Final game in the series of the Reds (18-35) and the Rockies (24-28) starts 8:40 PM. Get this: They win tonight, they win the series. Against the Rockies. In Colorado.
THE ZEN OF LOSING
I’m in this place where the season has become extremely relaxing, because I have let go and now allow the losing to flow peacefully through my fingertips. I’m a rock in the river of the pitching staff’s 6.69 ERA washing around me. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my whole life.
I had the call on while working last night and it was quite soothing, even when the night began to edge towards frightening. Marty said, “Annnnnd he walked him” and I was just all, “I am at one with this walk.” Were the Reds going to lose? Probably. What could I do about it? Nothing. Could I stop the sun from setting? Nope.
So I just listened. The freedom from agonizing over every bottom of every ninth, in addition to every bottom of every ninth of four other teams I’m supposed to hate, is a profound one. Perhaps this is how Cleveland has adapted– all those years of inhaling the output of the factory of sadness they’ve installed up there. You develop a core of coexistence. You are at one with the walk.
|PITCHER||ERA||IP||SO||WHIP||SHOULD I TYPE SOMETHING OBNOXIOUS HERE?|
|9.60||40.1||28||2.06||Nah, I’m 100% zen about an ERA that more than doubles that of the other pitcher’s. Who is a Rocky.|
|Eddie Butler||4.13||32.2||21||1.07||Probably not. I’m sure Eddie is a very nice young man.|
|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.Alfredo Simon (P)
|1. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
2. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
5. Trevor Story (SS)
6. Gerardo Parra (LF)
7. Daniel Descalso (1B)
8. Tony Wolters (C)
9.Eddie Butler (P)
A THING FROM TWITTER
Sean Casey says Second Boom up to you, good sir.
— Sean Casey (@TheMayorsOffice) June 2, 2016
Man, that Frazier trade sure is paying off dividends.
Todd Frazier has as many homers as the Reds have wins
— ARDEN (@Mr_T_07) June 2, 2016
Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, 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.