The Reds (16-34) begin a four-game series with the Rockies (23-26) at 4:10 PM today. Everybody bear down, because while the Rockies also have a losing record, our losing record is losinger than their losing record, so this probably isn’t going to go well.

Today is Memorial Day, which I will spend cringing whenever someone wishes me a happy Memorial Day. Such affronts aren’t quite as horrific as the commercial I saw one year in which I was invited to “celebrate freedom– FROM HIGH PRICES!!!!”, but it’s still not exactly appropriate to the origins of this day of remembrance. I’m not suggesting that you spend all of today seated mopily upon your couch in the darkest room of your house (although you probably will for at least a few hours after the game, because bullpen.) I am suggesting, however, that, if you haven’t already, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to maybe send out some gratitude for a few seconds.


While several members of this ballclub have served in the military, one former member of the Cincinnati Nationals was lost to combat during World War I. Eddie Grant , a native of Massachusetts, played in Cincinnati from 1911 to 1913. After playing with the New York Giants in the 1913 World Series, he enlisted in the Army and was killed in France in 1918. The Polo Grounds unveiled a center-field monument to him in 1921.

Thank you, Eddie.




Dan Straily  4.32 54.1  52  1.12  50%
Chad Bettis  4.90  60.0  44  1.50  ditto, although for other reasons


1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
1. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
2. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
3. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
4. Mark Reynolds (1B)
5. Gerardo Parra (LF)
6. Trevor Story (SS)
7. Daniel Descalso (3B)
8. Dustin Garneau (C)
9. Chad Bettis (P)





I just checked in on my thoughts and feelings regarding the Bengals-Steelers playoff game.

Yeah, still mad.


Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site,, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.

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  1. A recall of the last Bengals playoff game and the current version of the Reds is a lot to deal with at one time.

  2. Sorry. I just figured most of you would be drunk by now anyway.

  3. Holt should be in the line up today.He had two good games and then sets.

  4. Doesn’t this guy know that we will swing at anything so there is no need to throw strikes.

  5. My man Joey The Rake has become Joey The Joke.
    He needs a 4-5 two HR game to get him going.
    I just can’t comprehend why he has changed his approach so much? He was 3rd in the MVP voting and had the best 2nd half in baseball. He may have choked up a little with 2 strikes, but now he chokes half way up the bat like he’s in Little League and facing the best pitcher in school after 1 strike.

  6. Glad their pitcher went back and read the memo I thought for a minute we might get a couple more hits.

  7. Well we had the lead for 3 pitches in the bottom of the first.Guess I will go now I am beginning to not like myself again.

  8. Who is out All Star?
    Cozart or Duvall?

  9. Drag bunt hit, and SB by Billy.

  10. Brandon is swinging at almost 50% of pitches outside the zone.
    The most in baseball. Not good for #3 or #4 hitter.

  11. Suarez is 0 for his last 28 🙁

  12. 0-2 pitch right down the middle…base hit by Descalso

  13. Votto is KILLING me.
    Absolutely nothing can go right for him.
    So lucky that ball somehow came back foul.

  14. Votto going for that $200 Million Dollar walk so Sureaz can knock him in

  15. Called strike 3 to Votto….but he saw six pitches

  16. 2 outs and nobody on and let the floodgates open! The Reds just completely nonchalant on the guy running from 1st…basically a single to RF and they lollygag it into 3 rbis. Its one thing to have a talent shortage but a effort shortage is another story! On the flip side…Atlanta won and Minnesota just swept Seattle and they compete. We have an excellent chance for the #1 pick….just keep Price and keep BP batting 3rd/4th and walking down to 2nd after he hits a groundball with a bat in his hand. #1 pick…here we come!!

  17. I would be very curious to know how many times the Reds pitch down and in to a left handed hitter and get burned (case study the 3 run double they just gave up).

  18. #1 pick here we come!!

  19. Wow, Adam Duvall is certainly the pleasant surprise this season…

  20. DUVALLL…2 run shot!

  21. streak over…Suarez gets a hit!

  22. Another slap hit to right for Billy. This is the 2nd time in the last few games I have seen him do this.

  23. Suarez with the daily TOOTBLAN…picked off 2nd by the catcher.

  24. The Reds could screw up a day sitting on Daytona Beach, cold beer in the hand, and Fergi rubbing sun screen on you.

  25. That’s a rally killer… Tucker with the first swing popup, Suarez with the TOOTBLAN and the pitcher up. Sheesh.

  26. I, for the life of me, can. not. BELIEVE. these are professional baseball players. Between the nightly base running blunders, to not being able to throw strikes, to mental blunders like Votto almost letting the ball roll back fair, this team’s baseball IQ has to be equal to little leaguers.

  27. Here is your shot Votto
    Make me proud

  28. There u go JV!!!
    Stop that choking up garbage!

  29. I think Glenn Close just stood up in the stands on Votto’s double. Tie game!

  30. Bad luck that it bounced out…cost another run

  31. BP with the 2 out RBI!

  32. This has all the makings of one of those 13-12 Coors field specials.

  33. Stop the presses but Welsh actually brought up a good point on Suarez’s pickoff. The pitcher has to atleast foul the bunt attempt there! If Suarez can’t get a lead then its probably a 2-5-3 or 1-5-3 dp! Bettis no HRs allowed at home and we would have 3 if the wind wasn’t blowing in on Votto there!

  34. Billy doing what Billy does. Nice diving catch.

  35. If anyone hasn’t checked it out yet, the Fioptics area at GABP is pretty cool. Especially if you go to the game with 4 or 5 friends.
    Only $15 per ticket and the first drink is free,

  36. Me too Chris!!
    I don’t like it….I LOVE IT!!

    At a baby JV!!!!
    No more choking up!!!

  37. Votto turning on the inside pitch and pulled it out of the yard.
    Pulling (and elevating) inside pitches = good.

  38. Career HR #200

  39. Leadofff walk lmbo
    Nothing EVER changes

  40. leadoff walk…what could go wrong

  41. Blake Wood…..lolololol

  42. I turn on the game in time to see Blake Wood walk the leadoff batter. Where do the Reds find these guys?

  43. See what happens when you don’t throw 0-2 pitches right down the middle?
    Although it was prob an accident by Wood

  44. Right here is that spot that comes up seemingly every single game having that extra lefty in the pen. Or “LOOGUY”

  45. aaaaaaaaaaa-uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-genio !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Nice job Billy, now don’t get picked off.

  47. Billy 3-4 today. Say what you may, I’m convinced he’s making strides at the plate

  48. Nice day for Billy all the way around

  49. Cmon JV! Do what I said earlier and HAVE A DAY!!!

  50. If the Reds can get another 2 runs, I’ll feel good about our chances of winning.

  51. Ivan delivers!!

  52. Heckofacatch by Story

  53. As bad as Suarez has been lately…still on pace for 30+ HRs! He’s got that lift to his swing….don’t think its a fluke either but he needs to keep going to center and right instead of getting pull happy!

    • Suarez has a nice swing and good plate coverage. I think he tends to get out in front too much and mess up his timing. It’s an experience and repetition thing. I think as he gets more ML at bats, he will learn to avoid the “lunging” and getting off balance to hit the baseball. I was surprised he did not regress last year, but this year is a little more to be expected.

  54. Wow. Duvall homers again.

  55. Yet Another Adam-Bomb!

  56. I remember thinking a month ago that Duvall as hitting the ball so hard but not getting any loft on the ball and that’s why he has so many doubles but he’s not having that problem any longer! Wow!! Now he’s got to make the adjustments when they pitch around him and take some walks. You can’t hit double digit HRs in a month and fly under the radar any longer!

  57. A six-run lead, so a leadoff walk …

  58. Cargo annihilates Reds pitching

  59. So, do you think the game will going to extra innings?

  60. Cingrani drives me nuts.

  61. A 6 run lead entering the 9th should qualify as a save situation for this pen.

  62. I remember not too long ago, Chapman gave up a huge lead in Col. walked 4 straight and hoover (who else?) came in and gave up a slam to Stubbs

  63. This is now a save situation.

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About Mary Beth Ellis

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site,, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.


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