bailey’s caliber on the roster of the Reds.

    • @CI3J: You capture Homer’s early reputation well. At that point in time, with strong anti-Homer sentiment on the air waves, internet, and print media, Jeff Brantley said “The kid will grow up” and something along the lines of his having the eye of the tiger, a fierce determination to succeed. Also Brantley was his biggest fan on the air last nite.

      Just wanted to point out that someone on WLW has been on Homer’s side.

      I’m glad I’m not listening to WLW today.

      • @pinson343: Brantley has believed in Homer Bailey his whole career and Brantley is the primary reason why I thought Bailey would be a solid #2 or #3 starter for his career. Of course I never thought he’d throw 2 no-hitters. He has great stuff though and with great stuff, the potential to dominate is ever present.

  5. I didn’t get to see the no-hitter live last night as I went to see The Lone Ranger. I did hear the last two innings on WLW though. After the game, I heard Marty mildly griping about Homer not doing an interview with WLW, but it didn’t seem overboard. But I arrived home a few minutes later and didn’t hear anything else Marty might have said.

    Caught the rest of the postgame on FSO.

    Been at my office all day, except to head to get some lunch. Listened to WLW and I was surprised how much drama they were making out of this whole Homer snubbing WLW thing. Seg Dennison was on being interviewed and clearly stated that he was at the other end of the dugout and after Homer finished his interview with FSO, he declined to interview with WLW. I have no problem with that, but apparently the WLW crew and announcers have a big time problem with it. I always view things as “in the moment” and how a player might be on Cloud 9 along with being a bit overwhelmed. I cut Homer slack about that because a lot of his teammates, coaches, Reds workers wanted to congratulate him and he was being bombarded by nearly everyone.

    But to hear the stuff I was hearing on WLW during my lunch hour was really surprising. Is Marty really that much of a primadonna that he gets that upset about those kind of things? That’s ridiculous. I was embarrassed listening to their side of the drama they were beating like a dead horse. I may have lost respect for Marty and Seg at this point if they’re going to try and steal some thunder from a great moment in history and the pitcher who provided it, who was most likely simply overwhelmed by the celebration.

    WLW needs to grow up.

    • @Eric: Yeah. I listened to the comments that Homer made about Marty’s hair and they were funny. Perhaps a bit mean spirited, but pepper with humor. Marty turned it in to something sh#tty with his reply.

      And yes, Marty is that big of a Prima Donna.

      There are many stories out there about Homer not being fan-friendly. But do we really care about that? I hate to sound this way, but all I really care about is what they do between the lines. They are not my personal friends. I do not know them except in that context. I’m sure most of them are great people and I probably would be friends if there was the opportunity. But they are modern gladiators and they know the crowd only love them if they do well between the lines. If you don’t agree, watch the crowd turn if they do not perform.

  6. I was at Homer’s debut, too, and I remember listening to Tracy Jones on the way home. Jones had made a point to sit in the first row behind the screen, to see what Homer had, and generally concluded that there was great potential but that Homer was still pretty raw.

    Homer’s connection to the fans is that he, unlike the others in the rotation, was a ballyhooed fireballing first-rounder who was The Hope. The Reds rushed him and probably delayed his development. Homer in the meantime got over some rough personal edges, and fans have picked up on his competitive fire.

    Homer got excellent advice after the 2011 season, when he put on a whole bunch of weight and muscle for purposes of stamina. He hasn’t had an injury since, and his fastball just gets better as the games go on. Of all the starters, Homer to me is the best candidate for a contract extension.

    Dusty or Castellini or both probably need to sit down with Homer in a couple of days and say, “Look, we hear you on disliking Marty, but the real audience is the fan–the customer–and you should just assume a WLW interview is you communicating with the average fan, not to Marty.” And then not make a big deal out of it if Homer still doesn’t want to deal with WLW. But I’ve thought for 20 years that Marty is too negative. An announcer doesn’t have to be a Ken Harrelson-type homer, but in the long run he works in a promotional capacity for a business, not as a journalist. Carping about other employees needs to be discouraged, just like it is in any other business.

    • @Big Ed: Maybe Castellini could sit down with MARTY (you know, the guy who’s easily replaceable, compared to Homer Bailey) and tell him that the real audience is the average fan, and that he is communicating with those fans when he rips the crap out of the players constantly.

        • @Big Ed: I’m about ready to be rid of both the Brennamans.

          I keep saying this, because it is important to me. The Cincinnati fanbase is not normal. There is something very wrong with fans in the Cincinnati area. Especially when it comes to baseball. I put that right on Marty’s shoulders.

          I grew up in Virginia so I did not grow up in this environment, nor did I grow up listening to Marty. Yes, Marty is a very talented play-by-play. But his negativity and haughty (I know better than anyone) tone wears on me. I really don’t understand how The Cowboy, Lance, Mo, John Fay, C Trent, and Mark Sheldon put up with both Marty and the Cincinnati fans every day.

        • @TC:

          Fans can choose to be who they want to be. Can’t blame any media for that. Its more an indication that we’ve gotten a sense of entitlement that we can never be disapointed.

          I grew up in S. Indiana and WLW calls of games. You listened to the games and enjoyed it, and that was that.

      • @Big Ed: Maybe Castellini could sit down with MARTY (you know, the guy who’s easily replaceable, compared to Homer Bailey) and tell him that the real audience is the average fan, and that he is communicating with those fans when he rips the crap out of the players constantly.

        This! I grew up listening to Joe and Al Michaels and then Joe and Marty and have many fond memories. But somewhere along the line Marty became a cranky, bitter old man. I quit listening to him years ago. If the game isn’t on TV I just keep up with it on Gameday. It’s really a shame, I used to so enjoy the broadcasts, Joe was great, just the right touch of folksy charm without too much bias. Al was really good and so was Marty, but now Marty has let his ego get in the way of good broadcasting. He has confused constant criticism with objective journalism. It’s all about him and his know-it-all opinions.

  7. I’m listening to WLW right now, and they are blowing all of this way out of proportion. They haven’t talked about the no-no once, just about how bad of a guy Homer is and how dissapointed they are in him for not giving an interview. On top of all that, they just did a 15 second sound bit where they congratulated Ryan Hanigan on catching his second no hitter…didn’t mention Bailey once.

    • @DreadtheRed91: Yeah, I caught this morning. Granted that Hanigan does deserve some credit for calling an awesome game in directing the pitches as the Field General, most of the credit has to go to the Colonel who followed those directions to the letter and did the heavy lifting.

      WLW claims they are not in “Homer bashing” mode today, but that little soundbyte was definitely close to it if anything.

  8. Nice remembrance, Steve. As terrific as Homer’s no-no was last season, I was more impressed with his Game 3 start last season and just waiting for a run or two to make him a winner for it!

    What a fantastic game last night, though. Made it hard to get much work done, though!

  9. Thanks, Steve. Your on the spot recaps of historic Reds games is part of what makes this blog so special.

  10. WLW is a joke since Jacorp and then Clear Channel took over. It’s nothing but awful right wing talk radio and shock pandering.

    The more I listened to it over the past few years for Reds broadcasts, the more I realize that Marty was probably tolerable mostly because of Joe. I don’t even bother to listen anymore and I resent the fact that they could influence player decisions to stay in Cincinnati with their drama.

  11. I was also at Homer’s first game and remember him watching and my mom always brings up the point that we saw his major league start, so I guess that makes me a Homer’s homer.

  12. Holy cow I just started tuning in to WLW to hear what the fuss was about.. they are blasting Homer. That is unreal.

  13. WLW’s job is to create controversy and increase ratings. They are by nature required to turn mole-hills into mountains. It’s one of the reasons I can’t stand listening to talk-radio, rather it be liberal, conservative, or even sports-talk.

  14. I want to hear Tracy on the rift.

    Also, I hope his refusal isn’t a reflection of what he thinks of this city. I know Jocketty wanted to lock up his arbitration years and a little more and really never came close.

    Great article Steve. Homer was our hot, young pick when I started playing MLB games on X-Box in college. He was my replacement to Jr as a favorite player despite his relatively volatile attitude.

  15. I think Chad and I should re-run some of the OLD podcasts where we champion Homer Bailey .

    As for WLW, what do you expect from a station that puts Bill Cunningham on for 3 hours (or so) every day?

    WLW employs Marty, if they give him free reign to say whatever he wants, well, you reap what you sow…

    • @Bill Lack: Just a note: I’m a WLW junkie. I really am.

      As far as Marty, WLW employs him for the small bits he does with Tracy in the mornings. But Reds on Radio which is wholly own by the Cincinnati Reds pays his check for the games. This is why I’m so surprised about what Marty gets away with.

  16. I think this is a case where the Reds organization needs to put WLW in their place to protect themselves. If I had local media telling fans to not go to games and bashing players that may push them away from the city, that’s a big money/performance issue for the organization and one I would stand up to

  17. Classic that the guy on the ESPN radio today asked what’s with Homer Bailey, he has the highest ERA of any pitcher ever to throw TWO no hitters.

    Sheesh.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I’ve seen a lot of comments on other boards to the tune of “Must be luck, he’s not even a good pitcher.” That or attributing it to the Giants being terrible. I’m starting to wonder if people really think that all it takes to throw a no hitter is some luck or a struggling opponent.

      • @Mwv:

        Luck absolutely plays into a no hitter. Otherwise, pitchers much better than Bailey would be throwing one every other time out (Verlander? Felix? Lee? Kershaw?)

        • @CI3J: Key word in there was “some”. Every great historical sports accomplishment (particularly team sports) requires some luck, that’s a given. The majority of it though is usually talent backed up by an unnatural amount of focus that particular night. A lot of things have to line up for a no-hitter to happen. Dismissing it as just dumb luck is sour grapes.

        • @CI3J: He also threw a no-hitter against essentially the same lineup that took the Giants to a WS title last year. I know they’ve never been an offensive juggernaut, but there’s some good hitters in that lineup.

  18. At the end of the day money trumps all, but the environment a player operates in does factor into his decision where to play. Brennaman is actively devaluing your product to the fans and putting at risk the likelihood of that asset remaining in Cincinnati is treason.
    How does that make sense in the long or short term?
    The Reds need to bring WLW to heel.

    • @Sultan of Swaff:
      Castellini and the Reds should run an ad on WLW congratulating Homer Bailey and then saying the talk show views of this station don’t represent what the Cincinnati Reds and their fans feel about Homer.

    • @Steve Mancuso:

      Extremely doubtful. Bailey does not have the mystique of Ryan, nor is there anything extremely special about what he did last night.

      Had he done something unprecedented as Ryan did, then yeah, you might have a case. As it stands, the no hitter was nice, but it’s not even as noteworthy as a perfect game.

      • @CI3J: It was the first no-hitter thrown at GABP. It was the first two-time no hitter for the Reds since Jim Maloney. It was the first time in forty years that a pitcher had two consecutive no-hitters in the major leagues. So I wouldn’t say there wasn’t anything extremely special about what he did last night. None of Ryan’s no-hitters were perfect games either.

        • @Steve Mancuso: Ryan was setting a record that night, 7 career no hitters. As you said, there are plenty of people who have thrown 2 no hitters, and even then, do you really think the general public was aware enough of the circumstances to warrant them to “stream into” the stadium to see what Bailey was doing.

          Come on now. It was nice. It was mildly historic. It wasn’t unprecedented or exceedingly unique.

      • @CI3J: Plus the feat of pitching two no-hitters in a career alone is “extremely special” since only 21 pitchers in the history of major league baseball have done it. Even if it isn’t an indication of a Hall of Fame career, the accomplishment itself is exceptional.

        • @Steve Mancuso:

          I agree with CI3J here, Ryan’s no-no past koufax’s 4 were something unique, never been done before, ever, in any stadium. Plus add to that his age at the time of #7.

          The two situations just don’t compare.

          Don’t get me wrong, if people did come in late just to see it, great! But if it happened to any noticable extent, well, knock me over with a feather.

  19. (Sarcasm alert) I just want to time this moment to thank WLW for running off Homer Bailey. If he ever was considering signing long term or an extension, he certainly won’t now after the childishness going on by WLW. Gee, who else can they run off now?

    • @Eric: I started wondering/worrying about the same thing. Is that really speculative to suggest that he might not sign a deal because of the local media guys? Sure it is, but perhaps not an insignificant factor when the time comes to sign a deal and he’s got choices.

  20. Food for thought. Again, the no hitter is nice, and Bailey is a nice pitcher, but he is no Nolan Ryan.

    After Tuesday’s no-hitter, Homer Bailey now has a 4.36 career ERA — the worst career ERA for any pitcher in history with multiple career no-hitters.

    Worst Career ERA
    Pitchers With Multiple Career No-Hitters
    Pitcher ERA No-Hitters
    Homer Bailey 4.36 2
    Hideo Nomo 4.24 2
    Bill Stoneman 4.07 2
    Carl Erskine 3.99 2
    Mark Buehrle 3.86 2

    • @CI3J: You realize Homer’s career isn’t over yet though right? His early years are what inflated that ERA so much, it’ll go down if he stays healthy and continues to pitch at his current level for a while.

      • @Mwv:

        That could be, but he will never come close to Ryan in terms of ERA. Those early years count too, and that’s why Ryan is a Hall Of Famer.

    • @CI3J: He’s got about a 3.5 ERA going in between his two no hitters. Throw 2012 and 2013 together, and you’ve got a guy really getting it done. Why penalize a guy for his early career learning curve?

      • @Matt WI:

        I’m not penalizing him at all, just pointing out that those early years count too in terms of a career. I’m sure there are a lot of athletes (and people in general) who wish others can just forget what they did when they were younger.

        Look, I’m not down on Bailey. I’ve said before I’m glad he is a Cincinnati Red and hope he will be for years to come. But I think this Homer love-fest is a little over the top. He threw a no-hitter. He’s not a legend.

        • @CI3J: But with the exception of Buerle, all of those guys got those numbers over their career, so Homer is unfairly cherry picked by status of only being 26 before people make those kind of comparisons/statements. Which I guess is to say… it’s not really worth looking into until Homer is actually done, if it matters at all. It just comes off as degrading what is otherwise an awesome accomplishment and something to be enjoyed, not cautioned.

        • @Matt WI:

          That is true, it is entirely possible that Homer will wind up much lower on that list. Of course, he could also pitch well beyond his useful years and suffer another ERA blowup later in his career.

          I’m with you, though, let’s just see where he goes. As of today, Homer Bailey is a pretty good pitcher. He’s not an Ace (unless you really cherry pick some obscure data), but he is a solid #2 type pitcher who has the intesity to sometimes string together nights like last night.

          But of course, it bears remembering that his last start out before last night, he went 6 innings and gave up 4 runs.

  21. I’m gratified to see most folks reacting to this kerfuffle the way I have. When you let your broadcaters set themselves up in opposition to certain players so much of the time, you ought to expect blowback from time to time, and not get so [word I won't use here] about it. Put on your big girl diapers, WLW, and quit whining. I quit listening to their sports-talk stuff years ago – this is just another reminder why.

    I wish Homer had handled things differently, and not dropped the on-air F-bomb, but I’m sure being almost immediately asked about the one tiny blemish on his big night probably didn’t sit well. It certainly didn’t with me. Oh well, by tomorrow this will all have blown over. Let’s play ball.

  22. It speaks volumes about the sports media in Cincinnati that, after the most historic and fantastic thing to happen to the Reds in a long long time, all Paul Daugherty can do is whine about a brief expletive and all 700 WLW does is let Bill Cunningham froth at the mouth over Bailey declining to be interviewed by Seg Dennison.

    That. Is. SHAMEFUL.

    There should be nothing but JOY in this town today.

  23. I’d expect Cardinals fans to find ways to minimize Bailey, not WLW and the Reds own fanbase. Makes me sad. :( Emoticon added to really emphasizes me being sad.

    • @Matt WI:

      No need to be sad. I’m all for celebrating what Homer did last night. It was a fantastic accomplishment.

      But it needs to be kept in perspective.

      • @CI3J: I’ll put it in perspective next week. For today, I just want to roll around in it like my dogs like to roll in rabbit crap.

      • @CI3J: I tell you what. If Homer pitches a no hitter every 17 starts for the next 5 years, I can live with the first couple of years of his career. How’s that for perspective?

  24. I’m from Virginia, and after all the hub bub about WLW this morning, I decided to tune in for a second. I cannot believe this is the banner station for sports talk and Reds baseball in Cincinnati. I understand sports talk in general is full of crude, outlandish meatheads as their hosts-but this was just unbearable.

    There is one guy just absolutely ripping Homer to shreds, obviously trying to make a name for himself off of Homer’s success; there is another guy who is seemingly tolerable but getting irritated that he even has to take up for Homer. Then there is this woman who calls in so offended about something Homer did (or didn’t do) when the woman bothered him in public-as if Homer owes her something. At this point, the guy that I was actually agreeing with starts saying very misogynistic stuff to lady, completely delegitimizing the objective view of this scenario. I love Cincinnati. I have always thought it was misrepresented by people, and the locals I have met seemed to be well balanced, intelligent people. This blog is full of that type of person. I just could not believe that the radio station that carries the Reds is such a sham.

  25. Every city has bad sports media types mixed in with a few good. I live in Philly area now and I’ve learned who’s on when and listen accordingly.

    I’ve got better things to do with my time than complain about sprots media.

  26. One of our better wordsmiths should really write an editorial to Cincinnati.com on this issue. Our local media have been atrocious.

  27. Next rain delay / banana phone incident, Reds fans should slam Marty with questions and insults about how he treated Homer.

  28. One of the crosses us out of town Red’s fans have to bear is that we have to put up with the City of Cincinnati. Bill Cunningham? Seriously?

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