Forsooth, today beginneth a series of three betwixt thy Reds of Cincinnati (34-58) and the accursed Braves of Atlanta (32-60) in the lauded Series of the Bloody Awful.


“This wasn’t his best day. Well, actually, it was his worst day.”


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This is me in Middle of Freaking Nowhere, Colorado, at the age of six. I feel it necessary to clarify that I was not then, nor am I now, A Little Ohio State Buckeye. When I confronted my mother with this fraudulent representation, she said, “You wanted everybody we saw in Colorado to know you were from Ohio, and I saw this shirt for a dollar at a McAlpin’s Moonlight Sale.” So.

Even as a first grader, I was on the leading edge of #represent and #HOME.

Some things, though, don’t change. I returned to Colorado last week with my husband, Josh The Pilot, for approximately the same amount of time necessary to take these pictures:


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I was wearing my 2016 version of #represent gear in the parking lot of our hotel, where saw a family whose scattered members were wearing Reds shirts. After the perfunctory preliminaries (“Delhi!” “West Chester!”) I pointed to his grandson’s tiny Reds outfit. We both then turned to one another, grimaced, and shook our heads.

No words were necessary. Pain bonds us beyond state lines.


Speaking of Ohio!, happy 95th birthday to fellow Buckeye John Glenn: First free man to orbit the planet, oldest man in space, marker of punctuation.

And 47 years ago today, another Ohioan, Neil Armstrong, was making final inspections of his landing craft, Eagle, and preparing to enter lunar orbit.



1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
1. Gordon Beckham (2B)
2. Adonis Garcia (3B)
3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
4. Nick Markakis (RF)
5. Jeff Francoeur (LF)
6. Ender Inciarte (CF)
7. Anthony Recker (C)
8. Erick Aybar (SS)
9. Matt Wisler (P)


Matt Wisler 4.47 106.2 82 1.28 Yes! Matt is from Bryan, OH, and if his mommy dressed him in a similar shirt, it would not have been under false pretenses. He signed with Ohio State before joining the Padres.
Brandon Finnegan 4.71 101.1 73 1.41 No. Brandon is from Texas, which means he regards Ohio as part of a separate and unequal country.





Votto went 4 for 5 last night, so Marty Brennaman was reduced to posting a picture of his dog on Instagram.

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About The Author

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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54 Responses

  1. mdhabel

    All I want for Christmas in July is Peraza in the lineup everyday.

    Given the Ohio pride all over this post, is now a good time to ask if anyone else is on the (W)Indians bandwagon?

    • lwblogger2

      Can you imagine if they win the World Series? That place was insane over the Monsters (AHL) and doubly insane over the Cavs. I can’t really root for the Indians as I’m an O’s fan but I don’t dislike them.

    • Nick Kirby

      I am, but I don’t have a choice. I live here, and my wife is here and a big fan. I don’t have a choice, but they are a fun team.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        My brother in law lives in California but grew up in Cleveland and is a fan of the Tribe and the Browns in particular. Since I really like Terry Francona I would be happy if they won it all, although I have my doubts they can really pull it off. Then again, I didn’t think the Cavs would win Game 7 either.

  2. lwblogger2

    My dad could very well end up being right. I am now strongly considering that I’ve been wrong and that Mesoraco may indeed be done as a catcher. Heck, he may be done in MLB. This is NOT good news at all.

    Good luck with the rehab Mr. Mesoraco. I really hope you can prove my dad and some others wrong. I know you’ll try hard. You always try hard.

    • ohiojimw

      I want to hear about how and when the right hip got hurt or the process of why it was decided to (preemptively) repair it at this point in time if that was the case. Regardless, it seems to me somebody has some ‘splainin’ to do.

      • lwblogger2

        I’m just so sad to hear that he’s had another surgery. I want to send the guy a get-well card. Should send it off to him care of the Reds. I feel for the guy.

  3. james garrett

    Can’t believe BP is playing.He must really have some pull in this organization.Makes no sense at all but that’s seems to be what Reds do

  4. IndyRedMan

    What happened to Amir Garrett? He hasn’t pitched since July 4th! Suarez will finally have another hot streak since I just cut him from my fbb team. I can’t figure out how a guy that was spraying it all over last year is hitting .225 or whatever it is?

    • ohiojimw

      MiLB scoreboard page says Garrett is the probable for tonight. He was off at the futures game where he pitched 2 innings on the 10th plus AAA had their (shorter) ASB too at the same time as MLB.

  5. David

    My brother in law used to be an over the road truck driver, and now, due to age, just drives tour buses. His company sometimes drives the players from the hotel to Great American in Cincy, and when the Indians were in town, he drove them down to the stadium.
    He said they were a bunch of really friendly, down to earth guys. And my BiL is a big Reds fan.
    So here’s to the Indians. I hope they make it to the World Series.

    And yes, I kinda think that Devin Mesoraco’s career in baseball could be over. When he tore that shoulder, he probably lost most of the strength there. Now more cutting and pasting. Not good.

    When Mary Beth posts the game thread, don’t the Reds usually win? Isn’t she a good luck charm? Well?

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Mary Beth is taking 0% responsibility for anything that happens at any point in this apocalypse of a season.

  6. Jeremy Conley

    Steve did a really in depth series on Mesoraco’s injury last year, and I’ll be interested to see what he has to say about this one. If I understood what he wrote last year it was that people who have the surgery that Mesoraco had last year don’t usually have to have it again, and this doesn’t appear to be the same thing. So at least it’s not a recurrence.

    That said, two hip surgeries seems like a really bad thing for a catcher. Given that he’s never been an especially gifted defensive catcher, I would start thinking about a position where he might be able to hit every day.

    • ohiojimw

      If I read correctly, this latest surgery is “the other” hip which begs the question when did it get hurt? Why was the surgery needed now? And one more, how does one rehab from shoulder labrum surgery while recuperating from hip labrum surgery?

      • Jeremy Conley

        All good questions. I would guess PT folks have specific enough exercises that he’ll be able to rehab from the shoulder ok, but how he injured the hip and/or why the surgery was needed now is a mystery to me.

  7. another bob in nc

    Are the Reds hiding Peraza in the wittiness protection program?

    On the bright side, Mesoraco will have completely new parts when he returns. “We have the technology. We can build him stronger. Faster. etc. etc.”

  8. Darrin

    I just read the happy birthday John Glenn at the exact same time kornheiser said happy birthday John Glenn on PTI…… honestly exactly the same time…it was like I was reading in stereo.

  9. Steve Mancuso

    My two cents on Mesoraco’s new hip surgery:

    It’s on a different hip from the one he had last year. It’s likely that the impingement condition developed in both hips. It’s caused over many, many years by squatting and putting weight on your hips. It wouldn’t surprise me that both his hips had impingements, with the left hip slightly worse than the right.

    My guess is that MRI showed a risk of impingement on the right hip. They did the new surgery as a preventive/precautionary measure. They did it while he was already out with the shoulder rehab. This avoids him having to have the surgery later and missing other time.

    The hip rehab will be done in time for Spring Training. Recovery – and getting into baseball shape – for the shoulder surgery is a bigger concern in my opinion. It wasn’t his throwing shoulder. The issue is how quickly his power and timing returns as a hitter.

    Here’s the piece I wrote last year about his left hip surgery. I think it held up pretty well.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I think it’s important to think of hip impingements not as injuries but as conditions. It’s when a bone spur develops and causes two bones to rub together, causing pain. The bone spurs develop over many years. So the risk of Mesoraco “re-injuring” his hip isn’t the right way to think of it. The real risk on his hip is if he develops arthritis.

      Again, I’m not an orthopedic surgeon. But I’ve researched this topic a bit and have talked to real live orthopedic surgeons about it.

      • Nick Kirby

        1) Do you think he is done as a catcher?
        2) Do you think he should be done as a catcher?

      • Fred

        Tell us again how Homer was going to be back in May

      • VaRedsFan

        That was the plan until he had a setback. So why force it when the man is coming off of Tommy John surgery?

      • REDSNLA

        I would be surprised if Homer plays in the bigs this season. They can keep him working out AAA without having him overwork his arm. The last thing they’d want is for him to re-injure — another surgery and then again not ready until mid-season next year. They need to get their $$$ worth out of his arm — and hopefully when the season is more meaningful/promising.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Jay Bruce still sliding with his front leg up, which makes him always out on any close plays…#neverlearns. This is the 1st time I’ve ever heard an announcer actually mention it. It irks Jim Day as much as it irks me.

  11. VaRedsFan

    It was mentioned on the broadcast how the Braves have taken on a few large contracts in trades in order to score a better prospect. I wonder if that’s an avenue that the Reds would explore since they have freed up some salary lately.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Finnegan, with his whole hand wrapped around the bat, while attempting to bunt.
    After 2 unsuccessful attempts, he the grounds into a DP.
    *rips the rest of my hair out*

  13. Mutaman

    Good stuff Mary. Many happy returns john glenn.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Many thanks for reading 🙂 Everybody should have a good day on John Glenn’s birthday.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Arm chair scouting report, keep your strikes to Freeman above the waist. off-speed under the knees or in the dirt even.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Zach!!! ties it up with his 15th HR

  16. VaRedsFan

    Hamilton-havoc…base hit, then a balk.

  17. VaRedsFan

    and Votto clears the bases by yanking (yes he pulled it!!!) to deep right center for his 15th!!!

  18. VaRedsFan

    I’m a big BP fan, but he’s in obvious pain, and needs to be DL’d. As I say that he pounds out a base hit to right.

  19. VaRedsFan

    3rd HR of the inning…SUAREZ!!! His 16th!!!

  20. seat101

    I think “The best thing Tom Browning said…” Is a very low bar.

    I am waiting in my car while my son hunts something called PokeY-GoGo at the K Towne Centre so I am stuck listening to Mr. Perfect.

    Makes me miss Tommy Hume.

  21. Jeremy Conley

    I have no idea why the Reds are playing an old, unproductive, and clearly hurt Brandon Phillips over one of their prized prospects (though I’m not a fan of the choice to acquire Peraza, they were).

    On a more positive note, I do like that Brantley was just talking about how Finnegan needs to throw more strikes. It is the key to whether he will be a useful part of the next good Reds team.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Knock #2 for Billy, solid single up the middle, followed by SB #2.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Great job by Wood…comes in with1st and 3rd and nobody out, and they come away with notta.

  24. VaRedsFan

    Very nice piece of hitting by Tucker…waited on the changeup, drove it the other way for the rbi single.

  25. VaRedsFan

    Iggy with a 1-2-3 7th. And with the top part of the order due up for the Reds, it’s set up nicely for a 2 inning outing for Iggy.

  26. VaRedsFan

    3rd knock of the night for Billy…infield variety.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Votto delivers Billy again after a SB (#3), with the RBI single, pulled through the hole. Votto now up to .265

  28. jveith1991

    Reds broadcasters on FSO were just talking about Amir Garrett and his excellent start in Louisville again tonight. They predicted he would join the major league club by September at the latest. They believe he will join the rotation, not the bullpen.

  29. VaRedsFan

    Winker: 3-3 with a walk.
    Garrett: 6 IP, 1R, 0 ER, 0 WALKS!, 6 SO

  30. jveith1991

    I can only use one first baseman on my fantasy team and I’ve had Votto and Miguel Cabrera all season. I finally traded away Cabrera for help at shortstop yesterday. Hopefully I made the right move and kept the right first baseman.

  31. VaRedsFan

    ATL pitcher Cabrera clocked 103 mph. Chapman clocked 105 tonight for the NYY

  32. preacherj

    Billy: 3 hits, 3 SB, 2 runs. Thats what we like to see.

  33. preacherj

    Looked like pierzinski was trying to use a slip and slide going into second. Hes fortunate he didnt tear something