The Reds are hosting another Tweetup event at Great American Ballpark tonight. For $30, you get a field box seat and a limited edition #faceofMLB T-shirt featuring Joey Votto. Plus, there is a fireworks show after the game. The link includes more detailed sign-up instructions. I haven't been able to attend a Tweetup yet, but Twitter has been abuzz during past events and the T-shirt looks pretty cool.
If you're on Twitter, help the Reds and us spread the word using #RedTweetUp.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/redreporter">redreporter</a> Can we make <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23RedsTweetUp">#RedsTweetUp</a> trend in Cincinnati today? Everything else is secondary today.</p>— Reds (@Reds) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reds/status/332857569586597888">May 10, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Bugs & Cranks: Benchmark: A B&C Interview with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench
I almost always appreciate interviews with Bench as he comes off as less crusty than many old timers. He seems to follow and enjoy the modern game. Mike Schmidt and Robin Yount are other great ballplayers from yesteryear who don't feel the need to denigrate today's players or bloviate about the good old days.
How much has Shin-Soo Choo meant to the Reds out of the lead-off spot?
MVP. MVP. This team would not be .500 without him. He's been such a wonderful surprise to so many people. That walk-off home run last night, but lead-off home run and he plays good defensively. He has filled in so admirably and given this ball club an opportunity with his on-base percentages and everything else to win ball games and keep them in ball games. It would be very difficult, otherwise, for this club to be over .500 the way they are without him.
Baseball America: Jim Callis Mock Draft 1.0
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This is a nice thought for Mets fans, but I don't really see what Choo does for New York next season. The Mets have some nice players in Matt Harvey and David Wright, but I think the club is still more than one player away from being a contender.
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Jeff Sullivan writes about one of our favorites.
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Kyle Lobner over at Brew Crew Ball interviewed our very own BK about the upcoming series and how the Reds have played so far this season.
BCB: Speaking of Votto, he's well on his way to a fifth consecutive season with an OBP at or above .414. He's also under contract through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. Does he have a chance to retire as the greatest Reds position player of all time?
RR: Yep. That's assuming the knee thing eventually gets settled, though. He still isn't hitting with the kind of power we're used to seeing from him, and since trying to heal from his knee injury, basically turned himself into a singles hitter with occasional flashes of power. If he gets that power stroke back, he's such a cerebral hitter that he's the kind of guy you can count on to adapt to the league long term, but we can't help but worry until we see some consistent power numbers.
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