Category Archives: Bob Castellini

Photoblogging: Mets 5, Reds 4 (The Rod Barajas Bomb Game)

This was not a game I want to remember, but we made the trip and I’ll throw up a few photos and the commentary that goes with it. I pretty much sulked and acted like an ass the entire night due to the Reds mustering jack-shit off a run of the mill right hander like John Maine.

I mean, how do you let a guy like John Maine beat you? He entered the game with a 7.11 ERA and the Reds were off all night at the plate. Maine was throwing around 89-90 MPH the entire game.

I threw a picture up of David Wright above because he did his thing. The guy is back. That’s exactly what I said when he launced a two run jack off of Bronson Arroyo.

Ike Davis. This was Ike Davis’ second road game of his professional career I’m told. Reds fans, remember back when Jay Bruce broke into the big leagues? This is the Mets version of Jay Bruce in a way.
This guy has a sweet stroke. He was a tough out all night long and lined several line drives around the ball park. I’d like to see him develop a bit more power but he has a good swing and a nice approach for a guy who’s been up all of about two weeks.

Reds owner Bob Castellini is spotted just before Brandon Phillips dropped a monster bomb off the foul pole in left field. He was in and out of the owners box just before the game.

Our boy Jay Bruce right before he worked a walk off John Maine. Or perhaps it was a strikeout. I’m pretty sure it was a walk and he ended up scoring a run that would put the Reds on the scoreboard. It was a rough night for Jay. A couple of strikeouts, a ball nubbed. I wanted to see Jay drop bombs. It’ll have to wait until I’m present another time.

Here’s a view of the moondeck on this beautiful 76 degree night. If you look close enough, the Redlegs are in 2nd place in the standings up there. Lets hope that lasts through the summer. The crowd looked better then it was. A crowd of 13,813 showed up to have their hearts broken by Coco Cordero and Rod Barajas.
This was the kid I was really excited about seeing and he got in the game. The man who might make Francisco Rodriguez expendable. If I’m the Reds or anyone else I try to see what I have to give up to grab ahold of this future Rolaids relief man of the year award winner. Jenrry Mejia. Throwing absolute gas up there at 97, 98, 98, 96, 97 MPH. He’s 21 years old. I love watching this guy pitch and I wish Votto or Bruce would have gotten some hacks off him.

Cincinnati Reds Ownership Profile

NAME: Robert Castellini
AGE: 58
WHO HE IS: Majority Owner of the Cincinnati Reds
OUR NICKNAME FOR HIM: Fruit & Veggie Bob
BEST. MOVE. EVER.: Firing Wayne Krivsky
WHY WE WANTED TO CUT HIS BALLS OFF: Letting someone (that little bald-headed fucker Walt Jocketty) talk him out of giving Adam Dunn a long-term contract extension.
FAMOUS QUOTES: “The losing stops NOW!”
“While the run production generated by these two veterans will not be quickly replaced, we chose to endure the short-term ramifications for the sake of building a strong, competitive team for 2009 and many seasons to come.” (on trading Dunn & Griffey) *Note: we weren’t ‘strong’ or ‘competitive’ in 2009 but whatever
WHY HE DESERVES FORGIVENESS: He’s going to be signing Aroldis Chapman’s checks.
FINISHING MOVE: Stinkfacing his wife and disgruntled employees
SCOUTING REPORT: While we’ve been critical of Big Bob in the past on this site as well as others, we think that he really is trying to build a winner in Cincinnati. He was an avid baseball fan for 30 years prior to becoming majority owner of the Reds. You’d think because of this (and we’ve had owners in Cincinnati who weren’t fans–Marge Schott & Carl Lindner) that the product on the field and atmosphere at the ballpark would be as good as it’s been in 20 years in Cincinnati. The bottom line is even with the fan-friendly efforts of Big Bob, the jury is still out.
The signing of Aroldis Chapman and the effort in adding a somewhat strong and credible leader in Walt Jocketty are both moves that Castellini sprung for deeply out of the wallet. This however, is consistent with what he basically promised that he would do.
We’ve been at games and sitting on the first row behind the Reds dugout and saw the entire Castellini clan sitting with the fans and high fiving after a big come back victory. That’s refreshing to see. But the bottom line is that you need an owner who owns to build a true winner.
With so much happening on the field of play and so much uncertainty in performances, health of your athletes, and the consistency of your managerial and front-office decisions; you must be willing to break out the wallet at the right time and win at all costs.
We’d personally have liked to see Bob swing for the fences and go for broke to beef up this team this past offseason. Once again, the splash of signing Aroldis Chapman was absolutely huge but we feel that another key free agent or two would have really sprung this team into serious contenders for the next few years.
Instead, when do you hear people talking about the Reds being ‘on-schedule to compete’? Everyone is saying ‘look out for 2011’. The truth of the matter is, great teams end up competing a year or two or three ahead of schedule most of the time. This is an important year for the Reds and Castellini.
Hopefully if we’re within striking distance come this June or July you see Castellini give the go-ahead to add not one but several key components to this team. And hopefully now you have a better idea of who pays the bills for our favorite franchise.

Makes you think a little bit

The following was a post on a Reds message board I frequent. It makes us think we’re being duped possibly. Maybe we are drinking some strange Kool-aid. Have a look for yourself:

In a “what have you done for me lately” society the Reds haven’t done squat. They’re content with sitting on their hands and feeling sorry for themselves playing the “injury card” or whatever other excuse they can come up with that hasn’t been used in a while.

The facts are clear and simple to understand.

Fact: The Reds cheap on the draft almost every season.

Fact: The Reds cheap on free agency almost every season.

Fact: The Reds tremendoucly over-value their own prospects almost every season.
What does this lead to? MEDIOCRITY.

Bob (Castellini) talked the talk, but he hasn’t walked the walk. He’s just another owner in a long line of Cincy owners who’s bark is bigger than his bite. Yet, we watch all the games and fork out our hard earned dollars all the while saying “Please sir? May I have another?”

It really is enough already. Yeah, this team is .500. However, this team never had any chance of competing. It hasn’t in 10 years….and that was a fluke. We’re the Royals…The Pirates…it’s a business…it’s profitable….that’s America. I applaud Bob for that. He has what we want and he’s worked hard to get it. Good for him. But let’s not dillude ourselves into thinking that we’re something that we’re not.

What really grinds my gears is the folks that genuinely think this team has a shot…and they argue and they argue all the while ignoring facts and common sense. Common sense…..that’s what’s lacking from society today. It ain’t rocket science.

I’m drunk….have a good night.

Does this guy have a point? Obviously he does or I wouldn’t re-post.