Second game of trois against the Brewers. You get “three” in French because I remember a disturbing amount of what I learned of it in high school, which is not much, but exactly enough to be annoying (“Ou est la bibliotheque?”) So enjoy.

THE SHOES THE US OLYMPIC TEAM HAVE TO WEAR ARE AN INTERNATIONAL ATROCITY AND NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT

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I am infinitely less upset about the Zika virus than I am about these shoes. They look like what happens to my pee when I go to hot yoga five days in a row and forget to drink enough water. There is a reason why Western Civilization did not carry the fashion choices of Vanilla Ice forward into the new millennium, and I demand an immediate IOC investigation.

Then again, this is the same nation that sent an entire delegation of Zach Morrises to Rio, so I don’t know what I was expecting.

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STARTING LINEUP

REDS BREWERS
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
 1. Jonathan Villar (3B)
2. Orlando Arcia (SS)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Chris Carter (1B)
6. Hernan Perez (RF)
7. Keon Broxton (CF)
8. Martin Maldonado (C)
9. Zach Davies (P)

STARTING PITCHERS

ERA IP SO WHIP ABLE TO APPRECIATE A GOOD ZACH MORRIS REFERENCE?
Zach Davies 3.58 118.0 92 1.19 He was born the same year “Saved By the Bell” premiered, so depending on how awesome his parents were– maybe
Dan Straily 3.76 134.0 105 1.11 He better

 

 

BEFORE THERE WERE TROPHIES

 I’m writing this from Lunken Airport for Cincinnati Museum Center’s 1940’s Day with the Queen City Victory Dames, being highly historically accurate.

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In honor of the 1940 World Series Champion Reds, let’s have a look at ’em:

-They finished twelve games ahead of the second place team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

-One of the pitchers was named “Elmer Riddle.”

-Historical perspective: This was the Reds’ first national championship after the Black Sox scandal. Most of the players were children at the time of the 1919 Series.

-I want everyone out there to start sprinkling National HOF member Ernie Lombardi into daily conversation. Ernie Lombardi was Johnny Bench before there was a Johnny Bench. Snappy dresser, too.

-Five members of this team were placed in the Reds Hall of Fame as its inaugural class in 1958.

-Pitcher Paul Derringer was practically a hometown Red:  He was born in Springfield, KY, and started in the first night baseball game at Crosley Field in 1935.

-They were super-pumped about their accomplishment:

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A THING FROM TWITTER

Just in case you haven’t seen it:

CONCLUDING THOUGHT

It’s gonna be a long, cold, angry offseason.

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