The critics of "the woo" became more vocal this week on twitter. There are legitimate criticisms to be made, no doubt. Is "the woo" obnoxious? Probably. Does it lack organization? Of course. But the people who are wooing at the games are paying customers. They aren't screaming obscenities, or even negativity. They are simply having fun and cheering for the team they've paid to see. There are hundreds of things at the ballpark that I find obnoxious: the guy sitting behind me going on-and-on about how Jay Bruce will "never get it..." - the girl in my row who continues to scream, "marry me Joey Votto..." - the redneck who makes racist comments... The woo is far less obnoxious than any of these people, all of whom I run into nearly every game I go to. But if you are wooing, the Reds' assistant director of media relations feels the need to publicly mock you.
If you can scream in my neighbor's ear at the game, I have the right to make fun of you for doing so.Proceed. GO REDS!— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) April 21, 2013
Hmmmm... "Desperate for attention, notice me!" That's kind of what I thought when I saw this...
After Jamie's attack on the wooers, some familiar faces started a defense...
Say what you want about the wooers, but they showed up and bought tickets. I'm happy about that.— Brandon Kraeling (@themusketeer) April 21, 2013
If more people who complained about the "woo" actually went to Reds games, people probably wouldn't hear it.— Scott Hoberg (@Scoberg) April 20, 2013
Happy Corkmas, you guys!— Ram (@UnkRam) April 21, 2013
Corky has 4.009 years of service. He needs 5 years to be fully vested. If ever a player deserved a pension, it's @corky_miller.— Mr. R (@MisterRedlegs) April 21, 2013
Third place is as close to 10th place as he is to first place. twitter.com/jluckhaupt/sta…— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 22, 2013
Joey Votto (.523) and Shin-Soo Choo (.522) are #1 and #2 in MLB in on base percentage.In related news, Brandon Phillips has 21 RBIs.— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) April 22, 2013
Choo's streak is at 19— ctrent (@ctrent) April 23, 2013
Shin-Soo Choo got plunked again last night and has now been hit by more pitches than every team in baseball: bit.ly/11JAI6S— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) April 23, 2013
Can't believe that in 2013 I'm reading Tom Verducci try to tell people Joey Votto is playing the game of baseball wrong.— Jonathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) April 24, 2013
Link to Verducci article my last RT was referring to - sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130…— Red Retweeter (@RedRetweeter) April 24, 2013
Votto's percentage of swings at strikes when Verducci thought he was awesome: 62%. This year when Votto is lost: 60%.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 24, 2013
None of which is to say that Verducci doesn't have a point. Maybe some guys need to swing more. But using Votto as an example is clownshoes.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 24, 2013
The Best of the Rest
UPDATE... I forgot this one.
Catcher batting 6th?? Shortstop/infield joureyman NOT batting 2nd?? What’s going on, here??! #DustyLineup— Weathered Fan (@WeatheredFan) April 21, 2013
So the #Reds have already lost a third of the opening day lineup to the DL, and that doesn't count Cozart.Geeze.— Nate Dunlevy (@NateDunlevy) April 21, 2013
Cardinals are 9-3 when taking a lead into 8th this season; other NL Central teams are a combined 27-2 when taking a lead into the 8th.— Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) April 22, 2013
If batting .328 with a .516 slugging percentage and .522 on-base percentage is struggling then i dont know what is good hitting #joeyvotto— Paul Vincent Xavier (@datpaulieg) April 22, 2013
Good Morning America talking about the La Rosa's...promo gives out free pizzas every time Reds strike out 11. Have given away > 100k pizzas.— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) April 24, 2013
Todd Frazier has a .905 OPS, 6 HR and 18 RBI in 21 games. He's on pace for 44 home runs and 133 RBI.— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) April 24, 2013
ERA of Reds' starters drops to 2.99. Haven't allowed more than 2 runs in any game since April 14, a span of 10 starts.— Reds (@Reds) April 24, 2013