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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. To repeat:

    Regarding the yawning… From what I understand, it’s possible Baker’s excessive yawning could be related to the stroke. But then, so too could any number of other serious problems, and if I suggested the stroke might be causing them (depression, exhaustion, lack of mental acuity, etc.), I bet a lot of Dusty apologists would say it’s impossible to know whether the stroke has any lingering effects.

  2. We managed to make the ump sick with today’s game?

  3. Rally caps!

  4. Still trying to find out if anyone could tell if Cuddyer’s HR was catchable. Looks like Reds fan flipped his glove out at the waist, caught it and Heisey bailed at the last moment. Anyone?

    • Still trying to find out if anyone could tell if Cuddyer’s HR was catchable.Looks like Reds fan flipped his glove out at the waist, caught it and Heisey bailed at the last moment.Anyone?

      Didn’t appear to be catchable by any stretch of the imagination…

  5. Belisle was clearly having problems. Usually a game delay is something the pitcher doesn’t want, but he might welcome it. A chance to throw a few warmup pitches and make a correction.

    So will the Reds screw up anther opportunity to rally ?

  6. Chris Welsh was worried the ump switch would spoil the, “Reds momentum”.

  7. Here we go>>>>>>>>>>

  8. Heisey is having a heck of a game, a lot of good it’ll do him unfortunate.ly

  9. Rally caps off!

  10. Okay got 1 back. Only 4 more to go.

  11. Ludwick and Choo both strike out on pitches out of the strike zone.

    • Ludwick and Choo both strike out on pitches out of the strike zone.

      Credit to Belisle.

      • Credit to Belisle.

        There were RISP. Aren’t they supposed to expand the zone?

  12. And This One Belongs To The ROCKIES!

    • @jumpman513: Sadly, appears that way. Reds needed at least 2 Ws this week-end. Guess this team continues to demonstrate its a .500 team – from Memorial Day to Labor Day – good work Reds.

  13. Would have loved to see how that inning turned out without the delay. Knowing this team, can’t guarantee anything, of course. Just sayin’.

    Now Heisey is hurt again. Wow.

  14. Heisey’s hammy is tight, hope he is ok

  15. What else is new… 13 hits 3 runs.. 12 hits and 7 runs for Rockies..

    Hey… But the players should be happy. Starters start no matter what.. There is always tomorrow.. Insane runs the asylum.. Paycheck is good…what more do u need out of life…

  16. Did Chapman go back to Cuba?

  17. Different day, same old problems. Impatient hitters trying to hit it out of the park and not extend woring to get a knock to extend the inning.

    As it is, it’s been a real disappointing w/e here in Denver – outside of the fact that fans here made a big deal out of Helton’s 2500th hit.

    And how about that clutch Red’s hitting? 3 runs on 13 hits.

    And how about that outing by Leake. His ERA in the last 5-6 weeks must be about 5.00 – not very good. Too bad really, as really thought he had turned the corner.

    Only bright spot was Reynolds. He may have a future with the Reds.

    • Different day, same old problems.Impatient hitters trying to hit it out of the park and not extend woring to get a knock to extend the inning.

      As it is, it’s been a real disappointing w/e here in Denver – outside of the fact that fans here made a big deal out of Helton’s 2500th hit.

      And how about that clutch Red’s hitting?3 runs on 13 hits.

      And how about that outing by Leake.His ERA in the last 5-6 weeks must be about 5.00 – not very good.Too bad really, as really thought he had turned the corner.

      Only bright spot was Reynolds.He may have a future with the Reds.

      I never thought Leake turned the corner. He’s a #5 starter at best. He just doesn’t have the stuff. Cingrani better be in the playoff roster (If they make it that far).

  18. Partch has pitched more innings than Chapman on this roadtrip.

  19. We got this

  20. Meat of lineup coming up for one last try. Can we get another strike out for 250 mil dollar man? Or do we get a grand slam home run by Reds for once for an epic comeback… Can’t believe i m still watching… Can’t help it i guess

    • @tae: llks like JV has lost it. So sad.

    • @tae: Almost every time I make fun of people who complain about Votto not “earning his paycheck,” someone will insist it’s not really about the money, and that everyone just wants Votto to be as great as he was in 2010. Tae, can I cite you as evidence that it IS about the money? And that all you care about is how much a player is making, so that if a guy isn’t making very much, it’s okay with you if he makes a ton of mistakes? Just want to clear this up.

  21. First 1-2-3 today: (shakes head). Three more outs: LET’S GO REDS!!! C’MON!

  22. Sound the bugle CHARGE!!!!! Go Reds!!!!!

  23. Another double play coming?

  24. Joey is losing it – and he’s not even 30 – great investment Reds.

    • @cincyreds14: He’s in a slump and he’s losing it to the point it’s a terrible investment by the Reds? Wow!

      • @kywhi: This site has a lot of JV fans falling off the JV fan club wagon – you might consider getting use to it.

        • @cincyreds14: Among the things I will never get used to is “falling off the bandwagon” just because the best player on my favorite team isn’t having his best season. I hate losing as bad as anybody (especially the Reds circa 1991 – 2009), but following the Reds is as painful as it seems to be for some of you I would find something else to do with my time.

          • @kywhi: Dude, definitely respect your opinion however when it comes to sports – there are always going to be disappointed fans – ALWAYS. Been following sports for 45+ years – and unless it changes sometime soon there will only be 1 World Series champion and 1 Super Bowl champion each year. It’s all about winning and coming up huge – and JV simply isn’t producing or pulling his weight.

            Thus, true fans are going home disappointed. And some speak their minds and will continue to speak their mind hoping against hope that JV turns it around. If Red’s fans have seen the best of JV we will surely be disappointed.

          • @cincyreds14: As one who has been following the Reds since 1965, I will say this is the most frustrating of any season I can remember where the team is well over .500 with a near-lock on post-season play. As some have said, this team is just hard to watch.

          • @kywhi: Would not be the least surprised if there is some inner turmoil on the Reds that is simply not being discussed. And it might not come to light any time soon (personally would not be surprised if the bad blood is between JV and BP – the 2 Reds this offense truly revolves around).

  25. 30,594 turned out for tonight’s titanic struggle, 30,594.

  26. angry much

  27. Another three feet and he’d be allowed to cash today’s check.

  28. Put me in the not a fan of Votto fan club.

  29. Bruce is only making $8 million, so it’s okay for him to hit a weak grounder.

  30. Too bad Heisey had to leave, he’d be up now. Hope he’s OK.

    • Too bad Heisey had to leave, he’d be up now. Hope he’s OK.

      It was a double switch

    • @pinson343: Heisey has only been hitting .300 since July 1st (33-100). Who needs a bat like that in this line-up when you are trailing in a game? Dusty is Dusty and will always be Dusty – only hope that the door hits him in the big fat caboose on his way out – and take your son with you. Pete’s son was a similar age and we never saw Pete Jr. on the Red’s bench (or maybe once – don’t recall). Rose knew this was a man’s game – not a family reunion or picnic.

  31. Guess Dusty gave up on this game again. Partch giving up that run in the 7th looms large.

  32. What ever a winning team has – the Reds don’t have IT.

  33. What are the Reds doing? Mesaraco could walk to 2nd.

  34. Alright. Sleep it off. Get ready for the Cardinals. Got to get GOING. That’s all. GO REDS!

  35. Around and around we go, what tomorrows line-up will look like nobody knows.

  36. have they quit? If so, just in time to be put out of our misery this coming week.

  37. Another lost series… 3 in a row.. Pathetic…

    Guess they r saving their best for next 7 games

  38. Dusty is probably wondering why the season lasts so long.

  39. Rockie tv broadcasters unbelievable. Said that XPaul was just called up today. Then said that D. Robinson was taking his first ML AB. Took a while for them to correct that one.

  40. Don’t forget tomorrow’s game is an afternoon start time.

  41. I hate to say it, but it’s time Votto stepped up to lead this team. We can %#^& around arguing about his contributions, but he isn’t helping the Reds with a lame-a## walk here and there.

  42. Marty & Cowboy couldn’t believe the runner on 1st didn’t take 2nd base when the Rockies were giving it to him. They said any other team would have taken the base, ya gotta give yourself every chance you can.

    • @Sergeant2: Shut up, you insensitive clod: Dusty might not have green lighted that steal b/c he had a stroke. Or is having a stroke. Or will have a stroke. Whatever. Try to be a little bit more aware of the possible health status of the team’s manager when you make your ridiculous observations. SHEESH! (j/k, of course ; )

  43. I don’t understand the point of double switching if you’re taking out a guy who’s 4-4 in the game. Saving a pitcher or not, why would you ever take the bat out of the hands of the 4-4 guy when you’re trailing and trying to make a comeback?

  44. I thought for sure the Reds was gonna take 2 outta 3 very disappointing outcome. Day game tomorrow, I didn’t realize that till just now when Marty mentioned it. The Reds have to get it in gear for the Cardinals if they hope to win the division, which is still doable. Go Reds!!! Adios Amigos.

  45. I have loved my reds for a lifetime but can’t stand this year’s team – mostly due to Dusty. Like Votto but he isn’t worthy of the money paid – which does impact the club’s ability to retain or sign other players. Choo won’t be here next year for that reason.

    Glad i did not sign up for season tkts as i have done for last 22 years. After decades of watching losing ball, this year is something else – with the team that surely has potential to win at all. It is about expectations and yes it is about money spent by ownership to see them perform.

    • @tae: Last I saw, Votto has like 5.4 WAR or something like that. They say 1 WAR is generally valued at $4-5m. He’s making $17m this season. Wouldn’t that mean he’s currently outplaying his contract? Now later years of it, we’ll see. But right now he’s giving a value surplus.

      Just saying.

      • @ToddAlmighty: that would mean Pirates McClutchen would make 35 mil a year… That is non-sense. It is one stat, an important one but…

        I m not saying Votto sucks. He is still the best player on Reds. Just not performing to expectation and he is overpaid by my account – not anyone else. And due to that money, Reds do not have flexibility to acquire other players we need to help the team – or retain players like Choo ( or even Arroyo – not a fan of him though ).

        Reds need a vocal leader not a quiet one who apparently lets his bat do the talking. Well, i don’t think Votto’s bat is doing much of anything this year. Lot of walks sure… But situationally speaking he has been an average player at best

        • @tae: Love it tae! Keep it coming…

        • @tae: Even the Rockies announcers were saying that this is not the JV from years gone by. And JV doesn’t turn 30 until a week from Tuesday. Let’s hope JV is productive well into his 30s – if not, Reds are hosed.

  46. calling it now 5-5 next 10 home games. Split with STL, 1 win vs LA, 2 wins vs CHI

  47. A recap of the Red’s scoring today:

    1st inning – Choo leads off w/ double – doesn’t score
    3rd inning – After Choo’s 2 run HR Reds have runners @ 1st and 2nd w/ no one out – and don’t score again in the 3rd
    4th inning Leake bunts in to DP
    5th inning Choo leads off w/ double – doesn’t score
    6th inning – 2 singles to start inning – don’t score – Cozart hits into DP
    8th inning – 2 singles to lead off inning – score a puny run

    These Reds sure aren’t the Cardinals – I guess the Reds will once again be the pupils to the Card’s instruction again this week

    Would love to have that team that showed up to play on Wednesday and Saturday was available this week.

    Hope the Reds learn something – tired of them flunking Run Production I.

  48. Its not how you start but how you finish. Have to finish strong this month. GO REDS!!

    April 15-13
    May 19-8
    June 12-15
    July 14-13
    Aug 16-11

  49. A simple question about Joey and his lack of RBIs: Can anyone think of another player who hit third for a full season, for a winning team, who finished the season with so few RBIs? Again, just a question. I’m not saying RBIs are important, not important, or anything else. I’m just asking the question. I can think of one that comes close: Kirk Gibson for the ’88 Dodgers finished with 76 RBI (and won the MVP). Mantle had a season of 75 RBI, but the Yanks were only five games over .500 that season. And at this point, it’s very questionable Joey that ends up with 75 RBI.

    You may ask what’s the point of the question. I don’t know. I just think ending this season with 70 RBI would be very, very strange.

    • @PRoseFutureHOFer: votto would say rbis are not the most important for reasons u just cited – Mantle, Gibson.

      But i highly doubt ownership would iterate such a non-sense. As long as baseball has been around Rbis have been one of the most critical element for someone like Votto. 63 with 25 games left is pathetic. 6th and 7th hitters would have that much on a good team.

      Votto rationalizes to help him sleep at night maybe but he is not performing to expectation. I own a 200 mil company with 540 people. Running business is no diff. People at the top r paid to perform. Votto is one of the highest paid player in baseball. If anyone really thinks he has earned that money, you have no clue in running a business

      • @tae: Votto can’t stay out of DP alley long enough to find out what an RBI looks like.

      • @tae: Bring it Tae, as some people really don’t realize that this is all about business (and it always has been – except the owners were the only ones for a long time raking in the bales of $$ – now they have to share it). And in business, top performers get paid the big $$, and sad to say, JV is simply not earning his keep.

        • @cincyreds14: As I figured, no one can think of an example. Again, that’s not even drawing any conclusions about the importance of RBIs, it’s just making an observation that Joey Votto (my favorite player) is apparently going to do something this season that no other player has ever done in major league history. A month ago, I truly thought Joey would still end up with around 90 RBIs – simply because the law of averages – baseball history – would suggest that it would be IMPOSSIBLE for a number 3 hitter to finish a season with 70 RBIs. Apparently not.

  50. Dusty said that Joey was not wrong on the play where he was tagged out at home and also said he was supposed to go home Because the ball was being thrown to first and your’re taught to score from second) and it was a good play by helton..im really confused

    • @johnny depth: Dusty would be better of keeping his mouth shut rather than agree with something so dumb. Just confirms what most think about him already.

  51. Jim Day gets yelled at (sounded like a 4 letter word to me)by a Rockies fan, then they guys lady friend runs up behind Jim and kisses him on the cheek…..
    He was speachless after that!

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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