It’s the final game of the season. It’s easy to look back and think that this season is one that should be put out of its misery at this point, but if you’re like me, you’re going to miss baseball at this time next week. Sure, there are other distractions, and the playoffs, but our team won’t really be part of the conversations anymore. It’s always nice to have those conversations, even when it’s “can you believe that the Reds blew another one?”
There isn’t much to play for today on the surface, but it’ll mean more than we think. The Reds are in play for the 2nd, 4th, or 6th draft pick depending on how games go today, which could mean missing out on a generational talent. I don’t think I’d be happy if I was marveling at watching Nick Senzel light it up for another team. Not to say that the Reds should necessarily throw this game... but maybe the Reds should throw this game.
I’m also hoping there’s something fun in this one that’s worth checking out. Obviously, FC Cincinnati has their first ever playoff game today, so a lot of the focus in the city is on that, as well as people’s fantasy football teams, but what if the Reds gave us something to talk about today? The final game of the season is when the Reds were the first team to play two sets of brothers in the same infield. I have an idea.
Play Hernan Iribarren in every position today.
There have only been 4 players to do this in MLB history, and none since 2000. Iribarren has played every position in separate games for Louisville throughout the course of the year (except for catcher), and with the season he had, seems like a deserving candidate of an honor like this. Price already got his extension, so he’s not managing for his job today. Hell, it’s almost better if they lose, so at least make it worth our while to watch.
Do the right thing, Reds.
(Robert Stephenson takes on Kyle Hendricks today. There’s your preview for the game that’ll actually happen.)