As a kid, I loved these West Coast trips. Staying up late, listening to the Reds on the radio as I drifted asleep. As an adult, I don’t think I am quite as fond of these trips. Staying up late to watch/listen to these games is not quite as easy with three kids and morning responsibilities to take care of at home. I will make it as far into the game as possible, but no promises of seeing the final pitch.
The Reds will play 11 games over the next 10 days in California. This could very well be a make or break stretch for this club. Last season, the Reds turned their play out West around and the successful trip boosted their record and standing in the division. The club will need to return home with no worse than a 6-5 record I feel if the Reds hope to stay in the division hunt with a key series against the Cardinals on the horizon for when the Reds return home.
Bronson Arroyo faces off against Tim Lincecum in game 1. Let’s hope for a similar outcome for the Reds as the last time they faced Timmy! Drink some coffee, get an afternoon nap, and put the kids to bed so you can watch the Reds game. And if your boss asks why you’re sluggish tomorrow morning, tell him to shove it cause you were up late watching the Reds play! GOOOOOOOOO Reds!