05/02/2005

Depressing

I’m sick to my stomach.

Last year, I was forced to institute a personal policy of turning the television (or internet) off whenever Danny Graves entered the game. He’s easily my least favorite Red of the last five years, and it just wasn’t worth the heartache to watch him blow another game.

After tonight, I am re-instituting that policy. I resolve never to watch Danny Graves pitch for the Reds again, unless I’m in the stadium. And even then, I might go get a coney or something.

It’s just not worth it. I get mad every time he comes into a game and does his thing, and life’s too short for that. Baseball is my favorite game, but Graves has done the impossible — he takes the fun out of the game for me.

Danny Graves is dead to me.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 14 Comments

  1. David Weathers not finding home plate and the disapperence of Sean Casey’s glove fueled this loss as much as Graves self-exploding.

    I think I’m going to give the Redlegs a day off tomorrow before I head to the ball park on Wednesday. Good evening to spend with the wife and kids.

  2. i wish that graves was the only problem. every pitcher aside from mercker on the relief staff is a disaster waiting to happen. something needs to change. is it the players? the pitching coach? at what point does management say enough is enough?

  3. Weathers was low in the zone, he walked the 8th and 9th hitter as if he was facing the heart of the order, pitching scared he failed to get outs, the Reds failed to make throws, Graves failed to produce once again.

    All and all the whole thing was painful.

  4. Hey, Wagner has had one bad game. He’s pitched awesome outside of that. He doesn’t deserve to be thrown under the bus with the rest of them.

  5. Good Point Tyler – Wagner had the bad outing of a lifetime – he struggled a bit tonight – but got through. I don’t think last year he would have “laced up the straps” and dug in.

    Chad – before Graves gets in – I try to time it right – I grab some RedLeg Ale (located near section 417 across from the Skyline booth) and just sit and wait.

  6. The “Gravy Train” what a joke. This is ridiculous.

  7. I thought yesterday was the low point. Shows what I know. What really gets me is the effect this HAS to have on the offense and the crappy starters. They have to be thinking it’s pointless – no matter how many runs they score, or how well Milton pitches through six, the bullpen will find a way to blow it. Danny Graves should jump in the river for a while.

  8. Graves’ post-game comments make me sick. After his “performance,” he blames the fans for booing – says that’s “more frustrating” than how he played. JD at Red Reporter says it better than I could.

  9. This comment is typical Graves…nothing’s ever that bad, or usually his fault. Hell, he’s getting his $6M, what does he care? He’s as clueless as that guy in Georgia that still wants to marry that woman after she took off on him…

  10. As a lifetime Reds fan, born in 1936, it was just embarrassing! Another season down the drain even before Memorial Day.

  11. I’m not putting the season in the tank yet – worse teams have been at least competitive throughout June. In my book, the season is not lost at all. Is it off to a great start – absolutely not – you don’t blow leads and expect to come from behind everytime.

    Look at it this way – we aren’t Kansas City – yet.

  12. Honestly, these kinds of losses and losing streaks would be a lot easier to take if the Reds did just suck, and they really don’t.

    However, the “improved” bullpen isn’t looking much like it.

  13. Anyone following this on the Gamecast at mlb.com?
    Dave Williams looks as sober as John Daley on St. Patty’s in his pic.

  14. […] ever experienced. This one was pretty bad, and this one is the only one that I might consider worse than today’s. Today’s game hurts pretty bad, mostly because the Reds gave away first […]

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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2005 Reds, Reds - General