This season has officially hit the point of no return. The casual fan has checked out and the die-hards are dying. Lest we forget, this Reds team has been fun! There have been plenty of things I will fondly remember when I look back on 2019. I have ranked them for your enjoyment.
1.) The Punisher
Some of the most fun Reds baseball in any season took place upon calling up the man known as Aristides Aquino. This has to be as fresh in your mind as it is mine but I thought it worth rehashing his three-dinger game against the Cubs. At this point he was in the midst of a streak never before accomplished by a Reds rookie. He’s since set like a bunch of home run records. Just take a sip or two of your coffee and enjoy this, again:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 11, 2019
? Ties MLB record for most home runs (7) in first 10 career games
? First rookie to hit a homer in three consecutive innings
? 2nd player in MLB history with a 3-HR game within his first 10 career games
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 11, 2019
2.) Puig Our Friend
The man Aquino replaced was the first big ticket-seller on the Reds in awhile. Yasiel Puig was one of the most likable players in recent memory and made the Reds a ton of fun. I won’t get into his actual productivity here. Instead, here’s some fun things to remember from the brief tenure of Puig:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 19, 2019
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) July 5, 2019
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 3, 2019
Hang this in the Louvre. pic.twitter.com/2ArAXSEOqf
— Subscribe to Cut4 on YouTube!!!! (@Cut4) April 7, 2019
3.) La Piedra
The mandate this past offseason was to get the pitching. Probably the most significant pitching gains came actually come from within. Luis Castillo made his first All Star Game appearance and announced himself to the league as a dominant pitcher. His mid-to-high 90s fastball that moves combines with his mid-to-high 80s that moves a lot to form one super pitcher. His abilities have captured the attention of national pundits and the affection of the local faithfuls.
Luis Castillo, 97mph Fastball and 85mph Slider, Overlay.
The ones where hitters fall down are my favorites. ? pic.twitter.com/hK2wnkF4K6
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 21, 2019
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 4, 2019
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 10, 2019
4.) Derek Dietrich
If we split up the different things that comprise the awesomeness of Dietrich into multiple numbers, then we may as well make an entirely different list. Suffice it to say, I’ll just loop it all into one. He ignited the Reds-Pirates rivalry to new heights by launching a ball out of PNC Park and simply admiring it for a second.
Aww, Chris, are you upset he pimped it? Guess you shouldn’t have thrown it there. Dietrich deserved to admire that nuke. pic.twitter.com/C0pQciUhjO
— Justin Warmoth (@JustinWarmoth) April 7, 2019
He saved the good people of Great American Ballpark from a swarm of bees (kinda).
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 6, 2019
He helped showcase the finer points of a sleeveless jersey (also an A+ tweet from the Reds Twitter account).
Welcome to the Salty Spitoon, how tough are ya? pic.twitter.com/xTCjU68kHp
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 21, 2019
Lastly, who could forget how he expanded the effectiveness of eyeblack.
Derek Dietrich playing with a painted on mustache is the highlight of the Reds season so far pic.twitter.com/ZA0MxmoPD3
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 5, 2019
5.) Count on AG
As I am fond of saying on the podcast with which I lend my voice, relief pitching is a fickle thing. That’s definitely not an original thought but Reds fans have seen a handful of examples supporting that hypothesis. With that being said, a team leader for the future has emerged from the bullpen and his name is Amir Garrett. He has dominated (mostly) from the mound. He’s become a leader in the clubhouse (Bronson Arroyo told me he considers AG one of the leaders). He also led an unforgettable all-out assault on this group of dummies wearing dumb colors.
Spectacular photo captures Reds pitcher Amir Garrett throwing a punch amid a brawl with Pittsburgh Pirates players in Cincinnati.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 31, 2019
Amir, Puig, Dietrich, and Sonny would wreck the entire Pirates team in an actual fight. Like for real. pic.twitter.com/uhXsG6bu2M
— Reds Baseball Take (@CincyRedsTake) July 31, 2019
These are just a Top 5 for the year. What else should make the list of 2019 top memories?
Let’s keep happy, Redleg Nation. The baseball season will soon be over, leaving us pining for any amount of content from our Reds amidst a whirlwind of football, basketball, soccer, and hockey. Let’s enjoy the last month’s worth of games and try not to let the negativity of another playoff-less season get us down. Or you can, you just won’t see me anywhere near that party. For me, the Reds have been fun this year.