And he’s probably right; Frazier’s swing will never be described as graceful or pretty by anyone. He doesn’t pass the eyeball test. But you know what? Frazier’s success is a testament to his athleticism. He somehow makes it work. He hits 420 foot homers pretty routinely with a long, roly-poly cut that generates a lot of power. For now, Frazier gets the last word:
We love Keith Law. We also love Todd Frazier. This is like when your mom and dad fight and you really don’t want to choose a side.
Just when you thought the guy couldn’t get any better, he goes and does something unprecedented. Tell me the last time a team’s marquee player took your season ticket requests.
From Bryce Harper’s twitter feed minutes ago:
So call him now! I imagine seats will go fast, and suddenly the Nationals will get a flurry of calls from the teenage women demographic.
This guy is awesome for baseball.
Hell, I don’t know. I’ll go on record as saying I think Cano and especially Braun are probably users. Granderson I would be a little more surprised by.
I’m just glad that I don’t own any of these guys in my “big money” fantasy baseball leagues. Not a single one of them. So if this all comes to fruition I can watch the wreckage and laugh at it.
Take it with a grain of salt, and in the meantime follow this random Joe to watch him fend off attackers (@joebisceglie).
Last night Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter, blanking the Minnesota Twins 9-0. He walked one and struck out nine.
The most amazing part of it as I watched it unfold was that one of my best buddies and resident Angels fan MJ Lloyd (of Halo Hangout and Off-Base Percentage) called it earlier in the day. Above are the text messages to prove it.
Read more about it at the OC Register Angels blog, and give MJ a shout out on twitter for his Nostradamus-like prediction. Well played my friend.
I wasn’t just sucking up, either. I really do believe the guy can flat out hit. I owned him last year as well.
If I end up being able to put Sanchez in that second UTIL spot, it’s all over folks.
You’ve got to love it.
There’s a reason that through the years I’ve continued to check Deadspin every morning despite having less and less time to peruse sites like Deadspin. Through different editors and content and site structure, Deadspin has always been good at bringing to light items like this.
Heyman has always seemed to me to be a very tactful and reliable baseball reporter. I’ve followed him for about two years, and only today do I realize that the tone of some of his tweets would make it seem as though he’s bathing in a pile of Ben Franklin’s every night and smacking people with expensive veal cutlets when they make him angry. And thank you for this, Deadspin.
Don’t be surprised if an elitist Heyman tweet appears someday sounding something like this:
@JonHeymanCBS need to get a new dining room set. these homeless people aren’t as comfortable as the day i bought them. harder to sit on when they get real skinny. later.
- Jon Heyman’s Tweets Make Him Seem Like the Richest Man Alive. [Deadspin]
Jay Bruce joined twitter over the weekend; he’s @JayABruce if you want to give him a follow. He’s up to 7,160 followers already. If he continues tweeting at this furious pace he’s been at he’ll be up to around 50,000 followers in no time.
He’s responsive on twitter too. He’s about as friendly as it gets in the pro-athlete realm.
He also declared recently that he loves Zips projection system. In case you’re wondering, Zips projects Bruce’s 2012 season to look something like this: 152 games, .260, .814 OPS, 28 HR, 90 RBI, 81 runs, 8 SB, 65 BB, 148 K’s.
This is a shot from the set of 2ksports studios, where they’re making what I’m sure will be their next masterpiece starring Justin Verlander. Counter-clockwise there you’ve got the one and only Jay Bruce, David Price and C.J. Wilson. I like the cast they’ve got involved here, and I have to give 2ksports some credit. The basketball game they made this past year was awesome. I hate the NBA and I can’t stop playing it. I have serious doubts about their ability to make a baseball video game, ever.
Alright, so which one of you had to demonstrate the barrel roll for them?
h/t: Verlander Twitter, @HustlinOwl (reader)
It’s the start of the second half, and the Reds kick the party off at home tonight with what some say is the biggest rivalry in the game right now.
There’s no more circling this date or that date. After tonight, teams will be out of halves and that means they will start running short on hope if things don’t turn around soon. Granted 75% of the National league is 4 games up or 4 games under–but over the next week to three we’re about to see the men separate from the boys.
Do you believe? Are you ready for a wild ride? Here’s a little something to get you fired up courtesy of DatDudeBP:
So like they used to say, let’s put the women and children to bed and go looking for F%$&*& dinner!
Just so you guys know, this isn’t just some guy who is being a homer and picking the Reds. This is a nationally esteemed writer from the USA Today.
All the love the Reds are getting in predictions is making me think twice about some things in our official preseason predictions. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how we see them all finishing.
When I first saw it, I thought it was faux. But I have to say now that I’ve had a little time to examine the photo and the people he’s tweeting with, Bryce Harper (aka ‘BHarp34‘) has joined twitter.
To date he’s only got 568 followers. So the hysteria hasn’t caught fire yet. But this is more confirmation that Bryce knows he is going to be a star. Think about it. It’s Harper exuding confidence and basically calling his shot that he’s in his ascent to the Major Leagues.
No minor league ballplayer who flames out joins twitter and picks up a bunch of followers only to go out and hit .168 in AA ball. Harper’s on his way. And hopefully he can pick up a few more followers before he arrives at the MLB level. We also doubt this twitter will still be going then for one reason or another.
How rock hard was Jon Heyman during this whole no hitter tonight? I enjoy his writing at SI and I’ll continue to follow him on twitter but my lord if he keeps this shit up I’m going to have to strangle the little fucker.
And there was more; a lot more.
I fell asleep towards the middle innings of today’s Reds game. What can I say, I was tuckered out. When I awoke the Reds were 5 games up on the Cardinals and the magic number was down to 29. The Reds had delivered in the hot sun on a Sunday and Jay Bruce had hit home run #17 on the season. As I remarked and thought about, I used to have to go to sleep in order to formulate dreams that would produce what is now true reality.
Everything is rolling right now. Like that Robert Earl Keen song, The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends. That’s what this is feeling like in late August 2010. During some points of the 2010 season the Reds have looked like they were going to collapse, only to show you that they had a beautiful unwrapped gift for us all. To show people like me who have doubted them at points that doubters should step aside and clean the egg off their proverbial face. Who knows where the hell this ride ends. It really could end up special beyond our wildest imaginations.
I don’t know if they’ll fend off the Cardinals. I can’t predict the future, but I know that people in St. Louis are starting to give up hope. The Cardinals have a long way to go and a short time to get there (another reference to a song that I love).
A week from now the Reds will be wrapping up a series in St. Louis that sets up as the biggest series they’ve probably played in over a decade. I’d make a case that they’re all big right now, and every night is a playoff atmosphere. Next weekend while big for the Reds, is even bigger for the Cardinals. The Reds have played welll enough to this point that taking even one of three on Labor Day weekend sets them up nicely for the stretch run.
I’m not punching a playoff ticket yet, as I’ve seen too many whacky things happen in sports to count my chickens before they hatch. I believe this team will be in the postseason as I believe they’re in the top four teams in the National league, if not on paper then in terms of intangibles and chemistry. This is just ‘one of those years’ I think for the Reds, by God. But we’re not betting on machines here, we’re betting on something uncertain; human beings. The Reds still have almost a quarter of a season that they must handle their business as they have to this point. If they do that, they’ll be where we all want them to be.
Today, wearing that Sunday day-time Red, was another one of those days in which they handled their business and took another series. I can wake up and start my long work week (I have to work this Friday following the opening of the OSU Buckeyes football season unlike many of my peers) with a smile. And speaking of football, NCAA will be here soon; the NFL in two weeks, and I could give a shit.
It’s still Reds season and I love it.