Throwing it around

Hopefully it’s a short week in the office for you (it’s not for us) but good times lie ahead. Next weekend is going to be filled with good sports. The NFL is right around the corner, and NCAA football kicks off in less than a week. Not to mention, the Reds go to St. Louis this weekend for some good old fashioned playoff-atmosphere baseball. We’ll see what happens. Here’s some linkies:

-The Reds’ amazing transformation. [SweetSpot]
-Jay Bruce says the Reds are on a mission. [Jay Bruce’s blog]
-Aroldis Chapman getting the call up. [Hardball Talk]
-Why did TLR bench Colby Rasmus minutes before yesterday’s game? [Viva El Birdos]
-Manny Ramirez is a Chicago Sock now. [LA Times Dodgers Blog]
-Frank Thomas had an emotional retirement ceremony yesterday. [USA Today Daily Pitch]
-Nationals extend Livan Hernandez a year. [Fanhouse]
-Ken Rosenthal says that Manny’s ejection sealed his fate. [FOX Sports]
-The Blue Jays have shut down Brandon Morrow for the year. [Bluebird Banter]
-A lot of hype coming down from the Aroldis Chapman reports. [Deadspin]