Thursday, March 1, 2007

And this one belongs...

The Reds open up Spring Training today with a game against the Pirates...and it sounds beautiful. This is the first of many games this season with the father-son tandem of Marty and Thom in the booth (Brantley will join them later in the game). Marty's choked-up introduction of his son portends what should be a great year on baseball's best medium.

It's only the bottom of the second, and we've already seen a microcosm of what we can expect this season - good and bad:

  • Freel led off with a base hit...and got thrown out trying to steal second.
  • Phillips struck out from the two-hole on "a bad pitch up."
  • Eric Milton gave up a lead-off home run to Andrew McCutchen - a minor leaguer with a grand total of 19 home runs in 741 minor league at bats. To Milton's credit McCutchen is at least the Pirate's best prospect. Which is sort of like saying the Sephia is Kia's best car.
  • Phillips and Gonzalez turned a 4-6-3 double play. It sounded pretty.
  • Marty got on Dunn's case in his very first at bat.
  • Dunn hit a towering home run before Marty could finish tearing him up.
  • Milton gave up another homer to Luis Matos...the guy batting in the 8-spot.

It should be a fun year!

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