Today’s 1:10 game between the Reds (24-38) and the Athletics (25-36) completes a three-game series. Of which the Reds have won two. The Reds. Have won two. I’d take credit but I’m too tired to figure out how.


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. Steve Selsky (CF)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. John Lamb (P)
1. Coco Crisp (CF)

2. Jed Lowrie  (2B)
3. Danny Valencia (3B)
4. Khris Davis (LF)
5. Billy Butler  (1B)
6. Marcus Semien (SS)
7. Josh Phegley (C)
8. Jake Smolinski  (RF)
9. Kendall Graveman  (P)



 John Lamb 4.74 38.0 21 1.47 Eh.
Kendall Graveman 5.49 57.1 42 1.60 Lose the goatee and I’ll think about it


Today I escorted my sister’s three sons around a parish festival, and reached a crisis of identity when they gravitated around the goldfish booth. It’s the same one I experienced when they lingered in front of a Twinkie making machine at the toy store: “Am I, in this moment,  good sister or a good aunt?”

I decided to make the three small people in front of me happy in the moment rather than the two adults who were further away, and watched these children’s alarmingly progressing hand-eye coordination skills rack up two fish in about 90 seconds. And any smugness I might have felt at adding two bottomless pits of responsibility to my sister’s household vanished as I immediately realized that I was going to be carrying plastic bags containing living beings around this church parking lot for the next three hours. I had miscalculated, and now we were all going to pay.

These are the issues this team is pondering right now. Are we future-baseballing right? How much attention do we pay to right now, and how much to next year, and how much to the next five years? We have these draftees, these prospects, these terrified fish in these little bags and we have to wonder if the proper people are carrying them around, and if so, what kind of tank they’re going to go into, and whether the water temperature is right, and which room they should live in, and how many minerals are in the water, and what kind, and whether the fish will last 24 hours or a decade.

Who do we make happy? The people in front of us in the moment? Or the people who try to build stability for a future we cannot clearly see? Both? And how?

(I didn’t get the Twinkie making machine, btw. I’m not a complete idiot.)


In which Jose Canseco asks an astronaut to immediately drop what he’s doing on board the International Space Station to provide an up-to-the-second Antarctic volcano action update. He’s worried, you see.


One of the fish was named “Goldie Howe.”

34 Responses

  1. Scott E. Disney

    Is Tyler Holt or Selsky starting today?

    • ohiojimw

      I saw it as Selsky on multiple tweets.

      Mary Beth probably missed it because she was up to the wee hours taking care of those fish her sister outrighted to her for the nieces and nephews to observe when they came to visit 🙂

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        Fish are still alive! Surprising considering the six year old tried to pet one of them through the bag.

    • Shchi Cossack

      With this being the 2016 season and the sole purpose of the season is to find pieces for the future, the Old Cossack is fine with Selsky in CF today, but Selsky is not a good defensive OF. His role on any future team at the majoe league level will be a utility OF/PH, but he may fill such a role admirably.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I thought I’d have to scroll for a while through his Twitter feed to find something sufficiently insane, but nope, this was there right up at the top.

  2. vegastypo

    The Reds’ pregame show on Sundays has been having a few questions asked of GM Dick Williams. Today, I turned it on in the middle of Williams answering a question that must have been comparing the Reds’ and Cardinals’ recent draft success …. He pointed to a seven-year stretch where the Reds clearly had the advantage when comparing the teams’ first-round choices.

    But what I found interesting was that he was comparing the players’ WAR values. Not an answer that would have come from Walt’s lips …

  3. TR

    With the pre-game write up by Mary Beth, I expect a sweep today.

  4. vegastypo

    During commercials on, they often show clips from past games. One of my favorites is the flyball that became a home run because it hit Canseco in the head and bounced over the fence. Classic.

  5. ohiojimw

    Lamb’s missing his spots and not fooling anybody. Not his day or, so it seems.

  6. Mack Ashley Potter

    Why are they talking about Iglaseis in the pen?
    What have I missed? Iggy is a future all star starter.
    If they put him in the pen I am done with them.
    I swear I will become an Indians fan.

    • vegastypo

      There is a large question over whether his shoulder will ever be strong enough to be a starter. He’s going to the pen for the rest of this season, and the announced plan is to try again next spring to get him stronger as a starter.

      • ohiojimw

        I think reading between the lines, a lot of the “smart money” is already down that Iggy’s long term role is as a reliever because of the shoulder.

        I wonder with the changing relationship between the USA and Cuba if we might soon have access to his medical history and the Cuban assessment of his capabilities?

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        Thanks a lot!
        Looks like it was reported back on the 5th.
        Have no idea how I missed that. Can’t remember what I was doing that day? lol
        As long as the plan is for him to be in the 2017 rotation then that’s fine. But I hope he gets a start here and there to see how his shoulder feels.

  7. Patrick Jeter

    Are Steve Selsky and Scott Schebler the same person?

  8. Mack Ashley Potter

    The one very good thing about Iggy being in the pen, I would think he is the perfect candidate to be the closer the Reds are looking for. If he was tried out as closer, I wouldn’t care so much about not starting. He isn’t Chapman, but he could be just as effective in terms of getting it done.

  9. ohiojimw

    Keyvius Sampson with another good start at AAA:

    6.0ip,2h,1er,3bb,3k,1hbp, 97P/60S

    Still needs to be more pitch efficient but at least may be turning into a nice secondary piece to enhance trade return.

  10. Mack Ashley Potter

    It was so STUPID to pinch hit for Lamb in the 4th.
    Bryan Price is trying to “win” a game when we all know the Reds are better off losing at this point. Lamb was at 77 pitches and needs all the ML experience we can give him. No one cares if Price takes 3 from Oakland, you’re gone after this rebuilding season anyway pal. And in the end it didn’t help either.

  11. james garrett

    Just tuned in to see us go down on 7 pitches.Nothing changes doe sit.

  12. vegastypo

    Side comment: Marty says he has called games from every big league park except for Target Field in Minnesota, and he says he doesn’t think he’ll get there before he retires. Seeing as how the intraleague division opponents rotate every three years, does that mean he is planning to retire in the next year or two?

    • ohiojimw

      There was some note here locally in the last several weeks that Marty had informed the Reds he intended to work a 2017 schedule similar to what he was working this year. He was quoted as saying he would probably work as long as his health and wife allowed and there were no issues with either in the foreseeable future.

      However that was just as the situation with Thom was developing. Maybe that has changed his viewpoint.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      I kinda hope not.
      The one major thing I’ve always liked about Marty was that he tells it like it is. He doesn’t sugar coat it. But his judgement over the years can be wayyy off sometimes. I’ll never forget him saying “Joey Votto may hit for a decent average but he isn’t going to be the slugging all star first baseman the Reds are looking for” lolololo. That was some time during the 2007 season

  13. Mack Ashley Potter

    Really burns to see Madson come in and finish off the Reds after the Reds paid him about $6 Million dollars to never throw a pitch.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Well. that wan’t their intent. Their intent was for him to close. Injuries happen and that was unfortunate on many levels as the Reds then made Chapman the closer instead of a starter.