The Reds and Indians kick off their Cactus League season this afternoon. As noted yesterday, Tony Cingrani will get the start for your beloved Redlegs.

You can listen to the game through WLW or MLB.com. Even better, you can discuss the game right here, at Redleg Nation.

Go Reds.

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  1. Yeah Buddy! Now this feels right. Baseball is back!

  2. Repost from prediction thread…….. 103 wins. 8 starting pitchers. 3 Center Fielders. 3 catchers. And my boldest prediction: One of the Opening Day outfield starters will be traded.

    Whaddaya think?

  3. Marty’s back on the radio and WLW is streaming the pregame. Life is good again.

    • Marty’s back on the radio and WLW is streaming the pregame.Life is good again.

      Marty and Dusty sure seem to like reminding eachother how good they both look.

  4. @seat101: Like it! I could see Ludwick traded, Choo moved to left, and Hamilton brought up (If he tears it up at Louisville)! Now talk about exciting…

    So great to have baseball back… Been missing it…

  5. @brasp01: I don’t see that happening. I think Ludwick has more value to the Reds than he’d bring in a trade to somebody else. And his contract is back loaded to be unappealing and tough to trade.

  6. Off topic, but I’m suprised Francisco Rodriguez hasn’t hooked on with anyone yet. His reputation must really precede him. Still, if he could be had on a minor league deal at this point, I’m jumping all over it (as I don’t completely trust Ondrusek/Arredondo). His ERA was 4.38 last year, but the peripherals were pretty strong. He’s only 31.

    72ip
    72k
    31bb
    65h

  7. @redsfanman: Makes sense… But it would make for an exciting outfield…

  8. BUNT HIM OVER (just kidding)

  9. 4 pitch BB for Choo. That’s what I’m talking about!

  10. @Sultan of Swaff: Minor League deal would be interesting. Competition is our best friend at this point!

  11. This season’s getting fun already!

  12. Two men on base for Votto? What is this?

  13. Choo is already clogging the bases :

  14. There are three outfielders, though I admit I don’t see the Reds trading Bruce.

  15. I LOVE BASEBALL!!!!!

  16. Way to go Choo! Best thing he could have possibly done without swinging the bat!

  17. Hey hey hey! Joey!

  18. 2 baserunners and 0 outs for Joey. We haven’t seen that much lately.

  19. JOEY V!!!!

  20. Way to go Joey Votto! That is how you get it done!

  21. Yay for an infinite ERA for the pitcher!

  22. This is the offense we have been missing. TY WJ!

  23. These Reds are just the greatest team in the world

  24. OK Super Todd. Time to pick up where you left off…

  25. Looking forward to many, many long offensive innings this year.

  26. I’m in Athens, about 125 miles from WLW. I can *barely* pick up the signal on a portable radio, but only if I use headphones. And using the headphones makes the right channel not work. This setup is far from desirable, but it is still a great feeling to have Reds games back. Also, is anyone streaming the WLW feed from online?

  27. That’s the way to pick up a run with less than 2 outs! Dang if the Reds aren’t playing baseball.

  28. @dc937: With MLB.com carrying the game, I don’t think WLW can braodcast online.

  29. @dc937: if you spring for an audio subscription to mlb.com, you can listen. the whole year is about $20 (and no, I don’t get a commission from mlb for mentioning this!)

  30. This is fun

  31. There’s Super Todd, clogging up the bases again.

  32. I think I figured out somebody who is NOT making the Cleveland Indians’ roster on opening day!

  33. Hooked in the 1st inning of the 1st game. This offense is going to be lethal.

  34. Way to go Drew!

  35. I thought the Indians were going to have the best outfield defense in baseball? How does a ball drop between Bourn and Stubbs?

    • I thought the Indians were going to have the best outfield defense in baseball? How does a ball drop between Bourn and Stubbs?

      Look up irony and that’s what will appear. I bet Choo gets to that ball. :mrgreen:

  36. What was THAT?

  37. Cozart did a good job of going the other way with the outside pitch.

  38. So I guess we’re amending our season predictions to 140+ wins and a clean sweep through the playoffs at this point.

    • So I guess we’re amending our season predictions to 140+ wins and a clean sweep through the playoffs at this point.

      Anything less would be a disappointment

  39. Marty B: “That’s why we play Spring Training Games” – after the ball landing between Bourn and Stubbs. Marty seemed adamant that it was Bourn’s ball.

  40. @eric nyc: Naw, but it was fun to have Votto bat with two guys on base. To me, the rest of this is just gravy.

  41. Ahhhhhhhhhh…that felt good. 5 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks in 1 inning of play. OK Tony C, time to strut your stuff. The Indians have some serious hitters in their lineup.

  42. I already love these 2013 Reds

  43. I think it’s pretty clear that we are listening to the best Reds team EVER!!!! It’s time to start thinking about knicknames. Something like “The Big Red Machine,” but more modern…

    How about “The Big Red Cyborg”?

  44. Yo DC937, where about in Athens are you? I was in town today and got 700 with no problem. Try putting your radio near a window.

  45. Go Reds!

    Did anyone else get the impression that, while Olivo was batting, that Marty was preparing the fan base for Mesoraco to start the year in L’ville?

    He very strongly implied that Mes’ chances to make the big league club out of spring training were slim.

    I wonder if he has some inside knowledge.

  46. The first inning reminded me of Edinson Volquez’s opening day start a few years ago.

  47. @90reds: They startled each other?

  48. @DatFan: I got the impression that Marty was presenting Olivo as competition, competition which Mesoraco is more than talented enough to win.

    As far as Bourn and Stubbs, they said Bourn just stood there and pointed at Stubbs. It looks like they have stuff to work on, but plenty of time (over a month) to work it out.

    • @DatFan: I got the impression that Marty was presenting Olivo as competition, competition which Mesoraco is more than talented enough to win.

      That was how it sounded to me as well. Meso shouldn’t think he’s a lock to make the Opening Day roster, but he can certainly win the job.

  49. So that was the 1st chance for Choo in CF. How’d he play it?

    • So that was the 1st chance for Choo in CF.How’d he play it?

      Unlike Michael Bourn he didn’t just stand there and point at the RF. HA.

  50. I was reading that the Baltimore orioles hotshot rookie, Manny machado, is engaged to Yonder Alonso’s sister, Yannie. She was a nice addition to the stands, when the TV cameras panned onto her, when Yonder was playing here. Very beautiful girl. Good luck to them.

  51. @athensRed: I’m just a few blocks up Carpenter from the end of Court Street. I definitely got better signal at my house last year which was at a much higher elevation. Most regular season games are on 970 out here though, so this is a temporary issue.

  52. 1 inning in the books. With the way the hitters are smacking the ball around, you’d think they were playing in someplace like Arizona or Colorado.

  53. The Indians added some base stealers (like Bourn and Stubbs) so Cingrani ended the first inning by picking a non-base stealer off 1b. Nice!

  54. Booooo, Shin-Shoo Choo is no longer perfect.

  55. Man, Joey is just so consistent.

    I will mark out when he hits his first HR.

    I wish he wasn’t even on the roster for Canada in the WBC.

  56. The 1st half of this Cleveland lineup can hit, but Stubbs and Brantley as corner OF is probably going to be hard for the Tribe fans to stomach this season. I hope Stubbs can turn things around this season with a fresh start.

  57. A 27 ERA for Cingrani? Leake and Chapman have been put on notice. 😉

    • A 27 ERA for Cingrani?Leake and Chapman have been put on notice.

      Starting, Edinson Volquez style.

  58. Joey Votto: The guy who can go 2 for 2 and be disappointing. He needs a homerun to prove that his knee is okay dangit!

    • Joey Votto:The guy who can go 2 for 2 and be disappointing.He needs a homerun to prove that his knee is okay dangit!

      Yes. He does. Not joking.

      • Yes.He does.Not joking.

        I hope somebody is there to boo him every time he finds himself standing on a base until he hits a homerun.

        • I hope somebody is there to boo him every time he finds himself standing on a base until he hits a homerun.

          Are you saying that Votto’s lack of power at the end of last year wasn’t due to his knee injury??

          • Are you saying that Votto’s lack of power at the end of last year wasn’t due to his knee injury??

            I agree that his lack of power late last season was due to his knee, but at the same time he put up impressive numbers as far as average and OBP even after his return. I think he healed up over the winter but many fans won’t be satisfied until he starts hitting homeruns. Hence a desire to boo him for reaching base without hitting a homerun – we know he can reach base plenty.

          • I agree that his lack of power late last season was due to his knee, but at the same time he put up impressive numbers as far as average and OBP even after his return.I think he healed up over the winter but many fans won’t be satisfied until he starts hitting homeruns.Hence a desire to boo him for reaching base without hitting a homerun – we know he can reach base plenty.

            Ok, I get you. I certainly hope no one would boo Votto for reaching base, regardless of his HR total.

            I don’t think the dissatisfaction with Votto’s lack of power is the type of thing anyone would boo a player for. He can’t help it. I would bet most fans get this. It will come back naturally. I, like most others I think, am somewhat desperate for Votto to homer so I can exhale and rest assured that his knee really is 100% again.

          • Ok, I get you.I certainly hope no one would boo Votto for reaching base, regardless of his HR total.

            I don’t think the dissatisfaction with Votto’s lack of power is the type of thing anyone would boo a player for.He can’t help it.I would bet most fans get this.It will come back naturally.I, like most others I think, am somewhat desperate for Votto to homer so I can exhale and rest assured that his knee really is 100% again.

            Eh, booing him for getting on firstbase, it implies that we hold him to a higher standard, a double standard, it’s a compliment. He’s a professional, I think he can takes it.

            Booing him after striking out would be another story. That’s mean.

  59. @BenL:
    “How about “The Big Red Cyborg”? ”

    YES! Reds fans everywhere should adopt this nickname immediately!

  60. Way t go Stubby! Infield single!

  61. I wonder if Zach is still a little skittish from that elbow injury.

  62. So far Drew Stubbs is outperforming Jay Bruce at the plate. Small sample sizes are great.

  63. Release Partch! Booooo! Trade Jay Bruce for Drew Stubbs!

  64. I thought pitchers were supposed to have the advantage early in spring training? Bah.

  65. Miguel Olivo hit a homerun! Looks like the Reds have a new superstar! That Joey Votto bum though, 2/3? Boooooo.

  66. Nice. HR Mesoraco. That’s how you make the team.

  67. Here we go, now we’ve got the A lineup.
    1. Phipps, CF
    2. Donald, 2b
    3. Neftali Soto, 1b
    4. Heisey, LF
    5. Paul, RF
    6. Hannahan, 3b
    7. Izturis, SS
    8. Mesoraco, C

    Mesoraco put on a good show with a long homerun! Take that Miguel Olivo!

  68. Olivo and Mesoraco each with homeruns today! Cut Ryan Hanigan he’s clearly our worst catcher

  69. Woot, this feels real good so far. I could take a full season, and a FULL post season of these kinds of game. GOREDS!

  70. Olivo and Mesoraco each with homeruns today! Cut Ryan Hanigan he’s clearly our worst catcher

    Just what I was thinking! Along with the trade of Drew Stubbs for Jay Bruce!

  71. I think the Indians’ starting pitcher (regardless of the outcome), Soto, should be the Player of the Game for getting the Reds’ offense get started this spring. The Reds pitchers who gave up all those runs, lets just forget about what happened to them. They just aren’t ready for spring training yet, that’s it.

  72. So far the big disappointment today has been the Louisville Bats’ pitching staff.

  73. Ah, just got back from dinner. I see we have a battle brewing between Olivo ann Meso. I like it; Nothing like a litttle competition to get the juices flowing. MiBL pitchers vs MLB hitters…predictable results. Ice storm notwithstanding, I swear I heard the birds chirping louder and clearer this baseball morning.

  74. Wow. All jokes aside, if XP can hit like he did last year, I don’t think I’d mind him taking over for Bruce when he goes into a slump. 3 days a week maybe?

  75. Also, WOW. What’s going on with the Reds offense?

  76. Move Chapman back to closer!

  77. There are too many names to read the box score easily 🙁

  78. Blown save number 1. Fire everybody

  79. Boom, and just like that all the good feelings are over. Walt Jocketty, Dusty Baker, the bat boy, everybody is to blame for this one. Thanks for ruining my weekend Reds.

    • @Jimmy:

      Boom, and just like that all the good feelings are over.

      Really? I would like to have seen a big W, but I’m ecstatic, even with a loss. The Reds’ offense delivered exactly as hoped and anticipated, starting with the very 1st AB of the game. The pitchers who got clobbered today are all destined for MiBL in 2013 and most will probably not make a MLB roster in the future, with a few notable exceptions. And most of all, baseball is back.

  80. @dc937 that’s awesome man, I lived on fern alley my junior year and across the street on rose last year. I still have friends that live up on Lancaster that said they were able to get the game fine today so you probably have some interference causing device in your vicinity. Are you in school at OU or an Athens native? I graduated last summer and I’m doing my masters in Cincy now so I miss Athens dearly, I’m happy to hear the nation is still being repped well out there.

  81. @Shchi Cossack: Agree 100%. It’s hard not to feel great about today’s game. Who cares what the minor league pitchers are doing. The major league offense looked terrific.

  82. @athensRed: @dc937: We anticipate that my youngest daughter will be playing post for the Bobcats, class of 2028.

  83. @athensRed:
    Last year I lived at Second and North Lancaster, got acceptable reception on 700, but usually went for the 970 WATH broadcast. I’ll be watching most games on Fox Sports this season though. Athens is always hard to leave, but at least you have a chance to catch a lot more games in person this year! I’m a student here, studying Mathematics and Statistics. I get to pick a topic for one of my courses this semester, and I’m trying to decide on something cool and baseball-related. My professor is Chinese though, not sure if he knows a lick about baseball.

    @Shchi Cossack:
    I look forward to seeing her in the box scores! Are you a Bobcat as well?

  84. @dc937: Afraid I’m a Buckeye through and through, but we have family ties to the Bobcats. OU just didn’t offer the degree I sought so I migrated to OSU during a very circuitous academic pursuit.

  85. Alright, here are my thoughts on Today’s game:
    -So much for concerns about the hitters being rusty.
    -Tony Cingrani, I was really disappointed.
    -Partch and Contreras, I don’t think they could’ve done much more to get themselves into the first group of cuts.
    -Clay Hensley, impressive performance.
    -Joey Votto, going 2 for 3, had a good day even if he didn’t hit a homerun.
    -Catchers, Hanigan, Olivo, and Mesoraco all got one hit, with the later two getting homeruns – big first day.

    -Drew Stubbs was 1 for 2 with an infield single, I was happy that he had a decent debut with his new team.
    -Indians pitchers, who were those guys?
    -Michael Bourn misplayed a ball in CF? I guess Shin-Shoo Choo doesn’t have to be perfect anymore either.

  86. @dc937 it’s actually a mixed bag. I really hate not being at every single bobcats basketball game. DJ, Ivo, Reggie, all those dudes are in my class and lived in the dorms with me I just graduated a tad early. You should catch every game you can while you still have the chance, they are a really special team. I’ll never forget that beatdown we laid on Georgetown my freshman year and I’ve been pretty annoyed with all this Michigan/Trey Burke hype all season long. I’ve been to a bunch of bearcats games this season and watching those bums in that dungeon of a gym made me realize how spoiled I was with the bobcats in the Convo.

  87. Oh and shchi…I saw in the latest bracket projections they have the buckeyes playing the winner of the MAC tourney in the first round. If the OHIO spanked state in hoops would Columbus spontaneously combust or something?

  88. @athensRed: No spontaneous combustion here. Although a staunch Buckeye supporter, I’ll root for the Bobcats in every other game. Besides, baseball season has emerged from the winter doldrums and this season, has me even more psyched than March Madness.

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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.

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