It’s Independence Day Eve!
Okay, that’s not really worth celebrating, but the Reds have been freed from the Jerry Narron era — whether that’s good or bad, I’ll let you decide. The Pete Mackanin era begins tonight against Barry Bonds and the visiting San Francisco Giants.
It’s a good matchup to begin the series:
The Reds, who have lost six consecutive three-game series, are set to open another three-game set when they host the Giants on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.
The series will give Reds fans a chance to see Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, who is five home runs away from tying Hank Aaron’s all-time career home run record of 755.
Bonds and Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., who hit his 22nd home run of the season on Sunday against the Cardinals, will bring a combined total of more than 1,330 home runs into the series.
Reds ace Aaron Harang, who did not make the National League All-Star team despite an 8-2 record and 100 strikeouts, is scheduled to start on Tuesday against Giants lefty Barry Zito.
I’d like to be there tonight to see Bonds and Zito…oh yeah, and the Reds, too. I’ll be watching on television instead. Let’s discuss it here.
UPDATE: And while you’re at it, check out David Weathers’ comments on the Narron firing over at Jeff Wallner’s blog.