One of our favorite writers talks Reds title “It was nice to see the Big Knock come from Jay Bruce, who has had a year that would test the patience and confidence of a 10-year vet, let alone a 23-year-old. He struggled. Just when he stopped struggling, he got hurt. But Bruce keeps learning. Maybe the best lesson is, keep playing. Don’t give in to yourself. Eventually, the talent will rise, if the effort is there. It was nice that his season-winning homer came off a lefty, Tim Byrdak, brought in expressly to get him out. Also nice that afterward Bruce said the best thing about the homer was seeing all his “boys” at the plate, waiting for him.” [Paul Daugherty –]