ROAR! Juan Francisco called up
"I didn't think I was coming up," said Francisco, who was assigned uniform No. 64. "After the game, he went to my locker and said, 'I have to talk to you before you leave.' [He said,] 'Congratulations you're going up.'"
Best of luck to Juan. With 3B blocked, the article states that the team may try him in LF over the winter. The ideal situation might be that Rolen starts out hot next year and we flip him for pitching or a shortstop, then slide Francisco or Frazier into third.
The Machine is here
The Machine is now in stores, and I expect my Amazon shipment shortly. In the link Poz lists his radio schedule. John Erardi has a very thorough review of the book from a Cincinnati perspective.
Basement Dwellers: The Reds and WAR - Best Pitcher Seasons (1900-2008)
Greg from ATL breaks down the top 15 Reds pitching seasons by WAR in the modern era. The cutoff is 6.4 WAR, which is a little higher than I thought it'd be. For comparison, Harang's best season by WAR is 5.4 (2006).
NJ teens sue over 'God Bless America' ejection
Three teenagers who say they were tossed from a New Jersey ballpark over their refusal to stand during the song "God Bless America" are suing the minor league Newark Bears. Damages seem a bit excessive. They should be glad they got out of Newark alive.
Reminder - Hal McCoy Night is tomorrow
The DDN is picking up half of the ticket prices when you buy online at this link. I have no idea how many seats remain, but for a mid-week game I imagine there's quite a few. (HT to Red Hot Mama)
Also, Hal tells the story when Aaron Boone encouraged him to stick with writing after he began losing his sight.