With Red, white and blue ashes still rings sweetly in my ears, thoughts turn around. . . Pennant race? Can the club declare its independence from the mostly mundane baseball for the first time in eight years?
After this sweep the cubbies over the weekend the reds play really good baseball at a really good time. After three games in the KC, the Reds get them Brewers seven games in a row, in a showdown punctuated by the All-Star hiatus. The crew beat bad teams 11 straight times before the Pirates ruled them out on Sunday. The Law of Average suggests the Reds will catch up with the Brewers on a return to reality.
More to the point the Reds broom the cubs while they played the ball that successful teams play. Pitching and defense. Aside from the weekend, no one should be ready to declare the bullpen a strength. Amir Garrett’s “Declaration” proclamation should shake you.
And the reds caught the cubs when the cubs were / are a mess. But you play who’s on the schedule and you have to take advantage of teams breaking in. The reds did.
Wise old boss Tucker Barnhart said, “It’s unrealistic to think that the offense will get five or six runs per game over a long period of time. I think it’s great to be able to line up, play defense and assert yourself in games where you don’t necessarily have a lot on your plate. “
The Brewers have done well thanks to the strength of young guns Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. They were superb, but keep the following in mind:
Woodruff has thrown 101 innings so far. He has never worked more than 121 in his major league career. Burnes and Peralta have already passed their career highs for single-season innings. Craig Counsell, a very good manager, must now learn to juggle too.
It’s not unrealistic to expect tired Brewers starters in September or Brewers starters who don’t delve into the games as deeply as possible.
And their line-up can’t compete with that of Cincinnati. At least not at the moment.
How so. . .
They are still seven games ahead. Assuming Milwaukee only goes 39-38 the rest of the way, the Reds would have to go 48-31 to overtake them. That’s 0.600 baseball. Do the reds have that in them?
Therefore the next seven games are so important. Regardless, it’s nice to be relevant on July 4th. If you follow a club that has had a cumulative 132 games under .500 since 2013, the relevance of July cannot be taken for granted.
For a change, a momentous series of games.
I! I! I! I write about 150 newspaper columns a year. I like about three of them. This is one. It ran on Sunday. It’s about the Morillo family who fled Venezuela last January to live a better life in America. Julio Morillo’s ticket was baseball; the Reds signed him 12 years ago when he was 16. His parents and younger brother took a more difficult route.
Julio never made it to The Show, but his work ethic impressed Dick Williams, who gave him a job in the video department and as the team’s translator. For five years, Julio helped Heiden like me understand the thoughts of Luis Castillo, Raisel Iglesias and other Latin American players. Julio is now the trainer for the Reds at their Goodyear complex.
In conversation with the family I could not help but think that we are now in this country, among other things even the slightest gratitude. What a sight we are to piss our throats over what is existentially very little.
It would be nice and very helpful to take a step back and see how great we are and act accordingly. Compared to the rest of humanity We live like kings.
SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON, the American electric sprinter, is out of the Olympics for smoking dope. Is that right?
The rules are clear and the rules state that pot is a prohibited substance. So yes. This is correct.
The rules are out of date and the evidence that pot is a “performance enhancer” is little. So no, that is not right. New York Times:
There aren’t many rigorous studies of marijuana as a performance enhancer, but there is evidence that it can help some athletes relax and focus. On the other hand, it can negatively affect hand-eye coordination, concentration and endurance.
Regarding risk, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Association) said that athletes who smoke cannabis “could put themselves and others at risk due to increased risk-taking, slower reaction times, and poor executive functions or decision-making”.
So what is it More focus or less? Groovy colors or gross negligence?
You’d think a company that decided to ban a substance would have a better understanding of why. Personally, I don’t see how an organic substance that promotes eating chocolate chip cookies and hearing phish can be seen as a competitive advantage in a 100 meter race. But I still don’t understand how Roy Jones Jr. lost his gold medal boxing match to a South Korean bout at the Olympics in Seoul, SOUTH KOREA.
MY NEW FRIEND BRIDGETOWN JERRY got rid of his entire album collection and offered me everything. All I had to do was stop by and choose what I wanted. So i did. Thanks to his generosity, I now have (almost) every Van Morrison LP and a new copy of the most excellent quadrophenia.
I have no idea how some vinyl fans can have an album for three decades and still make it look and sound like it was just out from his sealed-in uterus. This is Jerry’s collection. Mine looks like it’s been in milk crates for four decades. Mainly because it has.
Thank you, Jer ‘. You are officially the original member of the TML Hall of Fame.
GOLF IS. . . COOL?
A story from the NY Times describes how the game is growing. It’s not because young people love polo shirts and polyesters:
The rules are being rewritten across the country, especially on the public courses that make up three-quarters of the sports inventory. While not every country club has changed its restrictions, in many cases only jeans and tank tops are banned.
“When you need to tuck your shirt in or turn your hat forward, those things have to go away,” said Laura Scrivner, general manager of the Prescott, Ariz., Capital Canyon Club, operated by Troon, a global golf management company . “There has to be a lighter grade now.”
There are now public courses that encourage playing loud music. Metallica in the backswing? There are 6 and 12 hole courses which is a great idea. I rarely play 18 because I don’t have 5 hours to donate to hunt down bogeys. But I have two hours. Or an hour plus for 6 holes. Golf as lunch!
There is top golf that I don’t like but that apparently helped a lot in getting kids into the game. Times:
While a top golf complex resembles a routine golf driving range, albeit with multiple floors, it is meant to be a social experience. The aim is a playful competition at each oversized bay, where a waiter supplies the customers with food and drink. Players choose from a full set of clubs to aim at targets of varying distances – from 50 to 250 yards – and sensors read a microchip embedded in each golf ball. The points are awarded depending on the approach of the balls to the targets and displayed on large touchscreen monitors in each bay.
Yeah well whatever.
But as Jordan Spieth said, “Whatever you want to do, you play golf and that’s great. I have friends from high school and college and they don’t keep their scores. They only go out to play music and have a few beers. They love it.”
TUNE O ‘THE DAY. . . I’m at a junk store in Augusta, KY Sunday when I hear this guy’s tunes over a bluetooth speaker. I had never heard of Otis Gibbs before. You? I like that. Good roots-like stuff.
Did I mention I bought an Andy Griffith Show mug for $ 5 there?