Okay, it’s an off-day, so you people have to endure some of the things that have been on my mind. And I gotta lotta things on my mind…

–Hey, we did a new podcast! (Well, I did a new podcast; I’m flying solo on this one.) Go listen, and please subscribe via iTunes or whatever podcast-delivery device you use.

I hope to get back on a regular schedule for these podcasts; if you subscribe, they’ll automatically appear on your device when new ones are posted.

–Yes, the Reds embarrassed themselves out in Los Angeles this week, but that Dodgers series was great fun to watch anyway. That’s because it gave me an excuse to listen to Vin Scully call the games on the Dodgers broadcast. (No, I didn’t actually need an excuse, since MLB.tv gives us access to Scully on a near-nightly basis, but I’m usually watching the Reds. Ain’t nobody got time for watching the Dodgers.)

I’ve said it before, and a million other people have as well, but Scully is a national treasure. How is it possible that he has been doing this for 67 years, and is still the best in the business, by far? Really, no one is even close to Scully when it comes to the way he describes a baseball game. I learn something new about Reds players every single time they play the Dodgers. That’s crazy! I follow this club every single day.

Now, there are other guys who describe a game well. Our own Marty Brennaman is one. I know many of you don’t like Marty these days, and I’m not here to argue with that…but Marty’s ability to describe a game is nearly unparalleled. He’s good at it, always has been, whether you agree with him when he starts delving into the realm of opinion or not.

But he’s not in Vin Scully’s ballpark. No one is.

A question that I have had is this: Why aren’t there more Scully imitators? I mean, he’s been doing this for almost seven decades; why isn’t there a generation of baseball broadcasters who are trying to use the same folksy style to tell story after story after story about the players and the teams in front of him.

It can’t just be that no one is willing to do as much preparation work as is required, although that may be the case in some instances. But, you know, I would’ve thought after all these years, there would be broadcasters in every corner of the world trying to imitate Scully’s style.

So why aren’t there any other Vin Scullys?


–I wrote over at Cincinnati Magazine the other day about these terrible Reds. It keeps getting worse. The Reds are now 15-32, and on a pace to go 52-110. One-hundred and ten games!

No, I don’t think they’ll actually lose that many. Good grief, I hope not. But this season has spiraled out of control much more quickly than I expected.

Unlike last year’s 98-loss Reds team, however, I can see a way that the Reds might actually be better in the second half of the season than they have been in the first. A bunch of pitchers will hopefully be back from injury, and Joey Votto has to start hitting at some point, right? I dunno, seems like they still may be able to avoid 100 losses.

I’m not going to bet on it, though.

Jason Isbell releases the saddest song ever.

I think I’ve seen Isbell live three times, and I’m going to see him again next month. If you get a chance, try to catch a show. One of the greatest songwriters I’ve ever heard.

–I enjoyed this piece by Aaron Fitt about how college baseball is embracing the fight against ALS, inspired by a former Boston College player.

Owen Wilson burns some incense. And Owen Wilson on death.

–Any of you have an Amazon Echo? I got one for Christmas and it’s just the greatest little gadget I’ve ever run across. I love it. And Alexa hasn’t even cursed at me when I ask if the Reds won.

–I love this: Louis CK reading Catcher in the Rye. This needs to happen.

By the way, Louis CK’s “Horace and Pete” is excellent, if you’re looking for something to watch.


–Okay, that’s enough for today. This is an open thread for you to discuss whatever you want. Enjoy the day away from Reds baseball!

19 Responses

  1. doublenohitter

    Hard to believe that we are about to hit Memorial Day and the team leader for starting pitchers with wins is Dan Straily with … 2. Jake Arrieta has won 28 straight decisions, or something like that.
    Joey Votto is on pace for 175 Ks. Is that right? Never thought I’d type that.
    Reds, as a team, averaging 8 Ks per game.
    Pitching staff is averaging 4.5 walks per game. That will get you beat, more times than not.
    Reds hitters only walking 2.3 times per game.
    Team OBP is .281, which is next to last in the league (SD is .280).
    Braves with a TEAM OPS of .613. Ouch!
    Reds team ERA of 5.46 is a half a run higher than the next closest team (Twins).

    Since the start of the 13 game losing streak that ended 2015, the Reds are 30 games under 500 at 15-45. Projected to 162 games would leave the Reds with a record of 40-122. Right now, I’d take 52 wins.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    One day after the Little Cossacks are out of school for the summer, the youngest Cossack, who never acts sick even when he is very sick, gets knocked off his feet and laid out with a 102 degree fever. The Doc (not one of the Reds crack medical staff!) says he’ll be fine and meds have begun, but not a good way to start summer vacation. Man, could could have used a resounding Reds victory over the Birds or Bucs tonight.

    • lwblogger2

      Hope the youngest Cossack is feeling better today.

      • Shchi Cossack

        He is LW. Thanks. He was banging on the bedroom door at 6:00 a.m. this morning and wanting breakfast. He’s a resilient, tough little Cossack.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    The Old Cossack’s 2nd youngest Little Cossack has staked claim to her 13th birthday present (still several years off)! She wants to see a Reds game and sit in the ‘padded’ seats behind home plate. That’s a request the Old Cossack couldn’t refuse.

    • ohiojimw

      And you never know who you’ll be rubbing shoulders with down there in the high priced seats, maybe even a visiting about to be emeritus Pres of Baseball Ops.

      Did you notice at the Reds/Dodger game Weds that same guy in the blue suit was hanging around the home plate field boxes. Now I’m really interested in whether he is a baseball ops liaison or a hospitality concierge to the rich and celebrities.

  4. ohiojimw

    Moscot thru one inning for Bats in good shape. 14 pitches/ 10 strikes; no damage done

    • Shchi Cossack

      3rd inning, Moscot still pitching, bases loaded & no outs after 3 singles to lead off the inning. Moscot strands all 3 runners with a 5-2-3 double play and a strikout of Swisher. Moscot now pitching through 4 innings, 63 pitches an 0 runs.

      • ohiojimw

        Moscot Ends up going 6 innings 0 Runs, 4 hits, 0 BB, 4K; 81 pitches/47 strikes.

        I’d think the next time he is on the mound for game action, it will be for the Reds.

        Question is will it be in the rotation or as a reliever? If in the rotation, for Wright or for Simon.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Yep. I think Moscot settled the issue of his recall after the 3rd inning and his strong performance last night.

        May 15th:
        5 innings, 69 pitches, 4 SO, 3 BB, 2 H, 1 HR

        May 20th:
        4 innings, 83 pitches, 4 SO, 2 BB, 11 H, 4 HR

        May 26th:
        6 innings, 81 pitches, 4 SO, 0 BB, 4 H, 0 HR

        Moscot got his work in and stretched out with his 3 rehab starts in May. His 1st 2 outings were ugly, but his last outing demonstrated he is ready to pitch. I think Moscot goes back to the major league starting rotation on a temporary basis for his next trip to the bump.

  5. Patrick Jeter

    I’ll be honest… I needed a break from the ‘ol Redlegs. Looking forward to a W in MIL.

    • lwblogger2

      Battling to stay out of the cellar. The front-office may want the team to finish in last place for the draft pick but I know the players don’t want to finish last.

  6. mdhabel

    Not trying to re-hash the Cincinnati sports sob story too much but as a 25 year old who was born 6 months after the Reds won the 1990 World Series, growing up with terrible teams has certainly made seasons like this a lot more bearable. I know everyone had to experience those, but considering I only know 3 playoff teams my whole life, I think it helps the mental aspect to an extent. Even if its not like the good old days, and even if it is one of the worst seasons ever, it won’t be like this forever.

    • lwblogger2

      It’s great to see a young fan pulling for the team. There are a lot of younger Reds fans but there are also a lot of younger fans who having never seen a winner, have decided that baseball isn’t for them or the Reds aren’t for them.

  7. Chris

    Posnanski and Costas talked about the Scully question on a recent “Poz-cast.” Costas, had probably the least starry-eyed view of Scully that I’ve heard in a while (nothing negative, just not 1000% fawning…probably a little jealous).

    Anyway, the discussed a few reasons why Scully wasn’t copy-able. One was obvious: He works alone. Another was very perceptive: The Dodgers broadcast is built around Scully — what he talks about, you see. There aren’t many (any?) graphics, live promo reads, or other nonsense to distract him, or us, from the game and story.

    All other broadcasts are producer-driven, with the announcers required to talk about what the truck decides to show. An interesting thought.

  8. Dick Otis

    Although he has been gone for a number of years, Waite Hoyt was the ultimate story teller. He cemented my love for baseball with his stories. When there was a rain delay you listened to his yarns about the “Babe and the Yankees.” I fondly remember his warmth and love of baseball when I was a kid. That will always be etched in my memory!