Our friend Chris Jaffe notes several items that occurred on this day in Reds history. First:
Ten years ago today, it was not a fun day to be Jason LaRue. For at least one inning, it was a flatly miserable time to be Cincinnati backstop Jason LaRue.
On Aug. 14, 2002, the first inning of the Reds-Diamondbacks game was the kind of thing that gives catchers nightmares.
Pitching for the Reds that day was young Jared Fernandez. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a name that should make the blood run cold for any backstop. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not that Fernandez was mean or cruel or evil. No, Fernandez was something much worseÃ¢â‚¬â€a knuckleball pitcher.
Read the entire piece. There are a lot of Pete Rose-related anniversaries today (and every day, probably): the last hit in Rose’s big league career, the time a 42-year-old Rose stole 2 bases in one game, Rose becoming the all time plate appearances champion. Sheesh.