Thanks to jsl413 for this one
USA Today's Bob Nightengale interviewed RR Heartthrob Joey Votto. Here's a tidbit:
"One thing I'd say to President Obama: Well, he's not my president since I'm Canadian. I'd just say, "Best of luck."
What's the best part about playing in Cincinnati? "It's just nice playing with most of the guys you came up with in the minors. Everyone is close because we know each other so well. Hopefully that will help us on the field, too. It's a great group of guys, and we have a lot of fun together, especially when we're winning."
Mark Sheldon took questions from the audience
and since we talked about this last night on our RR call-in show, here's what Sheldon had to say about the Reds adding another starter now that Edinson Volquez is out for next year: "I would think it'd be necessary to at least explore the market for an established starter. Assuming no one else is dealt or injured, the Reds currently have Aaron Harang, Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Micah Owings and Homer Bailey coming back next season. None of them have been consistently solid this season. At Triple-A Louisville, Matt Maloney, Travis Wood, Sam LeCure and others are waiting in the wings, but to have any shot at contending, it'd be essential for the Reds to have a dependable veteran innings-eater they can count on in the top portion of the rotation."
The loss of Hall o' Famer Hal is a real blow to Reds fans in general and the Reposter here in particular
but at least we still have the Fay. He gives us this absolute gem regarding the latest homestand: "It could have been worse. The Reds could have lost to the Chicago Cubs Wednesday and gone on the road after a 1-9 homestand. About the only good thing you can say about a 2-8 homestand is it wasn’t a 1-9 homestand."
Craig Calcaterra of Shysterball had this to say regarding Justin Lehr
"Justin Lehr? Really? The same Justin Lehr making his second career start at the age of 32? The same Justin Lehr who hadn't previously pitched in the majors since 2006, and was really, really bad when he did that? The same Justin Lehr who the Reds signed in 2007, sold to the freakin' Korean league, signed again with the Reds later in the year, was let go again and allowed to sign with the Phillies, then the Reds traded for AGAIN back in May? The same Justin Lehr who had someone updating his Wikipedia page with news of this shutout against the Cubs (CG SHO, 4 H, 4K, 1BB) mere minutes after the game went final? For Pete's sake, you gotta love baseball."
Per the Fay
Justin Lehr is the first Red to throw a shutout in either his 1st or 2nd career start since Charlie Leibrandt did it back in 1980. That's a long time ago.
Jinaz has his newest power rankings up over at BtB
and the Reds have fallen all the way to the bottom. Take a drink fellas and chicks.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX sports says the Blue Jays arent paying any of Scott Rolen's salary for next year
So according to him, the Reds are on the hook for the full $11 mil. I dont know who to believe anymore, but it would be damn nice if Walt just came out and gave us the specifics. What would it hurt?