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I swear Jocketty is still on the Cardinals payroll...


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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Mat Latos was going to cost the Reds a fortune to keep. He also has had his share of injuries, and if he has a season-crippling one next year or in spring training, that would be a huge wasted opportunity to get something out of him. We had to cut a starting pitcher who is eligible for arbitration and Latos was the right candidate. We don't have a huge budget.

 

We definitely need a strong LF player, though. Rumor has it we were going to trade Latos and another player for Cespedes, but they couldn't agree on some details of the trade so the Red Sox sent him to Detroit and then the Reds pulled the trigger on another deal they had waiting for Latos.

 

That Simon deal is great for the Reds. Latos, I'm not sure, but it would be hard to justify keeping him with his salary.

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Also, another point of interest is that there is still room in the Reds' budget to pick up a player. Perhaps a free agent in LF? We'll see what happens. This is the first time in 5 years the Reds have made a deal during the Winter Meetings. If we didn't make a deal, people would be whining we didn't make a deal. Since we made a deal, people are whining we made a deal. Reds fans will never be happy and always think everything is the wrong move.

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You're probably right about Latos. I just liked him, so it sucks to see him go. I also think the window has closed, and we are in for several years of mediocrity. Let's hope the Bengals and/or Bearcats can pull through with a championship title.

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Dramatic, major logo news on par with Cleveland's recent announcement. GABP logo. . . now with a blue background.

 

I would say it's an even bigger change than the Brown's:

 

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I have no doubts the logic behind this is that Great American Insurance came to the realization that 90% of people probably just thought GABP was a really patriotic name for a ballpark, and had no clue Great American Insurance existed. Changing the color is just an excuse.

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^ Agree. Also though they made name and branding changes when moving into Queen City Square.

 

Great American Insurance Company to Great American Insurance Group and the logo from blue letters (as still seen at Dixie Terminal) to white.


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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Reds debut room for nursing moms

 

When Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini was told by stadium operations that there was an increased number of women asking where they could nurse their children at the ballpark, as a father of five, he couldn't dismiss the idea of doing the best he could to provide a worthwhile solution.

 

"It just didn't make sense that we would put a couple chairs in the women's bathrooms," Castellini said.

 

The site, built by local home builder Fischer Homes and sponsored by Pampers, which is owned by Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, will have five gliders that will give the female fan the comfort of home while at the ballpark.

 

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"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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Glad to see Price move on from their traditional lineup of Votto batting 3rd. Will be interesting to see how the new SP's do throughout the season. It's hard for me to get too excited about the Reds especially with how competitive the Central is this year.

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Reds won a great game after a 2.5 hour rain delay. Votto batted in the winning run in the 11th. Going for the sweep tomorrow (today). Game didn't end until about 2am.

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Wire to wire 2.0?

 

On a side note, I wish people would stop the woo-ing.  It got old about the third time I heard it, and now that it is basically nonstop, it makes watching the game painful. The Reds need to start a campaign to end it.

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Reds won a great game after a 2.5 hour rain delay. Votto batted in the winning run in the 11th. Going for the sweep tomorrow (today). Game didn't end until about 2am.

 

I'm liking the Hamilton Votto 1,2 in lineup.  It'll be interesting to see how the bottom of our rotation does.

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Anybody been to a game yet? I saw that The Reds spent some money on new bar and food areas.

Hope we take 2/3 from the Cards.

 

Check out the Progressive Field Renovations thread if you haven't already.  Let's hope those disgusting party terraces won't come to Great American's outfield any time soon. 

 

That said it's absolutely ridiculous how many distractions there are from the game at any stadium now.  At Riverfront there wasn't anything to do aside from watch the game. 

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Anybody been to a game yet? I saw that The Reds spent some money on new bar and food areas.

Hope we take 2/3 from the Cards.

 

Check out the Progressive Field Renovations thread if you haven't already.  Let's hope those disgusting party terraces won't come to Great American's outfield any time soon. 

 

That said it's absolutely ridiculous how many distractions there are from the game at any stadium now.  At Riverfront there wasn't anything to do aside from watch the game. 

 

Yeah I am with you on that. I don't mind "upscale" food, booze, or lots of beer choices, but seemingly there is noise, video distractions between every pitch and certainly between innings. Baseball is that sport where you were able to chill some, and have conversations with friends or people near you.

The way they pipe in noise it makes it more difficult. Maybe it is better in the outfield seats?

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That was the best part about going to Wrigley.  Just a nice, quiet game going on.  So relaxing and the excitement erupts with a big hit or home run.  Sadly, I believe that is changing as well with the huge scoreboard they put in there.  Not sure how loud it will be until I get the chance to go to another game.  Going to games at Great American is fun but, the noise gets annoying.

 

I do think the outfield bleacher seats aren't as loud, but you can feel the heat when there is a strike out from the flame shooter, kind of crazy sitting that far away and you can feel it.

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Anybody been to a game yet? I saw that The Reds spent some money on new bar and food areas.

Hope we take 2/3 from the Cards.

 

Check out the Progressive Field Renovations thread if you haven't already.  Let's hope those disgusting party terraces won't come to Great American's outfield any time soon. 

 

That said it's absolutely ridiculous how many distractions there are from the game at any stadium now.  At Riverfront there wasn't anything to do aside from watch the game. 

 

Yeah I am with you on that. I don't mind "upscale" food, booze, or lots of beer choices, but seemingly there is noise, video distractions between every pitch and certainly between innings. Baseball is that sport where you were able to chill some, and have conversations with friends or people near you.

The way they pipe in noise it makes it more difficult. Maybe it is better in the outfield seats?

 

Yeah they look ugly lol

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Part of the reasons cites to build an all-new stadium was because the sound system at Riverfront "sucked".  Well what was good about it is that because it sucked they only used it when they needed to.  You had to strain to hear whatever they were telling you, and even that "MMMMMM!" during the nightly hot dog commercial was subtle.  What was great is if you were listening to a game and they came back to the booth while that commercial was running, you would hear the "MMMMM!" go out over the radio. 

 

The sound system at Paul Brown Stadium is similarly under-powered, which makes their bizarre forays into country-metal and Cotton-Eyed Joe a lot more bearable. 

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Anybody been to a game yet? I saw that The Reds spent some money on new bar and food areas.

Hope we take 2/3 from the Cards.

 

Went to Opening Day.  Plenty more games on tap.  I'm hoping that the Reds exceed my expectations. 

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Anybody been to a game yet? I saw that The Reds spent some money on new bar and food areas.

Hope we take 2/3 from the Cards.

 

Went to Opening Day.  Plenty more games on tap.  I'm hoping that the Reds exceed my expectations.

 

Went to Opening Day and Night. Probably Sunday as well.

 

The new "Bootleggers" Bar along the lower level of the first base line is nice. Some tile mosaic flooring and exterior gives it the impression of an old time bar. It also has liquor.

 

They have craft beer (local and national) as well as domestics there. I saw beer from Braxton and Warped Wing (Dayton) which is pretty cool.

 

I'll get some pictures next time I go.

 

Here's a list of all of the craft beer they sell at the Brewery District and the Bootleggers Bar.

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The Reds have won two series in Busch Stadium III in the history of the ballpark. 2006 and 2011 are the only two years we beat the Cardinals in a series in St. Louis. Why should Price say he expects to win? That's 9 seasons. 27 Series. And we've won 2.

 

He was being honest. The only way he can say he expects to win is if his team can consistently win in St. Louis. I have no problem with him saying what everyone is thinking. It doesn't mean the Reds can't win or he doesn't want them to win or that they won't work their hardest to win. He's saying he doesn't expect to win the series. And why should he? Blind optimism isn't helpful.

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And they won't win many if their manager doesn't think they can.  Not exactly a "Win one for the Gipper" kind of encouragement.

 

"I know you won't win boys, but its how you play the game."

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I don't think Mike Matheny ever goes into a series expecting to lose.

 

Because his team has proven for the past decade that they can win the division every year and beat any opponent under any circumstances. The Reds haven't been able to prove that. They have lost 25 of 27 series against Cards.

 

The Cardinals haven't had a losing record since 2007. Only 1 losing season in 15 years. They have finished first in the division 8/15 of those seasons. We are not the same team, and they have proven to be the better team year in and year out.

 

Trent had a great writeup about his comments.

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And they won't win many if their manager doesn't think they can.  Not exactly a "Win one for the Gipper" kind of encouragement.

 

"I know you won't win boys, but its how you play the game."

 

He never said he knows they won't. He doesn't think they can't. He was being honest about expectations. He was likely expecting to win one game. Winning the series would be great, but he wasn't expecting to beat the Cards at home.

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Well last nights game was fun. Reds won 16-10. Two grand slams for the Reds (Frazier, Bruce) and one for the Brewers. Five home runs for the Reds in total, including two for Cozart and one for Votto.

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This team is hopeless. It has went down hill FAST since the 4th game of the series with the Giants in the playoffs.

 

The record isn't too awful yet, but consider the fact that half of the Reds wins have come against the Brewers, arguably the worst team in baseball. So far, nearly everything that was a question mark coming into the season has been answered with disappointment and failure. There's a lot of baseball left to be played, hopefully the reds can make a lot of changes along the way.

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There has been a lot of construction activity at the GABP during recent Reds road series. Permanent metal detectors are up at each gate. (I don't recall this being the case at Opening Day) Minor cosmetic fixes in various areas including fixing cracked curbs, painting, power washing, etc. They've replaced the extremely worn banners that had Reds historical facts with boring All-Star / FOX banners.


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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Metal detectors were installed at the very end of last season. There were definitely metal detectors at Opening Day, but perhaps they installed more permanent ones?

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The ones I saw at the 3rd base and left field gates were bolted to the concrete.


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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