It was 75 years ago tonight that the Reds changed baseball. Out of the darkness came a great light. Franklin D. Roosevelt stuck a stone rod into a hole in the ground and suddenly the stadium was aglow. For the first time ever, major league baseball was played at night.
To commemorate that historic night, the Reds will be rolling back to 1935. No loud music. No crazy graphics on the scoreboard. Men in their jackets and straw hats, women in dresses. Okay, maybe not that last part. It's a fun idea though. A nice way to liven up a normally uninteresting Reds-Pirates game, which I believe is the 417th time they've played this year. No word on whether or not the teams will try to recreate the 1 hour and 35 minute game time that fans saw at the first night game.
Pitching for the Reds will be Aaron Harang, who has unquestionably been the Reds' worst starter this year. This is partly because of the fact that each of the other starters has stepped his respective game over the last month or so. Harang has been merely mediocre for the majority of the year, and he has been unable to get his ERA under 6.00 this year because he hasn't pitched deep into ball games like he once did. He has only pitched into the 7th inning twice this year. He and his teammates could really use a 7 or 8 inning performance out of Harang. This will be his first start of the year against the Pirates, which seemed to help Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto. Perhaps it will have the same effect on Harang.
The Cardinals are off tonight, so the Reds can pull back into a tie for first place with a win.
Go Reds! They're May's favorite team!