A few things to discuss as the Reds take a day off:
- Doug reminds us that tickets go on sale on Saturday for Dayton Dragons games. Also, a very limited number of tickets will go on sale for the April 4th JV v. Varsity game. Any RR's out there interested in a road trip?
- Hall o' Famer Hal likes Jonny Gomes, comparing him to Pete Rose. He's looking like a pretty solid bet to make the team, and I have a feeling the Cincy crowd is gonna love him. Count me in.
- Apparently the new Spring Training complex the Reds will begin sharing with the Indians next spring is not so fan-friendly. "They've distanced the players physically from the fans," said...Randy Cuenot, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. "Newer isn't better. You can't get near anyone. There's security everywhere."
- Sky Kalkman at THT compares the best catchers of the Retrosheet era, and they are very, very good. I'm sure I know which one you would choose, but the Bench/Piazza debate is intriguing nonetheless.
Mark Sheldon gives us a piece on youth and team chemistry. Dusty gives us his best Gordon Bombay impression:
"Get together and feel like a team as soon as possible. That's the one thing good teams have and good teams do," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Jonny just came from Tampa Bay. Jacque Jones was in Minnesota. They won with less with fundamental play, pitching, speed and defense."
- Another one from Doug, in case you missed the FanShot(tm). JC Sulbaran is looking like a mighty fine late-round pick. He's officially on the radar.
- From Sheldon's blog, here is Homer Bailey's take on his performance in yesterday's game against the Astros, "I wasn't completely happy but I wasn't displeased either. Even some of the hits they had, I got inside on them. Those are good signs I'm getting the ball right where I need to be. The only problem I had was I couldn't use my slider as an out pitch. I was a little long with it."