It is Opening Day in Cincinnati! Growing up, and still today, Opening Day has ranked just behind Christmas as my favorite day of the year.  It is the beginning of baseball season.  The standings are erased.  Everyone is on an even playing field.  Everyone has hopes that this is the year that their team will be World Champions!

What can we expect from the 2014 Cincinnati Reds?  There are a lot of questions and concerns.  There is also a lot of hope and optimism surrounding this club.  Perhaps that is what makes this first day of the season so great.  What can we expect?  No one knows!  But we are about to watch it all unfold over the next 7 months.

While there is debate over whether today should be a national holiday, rest assured that only one city in America treats today as if it is a holiday.  That city is Cincinnati.  So sit back Reds fans!  Enjoy the holiday.  Enjoy the pageantry that is baseball.  Enjoy the fireworks, cheering crowds, and excitement.  But know that today is just day 1 of a 162 game marathon.  Whether our beloved Redlegs win today or not, it is a long season.  But also know, baseball is back! There isn’t another day like Opening Day!  And there is no city that does Opening Day like Cincinnati!

GO REDS!

Reds Lineup:
1. Billy Hamilton CF
2. Brandon Phillips 2B
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Jay Bruce RF
5. Ryan Ludwick LF
6. Todd Frazier 3B
7. Zack Cozart SS
8. Brayan Pena C
9. Johnny Cueto P

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. I assumed Heisey was going to stay in.

  2. Possibly the most crucial spot in the game and you bring in the worst pitcher in your bullpen…I say as he gets the out. Still, don’t get that call.

  3. Good time for Billy’s first homer.

  4. Votto has to show up in this spot

  5. Votto…time to earn paycheck! Let’s go JV!

  6. We have our best up, can’t ask for more than that.

  7. Yay for Rookie Errors

  8. Votto was into a sure DP and bailed out. I’ll take it. We need it. But, awful AB.

  9. TY Cardinal defense

  10. Oh no…back to back leftys

  11. All around terrible offensive performance. If we don’t get a run in here, I’m going to be furious. JV should’ve had a GIDP and Phillips runs towards home on a grounder. Ugh.

  12. That was horrible base running by BP, not another year of his base-running
    crap.

  13. And terrible base running bites us again…That could be the game…

  14. I hope the bad feeling I’m getting is indigestion and not a premonition about a DP coming up.

  15. Everything about the offensive performance today has been atrocious. Frazier legging out that infield hit has been the only remotely bright spot.

  16. Disappointing base running by BP. He clearly should have stayed at 3d. It didn’t look like he broke on contact.

    • that’s the purpose of going on contact. You don’t hedge. There is no in between

      • That’s just it, there was no reason for him to be going on contact, none at all. The only saving grace I will give BP on that is if he was ordered to go on contact. Can anyone check if he was or not?

        • Bryan verified in post game comments that Phillips was going on contact.

        • Why go on contact there? I just don’t understand why? Then, if you do, finish it out. Hey, I’d rather have the rookie first baseman try to make the throw him than just run him down. If the guy missed a catch from 2nd, he could make a bad throw home.

      • He did hedge. That’s why he stopped.

        As well as, BP just doesn’t have any kind of breaking speed anymore. I’d break Hamilton on contact, maybe. But not BP.

  17. Way to hustle Joey, should have scored

  18. Cards are trying their best to give this to us and we just aren’t good enough.

  19. How do the Cards have 3 errors and they’ve amounted to ZERO Reds runs?

  20. Reds offense is trying so hard to lose this game and the Cardinals defense is like…NOPE!

  21. Why am I having deja vu all over again regarding the Reds offense?

    • Because its the same old team. Hang on Reds fans, I am feeling a gurggle in my stomach… just indigestion at watching poor, poor play again. New season same squat.

  22. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Very disappointing.

  23. This is going to be a loooooooong season…

  24. If I’m Bryan Price, no one gets the day off tomorrow. Bright and early and get ready to run.

  25. That was just giving away an inning.

  26. I’ve seen little league teams score runs when given 5 outs in an inning. Walt better get on the horn for some offense, post-haste.

  27. Well glad to see they are in mid season form.

  28. If Ondrusek starts to leave the fastball at belt high like that last pitch to Molina, this could get ugly.

  29. Nice to hear the Reds announcers just gushing over Molina since there is literally nothing positive to say about the Reds.

    • God, now they’re apologizing for Molina’s role in the brawl…Shut up Thom.

    • He’s been about the only thing (outside of the two starting pitchers) worth gushing about in this game.

  30. Ctrl+C
    Ctrl+V
    The Reds’ starter deserves much better than this.

  31. I was in Costa Rica 4 years ago today checking the score on MLB gameday.

  32. Well that’s depressing. Could be the first time in 60 years that we’re shut out on Opening Day…

  33. It’s the new bating coach’s fault.

  34. gonna be a looooooooong season if the offense is the mediocre. wow, how is that possible?

  35. Glad I went with the monthly MLB.TV subscription this year…

  36. 3 hits. 3 hits in 9 innings ain’t gonna get it done.

  37. Phillips on base 3 times from the 2 hole, 23 pitches.

  38. The credit goes to Card pitching. They are only under .500. Things will get better.

  39. Outside of Cueto, Frazier, and Phillips’ OBP, there was nothing good to take away from this game. Hamilton 0-4 with 4 Ks, Votto looking awful at the plate, and this team stringing together a grand total of 3 hits while benefiting from 3 errors (2 in ONE INNING) and scoring exactly zero runs. Yeesh.

    • Definitely disagree – Cueto was phenomenal – or is the Cards offense just as abominable as the Reds. One bad pitch by Cueto won this game for the Cards today – nothing else from the Cards offense either. If the Reds pitching looks like it did today – then our chances look pretty good this year. Won’t be the Big Red Machine since this club is not built on offense – but pitching and defense can carry teams a long, long way.

  40. The 8th inning alone made this game Milton worthy.

  41. Game laid out on a platter and the Reds were not hungry enough to eat it.

  42. Well, I see we bunt just as poor as ever. And, I see we hit RISP as poor as ever. I can understand losing, no problem. But, how didn’t we score 1 run in that 8th inning? Our “best hitters” at bat and on base, what was BP doing breaking before the ball ever left the infield? It didn’t even get 2/3 the distance to the first base bag. If he stays put on Bruce’s “connection”, then he scores, if not Votto as well, on Ludwick’s “would-be” DP ball. I can understand BP is good for a couple of these a season, but when is he going to start using his head? Flash is fine, but I would rather have smart baseball.

    And, I see we still swing as poor as ever. Yes, Wainwright is one of the best. But, in that case, you “take what he is giving you”. As in, if the ball is outside, drive it the other way. I was still seeing us trying to pull those balls way too much.

    I don’t think Hamilton has seen any of the curveballs of Wainwright’s in the minors. Welcome to the big leagues, kid. Just remember, that guy is one of the best, not the norm up here. But, that is going to be something you need to prep for. As soon as the book gets out on you, you don’t want to be dead meat.

    • What I’m going to try to remember is Wainwright is one of the best in the game. He’s going to do this to a lot of teams, just like he’s always has.

      And, like I said last season and the season before, good teams don’t wait for the other team to make mistakes. Good teams take the opportunities. Like the opportunities we had to score, good teams take advantage of them, not wait for the other team to make the mistake. Like I stated, take what Wainwright was giving you. For example, if it’s outside, drive the ball the other way. You aren’t going to beat Wainwright on his mistakes; he makes few if any. You are going to beat him by going with his pitches. Just like with Glavine; he use to pitch so much outside it was ridiculous. And, the players just kept on trying to pull the ball, all the way to a HOF career for him.

  43. Yes, very tough to watch our hitters today. I’m afraid this will be an all too common theme with this anemic line up. Good teams find a way to scratch home runs. Hitting with RISP, and blunders on the bases quickly reared its ugly head on opening day. Let’s hope they can turn it around. Go Reds!

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A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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