2015 All-Star Game / 2016 Reds

Reds vs Padres–June 25, 2016

Today’s titanic struggle is #3 of 4 against the Padres: The Quest to Keep the Other Team From Scoring in the Double Digits.

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. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
1. Travis Jankowski (CF)
2. Wil Myers (1B)
3. Matt Kemp (RF)
4. Yangervis Solarte (3B)
5. Melvin Upton Jr. (LF)
6. Derek Norris (C)
7. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
8. Adam Rosales (2B)
9. Drew Pomeranz (P)


Kroger’s latest ad campaign seems anxious to assure us that your neighborhood staff will welcome you with aggressive friendliness, possibly shrieking your name across the store and forming a victory tunnel for you and your cart as you make for the deli. I find this terrifying.

Kroger failed to check with one single Rogaine purchaser, warts sufferer, or of-childbearing-age woman when concocting this approach. There’s a reason why I immediately considered self-checkout lanes the best invention in the history of human interaction, an opinion I immediately revised the second I discovered that they summon an attendant to assist me when I so much as roll a grape across the scanner.

Here’s what I want from a grocery store:

  • The ingredients of my pending Pinterest fail readily available in the baking aisle
  • A health food section to walk through, allowing space to ponder how much weight I’m losing by standing next to the quinoa
  • Wine aisle with deep and constant discounts
  • Actually, a Free Wine Aisle would do it

Here’s what I don’t want from a grocery store:

  • People greeting me by name as I dump an armload of Lady Time Products on the conveyor belt

So back up off me, Kroger. Why you all up in my grill? And Joe’s grill?

A disturbingly personalized Kroger: Naaaaaahhhhh


Drew Pomeranz 3.00 81.0 96 1.17 No. Marge approves.
Brandon Finnegan 3.81 87.1 59 1.33 Please.


Grown men should never wear bibs unless sitting down in a Skyline while wearing a tuxedo. Or, apparently, standing in his OWN BATHROOM with a sink FOUR INCHES AWAY.



The fact that this product still exists in America and hasn’t been hurled into the hellfires of Things That Will Ruin Children Forever gives me hope for the future.
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24 thoughts on “Reds vs Padres–June 25, 2016

  1. Thought it is interesting that two teams with interest in Bruce have farm systems headlined by current SS (KC and SF). If Peraza is truly at 2B, then maybe Reds look for SS prospect while Peraza is blocked by Phillips? At this point, I think if Bruce is extendable for fair price, then keep him. But if he is too expensive or Reds cant keep him for some other reason, trade him soon. Reds know, hopefully, more on this than we do so they need to look carefully at chances of extending and then decide on trade/no trade.

    • It is highly unlikely that a .3 WAR player (Jay Bruce) is going to garner a top SS prospect. Desperate teams do dumb things, but its unlikely that he’s worth very much. I believe many in Cincinnati have an inflated value of Jay Bruce because:

      1. He’s a likable, clean cut guy. Clean cut is almost as important to most Cincinnatians as being a scrappy gamer with a lot of fire.
      2. He was really good during the Bush/First Obama Administrations.
      3. His decent offensive numbers over the last 3 months means he’s good…so teams are lining up to exchange guys who will likely give between 85-125% of Bruce’s production at 4% of the cost.

      • Yeah, probably too much to hope for! Although if the the Reds are leaning towards extending him (which I have no idea if they are) then they may have a stance that a team must pay a lot for Bruce. However, I think this offseason showed they want to trade him and probably will ask for high price anyway, knowing the Reds in recent years.

        What is a realistic return for the Reds, what may they focus on?

      • Teams give up too much at the deadline for bats every year. I expect it to happen again with Bruce.

  2. It’s time, nay, it’s past time, to have a frank discussion with BP to advise him that he is a bench player for the remainder of his days on the Reds. His body can’t do what his mind wants him to do and it seems clear he know it. If management would do this, I would not expect any push back from BP at this point. Pains me to say it because I’ve enjoyed his highlights over the years. But, I’m old enough to recognize when pride must step aside.

    • Well put. However I fear you have too high of an expectation of Reds “management” to actually be able to manage a potentially delicate situation like this.

      And then there is the issue that if Cozart is traded, they need BP to be more than a bench piece unless they totally reshuffle the deck in the middle of the season. Oops, that’s about Reds management again…..

  3. Incredibly stupid play by Phillips, running in that situation. Costs the Reds a run. He should not have a green light to run whenever he wants to, has been thrown out 6 times now this season. He doesn’t have the speed or the judgment.

    • Pinson, that’s a very polite way to put it. Love the guy. Have seen what a positive effect he’s had off the field. But it’s time to move on.

  4. Just tuned in and see that Finnegan is throwing a great game,Of course we won’t score but its still good to see one of our young pitchers pitching well.

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